6/30/10 – Oakhill Cemetery Tour

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 6/30/2010 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW.  PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

2009 Halloween Trees, Treats, and Tombstones tour

Positive things are afoot for bicycling in Grand Rapids.  The past couple weeks have seen our first “official” bicycle lane going in on Lake Dr. and sharrows being marked on the road through Eastown and on Cherry St in East Hills.  Be sure and come out to BikeStock on July 17th to show your support for continued expansion of bicycle facilities in GR that will make the city a better place to live and work and promote good health AND economic development. *steps off the soapbox*

This ride summary marks my 100th post on PedalGR.  I hope you all keep reading and I will keep posting and riding.  This week’s route will feature a guided tour of my favorite cemetery in GR, Oakhill.  Established October 25th 1859, this 67-acre monument to history features some of the most elaborate private mausoleums in the city and LOT of grandiose family burial markers.  Tom Bulten, director of nearby Oakdale Neighbors and the driving force behind the nearby Boston Square Community Bike Shop (BSCBS) will guide us to some of the highlights and give a little history of those living in the cemetery.  BSCBS is a great program associated with The Motion Initiative that offers neighborhood residents access to a bike workshop where they can learn bike repair, purchase parts, and even buy an affordable refurbished bicycle.  It also offers part-time employment opportunities in a neighborhood that needs more jobs.

We’ll visit plenty of other cool sites on our way to and from the cemetery tour, including the new Lake Dr. bike lane, Aquinas College, Reed’s Lake (with a short stint on the gravel road south of the lake), Meyer May House, and a couple of my favorite streets on the south side of Heritage Hill.

The Route:


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Need to Know:

  • This is a no-drop ride.  We will do our very best to keep the group together and make sure no-one gets separated or left behind.
  • Ride is about 15 miles and will take about 2-2 1/2 hours (PedalGR is not a race).
  • There is a short gravel road section near Reed’s Lake.  It’s navigable on skinny tires, but requires extra caution.
  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED on Rapid Wheelmen Club rides. (The insurance company’s lawyers insist) Please email or comment if you need to borrow one and we will try to accommodate you.

Save The Date:

Monday, July 5th – Mr. B’s Joybox Express – This unique musician will bring his “joybox” powered blues and boogie woogie act to Grand Rapids on a bicycle for a show at the new GR Bike Park from 2-4pm.  That’s right, Mr. B and his band travel on bicycles carrying all of their instruments, including a piano and an upright bass.  The free show is being put on by Musical Arts for Justice in the Community (MAJIC), and any donations collected will go to support their future concerts.  PedalGR is working to help organize a pre or post-concert mass ride.  Watch for more details soon, but you’ll want to come out to see an amazing bike and a great show as the band rides from Saugatuck to Detroit performing all along the way.  For more info check out: http://mrbsjoyboxexpress.com/

Saturday, July 10 – 2010 Meijer Grand Cycling Classic – This fantastic criterium race returns to the brick streets of downtown Grand Rapids for its fourth year.  The date was moved to July so it could be included on the National Road Calendar.  The NRC is the premier points challenge for US pro-cycling teams and means this race will draw great riders from all over the country and the world.  Come down and support the local Bissell Pro Cycling Team.

Saturday, 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!

6/16/10 – Grand River Ride

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 6/2/2010 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW.  PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

Veteran's Cemetery - PedalGR 2009

This week’s route will start with a (mostly) scenic cruise up the east bank of Grand River.  We’ll pass through Riverside Park and detour to the reportedly haunted Veteran’s Cemetery at the GR Home for Veterans.  We’ll continue north along the river and ride along some farmland before heading back into town.  We’ll hop over to the west side of the river before hitting the river trail at the Fish Ladder and continuing back to Founder’s via the blue pedestrian bridge.  This week’s route will likely be the longest of the year, but it’s mostly flat, with just one or two larger hills, so it shouldn’t be physically much harder.  Fittingly, we’ll have the most daylight of any PedalGR ride, with sunset holding off until 9:23pm.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, texting while biking is BANNED on PedalGR!

Also, Bicycle Dreams, winner of Best Documentary at the 2009 Grand Rapids Film Festival, is now available on DVD. I might have to get a copy to see just what the Race Across America (RAAM) is all about.

The Route:

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Need to Know:

  • This is a no-drop ride.  We will do our very best to keep the group together and make sure no-one gets separated or left behind.
  • Ride is about 18 miles and will take about 2-2 1/2 hours (PedalGR is not a race).
  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED on Rapid Wheelmen Club rides. (The insurance company’s lawyers insist) Please email or comment if you need to borrow one and we will try to accommodate you.

Save The Date:

Saturday, June 26 – Meijer State Games of Michigan Mtn Bike Race – The Inaugural State Games of Michigan will bring together athletes from across the state to compete for medals in 15 different sports. Open to everyone, the goal is to encourage good sportsmanship, competition, and participation. The Mountain Bike Race will be held at Cannonsburg Ski Area and hosted by the West Michigan chapter of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association (WMMBA).

Monday, July 5th – Mr. B’s Joybox Express – This unique musician will bring his “joybox” powered blues and boogie woogie act to Grand Rapids on a bicycle for a show at the new GR Bike Park.  That’s right, Mr. B travels on a bicycle carrying his piano.  Check it out here: http://mrbsjoyboxexpress.com/.  PedalGR is working to help organize a pre or post-concert mass ride.  Watch for more details here, but you’ll want to come out to see an amazing bike and a great show.

Saturday, July 10 – 2010 Meijer Grand Cycling Classic – This fantastic criterium race returns to the brick streets of downtown Grand Rapids for its fourth year.  The date was moved to July so it could be included on the National Road Calendar.  The NRC is the premier points challenge for US pro-cycling teams and means this race will draw top US talent from all over the country and the world.  Come down and support the local Bissell Pro Cycling Team, who is currently battling with Lance Armstrong’s Team RadioShack and Team Garmin in the Amgen Tour of California.

Saturday, 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!

6/2/10 – Blandford Nature Center

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 6/2/2010 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW.  PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

2008 PedalGR Blandford Tour

PedalGR travels to Blandford Nature Center on the NW side of Grand Rapids.  On the way there, we’ll do a loop through downtown to be photographed and videoed by a crew from the Downtown Alliance (http://www.downtowngr.org/), then head past the Basilica at St. Adalbert’s and Sullivan Field on our way out.  After a visit to the wetland boardwalk at Blandford, we’ll stop at the Sunset Ave scenic overlook before zooming down Bridge St on our way back to Founders. 

The Route:


View PedalGR – 6/2/10 – Blandford Nature Center in a larger map

Need to Know:

  • This is a no-drop ride.  We will do our very best to keep the group together and make sure no-one gets separated or left behind.
  • Ride is about 14 miles and will take about 2-2 1/2 hours (PedalGR is not a race).
  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED on Rapid Wheelmen Club rides. (The insurance company’s lawyers insist) Please email or comment if you need to borrow one and we will try to accommodate you.

Save The Date:

Saturday, June 5th – 37th Annual 100 Grand Tour – It’s not too late to pre-register for this scenic bicycle tour.  Choose your distance, 17, 35, 65, or 105 miles on the country roads NW of Grand Rapids.  Fully stocked rest areas are strategically placed along the route and a delicious lunch awaits you on your return to West Side Christian School, where the ride starts.  Check the 100 Grand website for more information.  All proceeds from the ride go to support the activities of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

Monday, July 5th – Mr. B’s Joybox Express – This unique musician will bring his “joybox” powered blues and boogie woogie act to Grand Rapids on a bicycle for a show at the new GR Bike Park.  That’s right, Mr. B travels on a bicycle carrying his piano.  Check it out here: http://mrbsjoyboxexpress.com/.  PedalGR is working to help organize a pre or post-concert mass ride.  Watch for more details here, but you’ll want to come out to see an amazing bike and a great show.

Saturday, July 10 – 2010 Meijer Grand Cycling Classic – This fantastic criterium race returns to the brick streets of downtown Grand Rapids for its fourth year.  The date was moved to July so it could be included on the National Road Calendar.  The NRC is the premier points challenge for US pro-cycling teams and means this race will draw top US talent from all over the country and the world.  Come down and support the local Bissell Pro Cycling Team, who is currently battling with Lance Armstrong’s Team RadioShack and Team Garmin in the Amgen Tour of California.

Saturday, 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!