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Bike Week kickoff gets warm reception

Marie Havenga • Aug 21, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Spring Lake’s Bike Week kicked off Monday with live music, emergency vehicle tours, balloon animals and giveaways at the Mill Point Health Center.

Dr. Grant VanderVrede brought his son, Grant, 3, to the festivities. The younger Grant ordered up a dinosaur balloon while his dad chatted with health professionals.

“It's great to have everyone out,” VanderVrede said. “For the first year, it's a pretty good turnout. I'm big on diet and nutrition, and Bike Week is all about getting out and moving.”

Truman McCormick, 7, won a bike helmet at the event. His mom, Ashley, said because of Bike Week, she and her husband, Paul; daughter, Evie, 5; and Truman decided to go for a 2-mile bike ride Monday from their Spring Lake Township home.

“We're so excited Spring Lake is doing so many fun activities,” Ashley said. “It got us out for a bike ride on a Monday night. This is the longest ride my son has been on so far.”

Bike Week continues through Saturday at various locations in the village.

Tonight, a 2-mile bike-run-walk will begin at 6:30 at Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange St.

On Wednesday, Tri-City Auto Repair, 628 E. Savidge St., will host free bike inspections from 4-6 p.m.

Also Wednesday, the Front Porch will host a Cops and Cones event with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office from 6-8 p.m.

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.

On Friday, a Big Kids Bike Bash with live music runs from 7-11 p.m. in the Jackson Street parking lot between Seven Steps Up and Weiss Chiropractic. This is for ages 21 and older.

Saturday begins with a scavenger hunt from 9-11 a.m. at Weiss Chiropractic, 124 W. Savidge St. At 11:30 a.m., a kids pedal parade rolls out from the downtown clock tower at Jackson and Savidge streets. At Spring Lake’s Central Park, a community event featuring a bike rodeo, riding skills test and more will take place from 12-3 p.m. The drawing for bikes is at 2:30 p.m.

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