The Avenue Bicycle Station, with the support of the IU South Bend Health and Wellness Center held its first biweekly community (family friendly) bike ride on April 16th at 6 p.m. This was definitely NOT the spandex and carbon fiber group. Approximately 15 people (2 kids, 4 teenagers, and a 70 year old woman) of all biking abilities participated in either a 3 or 8 mile route, starting at the Avenue Bicycle Station on Mishawaka Ave in River Park. In addition to a variety of cycling levels, there was quite a variety of bicycles, including a 1970s modified Schwinn (banana seat!), a folding bike, an adult tricycle, a cruiser, and single speed track bikes. The folks on who participated were unique as well.
The next ride will be on Thursday April 30th at 6 p.m. and will continue on every other Thursday through October. Scott and Hannah Kelsey and Laura Hieronymus started the ride as a way to highlight South Bends bike paths and to promote cycling to family, kids and other who don’t fit into the traditional fast paced cycling crowd. We are also try to promote cycling as fun and grow our next generation of cyclists.
So if you want to get out of your spandex and mentor new cyclists come out and enjoy a different approach to cycling! Questions? Call 855-2453 Avenue Bicycle Station or 440-371-9556 (Laura).