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

City Ride on The Avenues

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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Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

July 18 - River Bend!

This week we'll be starting at Smokey Row Coffee Shop and riding into the neighborhoods north of I-235, including Drake, King Irving and historic River Bend. We'll end the ride by cruising back into the Ingersoll area for drinks at Star Bar.

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June 27th 6pm State Capitol
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

June 27th 6pm State Capitol

Des Moines City Ride is pairing up with local blog Say Hello to the City for an awesome ride from the Capitol to Sherman Hill and then back into the East Village. We'll be meeting at 6pm on Finkbine Dr, right in front of the capitol building. 

After the ride, join us for our best after party yet! We'll be kicking it off with appetizers at Domestica. Incredible henna artist Rayna Gasteiger will be doing henna designs for only $15! Then head across the street to 8/7 Central to screen print your very own City Ride t-shirt! 

Check out Rayna's work on the Say Hello to the City blog: http://www.sayhellotothecity.com/home/2016/henna

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June 20th 6pm Des Moines Social Club
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

June 20th 6pm Des Moines Social Club

Join us for a special Art Week City Ride! Meet us in the alley of the Social Club and check out the Plein Aire Painting Festival in the Viaduct Gallery (all artwork will be for sale!). At 6:30, we'll take a beautiful route through Water Works park to the Art Center, where docent Mia Farrell will give us a tour of the outdoor sculptures. After our tour, we'll cruise down Ingersoll, back into downtown and over to AJ's on East Court for drinks! 

Don't miss this special Art Week City Ride!

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Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

June 13th 6pm Ashby Park

 

Join us as we cruise Beaverdale! We'll start at at Ashby Park, discover a few trailheads, see the quaint Beaverdale homes, ride around lovely Witmer Park and end with an after party hosted by Back Country Outfitters! Come see Beaverdale from the seat of your bike!

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May 23rd 6pm Cowles Commons
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

May 23rd 6pm Cowles Commons

Join us May 23rd for a fun, beautiful 7 mile ride through downtown and the East Village.  The route is 99% flat, so bring your cruisers, costumes, bells, whistles, and boomboxes!  It's gonna be a party on bikes!  After the ride we'll keep the party going at the Vaudeville Mews with The Blendours and a dj set by MAIDS.  Don't miss the launch of Des Moines City Ride!

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May 16th 6pm Gray's Lake
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

May 16th 6pm Gray's Lake

On May 16th we'll be taking back roads to the Fleur Cinema and Cafe!  Meet us at Gray's Lake (south side parking lot) at 6pm.  We will bike through MacRae Park, get a lovely view of the city, and then continue on south down SW 12th and SW 14th street.  We'll take a short break at the Fleur Cinema before biking back along a similar route.  Total ride is about 7.5 miles.  There is one short, steep hill through MacRae Park, but we won't judge if you need to jump off your bike and walk it up the hill!  We'll regroup at the top of the hill before continuing on.  You'll be surprised by how easy and fun it is to bike to the Fleur Cinema from downtown!

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