Bike Indianapolis began as a blog known as INDYCOG in February 2009. Their goal was to celebrate and promote cycling in Indianapolis while providing common ground for all types of cyclists to gather. By the next year, the organization began to position itself as Indy’s premier bicycle education and advocacy group while acquiring their nonprofit status. In 2018, they changed their name to Bike Indianapolis.
Bike Indianapolis has worked with governments, businesses and other community organizations to make bike riding safe and fun for Hoosiers. Some of their top accomplishments include providing guidance to the Indianapolis Bicycle Master Plan, working with Indy Parks to keep the greenways open 24 hours a day, developing guidelines for the trails, and organizing the annual Bike to the 500, which draws nearly a thousand riders each year. Every May, they plan and organize an annual Bike-to-Work Day event.
One of their most exciting achievements to date is their newly launched Bike Guide program, created in partnership with Commuter Connect. This program pairs an experienced rider with an aspirational bike commuter. Their goal is to provide more citizens of Indianapolis with a friendly face at the beginning of their bike commuting journey while opening up bike commuting as a new way to get to work while enjoying the fresh air. The partnership with Commuter Connect amplifies Bike Indianapolis's ability to provide new riders with confidence and peace of mind by providing emergency rides home for free.
Hoosiers can find their match at https://commuterconnect.us/.