Biking Shorts - June 4, 2012
By Barbara Schmid
Handlebar Happy Hour is for all Cyclists
On June 13th, GGRBC is hosting its first Handlebar Happy Hour, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Brewery Vivant. All genre of cyclists are invited! It’s your opportunity to connect with other cyclists, trade commuter or competition stories, and help strengthen our local cycling community.
Arrive by bicycle and get a token for $1 off your first draft beer. Also, Nate Phelps of Central District Cyclery will be displaying his locally made cycling products and be offering up some great raffle prizes.
Visit our Facebook event page and share the event with all your cycling pals! https://www.facebook.com/events/307801389303766/
The Rapid Activates Bike Pooling Program
At Active Commute Week, The Rapid announced it’s new bike pooling program. It’s a way for commuting cyclists to connect with each other, making that long ride into work a lot more fun.
“For us, it’s about offering a variety of options aside from just riding the bus,” Community Outreach Coordinator Bill Kirk, said.
To become part of the bike pooling community, The Rapid website provides a forum for people to create a profile that includes their commuting patterns. When other interested bike commuters view the profiles, they can match up their geographical and commuter needs. There’s no charge for the service.
“I think bike pooling is a somewhat unique concept,” Kirk said. “Since it doesn’t involve our buses, there’s nothing to stop a group of people from Rockford, for instance, from using our service to create a bike pool to ride together into Grand Rapids.”
Another good bit of news...The Rapid allows folding bikes on buses. If the two spots on the rack on the outside of the bus are full, a rider with a folding bike can bring it on board!
Check it all out at http://www.wmrideshare.org/car-bike-pooling.
Trailhead Cafe Opens at GR Bicycle Company
When the Tim Smith family purchased the Grand Rapids Bicycle Company their vision was for more than a bicycle shop. Phase two of their plans was for a coffee shop/cafe as part of the business.
On May 30, they opened the doors to Trailhead Cafe in space adjacent to the bike shop’s new location at 1200 East Paris. The decor is very bicycle friendly with vintage bikes and large cycling artwork hanging on the walls.
The Cafe offers breakfast and lunch fare, including fancy coffee drinks, sandwiches and salads. It’s open Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Check it out, and while you’re sipping on a smoothie, you can walk into the bike shop and browse for a new bike jersey.
GR Triathlon Need Volunteers
Triathlons more than you’re ready for? Injured and can’t ride? You can still be part of the bicycle culture in GR as a volunteer at the Grand Rapids Triathlon.
According to Melissa Hunter, they are still in dire need of volunteers to help out for the event, June 10. There are three different competition distances, including a half-ironman distance, so their volunteer needs are many
The event takes place Sunday, June 10, in the Ada/Cascade area. If you’d like to help, contact Melissa@grandrapidstriathlon.com. Or for general information about the triathlon, go to email@example.com.
Florida Keys Like Bikes
I just returned from a trip to Key West. This is one active bicycling community!
Most residents ride bicycles to navigate through town and tourists quickly take a lesson from the locals. Riding a bike is more efficient than driving and searching for a place to park. This southernmost island in the chain of keys is only 2 miles by 4 miles. The pace of life here fits the pace of an easy bike ride.
The town supports cyclists with plenty of bicycle shops, bike rental locations, bike parking, some non-motorized trails and motorists well aware of sharing the road. Most taxis even have bike racks!