Biking & Hiking Events
City and Library partner on “Next Destination” Speaker Series 2024
Winter months make hiking and biking a little more difficult. So, the City of Springboro Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) partner with the Franklin-Springboro Public Library to present the Next Destination Speaker Series that focuses on hiking and bicycling, and you can stay cozy and warm while learning about these fantastic adventures. All programs are free, begin at 6:30 p.m. and include a 60- minute presentation with plenty of time for questions after. Please note presentation location. For more information call 937-748-6183.
Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m.: Ruth Morley, “The "Mature" Hiker's Guide to Success on a Long Distance Trek", Performing Arts Center
How would “Ruthless,” in her mid- 60’s, with a specialized diet, back issues and a tendency get fractures and tendonitis, manage to successfully cover the full distance of the Appalachian Trail, and later on, several other long distance trails? Through meticulous planning and preparation. Logistical planning included: researching the trail and planning an itinerary with comfortable daily mileages. Months were spent planning and dehydrating all trail foods. Physical training began half a year in advance and lightweight gear was carefully researched and purchased or sewn by Ruth. And, once on the trail, when injuries came into play several times, perseverance was called into action. SPOLIER ALERT: This story has a happy ending, but please join us to hear much more about how planning, preparation and perseverance played such key roles in this story, as well as others which followed.
Ruth Morley’s passion is exploring the world by foot, such as the 1500 mile GR5 in Europe, Kilimanjaro, Patagonia, the Appalachian Trail, the Colorado Trail, the Florida National Scenic Trail and Ohio’s Buckeye Trail. During the past four years, she has done many of these backpacking expeditions completely plant-powered, eating her own homemade, self-dehydrated meals and snacks. At age 71, she finds that she now recovers much faster than in the past and feels 20 years younger. Her list of trails she plans on hiking continues to grow.
Thursday, March 7, 6:30 p.m.: Mike Bisig from Mike’s Bike Park/Bike Shop in Dayton & Beavercreek, Performing Arts Center
Mike’s Bike Park in Downtown Dayton, Southwest Ohio’s only indoor bike park, is the most well known example of Mike Bisig’s work in serving the region’s bikers and skaters, but it is only one part of Mike’s work and a small part of his journey. In this session Mike will talk about his career leading to the opening of Mike’s Bike Park in 2017, later Mike’s Cycle and Skate in Huber Heights, providing a venue and space for the region to meet, learn, and grow.
Michael Bisig is the owner of Mike's Bike Park (Dayton), Mike's Cycle and Skate (Huber Heights), Rock Local Music Store, President of We Are Bike Kids nonprofit organization, faculty member at The International College of Broadcasting, and he is an accomplished Saxophonist and Guitarist, regularly performing in and around the tri-state area. Mike has a passion for inspiring people both young and old to reach their highest potential through many exciting educational and life opportunities.
For more information about these programs, call 748-6183 or email Dan Boron.
Andy Niekamp, “Hiking the Arizona Trail”
Take an 800-mile journey from the Mexico border to the Utah state line on the Arizona Trail (AZT) across the entire length of Arizona through deserts, mountains, forests, canyons, wilderness, and history with Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp. Watch his presentation here.
Tracy Burge, “Bikepacking on the North Sea”
Springboro native Tracy Burge shares her journey on the North Sea Cycle Route, a tour of the countries that border the North Sea. It took a lot of planning and training, but Burge fulfilled her dream in 2019, cycling 3,500 miles over three months and traveling through 14 countries. Watch her presentation here.
Jim Rahtz, “Canoeing the Boundary Waters”
Boundary Waters 101: Starting in Northern Minnesota and spreading into Canada there are over two million acres of preserved wilderness just waiting for you. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and adjacent Quetico Provincial Park, known collectively as the Boundary Waters, may just be the finest place in the world to canoe, camp, fish, immerse yourself in nature, unplug and recharge. Watch his presentation here.
Jim Rahtz spent a career in park and recreation management in Ohio and has spent more years than he cares to admit canoe camping and backpacking. He took his first trip to the Boundary Waters in 1988.
Nature Walks and Hikes
See the wonder of nature as the season changes and enjoy our beautiful parks and trails! The City and Park Board sponsor nature walks led by Lynn Johnson, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist and Springboro resident. Each walk occurs on a Sunday afternoon. Meet at 2 p.m. near the park entrance. Wear walking shoes and dress for weather. Free event, and no registration is required.
The spring walks will focus on spring wildflowers and explore other seasonal changes in the natural surroundings at North Park, 195 Tamarack Trail.
April 7: Spring Hike, North Park, 195 Tamarack Trail
April 14: Spring Hike, North Park, 195 Tamarack Trail
April 21: Spring Hike, North Park, 195 Tamarack Trail
April 28: Spring Hike, North Park, 195 Tamarack Trail
Meet at 2 p.m. near the park sign.
The summer walks will focus on big trees, wildlife and prairie.
Meet at the location at 2 p.m.
July 21: Gardner Park: Big Trees & Wildlife, visit the Veterans Memorial. Hike is flat but could be muddy.
August 25: E. Milo Beck Park: Prairie: Look at flowers. Paths are flat but there is elevation change. 2.5 miles.
September 8: E. Milo Beck Park: Prairie: Look at flowers. Paths are flat but there is elevation change. 2.5 miles.
The winter walk explored how wildlife, both plants and animals, adapt to winter in Ohio. Hike the prairie and the riparian corridor along Clear Creek. Meet at 2 p.m. near the park sign.
Jan. 21: E. Milo Beck Park, Lower Springboro Road
Call 937-748-5774 for more information.
City Walking & Biking Wellness Program Give us Ten or 30, Springboro!
Our Springboro parks and roadways are home to numerous walking and bike paths and lanes. Take advantage of the amenities in your own backyard!
1. Walk 10 miles or cycle 30 miles in one month using a tracking app of your choice. There are plenty of free apps out there.
2. Take a photo or screenshot of the mileage completed. Selfies at the parks or around town are encouraged, too!
3. Complete the form and upload your photos here by the end of the month to be eligible for prizes.
All completed forms will be entered into a drawing for fun prizes including one local restaurant gift card for every 20 entries.
You must be a Springboro resident to participate.
2024 Bike Ride Dates to be scheduled soon. Check back for details.
Springboro’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) in partnership with three local businesses sponsored six 10-mile bike rides on City streets during the summer. Each rider must have a helmet, front and rear bike lights and reflective clothing. A cycling orientation will be provided before the ride. All rides start at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dan Boron or call 937-748-6183.
Here's the remaining schedule. Click here for more details.
Bike the Boro/BoroFest: Saturday, Sept.14, 2024
INFORMATION BELOW IS FROM 2023, look for this year's event details soon.
Event features bike rides, kids activities, live music and food trucks at North Park, 195 Tamarack Trail
Bike the Boro, Springboro’s celebration of all things biking, 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 takes place rain or shine. If weather is questionable, please check event status on our website and social media sites. This event is free and open to all. Rides start at 10 a.m. and you must check in by 9:45 a.m.
All three rides start and end at North Park. The 2-mile ride is perfect for young children and stays close to the neighborhood near North Park. The 10- and 17-mile rides offer a hilly challenge on City streets. The 17-mile ride passes through 75 percent of the City’s neighborhoods. The 10- and 17-mile rides include rest stops and support and follow riders. More details here.
Free helmet fittings courtesy of the City of Springboro. The festival includes bounce houses, Springboro Police, Clearcreek Fire and Warren County SWAT and K-9 demonstrations, equipment and vehicles. Miami Valley Hospital CareFlight will land at noon. For more information, contact Dan Boron (937) 748-6183.
The fun continues at the park with BoroFest, 3 to 8 p.m. Enjoy live music along with bounce houses, kids' events, free face painting and food trucks. Beer sales support Springboro United Church of Christ.
Special events and concerts
In addition to biking and hiking events, the City sponsors numerous other activities including a summer concert series in July, Touch A Truck in May, Boro Fest in September, a speaker series, and other special events. Click here for details.