Biking In The Boro
Springboro’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) in partnership with three local breweries will sponsor six 10-mile bike rides on City streets this summer.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan
BPAC has been busy since that time and in 2013 its work led to the adoption of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan that included policy and infrastructure recommendations in support of the long-range development of a pedestrian and bicycle network. That work had led to the designation of North Main Street (SR 741) as the first bike lane in the community in 2011 and the completion of a bike hub called “SPARC and Go” (Springboro Area Recharging Center) in 2013 on South Main Street in the Historic District. A second bike hub is located at 510 North Main Street.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Update, Spring 2020The plan was updated and adopted in 2020, identifying current community priorities and providing recommendations on what to focus on next. See the plan here: https://walkbike.info/springboro/.
Bike the Boro and The Big Event
Each year, on the Saturday before Labor Day, the City hosts Bike the Boro, Springboro’s celebration of all things biking at Springboro’s North Park, 195 Tamarack Trail. Bike the Boro includes three bike rides on the streets of Springboro followed by an expo where local bike shops, bicycle education and advocacy organizations, health and wellness organizations, public safety agencies, and others will be on hand. Bike the Boro and The Big Event take place rain or shine. All events are free and open to all. Pre-registration includes a FREE t-shirt. Registration and more information will be available in July.
The Big Event
Following the bike rides, the City hosts The Big Event that continues until 1:00 p.m. The festival includes free helmet fittings courtesy of the City of Springboro and Dayton Children’s Medical Center, participation by Bicycle Revival, a mobile bike shop based in Springfield, and Spoken Bicycles from Middletown. Springboro’s own DK Bicycles and Airborne Bicycles will be on hand as well as Dayton-based Huffy. Mike’s Bike Park from Dayton, one of two indoor bicycle parks in the state. Also participating will be Whitman’s Bike Way Bike Shop from Miamisburg.
BELOW IS INFORMATION FROM 2021 event: Look for registration information in July 2022.
Also there will be Bicycles for All who will be in attendance to accept your used bicycle in any condition. The Warren County Combined Health District will be in attendance to distribute health information. The Springboro Chapter of Volksmarchers and riders and the support team from Team Enso that competed in the Race Across America (RAAM) this June. There will be Clearcreek Fire District apparatus, and other public safety agencies including the Warren County Sheriff’s office, the Springboro Police Department’s bike patrol, music, food and more. There will be a climbing wall, face painting, bounce houses, and a scheduled visit by CareFlight’s helicopter (participation is subject to availability). Bicycle parking will be provided by Speedy Feet.
Bike the Boro Rides
Bike the Boro starts with three family fun rides—2-, 10-, and 16-miles in length—that will offer a good challenge for all cyclists. All three bike rides start and end at the North Park parking lot so you will not miss any of the fun following the rides and there will be plenty of bike parking spaces. All three rides begin with a group start and the rides take place on the streets of Springboro, some are major thoroughfares.
There will be a pre-ride orientation for each ride. The rides starts will be staggered but each ride route will begin as a group.
While there will be bicycle repair capabilities at the ride start, cyclists should have a ride-ready bicycle. Participants are responsible for making their own evaluation of traffic, road, safety and weather conditions. All riders will need to have a helmet and reflective clothing is recommended.
All routes will be designated with a color-coded directional signs and there will be a follow rider at the end of the pack for the 10- and 16-mile rides. Rest stops will be provided on the 10- and 16-mile rides. Maps and cue sheets for the rides are provided in the link below and will be available September 4.
2.3-Mile Green Route
The 2.3-mile Green Route follows the residential streets of the Spice Rack neighborhood south of North Park. It crosses no major streets or traffic signals but provides a memorable hill at the end. This route is ideal for families with younger children on their own bikes and in trailers. This ride is unchanged from 2019. See the Green Route Map & Cue sheet.
10-Mile Red Route
The 10-Mile Red Route visits the Spice Rack, Settlers Walk, Village Park and the Tamarack neighborhoods of Springboro, crossing busy streets like SR 741/North Main Street, Lytle Five Points Road and Pennyroyal Road. The Red Route is intended for adults and older children accompanied by adults. There will be a rest stop with water and shelter at the 7.0-mile mark, a bike rider will follow the group. The ride includes hills throughout and is not intended for your first ride of the year. See the Red Route Map & Cue Sheet.
16-Mile Blue Route
The 16-mile Blue Route passes through 75 percent of the City’s neighborhoods including Settlers Walk, Royal Oaks, The Springs, Creekside and the Historic District, offering a good challenge to adult riders. The ride has been modified for 2020 to avoid the SR 741/South Main Street crossing as in the past. There is a rest stop with water and shelter and bathroom access at the 9.9-mile mark. There will be a follow rider to follow the group. This ride includes hills and is not intended to be your first bike ride of the year. See the Blue Route Map & Cue Sheet.
Navigate the Routes on Your Smartphone
New for 2021 we have posted the three rides on Ride With GPS which is available for download to your Smartphone and here. There is no charge for using the basic application for following the three rides for this event. Please note the route is the same however the navigation cues may be slightly different as will the mileage from the map/cue sheets above.
Thank you to our friends at DK Bicycles/Airborne Bicycles we will have a bicycle drawing at Bike the Boro. The bicycles available for the drawing are shown below.
2021 DK Cygnus 20-inch retails for $499.99.
2021 DK Cygnus 24-inch, retails for $549.99
Two 2021 Airborne Gnome Balance Bikes, retails for $100.00
Also we will have gift certificates from Spoken Bicycles, Whitman’s Bikeways Bike Shop, and Mike’s Bike Park. We’ll also have Ohio to Erie Trail jersey from Bicycle Revival. All courtesy of the City of Springboro and the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Feel free to contact Dan Boron at firstname.lastname@example.org or (937) 748-6183 if you have any questions and feel free to pass the word along to your friends and family. See you September 4th at North Park!
2022 Bicycle Events
Visit Biking in the Boro Upcoming Events page for information on:
Bike Rides: The Springboro Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is partnering with Crooked Handle Brewing Company and Mr. Boro's Tavern for 10-mile bike rides. Meet at the pubs to enjoy a 10-mile ride on the streets of Springboro. After the ride, circle back to the brewery for prizes and pub discounts. The ride will happen rain or shine. Food is available at both pubs.