Indianapolis will celebrate the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month, the month of May, in a big way in 2013. Cycling enthusiasts, and the public at large will be able to choose from two big events Indy Cultural Trail Grand Opening events on May 11th and 12th and the annual Indianapolis Bike to Work Day, Friday May 17.
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail which has been under development and construction since 2007 will celebrate it’s grand opening this in two events this May. Friday May 10th at 3:45 PM, a Ribbon Cutting ceremony, at Alabama and Market streets, right next to the Indy Bike Hub YMCA and Indianapolis City Market.
The ceremony will feature local performing and visual artists and an original jazz composition performed by local musicians. Remarks U.S. Congressman André Carson, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Central Indiana Community Foundation President Brian Payne, Philanthropist Marianne Glick and Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. Executive Director Kären Haley will be part of the ceremony. The program will conclude around 4:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the public is invited to enjoy and celebrate the trail during “Get Down On It”, a celebration of the cultural trail. More than 75 different programs and activities are planned along the Cultural Trail and in each Cultural District. Most programs are scheduled between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Activities range from INDYCOGS Two Wheels One City, Lemonade Day, Asian Fest, and Indiana Ave.’s live stage, to outdoor films, live animals, chalk art, live dance, jump-roping, acrobats, magicians, yoga and fitness classes and hot-air balloon rides.
“Get Down On It” is a partnership between Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc., Central Indiana Community Foundation and the City of Indianapolis.
For a full schedule and map of activities visit: www.IndyCulturalTrail.org/getdownonit.
Indianapolis Bike To Work Day is Friday, May 17. That morning, IndyCOG, a Marian County bicycle advocacy group will coordinate rides from around surrounding suburbs that will meet at the Indy Bike Hub YMCA. Over 2,000 riders are expected to participate in events city-wide. Breakfast, temporary and all day parking and a variety of cycling organization will greet commuter cyclists meeting at the east wing of city market. For the ride home, “bike trains” are also being promoted that will be meet again the Indy Bike Hub.
Compete details on Indianapolis Bike-To-Work Day can be found on the IndyCOG website.