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Posted on: May 1, 2022

Batavia likes bikes

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Batavia likes bikes

May is Bicycle Safety Month and we’ve rounded up all the events and initiatives that have kept Batavia on the American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Community list since 2013.

Wednesday, May 4: National Walk Bike & Roll to School Day – Several Batavia elementary schools and the middle school are participating – encouraging kids to ride their bikes to school.

Monday, May 16: Mayor Jeff Schielke proclaims the week “Bike Friendly Batavia Week.”

Monday, May 16- Sunday May 22: National Bike to Work Week

Saturday, May 28 WellBatavia Festival:  Batavia Bicycle Commission will host a both offering bike evaluations, riding tips, and giveaways. https://www.wellbatavia.com/about-wellbatavia-festival.

Ongoing initiatives:

Bikes for Batavia

Bikes for Batavia distributes donated bicycles to local students, adults and families in need. Volunteers with the bike commission inspect, repair and fit each bike to its intended recipient. Bike recipients also receive a helmet and a bike lock. Currently, the Bikes for Batavia program has a surplus of 90 bikes to distribute. If you or someone you know needs a bicycle, contact Bikes for Batavia at bikesforbatavia@gmail.com.

Bicycle Commission

The Batavia Bicycle Commission, established in 2009, is a group of Batavia volunteers who advocate for the city government on bicycling and pedestrian issues. The commission also acts as a resource to the city government as it approves and evaluates policies and standards in regard to implementing the City of Batavia’s Bicycle Plan adopted in 2007. This spring, The Bicycle Commission along with members of Batavia City Council will conduct a ride to investigate the best east-west route to get across town on a bicycle.

Fox Valley Bike Share

Batavia hosts three locations for this bike share program that allows riders to use an app to rent bikes by the hour. This program was so popular in years past that this year an additional rack will be added to River Street.  To use the bikes, riders first download the Koloni App, create an account, scan the QR code and you’re off. You return the bike to any Koloni hub.

Batavia Police Department Bicycle Patrol

This summer the Batavia Police will have a full-time bicycle patrol officer, primarily patrolling the heavily trafficked downtown Batavia area. The primary mission for the Bicycle Patrol Unit is community engagement with an emphasis on education and promoting bicycle safety. Look for the patrol unit to be rolling in mid to late May.

Bicycle Registration

The Batavia Police Department recovers dozens of bicycles each year that go unclaimed. (Visit the stolen property website if you are looking for a missing bicycle.) The Batavia Police Department encourages residents to register their bicycles with the department with the hopes of being able to return lost or stolen bicycles to their owners. The registration form is now online. Registrants will receive a sticker with their registration number for their bicycle via mail for online registration.

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