Bike-to-Work Week kicks off with 'duckling' ride

Posted: 6:05 AM, May 16, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-16 07:23:46-04

CINCINNATI -- It's National Bike-to-Work Week, and many Tri-Staters brave enough to face the cold temperatures Monday morning will be gathering for "duckling rides" with veteran cyclists showing newbies the ropes to two-wheeled commuting.

Here's where you can join the duckling rides for your morning commute.

  • Mount Lookout: 7 a.m. Monday -- Meet at the edge of the Duck Creek Watershed (Erie Avenue at Delta). Ride down the Delta Avenue bike lanes, Riverside bike lanes and then duck into Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park at Bains to ride on the Ohio River Trail.
  • East Walnut Hills: 7:30 a.m. Monday -- Join Danny Korman of Park + Vine for a fun and supportive bicycle commute from East Walnut Hills to Downtown. They'll gather at 7:30 a.m. every Monday in May at Café DeSales, 2835 Woodburn Ave. in East Walnut Hills and duck out at 8 a.m. sharp. There's no need to RSVP. Helmets are strongly encouraged.
  • Northside: 7 a.m. Monday -- Please show up at Collective Espresso Northside at 4037 Hamilton Ave. for a prompt 7:15 a.m. departure so everyone can get to work in a timely fashion.
  • Northern Kentucky Greenway: 7 a.m. Monday -- Latonia to Downtown. If the weather and trail conditions permit, they'll split up at Holmes High School and Holmes Middle School into groups for paved and natural surface routes. Licking River Greenway and Trails. Show up promptly for a 7:15 a.m. departure so everyone can get to work in a timely fashion. No need to RSVP, helmets and lights encouraged.
  • Downtown: 7 a.m. -- Downtown (Fountain Square) to the University of Cincinnati. This ride will be challenging to anyone who hasn't got their bike legs yet this spring since it goes mostly uphill.

Of course, you'll need coffee and snacks to fuel that pedal-powered commute, so drop past Trailhead Coffee and Reser Bicycle Outfitters at Seventh and Monmouth in Newport where cyclists can get free drip coffee between 7 and 9 a.m. all week long.

End the week right with Bike-to-Work Day and free breakfast on the Purple People Bridge. They'll have free food and cyclist camaraderie from 7 to 9 a.m. Friday at a commuter station on the bridge.

Friday might be your day to experiment with multimodal commuting by combining a free bus ride with your bicycle route.

Metro, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) and Clermont Transportation Connection (CTC) have partnered to offer free rides for cyclists May 20 only. Bike racks are located on the front of all area buses and can accommodate two bikes. Bikes are not allowed on board buses unless they can be folded and stowed under a seat.

If biking to work isn't your cup of tea, perhaps a cold one after work is? Here's where to get your bike week happy hour on:

  • Brew House Cincinnati Bicycle Happy Hour
    4 to 7 p.m. Monday
    1047 East McMillan St. Walnut Hills
    Free appetizer with purchase of a meal and $1 off your favorite brew. Must show helmet!
  • BrewRiver GastroPub Bicycle Happy Hour
    4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday
    2062 Riverside Dr.
    Buy one appetizer, get the second at half-price.
  • Park + Vine Bike-to-Work Week Happy Hour
    4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday
    1202 Main St. OTR
    Pedal to Park + Vine during Bike-to-Work Week and enjoy free vegan goetta bites from our lunch counter and wash it down with a free cup of coffee, tea or kombucha on tap.
  • SPUN Bicycles Happy Hour
    4 to 7 p.m. Thursday
    4122 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati 45223
    They'll have pizza bites from The Kitchen Factory and bicycle commuters can enjoy $1 off draft beers next door at The Listing Loon-Northside's Craft Beer & Wine Bar/Bottle Shop.

Check out the story here for everything you need to know about Bike Month in the Tri-State .