4/20/11 – Southeast Side Tour

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 4/20/2011 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW. PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

Spring has come to Michigan! The crocuses have said their hello and the tulips are coming out. The snow. Okay, we’ll pretend that didn’t happen. But spring also means the return of PedalGR. Time for those of you who haven’t figured out how much fun biking in the winter is to get your bicycles back out and join PedalGR.

Is it nostalgia, or laziness? I’m not telling, but the first PedalGR ride of 2011 will retrace the route of the very first PedalGR ride on 5/14/2008.

The Route:

View Pedal GR route – 5/14/08 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 17 miles and will take about 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:

Friday, May 6 – 2011 Grand Rapids Bicycle Summit – Inspiration to Action: Join the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition for a full day conference featuring two nationally known keynote speakers and workshops aimed at advocates, novice cyclists, gov’t officials, and engineers.  As we celebrate Grand Rapids’ growing bicycle culture during National Bike Month, the Summit will inspire personal, corporate, and local government action to make our city and region more bicycle friendly!  Registration is $15 or free for students and income limited.  Lunch is included with registration.

For more info and to register, visit the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition website: BikeGrandRapids.org

Tuesday, May 17 – Mayor’s Bike Ride:  Join City of Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell and the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition for the Third Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride and the Oxford Street Trail Ribbon Cutting! 

  • 6:00pm – Mayor’s Ride along the Grand River on paved trails
  • 6:30pm – Oxford Street Trail Ribbon Cutting near the Chestnut Street Bridge
  • 6:00-7:30pm – Exhibitor Tables at the Kent Trails Trailhead – information about bicycle clubs and activities

All participants should wear a properly fitted helmet. Participants must be in reasonable physical condition to participate in this activity.

The Western Chapter of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association and Kent County Parks are also involved in organizing this event!

More info: http://www.bikegrandrapids.org/events/third-annual-mayors-bike-ride-oxford-street-trail-ribbon-cutting

Wednesday, May 18th – Ride of Silence: This ride, held on the same day in over 300 cities around the world, honors bicyclists who have been injured or killed in crashes with motor vehicles.  The Grand Rapids ride starts and ends at Riverside Park’s island entrance at 7pm.  The May 18th PedalGR ride will start at Founder’s at 6:30, ride to the park for the Ride of Silence, then return to Founders.  This 12 mile long police escorted ride follows a flat route at 12mph with no talking during the ride. It is truly a great experience to ride with hundreds of fellow cyclists in remembrance of others.

More info at: http://www.rideofsilence.org

Saturday, May 22nd – Trifecta Tour: 50 in 5 Benefit Ride: We all dream of riding new local single track. Well… the dream’s becoming a reality as the WMMBA initiates its plan for 50 new mountain bike trail miles in the next 5 years. We need everyone’s help to reach this goal and to kick off the campaign we are having the Trifecta Tour benefit ride. Bring your friends and family, Sund…ay May 22 for a day of riding three of Western Michigan’s best mountain bike trails. Proceeds from the event will benefit the 50 new trail miles in 5 years initiative.

More info at: http://westernmmba.blogspot.com/2011/04/trifecta-tour-50-in-5-benefit-ride.html

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Ride Safe and see you Wednesday!