Bike Week rolls into the village

Marie Havenga • Aug 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM

The Village of Spring Lake will celebrate bicycling and businesses next week with community events and prizes.

The first-ever Bike Week runs Monday through Saturday at various locations in the village.

“Bike Week is exciting and everyone should be a part of it,” said Angela Stanford-Butler, the village's new Downtown Development Authority director. “It's meant to encourage everyone to get outside, be healthy and be happy — ride your bikes, walk, run and enjoy our multi-use bike paths and all of our great businesses.”

Bike Week rolls out Monday with a kickoff party and health fair at Mill Point Health Center, 601 W. Savidge St., from 6-8 p.m. The North Ottawa Community Health and Mercy Health systems are sponsoring live music by Sweet Justice, ergonomic adjustments for bikers, a balloon artist, prize wheel, coloring station, free blood pressure checks, ambulance tours, giveaways, and healthy snacks and refreshments. Participants may register to win a free bike at this event, and others throughout the week.

Tuesday night's fun includes a 2-mile bike-run-walk beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St.

“The library will have health experts from the Spring Lake Aquatic Center and Friends of North Bank Trail,” Stanford-Butler said. “They'll have discussions about being outside and getting yourself moving.”

On Wednesday, Tri-City Auto Repair, 628 E. Savidge St., will open its doors from 4-6 p.m. for free bike inspections. Rock ‘n’ Road of Grand Haven will have staff present to check tire pressure and brake lines. There will also be pizza, beverages and gift bags.

“They'll be feeding you and filling your bike tires,” Stanford-Butler said.

Also on Wednesday, the Front Porch at 618 E. Savidge St. will host a Cops and Cones event from 6-8 p.m. with Sgt. Jason Kik of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. Kid's cones cost $1. Bicycle cops from the City of Holland will join the activities.

Thursday features Peace in the Park Yoga with On the Path Yoga at Spring Lake's Central Park. A juice truck and vendor booths featuring fair trade items will open at 6:30 p.m, followed by yoga at 7. There's no charge for the event, but On the Path owner Sandy Parker asks that you bring your own mat, if possible. She'll have a limited number available to loan.

On Friday, a Big Kids Bike Bash runs from 7-11 p.m. in the Jackson Street parking lot between Seven Steps Up and Weiss Chiropractic. Leave the kiddos home for this one — it's a 21-and-over party with live music by Natchez Trace.

“Ride your bike down,” Stanford-Butler said. “We don't want people driving.”

Saturday's slate is full, beginning with a scavenger hunt from 9-11 a.m. at Weiss Chiropractic, 124 W. Savidge St. Families will run throughout the village in search of items.

At 11:30 a.m., a kids pedal parade rolls out from the downtown clock tower at Jackson and Savidge streets. Decorate your bike and join in a parade down the bike path to Central Park, where you'll find a lot more fun waiting from noon to 3 p.m.

“We're encouraging families to bring a picnic,” Stanford-Butler said.

Only handicap parking will be available in the west parking lot at Central Park. Other cars must park in the Spring Lake Presbyterian or All Shores Wesleyan churches’ lots because the park’s east lot will be closed to make room for the picnic.

“The biggest thing is to walk, pedal or run, because the parking lot will be closed for the event,” Stanford-Butler said. “We'd like the bike paths to be used.”

The event will feature Old Boys' Brewhouse root beer, Jumpin' Java smoothies and Halaula Hawaiian shave ice. Hot dogs, chips and beverages will also be for sale.

Activities will include a bike rodeo with bike safety instruction, a riding skills test in the ice rink, kickball games, a Boy Scouts live foosball game, basketball training and contests, pickleball lessons by the Lakeshore Pickleball Club, and instruction on how to mount a bike on the front of a Harbor Transit bus. Other events will include a water runoff table that shows people how the chemicals they use eventually land in Spring Lake and sidewalk chalk for the little ones

The drawing for the bikes will be at Central Park at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. 

You may register for the bike drawing any place you see an orange flag and bike around town. You must be present to win. Five bikes, including an adult trike, and a bike trailer will be given away.

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