Events usher in the cycling season
Riders approach Springfield City Hall during the 2018 Bike to Work Day event. The annual program promotes eco-friendly, healthy modes of transportation.
Springfield’s annual Bike to Work Day will take place Friday, May 17, from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on the City Hall Plaza.

Bike to Work Day is an occasion to promote fitness in a collaborative and environmentally friendly way. Attendees can enjoy music by D J Chill, free food, and enter a raffle for chances to win a bike and other prizes. The first 100 people to register for the event will receive a free T-shirt, and the first 150 riders to make it to City Hall will receive a free sling bag.

Cyclists will ride in from Beatty Station and other locations to the City Hall Plaza, promoting eco-friendly and healthy modes of transportation.

“Bike to Work Day is an opportunity for us to support healthier lifestyles as well as encourage a more environmentally friendly mode of transportation,” said Springfield City Manager Bryan Heck.

“It’s also a chance for the community to stay connected. We have more participants every year, and it’s just a great way for the people in our community to gather around a common interest.”

Springfield Health & Fitness will offer a free fitness class as part of the day’s festivities.

Participants will be able to enter a raffle for prizes from Bicycle Revival, Bicycle Stop, Black Pub Bike Repair, Calland & Campbell Insurance, NTPRD Chiller, Ellie’s Restaurant and Bakery, K&G Bike Center, Le Torte Dolci Bakery, Courtyard by Marriott, Planet Fitness, Village Cyclery, Winans Chocolate and Coffees, Yellow Springs Brewery, and Young’s Jersey Dairy.

Sponsors of the event include Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital, Bike Springfield, Buckeye Café, Clark Schaefer Hackett, Lee’s Famous Recipe, Springfield Health & Fitness, and Tropical Smoothie Café.

On June 7, the Springfield Police Division will host its annual Bike Rodeo for children ages six to 13. The event is held to promote physical activity and competitive summer fun, as well as bike safety education. Kids will spend the day with police and fire first responders, complete an obstacle course and enjoy a meal.

“Bike Rodeo is one of the ways our officers are able to engage with the community on a different level,” said Springfield Police Division Chief Lee Graf.

For more information about Bike to Work Day, call 937-324- 7300. To learn more about the Bike Rodeo, call 937-324-7729 or email Sgt. Tom Selner at