(Bike Indy) A two-wheeled city 

click to enlarge Brad Schaefer of NUVO Cycling, Jesse Houser of Freewheelin' and Molly Trueblood of IndyCog. Photo by Stephen Simonetto
  • Brad Schaefer of NUVO Cycling, Jesse Houser of Freewheelin' and Molly Trueblood of IndyCog.
    Photo by Stephen Simonetto

May is all about bicycles.

It is officially of course, in the form of May being nationally recognized as Bike Month. And the every popular Bike to Work Day is also held in May (Friday, May 20), and it's also when pretty much everyone who likes to bike has finally dusted of the unit, blown up the tires and gotten their butts on the seats, because the weather is so nice.

Add the fact that the bicycle community just keeps expanding, from cycling events to flat-out shindigs, and we are well on the way to leaving our destructive car culture behind. Okay, almost on the way.

So this week our focus is on Indy's bike scene with three features on folks we think are helping the bicycle cause move forward. First, there's IndyCog, a local bicycle advocacy group who's making riding fun and comfortable for all. Then there are the fine folks at Freewheelin', who are not only providing a vital community service, they're creating refurbished bicycles for you to purchase. Finally, if you take to the recreation so much it becomes a sport, we humbly present our own team as exemplary athletes in bicycle racing.

But they aren't the only heroes in this cycling saga. We couldn't get to everyone, but we will, eventually.

For example, keep an eye out for NUVO's story in June about Bicycle Garage Indiana, an organization we are honoring with a Cultural Vision Award. Also, there are plenty of Green Guides from our CityGuides series hanging around. In there we featured Pedal & Park, CICS (Central Indiana Commuter Service), City Market's new bicycle hub and Indy's growing number of bicycle lanes — in May, our bicycle lanes will grow from 30 to 60 miles.

All of them — all of us — are united by one idea: Bicycles are good for us. They reduce the need for cars, they're great exercise and they are community-friendly vehicles. When you ride, you look at people. You stop and talk to people. You smell the proverbial roses. You enjoy your town.

So enjoy these stories, then get on your bike. Because the only thing missing from the wheeled revolution, is you.

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Jim Poyser

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Jim Poyser is Executive Director of Earth Charter Indiana, a statewide organization that was one of over two dozen nonprofit partners in Greening the Statehouse. A former managing editor of NUVO, he won HEC’s Environmentalist of the Year Award in 2013.

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