Trailnet's 2012 Calendar Of Rides Released
Trailnetʼs Bicycle Fun Club program (commonly referred to as BFC) is a popular and well-known program that serves Trailnetʼs mission by fostering active living and promoting, encouraging and enabling recreational cycling throughout the St. Louis metropolitan region.|
Trailnet attracted over 7,700 cyclists of all skill levels last year to its unique, large-scale BFC rides that feature urban and rural starting locations on both sides of the Mississippi river. The bi-state cycling community regards Trailnetʼs BFC rides as the most organized and interesting cycling events in the region.
Riders of all skill levels and all types of safe, working bikes are welcome. “Support and gear” vans (SAG wagons) cruise the routes. Cold water, mechanical assistance and pick-up service ensures support for riders. Cyclists are given the choice of at least three routes of varying distances. Maps are provided to each rider, detailing each route, including towns and attractions along the way. Roads are marked with paint to guide cyclists. Properly fitted helmets are strongly recommended.
The 2012 BFC season begins in mid-April and runs through mid-October, and features 21 rides. Standard ride fees are: $8 for Trailnet members, $13 for non-member adults, and $3 for children under 10 when accompanied by an adult.
In 2012, Trailnetʼs BFC program will once again feature the ʻclassicʼ rides, fresh twists and expert execution that keeps cyclists coming back year after year, ride after ride. The 2012 Trailnet Bicycle Fun Club (BFC) season is presented by Solutia.
BFC partners and sponsors include: Alpine Shop, Big Shark Bicycle Company, The Bike Center, Bike Surgeon, The Cyclery and Fitness Center, Great Rivers Greenway, Maplewood Bicycle, Missouri Department of Conservation, Pfoodman, REI, Revolution Cycles, Saint Louis Brewery and Schlafly Beer, Saint Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU, Schnucks-Driscollʼs, St. Louis County Parks, Sunset Cyclery, Trailhead Brewing Co., Trek Bicycle Store of St. Louis, Wild Trak Bikes, and City of Wildwood.
Trailnetʼs community rides focus on encouraging and enabling people to get outside and get active. The emphasis is on fun, safety, appreciation of our communities, and spreading the love of bicycling! Trailnetʼs community rides are for anyone seeking safe, family friendly bicycle rides. They are accessible to cyclists of all ages and abilities unless otherwise noted. Properly fitted helmets are strongly recommended.
Trailnet attracted about 1000 cyclists of all skill levels in 2011 to its wide variety of community rides that are shorter and more relaxed than its BFC rides. With both urban and suburban starting locations throughout our area, cyclists always find diverse, convenient, interesting rides to take with friends or family.
Riders of all skill levels and all types of safe, working bikes are welcome. Most Trailnet community rides are group rides, so participants donʼt have to worry about being separated from the group or being left without support if they have a mechanical problem.
Trailnetʼs community rides are community-centric. They focus on the environment, architecture, farmersʼ markets, gardens and local lore of our most fascinating neighborhoods. They are often interpreted by one of Trailnetʼs knowledgeable ride leaders and always highlight what makes our region such a remarkable place to live. The 2012 community ride season begins in April and runs through October and features16 rides. Standard ride fees are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10.
2012 Trailnet community ride partners and sponsors include: Big Shark Bicycle Company, Central West End Residents Association, Companion, The Confluence Partnership, City of Creve Coeur, Discovery Bike Rentals, Downtown Bicycle Station,Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District, Feast Magazine, Ferguson Bicycle Shop, Ferguson Cycling Club, Ferguson Farmersʼ Market, Gateway Greening, Great Rivers Greenway, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Kirkwood Farmersʼ Market, Live Well! Ferguson, Local Harvest Grocery, Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Foundation for Health, Missouri History Museum, Moonrise Hotel, Old North Restoration Group, South Grand Community Improvement District, City of St. Louis, St. Louis Earth Day, St. Louis Public Library, and Urban Shark.
Trailnet also offers seven free weekly rides on Saturday mornings and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings beginning in early April and running through mid- September. Starting locations for these rides are in the city, west county, mid-county, and metro east.
Sponsors of the 2012 free weekly ride season include: Alpine Shop, The Bike Center, Bike Surgeon, The Hub Bicycle Company, Recycled Cycles, REI, and Trek Bicycle Stores of St. Louis.
Additional 2012 bike season sponsors include: Pedal the Cause, the American Diabetes Association/Tour de Cure Ride, the National MS Society/Bike MS Ride, and the Ronald McDonald House Ride.
The details on all Trailnet 2012 rides can be found on our free calendar of rides. Check your local bike shop for a calendar, or for more information visit Trailnet at trailnet.org.
Trailnet leads in fostering healthy and active communities through innovative programs, planning, and policy that promote walking and bicycling throughout the St. Louis bi-state region.