Fall brings some of the area’s best bicycling opportunities. What makes these opportunities such a pleasure is the weather. Cool, dry air combines with abundant sunshine in September and October and for the bicyclist this is a double blessing. Riding provides body heat to keep bicyclists warm in the cool air, and the sunshine keeps them warm when they stop. Riding continues to keep a bicyclist warm when November brings chillier weather. The sun, not so much. And even December can be a delight to a bicyclist, especially when a few 60 degree days show up!
The Fall calendar is full of great bicycling opportunities! Read on to find out more…
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One Fall bicycling opportunity you might have missed if you didn’t ride in it: on Saturday morning, September 21, Trailnet hosted the first ever Historic Ferguson Bicycle Tour. About a hundred bicyclists from all over the St. Louis region rode routes all around town and even out to the Missouri River and Sioux Passage Park on the longer routes. While riding around town they were able to take tours of the Earthdance Organic Farm and the Challenger Learning Center. All routes also led to the Ferguson Farmers Market, so many were able to stop in there and visit.
The ride was a great way to expose people who seldom come to North County about the good things going on in Ferguson. Many of the riders commented that they were impressed with Ferguson and the surrounding area. One rider had recently relocated to the St. Louis area from Chicago and is looking to buy a home. He’s now considering Ferguson.
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Don’t forget about the Earn-a-Bike program for young people here in Ferguson. It is continuing through the Fall. The current class wraps up in early October but the last class of the year will begin on Monday, October 14. These free classes require young people to attend 6 sessions in which they learn basic bike maintenance plus safe riding skills. All who complete the course earn a bike, helmet, lock, and light. If you know any young people who might be interested, go to http://fyifergyouth.org/programs/earn-a-bike-program-in-ferguson/ or stop by the bike shop to find out more and get an application. The application deadline is October 7.
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I said there were a lot of bicycling opportunities coming up in the Fall. Here they are. Combined with great Fall weather, these opportunities can’t be beat!
- Sunday, October 6: Sunday Parkways. The last Sunday Parkways of the year will be held October 6, 1-4pm, in the Nesbit-Newton neighborhood. As always, everything about Sunday Parkways is free! For more info and a map of the Nesbit-Newton neighborhood showing the various activities, go to http://livewellferguson.com/main/events/sunday-parkways/
- Saturday, October 12: Ghosts of the Past I. Join the Ferguson Cycling Club as it leaves from the Ferguson Farmers Market at 8:30am and bicycles over to Bellefontaine Cemetery to take a tour of the cemetery. The cemetery tour is sponsored by Trailnet. Registration is from 9:00-9:30am and the ride starts at 9:30am. There is a $5 registration fee. Visit the first rural cemetery west of the Mississippi. Learn about the role of some of the most important “ghosts” in the history of St. Louis and the U.S. 6 miles to the cemetery, 6 miles in the cemetery, 6 miles back to Ferguson.
- Saturday, October 26: Ghosts of the Past II. A bicycle tour of Calvary Cemetery sponsored by Trailnet. Registration is from 9:00-9:30am, the ride starts at 9:30am. $5 registration fee. Visit the graves of some of the most prominent and legendary individuals in the history of St. Louis and of the U.S., including priests, bishops, a slave, a playwright, the first St. Louisan, and the man who saved the Union.
- Sunday, November 3: 4th Annual Twilight Ramble. Rides for all ages at 3pm, 3:30pm, and 4:30pm! The first 250 to register for this free event get a free water bottle. And everyone gets a discount coupon to the Ferguson Bicycle Shop. Limited edition long sleeve “I rode the Ramble” tee shirts are available for $10 with pre-registration. Free food and music will also be provided. Registration and more info are available at http://twilightramble.com
- Sunday, December 1: Northern Lights Parade. As part of the Ferguson Northern Lights celebration all are welcome to decorate their bikes with blinking Christmas lights and ride with us in the Northern Lights parade. Blinking lights to put on your bikes will be provided free by the Ferguson Bicycle Shop.
- Sunday, December 8: Ferguson Holiday House Tour. Is this a bicycle ride? Yes, it is! Last year the Ferguson Bicycle Shop led bicycle rides to the homes on the tour and it was a great success. Having a 70 degree day in December didn’t hurt either! Here’s your opportunity to improve your health, be good to the environment, and tour the homes decorated for the holidays, all at the same time! Please contact Gerry Noll at Gerry@FergusonBicycleShop.com, or call the shop at 34-315-4940, if you are interested in riding on the Holiday House Tour with us.