The Moonlight Loop is an evening bicycle ride of approximately 19 miles around scenic Columbus, Indiana, to benefit Columbus Animal Care Services (CACS). The ride will take place on Saturday, July 29, 2023. Modeled after the Indy N.I.T.E. ride in Indianapolis, Indiana, the ride will make a loop around the City of Columbus, passing several architectural gems along the way. 2023 marks the 8th year for this ride. In the past seven years of the ride's existence, the event has netted over $81,000 for Animal Care Services.
The Moonlight Loop is a fundraiser for Columbus Animal Care Services (CACS), which is a department of the City of Columbus. All Moonlight Loop funds generated through this event are used to support the agencyā s Adoption Medical Fund which covers spaying and neutering costs, pet care services, veterinarian treatment for pets housed at the facility, medical requirements for transports, and pet food as well as promotion of adoptions and educational programs.
Unlike many bicycle rides, there is only one route on this ride and all cyclists will travel together as a group. The ride begins and ends in front of the Bartholomew County Public Library/Visitor's Center plaza, with a bagpipe start at 9 p.m. Please note this is NOT a rolling start as is the case with many organized rides. Riders need to be lined up and ready to go by 9 p.m.
The route first heads east and then north to the one and only scheduled SAG stop at the Columbus Learning Center for refreshments and restrooms. There will be a required break at the SAG stop to allow the pack to reunite before continuing. From there, the ride continues west and south and includes a loop through Mill Race Park on its way back to the Library.
There will not be a road/lane closing so your vigilance is imperative. Bicyclists are required to wear a helmet and have both a headlight and taillight to participate in the ride. A small number of headlights, taillights, and helmets MAY be available for purchase at the ride through our bike vendors but please come prepared. It is suggested that riders wear light, and/or reflective clothing to assist with visibility. Riders are encouraged to obey all traffic laws and regulations. It is also very important to note, the use of headphones, earbuds, etc. is prohibited.
Due to the inherent danger of riding at night individual riders must be at least 16 years old.
- Date: July 29, 2023
Distances: 19 miles
City, State: Columbus, Indiana
Start Location: Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St.
Start Time: 9:00 PM
Online Information: http://www.columbus.in.gov/animal-care-services/