6/20/12 – PedalGR – Blandford Edition


PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 6/20/2012 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW. PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

This weeks ride will take us to Blandford Nature Center.  We’ll also get a trip on the Meijer Walker/Standale trail.  If time allows, we may take the scenic river trail return route, or the O’Brien St shortcut.

Map:

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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 16 miles and will take about 2-2.5 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 23 – Bikepacking Trip w/Ada Bike

Limited to 15 participants, the folks at Ada Bike will show you the ropes for an overnight bikepacking trip to Ionia.  Workshop to prepare is Tuesday, June 19.  More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/275943732500823/

Sunday, June 24 – Allegrina 100 Tour
Starts at the Felt Mansion between Holland and Saugatuck. 3 different length options, plus the family friendly “Ice Cream Cruiser”. More info: http://allegrina100.com/

Saturday, July 28– Grand Cycling Classic – USPRO National Criterium Championships
http://www.grcyclingclassic.com/
Also, check out the route for the Grand Cycling Challenge, a ride on a closed course the morning of the race, open to all riders. Challenge yourself and your friends to see how many laps you can complete. Register for the challenge, click here.

Mondays starting in May– Rapid Wheelmen Time Trial
http://www.rapidwheelmen.org/time-trials.html


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Ride Safe and see you Wednesday!

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Michigan St Forum…

Now where did I put my copy of that GVSU traffic and parking ordinance...

I got my first bicycle parking ticket in Grand Rapids.  Thanks GVSU.

Amy and I arrived at GVSU’s Center for Health Sciences from the south on Lafayette for a public input forum on the principles that will guide development along the Michigan Street corridor.  From across the street at the light, we could not see any bicycle parking, so we proceeded down Lafayette to the rear of the building.  They probably hid them there!  Nope.  Don’t see any.  Let’s go around to the east entrance on Michigan.  Maybe there’s some there.  No such luck.

Frustrated, we locked our bikes to one of the handrails at the main entrance on Lafayette and Michigan.

After the forum, Amy spotted our “tickets”.  Apparently we were supposed to park at some magical bicycle parking that we couldn’t find, despite the fact that we circled 75% of the building, looking for bicycle parking.

As it turns out, after asking the friendly but unsympathetic GVSU security officer, the bicycle parking is hiding in the parking garage on the east side, near the very narrow exit driveway with no sidewalk.  You can just barely see it in the background, right behind this big sign that says “Exit Only” with a big red cross.  There’s actually a bicycle parked in it.

"Exit Only, except bicycles, and try not to get run over by a bus or an exiting car."

The sign might as well say “Exit Only, except bicycles, and try not to get run over by a bus or an exiting car.”

Proper bicycle parking, the kind that says “We welcome bicycles here and want to encourage you not to drive your car and take up our super expensive parking space,” needs to be sited within visual distance of the entrance to the building it is serving.  There are plenty of spots along the street or in the small entrance plazas where these could be sited.

At the very least, the parking should be accessible by walking on a sidewalk from the the entrance and be well signed for anyone approaching the building who might be wondering where they should park their bicycle.

A very frustrated parking job of last resort.

6/6/12 – Eat Your Fruits & Veggies ride

PedalGR, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 6/6/2012 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW. PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club.

Opening Day at the renovated FSFM

You’re invited to the inaugural Handlebar Happy Hour, hosted by the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, this fun new event will take place Wednesday, June 13, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, at Brewery Vivant on Cherry St. Mingle with dozens of fellow cyclists and talk about your latest adventure, your next big race, or your regular old commute. Where you find bicyclists, you often find delicious food and beer. Brewery Vivant definitely has both and if you ride your bike to the event you can get $1 off your first draft.  Also, we have a few goodies to raffle off from our new downtown bicycle shop, Central District Cyclery.

Bicyclists of all experience levels and types are welcome and the GGRBC will try and provide a little information on current and upcoming bicycling events and advocacy opportunities.

If you’re on Facebook, click here to RSVP.

On May 5th, the newly renovated Fulton Street Farmer’s Market opened to huge crowds! They haven’t gone away, and so with the newly improved market comes new EVENING HOURS! The FSFM will be open for all your fresh, local food cravings on Wednesday evenings from 4-7:30, June thru September. We will pop-in for a visit during the very first one. If you haven’t seen the new market, it is amazing!

Other highlights of the ride include a stroll through Hillcrest Community Garden, Reed’s Lake Trail, the Reed’s Lake viewing deck of the EGR Library, and check out the construction progress on the new Downtown Market.

Map:

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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 14.5 miles and will take about 2-2.5 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:

Wednesday, June 13 – Handlebar Happy Hour
5:30-7:30 at Brewery Vivant, 925 Cherry Street

Saturday, July 28– Grand Cycling Classic – USPRO National Criterium Championships
http://www.grcyclingclassic.com/
Also, check out the route for the Grand Cycling Challenge, a ride on a closed course the morning of the race, open to all riders. Challenge yourself and your friends to see how many laps you can complete. Registration opens soon.

Mondays starting in May– Rapid Wheelmen Time Trial
http://www.rapidwheelmen.org/time-trials.html


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Ride Safe and see you Wednesday!