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Bike to Workweek Cedar Rapids kicks off Monday

Cycling events also planned in Johnson County

Mayor Ron Corbett opens the mayor’s bike ride on May 15, 2017, with a ride through downtown Cedar Rapids. This year’s ride begins at 7 a.m. Monday at Red’s Public House, 112 Second St. SE. Events also are planned in Johnson County for Bike to Workweek. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Mayor Ron Corbett opens the mayor’s bike ride on May 15, 2017, with a ride through downtown Cedar Rapids. This year’s ride begins at 7 a.m. Monday at Red’s Public House, 112 Second St. SE. Events also are planned in Johnson County for Bike to Workweek. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Bike to Workweek kicks off Monday in some Corridor communities, the start of a week of activities and bike rides.

Cedar Rapids begins with a mayor’s bike ride and proclamation at 7 a.m. Monday at Red’s Public House, 112 Second St. SE. Cyclists can get $5 breakfast burritos and free coffee.

This is one of several group rides designed to introduce people to routes and trails in the city.

“This is meant to be encouraging for people to bike to work in a comfortable setting, go with a small group, and people can see some of the routes we have,” said Ron Griffith, Cedar Rapids bicycle coordinator and part of the BikeCR committee. “For someone not comfortable riding by themselves, this gives them a chance to ride with a group and build some confidence and experience.”

Other highlights of the week include pit stops where cyclists can get water, a snack and information about cycling in Cedar Rapids.

Among the activities:

Monday night: Bike to the ballpark night for the Cedar Rapids Kernels game at 6:35 p.m. Monday.

11:30 a.m. Wednesday: Residents are encouraged to bike to the New Bohemia District for lunch.

6 p.m. Wednesday: Cyclists meet at City Square Park in Marion for a “ride of silence” to remember those killed or injured while cycling.

6 p.m. Friday: Cyclists can join a handlebar happy hour and group photo, with an opportunity for prizes, at Lion Bridge Brewing Co., 59 16th Ave. SW.

9:30 a.m. Saturday: The 25-mile Corridor MPO group bike ride starts at NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE. It will include a ride on the new Sinclair Levee trail to the top of Mount Trashmore, followed by a bike swap at NewBo Market at 4 p.m.

More information about the schedule is available at Facebook.com/biketoworkcedarrapids.

IOWA CITY

Iowa City has been promoting cycling activities throughout the month of May.

Next week includes:

• Several bike commuter free breakfasts at local bike shops.

5:30 p.m. Wednesday: Old Pi to New Pi annual bike ride starting at College Green.

6 p.m. Friday: A “slow roll” bike ride beginning at the University Heights Community Center, 1302 Melrose Ave.

A full schedule of events is available at ThinkBicycles.org/bike-month-2018.

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