Saturday, April 19 

Des Moines Mayor’s Annual Ride for Trails

10 am

Join Mayor Cownie and the Dream Team on this 25-mile ride that starts at City Hall. Experience Des Moines as you ride through area neighborhoods and raise money for recreational trails.

Throughout May

Art Along the Trail – Clive

The City of Clive public art program will unveil the 2014 edition of Art Along the Trail in mid-May. Six different works by artists from throughout the Midwest will adorn the Clive Greenbelt Trail in various locations.

Throughout May

Art on the Campus – West Des Moines

Ride your bike to City Hall Campus to view the “Art on Campus” public art exhibit throughout the month of May. The exhibit features 14 art installations by nine local artists and are located along the multi-use trail that loops the campus pond. Afterwards stop by either the West Des Moines Library or Parks & Rec office and get your passport stamped.

Thursday, May 1 

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Trails App Launch – Principal Riverwalk Hub Spot

4:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Program and app preview at 6:00 pm.  Beer and food, including Iowa brews and local favorites. Live music by Damon Dotson.

Friday, May 2 

Handlebar Happy Hour – Angelo’s on 8th Street, West Des Moines

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

After riding to work, or while you are out riding for errands or fun, join us for happy hour/social time.

Saturday, May 3

8th Annual Coolest Bike in Town and Bike Swap – Principal Park Concourse 

9 am:  Swap Meet set-up; open 10 am – 4 pm

10 am to noon:  Coolest Bike contest registration; awards and parade of winners at 1 pm

11 am to 3 pm:  Bob Tyler and the Wreckless Hearts Featuring Iowa Craft beers (and not ball game prices).

Show off YOUR coolest bike. A panel of judges will award prizes and bragging rights. A “Cool” trophy will be on display at Mullet’s all year with the winner’s name. Selected winners will be featured in the 2015 Central Iowa Bike Calendar. Register on-site.

Saturday, May 3 

Bike to Downtown - Des Moines Farmers’ Market

Kick off the Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market season by riding your bike!  Look for our table to get information about new trail openings, planned Bike Month events, our Passport Adventure, and fun biking events all summer long. The Collective operates free valet bike parking at the Farmers’ Market all season—26 weeks!—in the 2nd Avenue and Court parking garage (ramp at the SE corner of the intersection).

Check out recommended bike routes to the Downtown Farmers’ Market, created by Walter Githens III.

Saturday, May 3

Family Fun Ride – Urbandale 

8:00 am

Free family fun ride on the trails to Des Moines Farmers’ Market.  Meet at Urbandale Ice Arena, 5110 72nd (couple of blocks north of Meredith). Helmets required. Event cancelled if raining.

Saturday, May 3

Greater Des Moines Volksport Ride – Gray’s Lake 

8:00 am to 2:00 pm

A non-competitive event for fun, fitness and friendship. Distance is 25K or longer; helmets required. Cost:  $2/non-AVA participants and $3 for AVA credit. For more information, contact Susan at 515-277-3653 or

Sunday, May 4

Gears & Beers – Des Moines Bicycle Collective

Noon to 4 pm

This social and educational ride begins at the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, where participants learn bike maintenance tips, and then rolls on to several Full Court Press bars to experience a different beer style (presented by members of the beer-savvy Iowa Brewers Union). Participating bars include el Bait Shop, Mullet’s, Hessen House, Royal Mile and the Library Café and Bar. Sneak peek at two featured beers. On-line registration and payment to purchase sampling tickets ($10 in advance; $15 at the door). Rain date: May 18.

Sunday, May 4

Community Bike Picnic – The Levee, 100 Court Avenue 

4 pm to 7 pm

Join us in celebrating the kick-off to a month full of cycling activities and recognizing bike advocates and volunteers.  BBQ provided by Woody’s Smoke Shack and beer by Confluence.  Bring a dish to share potluck style. Rain location:  Woody’s Smoke Shack on Cottage Grove Ave.

Tuesday, May 6

5th Annual Wheels & Heels – Windsor Heights Community Center

5:30 pm to 8 pm

This has become one of the most popular Bike Month events. Join us for a evening of female-focused fun, fashion, and fitness!  This event encourages women to participate in cycling and other outdoor activities.

Friday, May 9

Handlebar Happy Hour – el Bait Shop

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Friday, May 9

Light the tRAIL Ride – Rendevous Lounge, Adel to Mickey’s Irish Pub, Waukee

9:15 pm

Friday night fun rides on the Raccoon River Valley Trail. Honoring the memory of local bike enthusiast, Jack Jordison, and raising money to support an exciting new public art installation at the WaukeeTrailhead.  $30 registration fee includes LED light, drink tickets and swag.  Additional rides throughout the summer. For more information, visit

Friday, May 9

Johnston Mayor’s Ride


Join Johnston Mayor, Paula Dierenfeld, on a 3-mile loop of Johnston’s trails! When finished, stick around for lunch provided by the Hy-Vee staff. Meet at the Hy-Vee on Merle Hay Road at noon! See you there!

Saturday, May 10 

Urban Tour de Cluck – The Chicken Coop, West Des Moines

10 am to 4 pm

Des Moines’ first backyard chicken coop tour.  Hop on your bike and hit the trails and bike lanes to view unique chicken coops and their occupants and learn more about backyard chicken raising.  For more information, click here.

Saturday, May 10 

Full Moon High Trestle Trail Ride

8 pm to 10 pm

This is a leisurely ride on the High Trestle Trail to see the bridge with a full moon.  You can start at the Ankeny, Slater or Madrid trailheads.  Bicycle lighting required.

Saturday, May 10

Johnston Bicycle Round-Up – Pioneer Parking Lot

12:45 pm Check-In; 1:00 pm Rodeo

The City of Johnston’s Safe Bicycling Program will include safety demonstrations, rules of the road/trail, helmet checks and an obstacle course. A family trail ride will also take place. For more information, click here.

Saturday, May 10

Family Fun Ride – Urbandale 

8:00 am

Free family fun ride on the trails to Des Moines Farmers’ Market.  Meet at Urbandale Ice Arena, 5110 72nd (couple of blocks north of Meredith). Helmets required. Event cancelled if raining.

Saturday, May 10 

Bike to Downtown Farmers’ Market 

Sunday, May 11

CycloFemme – Trailhead near Ashworth Pool

10:00 am

Pedal around Des Moines with style.  Meet ups all along the route circling the metro. Starts at trail head at Ashwroth Pool.  Come start or end your ride with a critical mass of women on bikes. Join facebook event for route map:  tentatively counter clockwise on paved bike trails heading through Waterworks, Gray’s Lake, toward Capitol and then around through Beaverdale.

CycloFemme is an International Ride connecting all women that ride – we ride together across the globe on May 11. Set your day around being a part of the pedal revolution.
Ride near or far, for leisure or sport. Smile and enjoy the ride. All are welcome to support and empower women by bike. See more at

Friday, May 16 

Handlebar Happy Hour – Des Moines Social Club, Malo Restaurant

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Friday, May 16 

PedalArt Poster Show -Des Moines Social Club

7 pm to 10 pm

Our 5th annual poster show featuring Iowa artists who create an original bike-themed art poster. Each artist will have 30 prints of their poster for sale at $30. For more information, click here.

Saturday, May 17 

Bike to Downtown Farmers’ Market

Saturday, May 17 

The Water Ride – Water Works Park

3 pm to 7 pm

The Move Project is hosting their second signature event, The Water Ride. Join us in riding for a cause, and help raise awareness and funds to provide clean water in Ghana. End your 23-mile ride back at Water Works for some live entertainment, beverages, ice cream and delicious food from local vendors.  Buy tickets here.

Saturday, May 17 

UCAN Loop Urbandale Mayor’s Ride – Walker Johnson Park 

Registration/Kid’s Bike Rodeo, 11 am to 1 pm; Join Urbandale Mayor Bob Andeweg and Scott Reister, celebrity host, for rides beginning at 1 pm with 5-, 10-, and 20-mile loops on Urbandale’s streets and trails.  Early Bird registration is $20 plus $5 for each additional family member.  After May 15th, registration increases to $25 plus $5 for each additional family member.  Registration includes t-shirt and lunch.  For more information, click here. Hosted by UCAN and Northwest Rotary.

Saturday, May 17

Mayor’s Ride – Carlisle

Enjoy breakfast in a local restaurant and get ready to ride. You will find parking, portable toilets and a shelter at the Carlisle Trailhead at Highway 5 and 1st Street in Carlisle. Then jump on the paved Summerset Trail for an enjoyable ride through Warren County. The trail follows the old rail bed of the former Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. This National Recreation Trail passes along suburban backyards, woodlands, farmland, wetlands and undulating prairie, showcasing Iowa’s natural heritage. At banner Mine State Wildlife Management Area, you can do a loop ride on the road around the wetlands and lakes. Keep an eye out for the variety of birds and wildlife along the trail. If your bike club will be joining us, let us know and we will help you make your reservations for breakfast. Contact:

Saturday, May 17

2nd Annual Ankeny Mayor’s Bike Ride 

8:30 am

Event begins at 8:30 am; ride begins at 9 am; start/finish at the Ankeny Park & Ride – 210 NW Ash.  No registration is required and all participants should wear a properly fitted bike helmet.

Sunday, May 18 

Bike to Art - Des Moines Social Club 

2 pm to 4 pm

Join us for a bicycle tour of Des Moines’ downtown architecture and art in public places. Stops include the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, the Iowa Capitol grounds and the American Republic building (with its own sculpture park). Guides include representatives of the Iowa Architectural Foundation, the Iowa Capitol, and the Des Moines Art Center.  Arrive early or stay late to view PedalArt in the Viaduct Gallery.  A $10 per person or $20 per family donation is recommended. Rain date: June 1.

Wednesday, May 21

Ride of Silence - State Historical Building in East Village 

6:30 pm to 7:45 pm

Join cyclists nationwide in a silent, slow-paced ride (max. 10 mph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling. Ride begins at the State Historical Building and rides west Grand Avenue and back east to the Historical Building on Locust Avenue.

Friday, May 23 

Handlebar Happy Hour – Good Sons, Beaverdale

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Saturday, May 24 

Bike to Downtown Farmers’ Market

Sunday, May 25

Bike to Brunch and M-O-C Ride with Mystery Stamp – West Des Moines to Cumming

9:30 am to 3 pm

Enjoy brunch at G. Mig’s (128 5th Street, Valley Junction), the ride to Orlongo’s and Cumming Tap to find the bonus mystery stamp!

Sunday, May 25

6th Annual Tour de Tivoli Bike Ride – Elk Horn

8:00 am Registration; 9:00 am Start

Starting at the Danish Windmill, this ride will take you through the beautiful countryside and on challenging hills.  Registration fee of $35 includes a voucher for breakfast at the local fire station, post-ride festivities and a t-shirt. Click here for more information.

Monday, May 26

Metro Trail Ride

2 pm to 4 pm

Celebrate the metro trail system with a start at the new Principal Riverwalk Hub Spot and a stop at the Des Moines Bicycle Collective.  Door-prize drawings for registered riders include gift cards from local bike shops and restaurants.

Thursday, May 29

Grow Your Green Workshop:  Life on Two Wheels – Smokey Row

7 pm to 8:30 pm

There aren’t many ways to get around town that are more sustainable than biking. That’s why this month’s Grow Your Green Workshop is all about the importance of bicycles and how to take care of the bike you’ve already got.

Learn about bicycle maintenance from Green Iowa AmeriCorps, at the Center on Sustainable Communities, and the Des Moines Bicycle Collective to get your bike in gear and ready for the warm weather. Free and open to the public. There will be a drawing for fun prizes.

Friday, May 30

Handlebar Happy Hour – Gray’s Lake, Overlook Terrace

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Saturday, May 31 

Bike to Downtown Farmers’ Market  

Monday, June 16

Bike Month Awards – Gramercy Tap 

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Join us in honoring the Commuter Challenge winners.

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