Urban Cycling Extravaganza, Saturday, October 13

On this week’s episode we hear from Tom Tilma, the Interim Director of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition. He speaks about the Urban Cycling Extravaganza, which takes place in East Grand Rapids on October 13 at 4pm.

The Urban Cycling Extravaganza is put on to introduce riders to the world of cycling, to learn about the safety precautions of urban cycling and its role in building a sustainable community. Anyone interested in participating in the 5 mile bike ride will meet at the  new Grand Rapids Bicycle Company shop in Gaslight Village at 4pm, with the ride beginning at 4:20 pm. The ride will end at Collins Park, where there will be a gathering of food and festivities.The festivities at Collins Park will start around 5:30 pm, and anyone who doesn’t participate in the bike ride is welcome to attend. The schedule of events is below.

4 – 6 pm  Bike Ride

Bike ride begins at Grand Rapids Bicycling Company (644 Lovett Avenue, EGR).

4 pm  Registration/Check-in

4:20 pm  Bike ride begins

5:20 pm  Break at Wilcox Park in Grand Rapids

5:45 pm  End at John Collins Park

6 – 7:30 pm  Expo and Food

Focused vendors representing local bike shops and organizations.  Food and beverages provided by the Trail Head Café will be sold during the event.

6 – 7:30 pm  Environmentally themed kids’ activities

Provided by Mom’s Clean Air Force: the recycling game, bagel birdfeeders, wishing tree mural, science demonstration on acid rain, yogurt planters and pinwheels.

6 – 7:40 pm  Classes

6 pm  How to properly fit a helmet on kids

6:20 pm  How to ride safely in the street

6:40 pm  How to change a tire

7 pm  Bike lock demo

7:20 pm  Bike-friendly improvements in Grand Rapids

7:40 – 9 pm  Films

“Vulnerable on the Open Road”

“Boulder Bike Story”

“From the Netherlands to America: translating the world’s best bikeway designs”

“Cycling Copenhagen through North American eyes”


Registration and more information can be found here.

To listen to this episode, click here.

“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life.  Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Tuesdays at 8:30am and 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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