By Lauren Kollauf on Monday, April 29, 2019

Here's how you can celebrate in Iowa

Riding a bicycle is a form of exercise that can be enjoyed by Iowans of all ages. It is a low-impact workout that strengthens a variety of muscles and increases stamina and cardiovascular fitness.

There's no better time to hop on your bike than May because it's Bike Month!


The Des Moines Street Collective hosts weekly City Rides. Join one in May to celebrate Bike Month.

Not only is biking good for your health, it is also an efficient and environmentally-friendly form of transportation (National Bike to Work Week is May 13–19 and Bike to Work Day is May 17) and a source of recreation. Iowa features more than 1,800 miles of trail which allows cyclists to bike to destinations and enjoy scenery along the way.

5-2-1-0: Get one hour of physical activity everyday

Want to celebrate Bike Month in Iowa? Consider joining one of these events:

Family-friendly events

The dsm4kids blog has compiled a list of Bike Month events in central Iowa you can enjoy as a family, including Clive Public Library’s Bike and Book Contest, Mayor's Rides around the metro, Iowa Cubs Pedal to the Park games and more! See the full calendar of events.

Des Moines events

The Des Moines Street Collective has collected a list of events that covers nearly every day in May. Bike to happy hours and bike-themed art shows, join trail rides and educational events + more! Find all events here.

  • Ride DART for free with a bike: Ride DART buses for free whenever you board with a bike during the month of May.
  • Half-off monthly B-Cycle rides: Get unlimited 1 hour rides on the B-cycle ride sharing service for only $5 a month any time in May.
  • Bike Valet at the farmers market: Take advantage of free and secure bike parking at the Downtown Farmers' Market. 
Events around the state

BikeIowa's calendar features multiple events happening throughout Iowa to celebrate Bike Month. A bike ride from Denison to Manilla, yoga class for cyclists in Iowa City and a ride across Chickasaw County to benefit the American Cancer Society are just some of the events happening in May. Find an event near you here.