Trailnet members have a new benefit! Members can enjoy Trailnet’s upgraded Community Rides Series for free.
History comes to life as we bicycle to historic and cultural sites across St. Louis and learn about their significance from local humanities scholars and experts. Trailnet’s Community Rides take place on City streets with start and finish points including Earthbound Beer on Cherokee Street, Cortex, the Soldiers Memorial Museum, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the High Low at Grand Center. Our goal is to unite people across age, race, gender, background, and riding ability level to gain a deeper understanding of our heritage and history in St. Louis while promoting safe bicycling.
Trailnet designs our community rides together with our local partners. We collaborate with local community organizations and small nonprofits that are aligned with Trailnet’s mission to foster healthy, active, and vibrant communities. These great relationships have made planning the 2019 Community Rides particularly rewarding! We have established a partnership with Pride STL, the LGBT History Project, and Great Rivers Greenway to develop our LGBTQ History Ride which starts at Cortex near The Grove neighborhood on June 1.
Through our ongoing partnership with the Missouri History Museum, the National Council of 100 Black Women, Northside Community Housing, and 4theVille, we designed a Juneteenth Celebration Ride that will feature story tellers and the world-renowned Bobby Norfolk. Our Women in the Arts Ride is sponsored by Citygarden and in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden, ReVitalize St. Louis and community advocate/art consultant Dana Gray. Finally, we round out the season with a Literary Tour led by our history champion Harold Karabell and starting at the Kranzberg’s new High Low literary center in the Grand Center Arts District. The rides last about two hours and offer participants an opportunity to explore bikeable lunch locations nearby.
We are always seeking volunteers! We are looking for capable riders who wear helmets and like to follow the rules of the road. Click here to sign up and help guide these group rides.