Another sign that the city is becoming a haven for two-wheel transportation comes this weekend with the third-annual Bike Columbus Festival, running Friday-Saturday, July 16-17.

Another sign that the city is becoming a haven for two-wheel transportation comes this weekend with the third-annual Bike Columbus Festival, running Friday-Saturday, July 16-17.

"The mission of the festival is to raise awareness and funds for active living, healthier lifestyles, bicycle safety and more bicycle infrastructure in the city," said Barb Seckler, director of the Institute for Active Living at Columbus Public Health.

"It's a festival for everyone - young or old, recreational or serious," she added.

Those in need of parts can explore the Ineeda Bike Swap, running 3-7 p.m. Friday. Newer riders can join Mayor Michael Coleman for a twilight ride on Friday, while seasoned roadsters can join the longer, fully supported Steve Barbour Memorial Tour on Saturday.

All festivities will be headquartered at Crew Stadium on the North Side. On-site registration is available for both rides, which cost $25 each.

"We're really trying to build and establish something - to make it a destination event," said Jeff Stephens, executive director of advocacy group Consider Biking. "I think it will only expand in types of events in the future."

For info, visit bikecolumbusfestival.com.