5/15/10 – Mayor’s Bike Ride & GR Bike Park Grand Opening

PedalGR, SPECIAL MAYOR’S BIKE RIDE EDITION, meeting at 11am (following park cleanup from 9am-11am) on Saturday, 5/15/2010 at the GR Bike Park, 580 Kirtland Street SW, near Burton and US-131.  PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

Mayor Heartwell gives the 2009 ride a "thumbs up"!

PedalGR is honored to be helping lead the 2nd Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride this Saturday with Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell. Last year’s ride saw a motley crew of cyclists including members of the Bissell Pro Cycling team, GRBMX racers, bicycle police officers, and even four highwheelers.

This year’s Mayor’s Bike Ride will take place following the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to open the new Grand Rapids Bike Park, the first mountain biking park in the city and one of the first urban bike parks in the entire state of Michigan.  The format will be a little different, featuring a family friendly tour out and back on the Plaster Creek Trail.

Schedule of Events:

9am-11am – Park Clean-up – Join the Pioneer Construction crew and become a volunteer in this clean-up event, part of the Friends of GR Parks’ “I Heart GR Parks” volunteer workday. Many hands make light work and we need your help to continue clean-up efforts at the park. Bring Gloves and appropriate work clothes. Water and cups will be provided, but to reduce trash, we would appreciate if you bring your own drinking container.

11am – Ribbon Cutting event with Mayor George Heartwell and other local officials.

11:05am – Mayor Heartwell takes the first “official” ride on the pump track.

~11:15am – Join Mayor Heartwell for the Mayor’s Bike ride, a family friendly event heading up the Plaster Creek trail. Or you can try out the pump track or test out the newly minted short singletrack loops. (Or do all three!!) Free cake (YES, FREE CAKE!!!) will be served courtesy of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club and PedalGR to the first 80-100 volunteers.

Come out to ride with the Mayor and show your support for urban mountain bike access in Grand Rapids! The success of this trail, an on-road bicycle network, and other projects yet to be developed relies upon the support of our local bicycling community.

An example of that support is an awesome trailer for the forthcoming documentary on the construction of the park, put together by Tom Scheidel of The Scheidel Group.  This trailer was shown at the IMBA National Summit just last week to mtn bike advocates from all over the country. Awesome work Tom!!!

Upcoming PedalGR rides:

May 19Ride of Silence – This international day of remembrance and ride exists for three reasons:

  • To HONOR those who have been injured or killed while cycling
  • To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
  • To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD

We will ride up to the start at Riverside Park, complete the slow paced ride, and return to Founder’s afterward.  The Grand Rapids ride seems like it has grown each of the past 4 years I have done it, and we will join with cyclists in hundreds of cities around the world who are participating in the ride.

Save The Date:

May 15 – GR Bike Park Clean-up/Grand Opening & Mayor’s Ride – Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell will join with the Western Chapter of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association (WMMBA) to celebrate the completion of the new pump track and a portion of singletrack trail at the new Grand Rapid Bike Park near Burton St and US-131.  After a mass clean-up effort as part of Friends of GR Parks’ annual “I Heart GR Parks” event, Mayor Heartwell will try out the new pump track.  Then he will lead the 2010 Mayor’s Bike Ride. This family friendly ride up the Plaster Creek Trail will be sponsored by the WMMBA, PedalGR, and the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.  Come on down to celebrate National Bike Month, check out and beautify the new park, and take a ride on a beautiful city trail. Check http://www.grbikepark.com for more info!

July 17 – BikeStock returns! – Bands, Beers, and Bikes will all come together on this Saturday at Rosa Parks Circle!  The 2009 BikeStock at Ah-Nab-Awen park was a big success, but this event is coming back bigger and better for this year.  Mark your calendar!

Also, become a fan of PedalGR on Facebook to get updates about upcoming rides!

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Ride Safe and see you Wednesday!

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Author: Joshua Duggan

I love bicycling. I love Grand Rapids. Even though I'm not from here (I'm from Omaha, Nebraska), I've lived here over 10 years and Grand Rapids is my new home. I'm a commuter, endurance racer, mountain biker, bicycle tourist, tandem captain, fat biker, roadie, and gravel grinder who likes to ride his bike to an occasional brewery, taco stand, or ice cream shop.

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