Wheels a turnin’

May 10, 2012 —

May Bike MonthMay is Bike Month and Des Moines has a ton of opportunities for you to dust off those wheels and hit the trails.

• May 14: Two-Wheel Caucus, 7-8 a.m. Meet at 39th Street and Grand Avenue, as politicians from central Iowa will ride with commuters downtown. Ride ends at Congressman Leonard Boswell’s office, 300 E. Locust St.

• May 16: Join cyclists nationwide in a silent, slow-paced Ride of Silence (max of 10 mph) to honor those killed or injured while cycling. 6:30-7:45 p.m., State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust St.

• May 18: Ten-year anniversary of Bike to Work Day. Celebrate between 4:30 and 8 p.m. at Gray’s Lake with music sponsored by Des Moines Park and Recreation and Jasper Winery.

• May 20: Bike to Art, 2-4 p.m. Meet at 13th Street and Grand Avenue on the east side of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park for a bike tour of downtown architecture and art. Recommended donation: $10 per person, $20 family.

• May 20: Community Bike Picnic at Woody’s Smoke Shack, 2511 Cottage Grove Ave. From 4 to 7 p.m., enjoy barbecue with fellow cyclists. Bring a side dish and something to drink. The Des Moines Bicycle Collective will recognize the Commuter and Advocate of the Year along with all volunteers.

• May 28: Metro Trail Ride, 1-5 p.m. Celebrate the central Iowa trail system at a gathering at Birdland Park.

With a deep love for her hometown, Nicole Branstad is pro-Des Moines and is constantly touting its many events and attractions. When she isn’t out exploring the city she likes to spend time with her husband Marcus and their son Everett. She enjoys hosting lavish dinner parties, collecting wine and buying fresh flowers at the downtown farmer’s market. Nicole works in the marketing & communications department as the online marketing-enrollment coordinator.