Jul
8
6:00 PM18:00

Valley Junction ride with The Side Garage

We're bringing City Ride to Valley Junction! Meet us at The Side Garage, a small and mighty print shop rooted in thoughtful design, quality craftsmanship, and story telling. From there, we'll do a ride around the Valley Junction area and end back at The Side Garage. Stick around to screen print your own City Ride or bike themed t-shirt and enjoy some drinks with us!

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July 1st - Dinner and a Movie
Jul
1
6:00 PM18:00

July 1st - Dinner and a Movie

When we heard that The Fremont was screening the amazing Harold and Maude for their monthly Dinner and Movie event, we knew we had to go! We'll meet at The Fremont at 6pm and do a ride around the east and north side. After the ride, stick around for dinner and drinks and then enjoy the movie! The movie screening is free and dinner is $8 and includes a free craft cocktail.

If you're sticking around for the movie, make sure to bring lights! It will be dark when the movie ends.

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June 24th - Art Week Ride!
Jun
24
5:30 PM17:30

June 24th - Art Week Ride!

It's the annual art week ride! One of our favorite rides of the year! We'll start at the Des Moines Social club to play mini golf at the artist designed mini golf course in the courtyard. (Be sure to bring $5 to play). At 6:30pm, we'll hop on our bikes and make the following stops:

Horizon Line Coffee - grab a cold brew or sparkling tea and learn how baristas make that beautiful latte art. Barista Kenzie Wyatt will give us a demo and show us her skills!

Des Moines Mural at 5th & Locust - The Community Foundation recently commissioned one of the largest murals in the DSM and artist Ben Schuh will be on site to tell us more about it.

City Sounds Piano @ Krause Gateway Center - Check out one of the awesome public pianos and enjoy a short performance by Fred Gaddy.

Art Terrarium - We'll end the ride with free beer at this downtown plant + art shop. If you missed the PedalArt print show in May, several of the bike themed prints will be on display and available for purchase!

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June 17th - Franklin Jr. High
Jun
17
6:00 PM18:00

June 17th - Franklin Jr. High


We're so excited to partner up with the folks at Franklin Jr High for a ride through the Beaverdale neighborhood. After the ride, we'll get a private tour of the space, and learn more about all the awesome projects they have going on, including a concert venue, boutique hotel and restaurant! They will also be providing drinks and snacks for us after the ride.

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May 20th - Union Park Neighborhood
May
20
6:00 PM18:00

May 20th - Union Park Neighborhood

If you've never explored the Union Park area, you are in for a treat! This beautiful neighborhood is nestled along the river, just north of Downtown. Meet us at Captain Roy's at 6pm for a leisurely ride through the neighborhood.

We're excited to have Jim Freeman of Bike Law Iowa - Freeman Kevenides Law Firm, LLC join us at Captain Roy's after the ride for a special presentation. Learn all about your rights as a cyclist! The wonderful folks at Captain Roy's have agreed to open for us, so we can enjoy drinks and food on the patio along the river.

City Ride is a slow, 5-10 mile weekly bike ride through different neighborhoods of Des Moines. For one night once a week, we fill the streets and explore the city from the seat of our bikes. Learn new routes around town and discover places in the city you never knew existed! All bikes, ages, and experience are welcome to join! Always free, always fun.

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May 13th - Highland Park Neighborhood
May
13
6:00 PM18:00

May 13th - Highland Park Neighborhood

We’re excited to be partnering up with the Highland Park/Oak Park Neighborhood Associations for a ride up north!

Meet us at McHenry Park at 6pm. Neighborhood Association President Drew Kelso will lead our ride and show us his favorite parts of these beautiful neighborhoods. Join us afterwards for drinks at the famous Chuck's restaurant!

If you're riding from downtown, there will be a group meeting at Cowles Commons at 5:30pm to ride to the starting location at McHenry Park together.

City Ride is a slow, 5-10 mile weekly bike ride through different neighborhoods of Des Moines. For one night once a week, we fill the streets and explore the city from the seat of our bikes. Learn new routes around town and discover places in the city you never knew existed! All bikes, ages, and experience are welcome to join! Always free, always fun.

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Cancelled -City Ride on The Avenues
Jun
25
6:00 PM18:00

Cancelled -City Ride on The Avenues

Due to the weather, we will not be riding this week. There is also no City Ride next week, as we will be enjoying Yankee Doodle Pops! If you're riding your bike to the event, be sure to utilize the free Bike Valet provided by the Des Moines Bicycle Collective!

We're cruising The Avenues! Meet us at Moberg Gallery at 6pm to learn a little bit about the neighborhood and the murals featured on the Ingersoll "wall crawl". DMU will be giving away some sweet swag and there maybe even be some Avenues water bottles up for grabs! 

Our 6.5 mile ride will take us up and down Ingersoll Ave, through the lovely Waterbury neighborhood, along a woodsy trail, and up everyone's favorite Greenwood Park hill (don't worry, we'll take it slow)! 

Have drinks and make new friends at Star Bar after the ride! 

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Art Week City Ride
Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

Art Week City Ride

Have you heard about the East Side Neighborhood Mural Program? Join us during Art Week Des Moines for a special East Side mural tour with Brian Bonanno of Viva East Bank! 

Meet us at Third Space DSM,an experimental community resource center, gathering place, and creative space in the heart of Des Moines’ Capitol East Neighborhood, at 5:30pm for some hands on screen printing with The Side Garage. Print your own City Ride shirt or pick one of their bike themed designs!

At 6:30pm, we'll get on our bikes and check out several of the murals on the east side, learn about the mural project and the artists behind the murals.

Stick around afterwards for drinks at The Fremont (Cash Only)!

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Des Moines Taco Ride!
Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Des Moines Taco Ride!

The taco hop is back! Meet us at Freds Bike Shop at 6pm for a bike ride to three of the finest taco trucks in Des Moines. What could be better than biking and munching on tacos all night long?! 

Route TBD but as always this will be a slow ride under 10 miles. 

City Ride is a free weekly slow ride around different areas of Des Moines. All ages and bikes are welcome! Learn different bike friendly routes around town and discover the city from the seat of your bike! 

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Des Moines Snookies Ride!
Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Des Moines Snookies Ride!

The ice cream ride is back! Join us for a ride around Beaverdale, with a stop at Snookies for ice cream!

We'll be meeting at 6pm at The Triangle Tap for a 9 mile loop around Beaverdale, passing by three of the neighborhood's finest parks and a cruise down the main drag. This route has a couple hills, but as always, we'll take it nice and easy and enjoy the view. Stick around afterwards for drinks on the patio at The Triangle Tap.

Parking: There is limited parking at Triangle Tap, but you can utilize the large parking lot that services the HyVee. Be cautious of cars when biking to Triangle Tap. The safest route is to take the road behind the HyVee.

Coming from downtown? Meet us at 5:30 at Birdland Marina (by Captain Roy's) and bike with us on the trail to Triangle Tap.

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May
28
3:00 PM15:00

May 28 - Memorial Day Grill Out!

We'll be meeting at the South Shelter in Water Works park at 3pm for a longer than usual ride to Saylorville Lake. We will have two groups, a fast group that will take a 40 mile route and our no-drop group that will do a 20 mile casual ride. After the ride, stick around for a grill out and yard games! Condiments and drinks will be provided, but bring your own sides and items for grilling.

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May 14th - Sculpture Park
May
14
6:00 PM18:00

May 14th - Sculpture Park

Meet us at the Nomade in the Sculpture park for a Public Art and Architecture tour of downtown! After the ride, the brand new Flux Apartments will be providing drinks on their rooftop sky lounge. Have a drink and check out these beautiful new apartments, complete with a bike wash and repair room!

6pm - Meet at Sculpture Garden

6:15pm - Hit the road!

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May 7th - Peace Tree Brewery
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

May 7th - Peace Tree Brewery

Join City Ride and Des Moines Transportation Planner Jeff Wiggins for our first ride of 2018! We'll be touring downtown and stopping at three points along the route to learn about upcoming street improvement projects that Jeff is working on. Join us after the ride for a free beer from Peace Tree Brewing!

6pm - Meet at Peace Tree Brewing

6:15pm - Hit the road!

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Sept 26 - The Final Hurrah!
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Sept 26 - The Final Hurrah!

The final City Ride of the season! If you've been meaning to come join us, but haven't gotten around to it yet, now is the time! We have a slightly longer, but mostly flat route for you all this week. We'll be meeting at AJ's on East Court at 6pm and heading east down MLK, Scott Ave and then north for a bit on the Gay Lea Wilson trail before heading back the same way. Total route is about 13 miles. Join us for drinks on the patio at AJ's afterwards.

Hope to see you all there!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1864593817102009/

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Sept 19th - East Side Pt 2!
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

Sept 19th - East Side Pt 2!

Part 2 of our East Side series. Did you know there are some excellent trails on the east side of Des Moines? This week we'll be starting off at the Hilltop Lounge (you can bike there by following the previous week's route!) and then taking you on the trail to Copper Creek. We'll take the same route back. This ride is almost entirely trail, about 7 miles round trip.

Please check the facebook event for updates and potential changes due to weather: https://www.facebook.com/events/1711792312405401/

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Sept 12 - East Side!
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Sept 12 - East Side!

We're bringing you a three part east side ride this September. For the first ride, meet us at Up/Down in the East Village and join us for a ride to the Hilltop Lounge. We'll go back the same way we came. This ride is all on the street with some slight hills, about 9 miles round trip.

Please check the facebook event for updates and potential changes due to weather: https://www.facebook.com/events/152597448518999/

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Sept 5th - Highland Park
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Sept 5th - Highland Park

We're taking City Ride north this week! Meet us at 6pm at the Botanical Center for a ride up the Neal Smith Trail into Highland Park. We'll do a nice loop through the neighborhood and then have some pizza at McHenry Park. Feel free to join in at any point along the route. There will be a group biking back to the Botanical Center after McHenry Park.

https://www.facebook.com/events/962656270512954/

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August 29th - Ride to Fleur Cinema!
Aug
29
6:00 PM18:00

August 29th - Ride to Fleur Cinema!

This week, City Ride is going to show you another way to get from Gray's Lake to the Fleur Cinema (and avoiding the dreaded McRae Park hill!). Meet us at the southeast parking lot (the one closest to Confluence/furthest way from Fleur Dr.). It's only 3.8 miles to the cinema, where we'll take a break and have a drink before biking back. There are two hills along the route, but we'll take it slow. See you out there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/165113143923091/

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Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

August 8th - State Fair!

Avoid the traffic and bike to the Iowa State Fair!! On August 8th, we'll show you an easy route from the capitol to the fairgrounds and where to find bike parking when the fair begins. The fair runs from August 11-21. Meet us at the Des Moines Bicycle Collective (506 E 6th St.) at 6pm.  After the short ride, we'll end with drinks back at the collective.  See you out there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1781199205442432/

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