Mobile United and other local groups to host the 5th Crepe Myrtle Trail Bicycle Ride along Mobile Bay.
- WHEN: Saturday, April 7, 2018; 8:00 a.m. registration; 8:30 a.m. ride;
- WHERE: Starts at Arlington Park, 1814 15th Street South, Mobile
- COST: $10 riders 13 and up until April 5th at midnight; $15 day-of; Riders 8-12 are free.
The Crepe Myrtle Trail Bicycle Ride, presented by Mobile United, is planned for 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018, beginning in Arlington Park near downtown Mobile. This event offers an historic opportunity to ride the Mobile Bay-side of the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, and through the Peninsula of Mobile’s Bayfront Road.
This ride is special because it is the only time during the year that people on bikes have access to this portion of the proposed Crepe Myrtle Trail. Thanks to the Mobile Airport Authority and the University of South Alabama Foundation for allowing access to the Brookley by the Bay and Airport property.
All riders are encouraged to register online at https://2018crepemyrtleride.eventbrite.com by midnight on Thursday, April 5. On-site registration will be also available starting at 8:00 am on the morning of the ride.
Here are a few important details for 2018:
- Registration is $10 for people ages 13 and up until April 5 at midnight; $15 day-of registration fee; Children 8-12 are free (restrictions apply). Limited scholarships are available for riders unable to pay the registration fee. Please contact Mark Berte at mberte@joinACF.org before April 4th for more information about scholarships.
- No riders are allowed under age 8 unless in a trailer or tag-a-long. Helmets and safety gear are required. No training wheels are allowed. Children should be experienced riders and able to ride the full 10.6 miles in potentially warm and/or windy weather.
- The official turn-around spot is at McNally Park. The ride is expected to run from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Mobile United’s Natural Resource Committee organized the inaugural ride in 2014 in an effort to draw awareness to the proposed Crepe Myrtle Trail Bike and Pedestrian Path. The Crepe Myrtle Trail is an integral part of the Mobile Greenway Initiative, a multi-use waterfront trail stretching from the University of South Alabama and Langan Park along Three Mile Creek to Dog River and eventually, Dauphin Island.
The 2018 Crepe Myrtle Trail Bicycle Ride is made possible by Mobile United’s Natural Resources Committee, in partnership with the following:
- Alabama Coastal Foundation
- Brookley By the Bay
- City of Mobile, Parks and Recreation
- Delta Bike Project
- Dog River Clearwater Revival
- Downtown Mobile Alliance
- Mobilians On Bikes
- Mobile Airport Authority
- Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS)
- Mobile Baykeeper
- Mobile County Health Department
- Mobile County Sheriff’s Office
- Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP)
- Team Share the Road
- The Peninsula of Mobile
- USA Foundation
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the ride at Arlington Park. For more information, please call Mark Berte, Co-Chair of Mobile United’s Natural Resources Committee at 251-402-3936 or Michele Rumpf, Mobile United Executive Director, 251-432-1638.
2018 Crepe Myrtle Trail Bicycle Ride Information
COST: $10, with required registration https://2018crepemyrtleride.eventbrite.com
LENGTH: 10.6 miles
SPEED: Beginner friendly pace, 8-12 mph
WHEN: Saturday, April 7, 2018; 8:00 a.m. registration; 8:30 a.m. ride
WHERE: Starts at Arlington Park, 1814 15th Street South, Mobile
DIRECTIONS: From I-10, south on Broad Street for 0.8 miles, then left into Arlington Park
Notes: Helmets are required and no training wheels are allowed. A limited amount of “vintage” t-shirts will be available the day of the ride.
Ride Web site: https://2018crepemyrtleride.eventbrite.com
Mobile United: www.mobileunited.com
Michele Rumpf, Executive Director
Mark Berte, Co-Chair, Natural Resources Comm.
Executive Director, Alabama Coastal Foundation