CEDAR RAPIDS, IA — Residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with bicycle infrastructure in Cedar Rapids City Council District 5 by joining the first-ever “Ride the Districts!” bike ride at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 14.
The inaugural route kicks off in the city’s southwest quadrant, giving riders a firsthand opportunity to experience various bicycle facilities, including Iowa’s first protected bike lanes, regional separated trails, and single track. Brandon Whyte, multimodal transportation planner for the Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization, will lead the educational ride.
“Bicycle facilities benefit not only cyclists, but the entire community,” said Whyte. “Cedar Rapids residents benefit from the public health, economic, safety, and environmental advantages of a connected bicycle network. As our network grows, more people are able to complete point A to point B trips on a bike. This ride will be a great opportunity for people who love to ride bikes to explore great facilities with which they might not be familiar.”
The tour will also feature scenic views of the fifth district with stops at:
- Check in by 9 a.m. at McGrath Amphitheatre
- Beverly Park
- Lunch at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
- The Shack Tavern
- After party at Quinton’s Bar and Deli
The total ride length is 21 miles at a moderate pace, open to all ages and abilities.
» To view a route map and RSVP, visit www.CityofCR.com/BikeCR