7/9/08 – PedalGR Ride!

PedalGR Ride meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 7/9/08 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW.

This week’s ride will be a repeat of the first PedalGR ride on 5/14/08, with a few modifications.  We had 4 riders for what I thought was a great route.  Hopefully we’ll have a better turnout this time.  At the moment the weather prediction is AWESOME, mostly sunny, high of 76.

Here is the route:

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Need to Know:

  • There are three to five decent uphill sections
  • There will be brick roads, so be prepared if you’re riding your skinny tire bike
  • There is one ~.5 mile section of gravel road along Reed’s Lake
  • Ride is ~17.5 miles and should take approximately 2 hours
  • Water and portable snack food are recommended
  • Kalamazoo at Alger Rd is under construction, but should be passable by bicycle

A few highlights include:

  • Newly restored D.A. Blodgett Home for Children
  • Historic Wealthy Theater
  • Iroquois School and Ottawa Hills neighborhood
  • Reed’s Lake in East Grand Rapids
  • Former home of the Catholic Archdiocese of Grand Rapids
  • Grandville Ave Academy of the Arts

This ride, I am working to schedule a tour at the Grandville Ave Academy of the Arts.  I’ll be working to firm up the plans tomorrow and hopefully we will have a short tour and presentation.  This awesome new facility serves children and adults, primarily residents of its SW side neighborhood.  They provide a variety of programs including music, pottery, sewing, and dance.

Although we will not be stopping often to take photographs, cameras are highly encouraged to document our journey. Please contact me with any questions. Hope to see you there!

6/25/08 – PedalGR Ride!

PedalGR Ride, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 6/25/08 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW

Pedal.  Have Fun.  Be Safe.  Be sure you’re clipped out of your pedals when you come to a stop.  OOPS!

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photo credit: Christina Radisauskas from 6/11 PedalGR ride.

Here is the route:

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Need to Know:

  • This is a no-drop ride.  Nobody in the group will be left behind. 
  • Ride is 15 miles and should take approximately 2 hours.
  • Water and portable snack food are recommended.
  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED on Rapid Wheelmen Club rides.

A few highlights include:

  • Rosa Parks Circle and Blues on the Mall
  • North Monroe Redevelopments
  • Riverside Park – gem of the GR park system
  • Chesire Business District
  • City of GR – Briggs Swimming Pool
  • Creston Business District
  • Green Grand Rapids community input meeting

NOTE!  Towards the end of our ride we will most likely stop at DeVos Place where a community meeting is taking place discussing the city’s update to its Master Plan.  I’m working to firm up these plans and make sure there will be someone to meet with us.  The Master Plan update will focus on green space and green issues in Grand Rapids.  You will have the opportunity to tell a city representative what you would like done to improve bicycling facilities and infrastructure within the City of Grand Rapids.  Those who choose not to participate may continue back to Founder’s for the end of the ride. 

Although we will not be stopping often to take photographs, cameras are highly encouraged to document our journey. Please contact me with any questions.

Remember, having fun and riding safely are the two most important goals!  Hope to see you there!  As usual, we will congregate at Founder’s for beer and munchies after the ride.

6/11/08 – PedalGR Ride!

PedalGR Ride, meeting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, 6/11/08 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW

I was really happy with last week’s (5/28) increased turnout.  I’d like to continue to make this ride grow and get more people out on their bicycles enjoying the sites of our city.  So, send your friends to PedalGR.com or bring them along.  If you think this sounds like fun, but haven’t come out yet, this is the week!  Do it!  We’ll have full page maps and cuesheets this week, so they will be easier to read.

Here is the route:

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Need to Know:

  • This is a no-drop ride.  Nobody in the group will be left behind. 
  • Ride is 17 miles and should take approximately 2 hours.
  • Water and portable snack food are recommended.
  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED on Rapid Wheelmen Club rides.

A few highlights include:

  • Downtown YMCA
  • St. Adalbert’s Basilica
  • Richmond Park
  • Blandford Nature Center – possible stop at wetland tower overlook
  • Sunset Ave downtown overlook
  • John Ball Park
  • GR Ballet’s new Peter M. Wege Theater

Although we will not be stopping often to take photographs, cameras are highly encouraged to document our journey. Please contact me with any questions.

Remember, having fun and riding safely are the two most important goals!  Hope to see you there!

One additional note.  I am trying to arrange for a tour of St. Adalbert’s Basilica.  I don’t know exactly how feasible it is, as I have not had my communications returned yet.  I’ll try to keep the blog updated on the status of this tour before next Wednesday.

5/28/08 – PedalGR Ride!

PedalGR Ride, meeting at 6:15pm on Wednesday, 5/28/08 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW

Spread the word and tell your friends (better yet, bring them with you).  Hopefully I’ll have http://www.pedalgr.com/ up soon.

 Here is the route:

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Need to Know:

  • This is a no-drop ride.  Nobody in the group will be left behind. 
  • There are lots of hills.  Bring your granny gear.  Lots of fun downhills too!
  • COBBLESTONE!  There are two cobblestone roads left in GR.  We’ll ride down one of them.
  • There is a “shortcut” with about 5 short sections of steps to go down.  We will help each other (this is a friendly ride) carry the bikes down them if someone has trouble.
  • Ride is 16 miles and should take approximately 2 hours.
  • Water and portable snack food are recommended.
  • HELMETS ARE REQUIRED on Rapid Wheelmen Club rides.

A few highlights include:

Although we will not be stopping often to take photographs, cameras are highly encouraged to document our journey. Please contact me with any questions.

Remember, having fun and riding safely are the two most important goals!  Hope to see you there!

 EDIT – 5/21/08: I rode the route last night and it’s pretty hilly, so I cut 2 miles off the route (we’ll have to ride through Cheshire business district on another ride) so we can finish close to the two hour time frame.  I’m also in the process of seeing if we can get a quick 5 minute tour of Newberry Place, the new co-housing community on Belknap Hill.

5/14/08 – Pedal GR Inaugural Ride!

I’ve finished the route for the very first PedalGR Ride meeting at 6:15pm on Wednesday, 5/14/08 at Founder’s Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Ave SW. I hope people actually show up.

Here is the route:

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Need to Know:

  • There are three decent uphill sections
  • There will be brick roads, so be prepared if you’re riding your skinny tire bike
  • There is one ~.5 mile section of gravel road along Reed’s Lake
  • Ride is 19 miles and should take approximately 2 hours
  • Water and portable snack food are recommended
  • Kalamazoo at Alger Rd is under construction, but passable by bicycle

A few highlights include:

  • Newly restored D.A. Blodgett Home for Children
  • Historic Wealthy Theater
  • Iroquois School and Ottawa Hills neighborhood
  • Reed’s Lake in East Grand Rapids
  • Former home of the Catholic Archdiocese of Grand Rapids

Although we will not be stopping often to take photographs, cameras are highly encouraged to document our journey. Please contact me with any questions. Hope to see you there!