Bicycle Lafayette works with local government, businesses, and private citizens to advocate for an improved cycling community. Lobbying for changes in local ordinances, searching out bicycle friendly businesses, and simply sharing bikes and our favorite routes are just a few examples of how we advocate.
Bicycle Lafayette's Mission is to promote cycling as a safe, viable, and healthy form of transportation and recreation in Lafayette and West Lafayette.
Bicycle Lafayette takes special care to educate cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers on the rules of the road as well as how to stay safe. Not only do we host education specific events, such as Bicycle Rodeo's, but we also take care to go over (and follow) all the rules of the road before and during any group rides.
As of right now, and for the foreseeable future, there are no requirements to becoming a Bicycle Lafayette Member. All are welcome. If you ride bikes, like bikes, believe that bikes can improve your life and the life of those around you, then you’re welcome to call yourself a member. If you are interested in finding out how to get involved drop us a line.
We are all spokes in the same wheel.
As of the summer of 2014, cars are required to give a cyclist on the road a minimum of 3 feet when moving to overtake a cyclist in both West Lafayette and Lafayette.
It is perfectly legal to ride two abreast (side by side) in Tippecanoe County.
While it is legal to ride your bicycle on most sidewalks outside of downtown Lafayette, it still isn't the safest plan. Do some research on taking the lane!
Helmets are smart. Helmets are cool. Helmets are not required by law (if you are an adult).
A cyclist should act and be treated as any other motor vehicle while operating on the roadways in Tippecanoe county. That means you ride WITH traffic, NEVER against!
All bikes should be equipped with a headlight and taillight as well as some type of noise making device that can be heard up to 50 feet away! You can get a ticket if you get pulled over without them (only after dusk in the case of the lights.
Teams will consist of four riders, each of whom must be at least 18 years of age. Each rider will ride one lap of each race. Competition will be conducted to determine the fastest team. Groupings for each race will be made at random. Heats will be run to determine the best times and the three fastest teams will vie for the title of “Downtown Champion”. The winner will receive the traveling trophy that they can proudly display at their place of business and which will be retained until the “Downtown Champion” is defeated in subsequent events. The cost to enter a team is $40. Entry deadline is 5pm on May 1, 2015. For further information, contact: Ken McCammon, 765-714-4844 Aaron Madrid, 765-429-7152
Once a year, riders around the world unite, taking part in a day called CycloFemme. FROM THOSE LEARNING TO RIDE, TO PRO RACERS, AND EVERYONE IN BETWEEN, WE DISCOVER THE JOY AND EMPOWERMENT OF THE RIDE, TOGETHER » CycloFemme is a Global Women's Cycling Day created TO HONOR THE PAST and the emancipation of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, for the freedom to choose and the chance to wear pants. TO CELEBRATE THE PRESENT and the riders who keep it rolling, bringing women's racing to the forefront, pushing the limits, breaking down barriers and sharing the love of the bike with everyone along the way. TO EMPOWER THE FUTURE of women in cycling and the opportunity for positive social change.Click to Learn More
Even life long Tippecanoe County residents don't seem to all know we have several amazing mountain bike trails in the immediate area. We'll be partnering with the Tippecanoe Mountain Bike Association yet again for another introduction to mountain biking. Join us at the Amphitheater to explore one of the counties best kept secrets. Virtuous Cycles will again be on hand with a few loner bikes so you can give the trails a shot even if you don't have your own bike.
Test your packing skills and experience bicycle camping with Bicycle Lafayette. We'll ride less than 15 miles outside of town at a friendly pace and camp over night. Hot dogs, smores, more smores, ghost stories, and maybe some campfire songs are sure to make the evening a blast. The next morning we'll wake up with the sun and ride back into town.
This is a great opportunity to learn how to get involved with Bicycle Lafayette! From the official site: http://www.llvolunteerexpo.org/ "The 44th class of Leadership Lafayette cordially invites you to join us for the 2nd Annual Leadership Lafayette Volunteer Expo. Last Year, hundreds of prospective volunteers attended and visited with representatives from more than 60 non-profit organizations."Click to Learn More!
It's National Bike to Work Day! We'll be teaming up again with our friends at the WRCC for the always fun BTWD celebration. Coffee, giveaways, and two great locations for you to stop at and say hello to your fellow commuters on the way to work.
On May 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.Click to Learn More
Bicycle Lafayette has made the decision to currently not register as a 501(c)(3) to allow our small organization to maintain it's versatility and open member policy. We make all our decisions democratically. Anyone with a desire to have a say or take on a role of leadership is allowed and encouraged to do so. We have no Board of Directors, only passionate participants. Bicycle Lafayette is, however, incorporated as a Non-profit Domestic Corporation with the Indiana Secretary of State. This status limits the amount of money we may accept in donation each year, but as we are a small, resourceful organization that hasn't gotten in our way yet. Your donation will be used in one of several ways. From helping us with organizational costs like printing, to specific projects like our bike map initiative, to operational costs like insurance. We assure you that your donation will be put to good use furthering our mission to advocate, educate, and promote cycling in the Greater Lafayette Community. Thank you in advance for believing in us.
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