English Español




bai·ku/ˈbīˌ ko͞o/noun

A long time ago, on a high desert piñon-juniper mountainside, there lived a hermit with an allen wrench. She spent her days longing for a quick release seat post to come her way, and reveal the secrets of comfortable saddle suspension.
One day, a wiley coyote ambled by her hilltop hollow, and asked for some words of wisdom.
Said she,
There once was a poet Bashō
Who needed some quick green cash-o
Why not write BAIKU
And make quite a few
Buckaroonies to spend or stash-o?
Since children are almost always better at writing BAIKU than adults, all ages will be judged together. The three cash prizes will be awarded  sometime in the beginning of June. All BAIKU must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. MDT, May 31st, at the end of Santa Fe Bike Month, 2021.
Submit as many BAIKU as you want using this link:
If the link isn’t working, you can email Leah Yngve with your haiku at

Judging Criteria

Minimalist Japanese aesthetic

 5-7-5 syllabic construction

 3 lines, no exceptions

Connection to nature

Connection to cycling

Connection to the outside

Connection to Trail Etiquette

Connection to your funny bone

No limericks, however clever they may be


  • Ichiban: $88
  • Jun yusho: $44
  • Daisan’i: $22

All Prizes are in uncirculated $2 bills!

Due to the cash nature of the prize, no prize will be mailed. Instead winners must pick-up prizes at the MPO office located at Market Station by appointment. Prizes will only go to those in the Santa Fe County area.

Ikkou, "Let's Go!"

  1. an original Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the cycling world.
    • a poem in English written in the form of a baiku.

I want to ride my
bicycle I want to ride
my bike. (thank you queen)
Farrokh Bulsara
I spin cranks smoothly
wheels roll forward straight and true
burrito after
Bill “Sorni” Sornson
Wittgenstein once said
philosophy is riding
as slow as you can.
James Osterlund
Working up a sweat
Forgot my water bottle
A teahouse ahead
Phineas Kirby
Pedal pedal glide
This is how I love to ride
Enchantment flies by
S Budagher

The bike ride today
Was slipped in between the lines
Of this fine baiku

Elena Kayak

I bike in the wind,
the rain, the sun, and the snow
to nourish my soul

Amy Schiffer
Full Speed, No Stopping
Pull up, fly off, Slow-motion
The world speeds up, lands
Nico Spangenburg
Downhill, Swift turn, drift
Front Shocks, Rear shock, smooth ride, jump
Flying in the air
Nico Spangenburg
now, crickets chirping.
all the bugs running away.
my WHEELS are cool.
Yaku Sabogal
Fly. I love to fly.
Ride, I love to ride. And stop,
I don’t like to stop.
Yaku Sabogal
riding around trees,
make amends, playing again,
having no worries.
Yaku Sabogal
Rumbling through mountains
A beast in metal disguise
Fueled by ambition
Valentina Hussey
The mountain looms dark
The trail winds long, hard and steep
I push off and start
Gabriel Krasilovsky
Fast as a racehorse,
Weaving through the rocks and trails
Drinking in the sun
Valentina Hussey
green bike, purple bike
red bike, blue bike. so many bikes,
I love the outdoors.
Yaku Sabogal
Cycling is so fun
I have lots of fun riding
Cycling brings me joy
Nicolas Miranda
Biking is so fun
You can feel the drag and air
You can find new things
Nature is bright, in
the sun light, beyond the forest
 on top of a big height,
Erin Lucio
Tires, wheels, brakes, chain, crank
Frame, handlebar, seat, shifters
Simple yet complex
Gary Bass
Live to ride to live.
Life looks best from the saddle.
Ride to live to ride.
Gary Bass

Some say “4 wheels good.”
I say 2 wheels are better.
Maybe Orwell rode?

Gary Bass

I like to ride bikes.
With friends or alone, it’s still
Better than my couch.

Pat Feghali
Pedals Turn, Dirt Cracks
The Ocean of Dirt Wow’s Me
Tree Hit’s Then Blackness
Gabriel Krasilovsky
Riding With Children
Through Arroyos and Bosque
No Hands Wheeee and Splat!
Jeri Lyn Mourning Manzanares
By bike, the secrets
Of night – revealed. No bustle
Instead raccoons, calm.
Shannon Palermo
Shuttle up unload
Fast turns, nice berms, Winser fun
Margs in Tesuque
Ben Douglass
Silent bike paths wait
While spoked wheels endlessly turn.
Life, round the corner
Kathleen Kler
Rolling down the hill
Face to sky, sun becomes skin.
and me, I am wind
Hannah Burnham
I’d rather ride than
drive contained by metal, glass,
 while the world blinks by
Hannah Burnham
Watch out between a
and his name is JOHN CENA
Nope we wont see ya
Ari Rendleman
There once was a school named Otero
That ran on very little dinero
The admin was great
The teachers top rate
And the students muy primero
Judy Walker


Scroll to Top

After mapping, projects can be prioritized for funding and implementation. The highest priority projects will be accessible for review with member governments so they can be included into the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). . Based on concentrations of high priority projects, high priority pedestrian improvement zones can be designated to complete improvements by geographic area.