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!