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2021 Bike to the 500

2021 Bike to the 500

Sun May 30, 2021

2021 Bike to the 500

Time Sun May 30 2021 at 07:30 am to 10:00 am

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Indianapolis City Market, 222 East Market Street, Indianapolis, United States

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2021 Bike to the 500, 30 May | Event in Indianapolis | 2021 Bike to the 500
The best way to get to the Indianapolis 500 on race day!

About this Event

Don't sit in traffic when you can pedal past the crowds on a police escorted route and park at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Join us at the Indianapolis City Market on Sunday, May 30th and Bike to the 500! 

The fun starts at 7:30am on the east plaza of the City Market. Prep for your five mile bicycle ride with music, food, drinks, and family fun! The party leaves downtown at 9:30. Ride with several hundred others from downtown to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where your bicycle will be parked and monitored while you enjoy the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

You will park your bike right outside of Gate One at the Racing Capital of the World. This is as close as it gets to all of Race Day’s most exciting action.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. Race Day ticket sales end at 9:00.* 

Bike parking becomes unattended at 6:00pm. Please plan to collect your bike by then. This event does not include a ticket to the Indianapolis 500 race. You'll have to purchase that on your own.

*The ticket price ensures a safe ride to the event, secure bike parking all day and supports Bike Indianapolis in its mission to make more bike riders in central Indiana. Return trips from the IMS are not supported, but groups will depart during the first 30 minutes after the race ends.



 Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This is an all ages event. Kids 17 and under are free with the purchase of at least one adult ticket. You will need identification to purchase beer at the City Market party.

 What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Getting to: City Market is located directly off of the Cultural Trail making it easily accessible for those arriving by bicycle. If you are coming from outside of downtown or prefer to drive, there is plenty of street parking available (meters are free on Sunday) as well as several parking garages nearby. 

Coming from Speedway: Because people leave the race at various times, there will not be an officially sanctioned ride home. Seasoned riders will lead small groups back downtown in the first 30 minutes after the checkered flag. Riders are encouraged to arrange with fellow riders to leave as a group. 

What kind of bike do I need?

This is an approximately five mile ride on city streets. As long as your bike is in good working condition with brakes that can stop you, it will get you there. The ride is not a race. We will be riding through standing automobile traffic for most of the route so speed will not be an option. If you have a choice, bring a bike with a kickstand for parking.

What if I don't have a bike?

Several local bike shops will rent you a bicycle. Contact aW5mbyB8IGJpa2VpbmRpYW5hcG9saXMgISBvcmc= to get a list.

Can I ride a scooter?

No. The Town of Speedway does not allow scooters.

Do I need a helmet?

Yes. Riders are encouraged to wear helmets during the brief ride to Speedway. 

What can I bring into the event?

Please review the IMS's website for official gate rules and regulations here. 

 Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. As long as you've purchased a ticket through Eventbrite, we will be able to check you in without needing a printed copy. However, the checkin process will be much faster if you have your ticket, or the electronic version on your phone.

 Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes but the new attendee will then need to fill out a new waiver in person. The check in process is much faster if each attendee has a ticket in their name.

What are the food and beverage options?

Food and drinks will be available for purchase onsite through select City Market vendors.

Can I tailgate?

Yes! We will have all of the ingredients for a great tailgate, including a beer garden, along with food, games, and entertainment. Due to excise laws, beer purchased offsite cannot be consumed on the City Market's property. Please save any beer you bring to consume once you get inside the IMS. 

How can I avoid long lines the day of the event?

Great question! Afterall, you're riding your bike to avoid long lines, right? To expedite the check-in process, please register each rider by name rather than using your name more than once. Arrive early to avoid the last minute rush to checkin.

What if I want to ride to the track on my own?

You can do that, but you will still have to purchase a Bike to the 500 ticket. Just ride directly to the roundabout at 16th and Main streets. Bike parking will begin at 10:00. The sooner you get there the easier it will be to navigate vehicle and pedestrian traffic. If you plan to pay at the track, please bring cash.

What's the refund policy?

No refunds will be paid for any reason. The money goes to support the activities of Bike Indianapolis.

When do I have to leave?

You must pick up your bike by 6:00pm. The bicycle valets will leave it unattended if you do not.

 What if it rains?

The Bike to the 500 event will happen unless the IMS postpones the race to another day. If the race is held on a different day, there will be no Bike to the 500.

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Tickets for 2021 Bike to the 500 can be booked here.

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Ticket Information Ticket Price
Adult in Advance USD 15
Children 17 and Under Free
Park at IMS w/o Ride USD 10
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Sun May 30 2021 at 07:30 am to 10:00 am
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