2022 Moonlight Loop

Saturday, July 30, 2022 in Columbus, IN at 536 Fifth Street, directly adjacent to the Columbus Visitor’s Center on the Library Plaza

  • Moonlight Loop at 9:00 PM
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    » $30.00 registration (through 7/29 at 11:00 PM EDT)
    » $35.00 Race Day

    Individual riders must be at least 16 years old.
    Younger riders are more than welcome to ride while attached to a person 16 or older via a tandem bicycle, or bicycle attachment.

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About the 2022 Moonlight Loop

What is the Moonlight Loop?
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 30, 2022. 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. 2022 marks the 8th year for this ride. In the six years of the ride’s existence, the event has netted over $73,000 for Animal Care Services.

Who organizes the ride, who benefits, and why?
The Moonlight Loop is a fundraiser for Columbus Animal Care Services (CACS), which is a department of the City of Columbus. The event is co-sponsored by their partner organization, Friends of Columbus Animal Care Services, the fundraising arm of Columbus Animal Care Services. We are located at 2730 Arnold Street. The agency provides shelter services as well as field services for the community. All Moonlight Loop funds generated through this event are used to support the agency’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.

The Animal Care Services Department is operated by city tax dollars and through fines/fees and monetary donations. However, the general operating budget only covers basic services including wages, utilities and maintenance of both the facility and vehicles. The Adoption/Medical fund does not use tax dollars and is supported by fines, fees and monetary donations. Our budget relies heavily on monetary and in-kind donations by the public that allows us to stretch our dollars further than otherwise possible. Donations made to CACS are considered tax-deductible as Animal Care Services is a department within the City of Columbus, a political subdivision of the State of Indiana, and all donations will be used solely for public purposes.


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 starting time of 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. Please listen to announcements, have your bike and gear ready to go, and plan pre-ride bathroom breaks accordingly so you are not left behind!

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.


Safety for all participants is our prime objective!!
At 9.p.m., as the ride begins, riders in the front will follow (be led by) a Columbus Police Department (CPD) squad car. Rear riders will be followed by a vehicle using its flashers. Along the way, CPD or Sheriff Reserve Department personnel will be assisting with traffic at all major intersections and volunteers will be at smaller intersections along the way. It is important to note that while everyone’s individual speed and skill level will vary, this is an organized ride and not a race, and therefore, riders are asked to stay together as much as possible throughout the ride.

The route has been designed with the assistance of cyclists, to allow the rider to see as much as possible of the city via the less-traveled roads while achieving maximum availability of lighting along the way. The route has been examined by area law enforcement staff to insure the Moonlight Loop Ride has ample volunteers and security staff along the way. While this is not a race, riders who can average a 10mph pace will feel most comfortable on this ride.

NOTE: 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.

Due to the inherent danger of riding at night, individual riders must be at least 16 years old. Younger riders are more than welcome to ride while attached to a person 16 or older via a tandem bicycle, or bicycle attachment.

Be safe-be seen!! 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. Also, very important to note, the use of headphones, earbuds, etc. is prohibited.

While this is a benefit for the animals, in order to keep both pets and humans safe, animals should not accompany the rider unless secured safely in a bicycle wagon or trailer.

Light Up Your Bike, Light Up The Night Contest

To assist us with being “seen”, and to simply have fun, prizes will be offered for the most well-lit bicycle (and rider). Feel free to go crazy with your lights on your bikes… just remember not to blind yourself with your glow! Contest will be held at 8:30pm, prior to ride start.


For event-related questions, please click on the Contact the Organizers button on the left-hand side of this page.

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