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Interested in cycling? Here’s a list to get you started


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Cyclists ride into downtown Hope for lunch during the 26th annual Hope Ride. FILE PHOTO
Cyclists ride into downtown Hope for lunch during the 26th annual Hope Ride. FILE PHOTO


When it comes to biking, Columbus is rife with resources. You’ll find support both online and in person.

Physical resources:

The People Trails, in and around Columbus, columbus.in.gov/cityofcolumbus/index.cfm/parks-recreation/people-trails: Consisting of multi use paths, side paths and connectors, the People Trails’ history dates back to 1985. Over time, city projects have connected the Trails to each other and connected cyclists to easier commute paths.

The Bicycle Co-op: Featuring the Earn-a-Bike program, which allows customers to earn a bike through volunteer hours, this non-profit bike garage was organized to remove barriers to bicycle ownership. The spacious shop is located in the United Way’s basement and is available for use for a suggested donation of $3 an hour. If you need a bike tomorrow, the Co-op also has ready-to-roll shop bikes.

The Bicycle Station, 1201 Washington St., 379-9005, thebicyclestation.com: This downtown shop offers bikes and biking accessories for sale; bike service and repairs, fit consultations, rentals, and guided tours.

Columbus Cycling and Fitness, 833 16th St., 372-7486, columbus-cycling.com: Open since 1928, this shop offers bikes, biking accessories and repairs.

Dancing “C” Bike Racks, in and around Columbus: Dotting the landscape with bright red, blue, yellow and green, these bike racks make parking a bike in Columbus a little easier.

Columbus BMX at Dunn Stadium, State Road 11 South, across from Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds: If you’re looking to practice your BMX stunting, this would be the place.

Online resources:

Columbike.com: This highly organized website, founded and maintained by Michael Whitworth, serves as a clearinghouse of information for biking in and around Columbus. Columbike features biking maps, daily weather updates, biking events including local and regional rides, as well as a forum for cyclists.

Columbus Area Visitors Center, columbus.in.us: In addition to the attractions in and around the county, the Visitors Center offers ideas for getting your biking tour underway, as well as links to downloadable People Trail information.

Whatsyourreach.org: Serving as Reach Healthy Communities’ online presence, find information about the programs, including ways to support a healthy lifestyle through biking.

Facebook.com: Because bicycling is such a grassroots hobby, easily accessible Facebook is stocked with pages devoted to reoccurring rides.

Columbus.in.gov/bike: City government site offers information about Bike Month, routes, bike safety information and “C” Racks.

Columbusparkfoundation.org: Find more information about the People Trails.

Bicycleindiana.org: You’ll find information about cycling in Indiana, including biking club contacts.

Bikely.com: Although not locally organized, type in your ZIP code at Bikely and you’ll find popular routes in the area.

Strava.com: Using compatible GPS devices, you can track your routes and share them with others.

RECURRING BIKING EVENTS

Columbus Cycling and Fitness Ride

6 p.m. at Columbus Cycling and Fitness, 833 16th St., this large group rides along at 16 to 18 miles per hour for a 21-mile ride. For more information visit Columbike.com or call 372-7486.

Columbus Women’s Ride

6 p.m. Tuesday Nights at the Eos statue (5th and Lindsey). This hour-long loop of the city is open to all. You’ll find more information on Facebook and Columbike.com

Latino Night at the Bike Co-op

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every other Tuesday at the Columbus Bike Co-op. This evening serves the Spanish-speaking community with help with bicycle repairs and the Earn-A-Bike program. For more information, visit bikeco-op.org.

Wednesday Night Ride

6 p.m. Wednesdays, this is a fast-paced, one-hour ride meeting at Columbus Cycling and Fitness. For more information visit Columbike.com or call 372-7486.

Columbus Indiana Wednesday Night Downtown Road Bikers (812 Hookie Crew)

5:30 p.m. every Wednesday in spring and into fall. With close to 500 members, this ride is part social group and part bicycle group. Each ride begins at a house or a restaurant. For more information, visit Columbike.com or find the group on Facebook.

Wednesday Night Mountain Bike

Ride in the van departing from the Bicycle Station at 5:20 p.m. or meet in the Brown County State Park upper parking lot at 6 p.m. No one gets dropped. For more information, visit thebicyclestation.com.

Thursday Evening Road Ride

6:15 p.m. Thursdays at the Bicycle Station, no one gets left behind during this one-and-a-half to two-hour ride. For more information, visit thebicyclestation.com.

Full Moon Rides

Sundown, Friday nights during the full moon. This slow ride is about 13 miles. Visit Columbike.com or the CWNRR Facebook page for more information.

Saturday Easy Ride

8 a.m. Saturdays, leaving from Columbus Cycling and Fitness, this is a good ride for beginners. For more information visit Columbike.com or call 372-7486.

The Breakfast Club

Conducted 9 a.m. Sundays, this group courses through the People Trails and into the Riverside district to the airport Hanger Restaurant for breakfast before riding back to Papa’s Grill. For more information, visit Columbike.com.

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