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Indianapolis area bicycling events abound this April

Over 1,200 Indianapolis bicyclists gathered for in sub-freezing temps.
Over 1,200 Indianapolis bicyclists gathered for in sub-freezing temps.
Jay S. Hardcastle - thinktandem@gmail.com

A sure sign of the cycling culture that Mayor Ballard wants to develop for Indianapolis is a full calendar of cycling events. And if April is any indication, that bicycle culture is here and thriving. All month long during April, you will find something for every interest level of bicycling all across Indianapolis.

Are you new to bicycling and looking for some tips to get rolling? Starting Wednesday, April 2, Bicycle Garage Indy begins offering free clinics on a variety of bicycle topics, including Fixing Flat Tires, a basic bike pre-ride check, and a featured clinic at the end of the month, “Preparing for Long Rides”. Bicycle Garage Indy Clinics will also be offered on select Monday evenings at their Downtown location in the Indy Bike Hub YMCA @ Indianapolis City Market, and on select Tuesday evenings in their Greenwood store. The complete schedule and free registration is online at www.bgindy.com/for/clinics.

Bicycle Garage Indy will also host a BGI Ladies’ Night on Thursday April 10, at their North store. The night’s speaker will be Teresa Boyle of Liv/Giant, the women’s cycling initiative and product line from Giant Bicycle. The evening includes a social hour with beverages and food, followed by the main program, door prizes, and time for shopping. The Ladies’ Night is a free event, but registration is required at www.bgindy.com/for/ladiesnight.

April 10 is a busy night, since that is also local cycling advocacy group IndyCog’s 4th Annual Bike to Ball Park. The ride will meet for a social hour the Sun King Brewery parking lot at 4pm, and depart for Indians Field (with Mayor Ballard planning to ride along) at 6:15pm for the opening night of the Indians 2014 season. Complete details and registration are online at https://indycog.org/events/2014-bike-to-the-ball

Want to try a new bike off-road, and check a south-side mountain bike park? On Saturday, April 12, Giant Bicycle will be hosting a bicycle demo day at Southwestway Park from 10am to 4pm. You will need to bring your helmet, ID and cycling shoes to try a bike, either off-road in the park, or on the surrounding roads. Local manufacturer ZIPP will be at the event, which is co-sponsored by Indy Cycle Specialists and Bicycle Garage Indy.

And that is not all for a busy Saturday. At 4pm, Indianapolis Department of Public Works-SustainIndy is hosting Mayor Ballard’s Spring Fever Ride. This year's Spring Fever Ride will feature the brand new White River Wapahani Trail, which extends nearly seven miles from the Major Taylor Velodrome near 38th Street past Riverside Park, through White River State Park to near Raymond Street. Two starting points are offered, either the Major Taylor Velodrome or the White River State Park. Registration and details is online at http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DPW/SustainIndy/Bikeways/Pages/Spring-Fever-Ride.aspx

Would you like to learn more about the work of George Kessler, one of the original designers of Indianapolis’s extensive system of parks and boulevards? Saturday April 18, Indiana Landmarks will host bicycle tours starting from the Riverside Park Recreation Center, 2420 El Riverside Drive. Space is limited, and the cost is $15 per person. You can learn more and register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kessler-bike-tour-tickets-10379083117

Bicycle Indiana will be hosting its annual statewide bicycle advocacy summit, Start Pedaling Indiana or spIN 2014, in Bloomington, IN, beginning Thursday, April 24 through Saturday the 26. Along with speakers and workshops, it is Little 500 weekend in Bloomington, so the summit will feature a “Breaking Away” screening and landmarks tour. Details and registration info are online at http://bicycleindiana.org/summit.php.

And in April, Indiana’s largest bike club, the Central Indiana Bicycling Association (CIBA) will have rides almost every day of the week. You can get all details, and membership information on their website at www.cibardide.org.

The CIBA website is just one of the places you can find information on upcoming bicycle events year round. You will also find area ride and bicycle event information from IndyCog, Bicycle Indiana, and Bicycle Garage Indy’s Events Calendar and Upcoming Events blog.

April is going to be an exciting bicycle month, so get your bike out of the garage, get your tires pumped up, the chain oiled, buckle on your helmet, and go out for a ride!