City of Ames to celebrate Bike to Work Week


By Matthew Rezab, [email protected]

An ISU student heads home on her bike after a meeting in Kildee Hall. The Ames Bicycle Coalition is celebrating Bike to Work Week from May 11 to 15, and Friday is Bike to Work Day.

Devyn Leeson

The City of Ames is taking part in National Bike to Work Week with multiple events scattered throughout the week.

Since May is National Bike Month, Bike to Work Week aims to get people to bike to work, school or around their neighborhood.

According to the City of Ames website, “Mayor John Haila and Ames City Council members will kick off National Bike to Work Week by hosting a free Bike Commuter Continental Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Monday, May 14, in front of City Hall, 515 Clark Ave.”

The week’s festivities are supported by community volunteer organizations like the Ames Bicycle Coalition and Healthiest Ames, who are working with local businesses to encourage biking safety in or around Ames.  

Local businesses and the city are holding events including:

Monday, May 14- Breakfast at City Hall from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. This event sets the tone for the rest of Bike Week, which will consist primarily of breakfasts.

Tuesday, May 15- Breakfast at Stuart Smith Park from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The event will take place at the Iowa State Information Booth parking lot located in the park.

The second event will be happening at Ames Laboratory from 12-1 p.m. According to the events page, “all Ames Laboratory employees are invited to join Sara Cady from the Ames Bicycle Coalition to talk about bicycling, commuting and safety at a Lunch & Learn.”

Wednesday, May 16- Breakfast hosted by the Ames Bike World will be held at Brookside Park from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The breakfast will include an assortment of bagels, fruit, granola bars, coffee and more.

The first event on Thursday, May 17, is a breakfast at the Collegiate Presbyterian Church from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The breakfast is hosted by JAX Outdoor Gear and will include Dutch Oven bagels, fruits and coffee.

The second event will be “Handlebar Happy Hour” at Provisions Lot F from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. According to the events page, “The Research Park is celebrating National Bike Month with drink specials and free appetizers at Provisions Lot F.”

The final event for the week is hosted on Friday, May 18. Another commuter breakfast will be held by Skunk River Cycles from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. They will have “coffee and juice, bagels, fruit and maybe even a homemade treat.”

For more information on all events during the week and the rest of Bike Month, visit the Ames Bicycle Coalitions Facebook event page.