Oshkosh and the Fox Valley are celebrating National Bike Month in a big way this year! re:TH!NK, Winnebago’s Healthy Living Partnership, wants to highlight a few events that are near and dear to the Oshkosh area. For additional info or a more complete listing of Bike Week events, May 13-May 21, visit Fox Valley Bike Week on Facebook or re:TH!NK’s website.
Slow Roll Oshkosh (Tuesday, May 16 at 5:30pm): Slow Roll Oshkosh is a free, social, community bike ride at a slow and fun pace, with short tours through the City of Oshkosh. Rides are held once a month, each with a different starting location and route. The first slow roll of the season kicks off at Manila Resto on Algoma Boulevard. Social hour begins at 5:30pm and rides kick off around 6:30pm. Rides are around 5 miles and are great for all ages and abilities. Riders are encouraged to tell and bring their friends and family! Post your slow roll photos on social media with #SlowRollOsh. Visit the Slow Roll Facebook page, May 16 event page, or Slow Roll website for more information or to let the organizers know you’re planning to ride.
BikeOsh (Saturday, May 20 from 10am-2pm): Start at any one of our nearly 20 businesses you choose, then ride to as many as you wish, all while enjoying the sites and sounds of Oshkosh by bicycle! New this year is a Bike Rodeo starting at 10am sponsored by East Central WI’s Safe Routes to School program and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office. Registration, helmet fitting and bike inspections begin at 9:30am with a safety overview starting at 10am. All participants are invited to the Oshkosh Senior Center at 12:30pm to celebrate biking, health and safety. Raffle prizes will be given away, and light refreshments will be served. Download your Pedal Pass on the BikeOsh Facebook page or on re:TH!NK’s website. Post your BikeOsh adventures to social media using #BikeOsh or #BikeOsh2017.
Meet in the Middle Bike Ride (Sunday, May 21 from 1-4pm): Choose to start in Oshkosh at Bare Bones Brewery or in Hortonville at the WIOUWASH Trailhead. Choose your own distance or ride all the way to “Meet in the Middle.” Hortonville Public Library will also be sponsoring a shorter Storybook Ride on the trail for elementary aged kids. Outagamie County Parks Department will have a naturalist on the trail to answer questions about the beautiful natural surroundings. Outagamie County Public Health, Winnebago County Public Health and Safe Kids Fox Valley will be checking bike helmets at both ends of the trail. New helmets will be given to kids who do not have a helmet or have one that does not fit properly. Fox Cities Cycling Association, WI Bike Fed and Winnebago County Parks will have tables in the “Middle” to refuel with information, snacks, and water. The WIOUWASH Trail is a jewel in the Winnebago-Outagamie County Trail system.
Hope these events inspire you and your family and friends to get outside and get some miles in for the local Fox Valley Bike Challenge, part of the National Bike Challenge!
title photo by Emily Dieringer