For a ride that almost wasn’t, the 6/25/08 PedalGR ride went quite well. Amy and I arrived on the Contraption about 6:20 and were happy to see that a few people had showed. At 6:30 it started raining lightly, so we decided to get going. Better to be riding in light rain than standing around. At least the ground was dry. Pretty amazing considering the heavy afternoon rain we’d gotten.
The Blues on the Mall crowd was unsurpisingly smaller than normal as we passed by on Louis, headed north on Monroe. We headed north on Monroe, bypassing the much needed construction starting north of Leonard. We passed by Boardwalk Condos and the future home of the Beerstone Draft House, which I’m quite excited about.
We did have a crash while crossing some RR tracks on Taylor Ave that cross very parallel to the road. Just a reminder: cross all railroad tracks at as perpendicular an angle as possible. Luckily, no bodies or bicycles sustained more than minor scrapes.
After traveling northwards through Riverside Park, we headed past N Park St. into less treaded territory, riding through what seemed like a big floodplain with lots of trees and a few houses that seem to be in the news every couple of years when their residents get trapped by flood waters. We then turned northwards, going through many of the neighborhoods NW of the Cheshire business district. Many of the canopied streets are lined with large sycamores, beautiful trees and there are many interesting brick houses to view.
Heading back south we touched on the Creston business district and passed the Briggs Park pool, full of kids despite the cool, questionable weather. As we neared DeVos Place, it started to rain again as we passed Calder Plaza.
As we arrived at the Green Grand Rapids community meeting, we locked our bikes to the reasonably full temporary bicycle parking. Some had to leave for other obligations, but 6 of us headed inside to participate in the end of the meeting. We spoke for a short time with Suzanne Schulz, Planning Director for the City of Grand Rapids, and also met Clare Wade, a PR consultant helping the city with the Green Grand Rapids project.
Photo courtesy of Clare Wade, http://www.clarewade.com/
Afterwards we headed back to Founder’s for the usual drinks, food, and fun.