Bike Month Events

Check out all the events in a calender! 


Kick Off Bike Month! with the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, VisionPoint Advisory Group, McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, P.C.

Friday, April 24, 2015, 5-7pm

Food available from Local Yocals

Refreshments provided by Gong-Fu, Confluence, Brewing and Peace Tree

Music provided by Logan & Steph

Des Moines Bicycle Collective

506 E. 6th Street, East Village


Bike Bash 2015

The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Register at  Packet pick up will be from 5-7 pm on Friday April 24th at the Des Moines Bicycle Collective


Altoona Road Riders:Weekly rides begin. Schedule on facebook / Altoona road riders.


Coolest Bicycle in Town Sponsored by Confluence Brewing

10am to 2pm@ Principal Park

Show off YOUR coolest bicycle. Register onsite or at Ichi Bike. Live music by Bob Tyler and the Reckless Hearts. Food and drink available. Event: 10am-2pm, Awards: 1pm

Full Moon Ride

7pm to 10pm @ Ankeny, Slater or Madrid Trail Head Ride the High Trestle Bridge on a full moon night.


Wheels & Heels

5:30pm to 8pm@ Windsor Heights Community Center (Colby Park at 6900 School St.)

Join us for one of the most popular Bike Month events! Doors open at 5:30. Show starts at approximately 6:15. This unique fashion show presents women with ideas to integrate cycling into their social and daily life. Whether it’s a quick trip to the grocery or an organized ride to Perry, we’ll present options for clothing, gear and bikes that will keep the focus on the fun! Looking for “retail therapy?” Local vendors will be on-hand with products to purchase and demo. Jasper Winery will sell their wines by the bottle, alongside new food offerings to round out the experience! Join us for an evening of fun, fashion and bikes! (P.S. The guys are welcome, too!)


Johnston Mayor’s Ride

Noon@ Johnston Hy-Vee (5750 Merle Hay Road)

Join Mayor Paula Dierenfeld for the Mayor’s Bike Ride, a fun ride on Johnston’s trails, beginning Friday, May 8 at noon. The three-mile loop begins at the Johnston Hy-Vee. The ride ends with a delicious lunch provided by Hy-Vee. See you there!


Urban Tour de Cluck

10am to 2pm@ Star Bar (2811 Ingersoll Avenue) The annual backyard chicken coop tour. Hop on your bike to see chickens, coops and owners. Tickets: Like us on Facebook. $15/person advance, $20/person day of event.

 My First Rodeo

Carver Elementary School, 705 E University

Saturday, May 9 • 8am – 5pm

Wanted:confident cyclists, certified instructors, traffic control specialists and mechanics. 580 roaring kids expected for bike rodeo and giveaway event, and the Bike Collective needs your help! Food, t-shirt and extraordinarily good time provided. Various shifts available.

To volunteer, email:

Urban Cycling 101, Clive Public Library, 2pm. Gear up and take your bicycling knowledge andskills to the next level. The Des Moines BikeCollective will share safety and maintenanceideas to help you become more bike savvy.Ages 10 and older.To register, go to


Women Rolling Collectively Presents:

Become a Roll Model 6pm to 8pm@ Des Moines Bicycle Collective (506 E 6th St)

Kick off the DMBC Women’s Initiative! Sip wine, swap ideas, make connections, and learn to fix a flat at our demo station.


PedalArt Poster Show – Gallery Opening 7pm to 10pm@ Des Moines Social Club (9th and Mulberry streets)

PedalArt selects Iowa artists to create an original bike themed art poster. Each artist will have 30 prints of their poster for sale at $30. PedalArt can be viewed in the Viaduct Gallery through Sunday, May 31. Hours: 9am to 8pm daily.


Bike Maintenance Class:Held at Rasmussen’s Bike Altoona at 1 pm

Urbandale Mayor’s Ride

9am: “Charles Gabus Challenge” Ride of 25 miles+

11am: Time Trials

1pm:“A family friendly” 10-mile route on Urbandale streets and trails. Join us at Jeff Harm Park/Webster School (12955 Aurora Ave, Urbandale, IA 50323) for bike checks, music, lunch and registration. Registration $20 plus $5 each additional family member. High School students $10 (not riding with parents). Teams of 10 or more, $10 per member. Early registration includes souvenir and lunch. Registration at the event does not guarantee lunch. On-line registration available at

Ankeny Mayor’s Ride

8:30am: Meet at the Ankeny Park & Ride 210 NW Ash

9am: Ride Begins

Join Ankeny Mayor Gary Lorenz for Ankeny’s 3RD Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride as he leads the way for a morning trail ride through the community. Two routes have been chosen for the event: a 15-mile route to the Oasis located on the High Trestle Trail, great for the avid bicyclist; and a 3.5-mile family friendly route, also utilizing the High Trestle Trail and local community trail connections. No registration is required and all participants should wear a properly fitted bike helmet!

West Des Moines Mayor’s Ride

Noon @ West Des Moines City Hall (4200 Mills Civic Pkwy)

Join the City of West Des Moines’ Mayor, Steve Gaer, for a morning ride in West Des Moines. Enjoy a recreational 4-mile trail loop or challenge yourself on the 24 mile on-street route which takes you through various terrains and parts of the City. Both routes start/stop at City Hall. (Routes and distances subject to change) Registered participants receive an event t-shirt. Fee: $10

Carlisle Mayor’s Bike Ride

8am @ Carlisle Trailhead, Summerset Bike Trail, Highway 5 and 1st Street

The Summerset Trail follows the old rail bed of the former Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. This paved, 12-mile trail passes along suburban back yards, woodlands, farmland, wetlands and undulating prairie, showcasing Iowa’s natural heritage. Watch for birds and wildlife with photo ops of Iowa’s scenic countryside. The halfway point is Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park where riders can do a 2-mile loop around the wetlands and lakes. You’ll find parking, portable toilets and shelter at the Trailhead, Highway 5 and 1st Street in Carlisle. The first 25 riders will receive a light breakfast, and riders may enter to win prizes. Let us know if your bike club will join us and we’ll make reservations for breakfast of lunch at a local restaurant. Contact

SUNDAY, MAY 17 (rain date May 31)

Bike to Art

2pm to 4pm@ Brenton Skating Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Dr., Des Moines)

Join us for a tour of Des Moines’ downtown architecture and art in public places. Stops include the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, the Iowa Capitol Grounds and much of the rich architectural heritage in the capital city. Guides include representatives of the Iowa Architectural Foundation, Iowa Capitol, and the Des Moines Art Center. A $10/person or $20/family donation is recommended.


Let’s “RAVE” along the Taco Ride

5pm to Sundown@ Great Western Trailhead RAVE (Random Acts of Volunteering for the Earth) is joining the Great Western Trail Tuesday Taco ride! Give back to the land while you ride – plant prairie, pick up trash, or partake in other earth-saving activities. Prizes and giveaways at the finish!


Ride of Silence

6:30pm to 7:45pm@ Iowa State Historical Building (East Village)

Join cyclists nationwide in a silent, slow-paced ride (max. 10 mph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling.

FRIDAY, MAY 22 (rain date May 29th)

Downtown Chamber Economic Bike Tour

1-3pm@ Various Downtown Development Sites BCycle to downtown projects and see the impact they have on our economy. $15/downtown chamber member, $25/non-member. Registration required.


Memorial Weekend Ride for Cystic Fibrosis Hosted by Sully’s, Front Row & Rookies

11am to 5pm @ Sully’s Irish Pub (110 Grand Ave, West Des Moines)

11am to 1pm Registration

This ride leaves Sully’s at 1pm and benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Iowa Chapter. The route takes you along the Walnut Creek trail to the Clive Greenbelt Trail with stops at Front Row Bar and Rookies Sports Bar & Grill. At 5pm, return to Sully’s. Drink specials and a chance to win prizes will be available for riders at each bar. You need not be present to win. Cost: $20 per person. Sign up/pay:


Chill on the Hill

6pm to 9pm @ Copper Creek Lake Park (4390 E. University Ave., Pleasant Hill)

Wrap up Bike Month at Chill on the Hill with the band Gimikk performing. Copper Creek Lake Park is located right along the Gay Lea Wilson Trail in Pleasant Hill. Must be 21 years of age to enter. Beverages and food will be available to purchase. Registered Bike Month riders who have their Passports will receive free entry to the event. To register, go Organized by the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce, Hosted by Iowa Beverage, Sponsored by Helena Industries


Bike to Music

@ The Des Moines Social Club (9th & Mulberry)

All Ages. $10 at door. Doors at 9:00pm, show at 9:30.

Des Moines Social Club,, and the Des Moines Bicycle Collective present:
RADKEY w/ Men in Lead Masks, Vacation Dad, Discoverer

Free valet bike parking provided by the Des Moines Bicycle Collective


@Des Moines Water Works Park

LAUNCH is a new annual and FREE event. The event will center around “The Village” in the Denman Woods area of the Park, which will host food and beverage vendors, user group booths, stage/music and entertainment. From the village attendees can join park user groups in other parts of the park for events whether it be an ultimate Frisbee game, a birding tour, walking/running tour, paddling, cycling, yoga, drum circle, kite flying, etc. We will have a posted schedule in advance and in The Village. Activities and entertainment will run the entirety of the event.

Moonlight Classic

The ride begins at 9:30 PM @ El Bait Shop.  There will be ride swag, contests, live music and prizes! All proceeds will support Orchard Place, Mental Health Experts for Iowa Kids.  Register at

“Riding Through History” at the State Historical Museum of Iowa (600 East Locust Street, Des Moines). The exhibition showcases artifacts, stories, photos and videos that reflect the cycling experience in Iowa and highlights RAGBRAI® as an iconic tradition. After viewing the exhibition, stop by the Information Desk for your official passport stamp. Museum open daily; free admission.


Celebrate Bike Month by riding your bike to the library! Each day you bike to the Clive Public Library during the month of May, you will be entered into a prize drawing for fabulous prizes! Contest is for ages 10 and older.

Sunday, May 31
Girls Rock!Pedal Jam
1:00-9:30pm @ Des Moines Social Club, Confluence Brewery, Mullet’s
Come join us for the perfect kick-off to summer and the ultimate Sunday Funday! Take a short 5 mi urban ride through downtown Des Moines via bicycle, tricycle, big wheel, roller skates, pedicab, basically anything to get you from point A to B!  It features 4 stops at local establishments that showcases live music from locally and nationally touring musicians at EVERY stop! THE Caroline Smith will be headlining the big concert at the end of the ride at Des Moines Social Club.  Sliding scale ticket prices if you’re looking for an all day pass, bike or concert only ticket, VIP, etc. please visit  All proceeds from this event will go to support the 501(c)3 Girls Rock!Des Moines (


Community Bike Picnic and Awards Ceremony

5pm to 7pm@ Woody’s Smoke Shack (2511 Cottage Grove)

BBQ and table service will be provided, compliments of Woody’s. Bring a side dish and beverage. Drinks provided by Confluence Brewing. The Des Moines Bicycle Collective will recognize the Commuter and Advocate of the Year and top volunteers from throughout the year.


Biking Bondu Walk/Run/Ride

7am @ Bondurant Regional Trailhead

The 8th Annual Biking Bondu walk/run and/or ride is June 20th at the Bondurant Regional Trailhead, 2 Main St. North in Bondurant. Breakfast at the Fire Station is 7am – 10am. The 5K walk/run begins at 8am. The 39-mile or 57-mile bike ride begins at 9am. Cost is $20. Proceeds go to trail improvements.

Register On-line at or at the event.


Here is a camp for the younger child who loves to ride bikes! Explore the bike trails of West Des Moines. June 25 & 26. 9AM-2PM Ages 7-9 $35


Does your child love to bike? If so, this may be the camp for them. There will be lots of time for picnics, splashing in the creek, learning basic bike maintenance, and relaxing rides. July 9 & 10.

9AM-4PM Ages 10-12 $49

For more information or to register please visit or call (515) 222.3444


Altoona tune-Up:

Pre-Registration on-line at or day of at 7:30 am, Prairie Heritage Civic Plaza

Registration cost is $25.00 and includes dri-fit t-shirt and meal ticket for Fireside Grille. Bike ride is part of the Altoona Family Fun Fest. Time is 7:30 am to 6 pm.

Includes: Pancake Breakfast, Family Ride, Free Inflatables, Various Vendors, Carnival Type Games, Splash Park, Food and Beverages, Live Entertainment go to for more info RIDE ALTOONA


Clive Mayor’s Bike Ride, 8am

Join Mayor Scott Cirksena for a fun-filled morning during the Clive Festival. Two routes will be offered: one longer and a shorter family ride. Proceeds from the ride will go toward planting trees in Clive. Pre-register through Clive Parks and Recreation: Start at the Clive Aquatic Center parking lot. Fee: $10


Family “Pedal to the Park” every Sunday. Reserved Grandstand ticket and Iowa Cubs water bottle for just $8. Bike valet for riders! Located outside Gate D at Principal Park.  Tickets can be purchased at Bike Valet or at Principal Park ticket windows. 515243-6611 or



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