Trailnet trains twelve Walk Bike Ambassadors
Trailnet’s initial group of 12 Walk Bike Ambassadors are now trained advocates! Their day-long training on January 23 featured a variety of activities and speakers, including St. Louis Alderman Christine Ingrassia and St. Louis County Councilor Pat Dolan, who provided their views on effective advocacy. Richard VonGlahn of Missouri Jobs With Justice presented a two-hour “empowerment training,” outlining key elements of organizing people and campaigns.
The Ambassadors are developing their plans for the year, which will focus on at least one of Trailnet’s priority campaign issues. They will work in their respective communities to build relationships with key leaders and organize residents who are supportive of Trailnet’s work.
Bicycle Fun Club (BFC) Rides – Multiple Dates
Bicycle Fun Club (BFC) Rides and Events: great volunteers assist before each ride by helping staff set up tables and tents, sell tickets, work registration, sell memberships, hand out maps and refreshments, answer general questions, and clean up. BFC volunteers ride free at the close of registration AND receive a free ride voucher for a regularly priced BFC ride of their choice!
To sign up for individual rides, click here.
2015 Bike Expo Vendors
Trailnet’s Bike Expo includes a variety of vendors to peruse for the latest bike programs, events, groups, gear, and trinkets. Check out the list below! Vendor booths are still available, register today.
Alpha Brewing Company
American Diabetes Association
Big BAM LLC
Big Poppi Bikes
Big Shark Bicycle Co.
Clean Bike Co.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Ferguson Bicycle Shop
Gateway Off-Road Cyclists
Great Rivers Greenway
Green BEAN Delivery
HealthSource Chiropractic Progressive Rehab & Wellness
International Christian Cycling Club
KATY Bike Rental
LaBerta and Sons Cycles
League of Illinois Bicyclists
Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter
Manchester United Methodist Church – Bicycle Rehab Program
Metro East Park and Recreations District
Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation
National MS Society
Old Bike Parts Online
Padre’s Cycle Inn
Pedego Electric Bikes of Edwardsville
PT’s Bicycle Shop/Squeaky Wheels Bicycle Shop
R and M Cyclery
Randy’s Recycled Cycles
Real Time Pain Relief
Retro Image Apparel Two
Ridge Prairie Trailhead Initiative/Tour de Stooges
Shifan Race Wear Inc
St. Louis Bicycle Works
The Bike Factory
The Cyclery and Fitness Center
Trek Bicycle Store of St. Louis – Ballwin
Underwood Chiropractic, LLC
Urban Tri Gear
Trailnet’s Ride the Rivers Century – September 21, 2014
Trailnet’s 10th Ride the Rivers Century was another outstanding success. More than 480 participants admired the scenic confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers at the new event location in beautiful Pere Marquette State Park. We had 46 amazing volunteers help assemble ride packets, set up registration, welcome riders at rest stops all along the route, and assist with teardown.
Set-up began before sunrise at the Marina Pavilion where riders picked up their packets and sipped hot chocolate and coffee supplied by Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters. Morning temperatures were in the upper 50s but the sky was clear and the sun was bright.
With the new location, riders boarded the Brussels Ferry in the first mile and traversed the challenging hills of Calhoun County. The new location also offered a metric century option that crossed the eastern section of St. Charles County and rejoined the full “traditional” century after crossing the Clark Bridge into Alton, Illinois.
At the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, riders enjoyed buffet-style lunch and entertainment provided by Big Chief and the Smoke Signals. Riders faced their biggest challenge of the day along the Mississippi River Road – a 20mph headwind. This obstacle entitled riders to bragging rights at the finish and a much-deserved celebration.
At the after-party, hungry riders were in for a treat. Riders enjoyed a fresh fish dinner courtesy of master fish fryer Joe Beck. Beer was provided by Morgan Street Brewery and Noe & Diekemper entertained with live music. Dropping their wristband tabs in bins at each of the four rest stops, riders listened as winners were announced for prizes (two $100 gift certificates and two $125 entries to the Southern Illinois Fat Tire Festival) from our shop sponsor Bike Surgeon. As dusk approached, the day wrapped up welcoming the final riders to the party.
2014 Ride the Rivers Century was funded, in part, by The Great Rivers Greenway District and Missouri American Water and in partnership with Chipotle Mexican Grill, Morgan Street Brewery, and Hammer Nutrition.
Special thanks to photographer, Mark Schwigen.
Route 66 Ride Recap
About 400 cyclists lucked out with a beautiful day for a bike ride. The temperature started off in the low 50s with clear blue skies and no wind. As a pre-ride warm-up, cyclists enjoyed Mississippi Mud coffee brewed and provided by Sacred Grounds in Edwardsville. Biking on roads that were once part of old Highway 66 and on sections of the Madison County Trails, cyclists viewed many original iconic Route 66 buildings. Cyclists on the long route had the opportunity to visit the Mother Jones Monument and a rest stop at the historic Soulsby’s Shell Station in Mount Olive. After the ride, the annual Route 66 Festival was just a short walk away in the Edwardsville City Park.