For 11 years now, Joshua Duggan has hosted a bi-weekly bicycle ride during the summer called PedalGR. It’s an easy, conversation paced social ride that meanders through unique and unusual places in and around Grand Rapids. Typically 12-17 miles, it’s a no-drop ride that starts and ends at Founders Brewery. Destinations en-route have included inner city gardens, City and County Parks, Blandford Nature Center, farms/orchards, ice cream stands, taquerias and last year even a memorable tour of the Grand Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant. Little known pathways and iconic landmarks are sprinkled in wherever possible. It’s fun, you meet people and learn things about our city as well as a bit of bicycling knowledge. PedalGR is a ride of the Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club but membership is not required to participate. Helmets however are required and lights are encouraged as some rides go just beyond twilight. PedalGR rides follow all traffic laws and encourage riders to ride safely. Maybe the best part, it always ends at Founders Brewery for hydration, food and friendship. Some of the riders have been riding along since the ride was started 11 years ago.
The first ride of this season is already planned for Wednesday, April 24. The rides happen every other Wednesday throughout the summer and leave Founders at 6:30pm for a couple hours riding. To find out more, you can like PedalGR on Facebook or visit pedalgr.com, and get a brief preview of each ride beforehand. Nobody gets left behind, they’re free, friendly and fun to ride.