Cyclists have the right idea: besides the obvious benefits that bike-riding grants (exercise, zero reliance on fossil fuels, rockin' thighs), the Schwinn jockeys get to experience the great outdoors while the car-bound are trapped inside steel-and-glass coffins. For those who want to feel the wind through their helmets, the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation and the Gateway Council of Hostelling International cohost Bike the Bridges, a free event that lets riders experience some of the region's river-spanning wonders of stone and steel. The morning begins at 8 a.m. at the top level of the Gateway Arch parking garage (Second Street and Washington Avenue), where an instructor will prep all riders on the rules of the road. From there, cyclists can choose which bridge they want to cross, which relates to the length of their route: the Eads Bridge (4.5 miles), the McKinley Bridge (8 miles) and the Chain of Rocks Bridge (26 miles). After the ride, the two-wheeled warriors can enjoy light refreshments and share their stories from the road. Visit www.stlbikefed.org for more information.
Sun., June 7, 2009