This summer, the City of Carmel is organizing three themed bicycle rides aimed at engaging the community. Two of them are targeted for young children and their parents and one is a social mixer for adults.
The new “Bike Carmel” events give riders a chance to experience routes of 10 to 25 miles along trails and urban corridors.
SAFE SUMMER CYCLING – May 20; 10 a.m.
This Saturday morning ride launches from Smoky Row Elementary School with a special safety seminar preceeding the ride.
“We’re going to start off with a little safety expo and teach kids how to ride properly since the summer is starting,” said City Councilor Bruce Kimball, who is also an organizer and founder of Carmel Pedals.
Children will learn the proper way to wear a helmet, the best ways to be visible to others when they’re out and the rules of the road. There will also be free caricatures, face painting and the Carmel Clay Mobile Library.
RIDE DINE AND DANCE – July 1; 5:30 p.m.
This event is a chance for cyclists to end their ride with live music and adult beverages in the Carmel Arts & Design District.
That Saturday night the City of Carmel is hosting a “Late Night on Main” party with a live band playing in the street starting at 9 p.m. to provide outdoor entertainment on a summer night. This free event is open to anyone and is separate from the bike ride.
Cyclists will begin with registration at 5:30 p.m. and hit the trails at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy a 10-mile or 25-mile ride before relaxing with dinner and drinks on Main Street. Kimball said the City of Carmel is working with Sun King Brewery to provide refreshments.
“We think it’s going to be a huge bike community type of event,” he said. “When everyone was finished, we know they’ll be hungry, so we hope they fill all the restaurants in the area.”
SACK LUNCH RIDE – August 13; 12:30 p.m.
Right before kids go back to school, the city will end the cycle series with a ride starting in the Village of West Clay. Market District will have nutritionists on hand to talk about how to pack a healthy lunch for kids, and there will be healthy items to pick up at various stops along the bicycle ride.
“I think it’s a great ride for parents to think about healthy school lunches,” Kimball said.
Adult ticket prices for each event are $35 and youth age 13 to 17 pay $20. Children 12 and younger can participate in each event for free. Kimball said the registration costs help recoup some of the city’s expenses for entertainment, police security, event organization and more.
Visit BikeCarmel.com and click “Events” for registration information.