Mark your calendars! 2010 is going to be another great year for PedalGR. There’s nothing like exploring our great city by bicycle with lots of friendly people and finishing the night with a beer and food at Founders.
2010 PedalGR Wednesday ride dates and tentative route plans (DO NOT BE SURPRISED if some of the routes get changed around):
- 4/21/10 – Earth Day Eve ride – 4/22/10 is the 40th Earth Day. We’ll celebrate by riding our bikes! I’m also working on a couple of Earth Day related stops.
- 5/5/10 – Downtown-Area Steeple Tour (possible tours of Fountain Street Church and United Methodist Church)
- 5/19/10 – PedalGR joins the Ride of Silence
- 6/2/10 – PedalGR tours Meijer Gardens (still in the tentative planning, date subject to change)
- 6/16/10 – Grand Rapids Home for Veterans – I hope to walk the Grotto Park and tour the “haunted” cemetery.
- 6/30/10 – Oak Hill Cemetery tour – we’ll get a quick and dirty guided tour from Oakdale Neighbors director Tom Bulten.
- 7/14/10 – The return of the Taco Ride – tour the SW side with a stop for some delicious tacos. Bring $2.
- 7/28/10 – Millennium Park & Versluis Orchards – ride beautiful trails and eat fruit straight from the tree
- 8/11/10 – Our NW side tour will include a stop at Blandford Nature Center’s wetland tower and farm
- 8/25/10 – Huff Park – We’ll ride to this hidden gem of a park.
- 9/8/10 – PedalGR Season’s End Party/Ride
- 9/22/10 – ArtPrize Opening Night Pre-view Ride
As always, PedalGR is open to bicyclists of all skill levels. We ride at a relaxed pace of 10-13mph, leaving from Founders Brewing Company at 6:30pm and riding for 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
The focus is on exploring neighborhoods you haven’t seen, socializing with your fellow riders, and learning how to properly and safely share the road with motor vehicles. And of course, the beer. Our host, Founder’s Brewing Company is consistently ranked in the top 15 breweries in the world by thousands of BeerAdvocate.com members.
Check back to PedalGR for more route information before each ride. Also, be sure to become a fan on Facebook, or sign up for email route updates using the right column of the website.
New for 2010: Barnstorming Tours
A new idea that is still taking form are the PedalGR Barnstorming Tours. Kent County has a rich agricultural heritage and many historical, family-owned farms are located within a short ride of Grand Rapids. Throughout the summer, likely once a month, we’ll go on a longer 40-50 mile ride to tour the countryside and see some of the historical barns that are visible landmarks on many of these farms.
Routes and dates have not been set, but keep your eye out for upcoming announcements. They will likely take place on Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons. Though the rides will be longer, the focus will still be on making them accessible to many skill levels of bicyclists. If you’ve been thinking you would like to try a longer distance ride, but have been intimidated by the distance or speed of other group rides, this will be the ride for you. The pace will be slower and we’ll try to work in a stop for food and/or drinks along the way.