Osgood Brewing (click for website) is located in downtown Grandville, a nearby suburb of Grand Rapids, and is a nice ride if you have a little bit of extra time. It's close to the lakes and paths of Millennium Park if you happen to find yourself needing a drink after exploring!
~12.5 miles (one way)
Flat, slight downhill, a couple slight ups and downs. A mix of riding on quiet neighborhood streets, paved bikeways, city streets with bike lanes, and paved multi-use paths.
- Unlock your bike from the rack, get your helmet on. You'll be riding in the road for this route, so review your hand signals and turn on those lights!
- Head north (left) up Plainfield just 1/2 block to Marywood, and turn west (left, away from Plainfield) .
- Follow Marywood to the end of the street, turn right on Oakwood and head down the hill to the roundabout. Watch for cars!
- Signal and turn left here, onto Comstock St. In one block, turn left on Coit Ave. Follow Coit two blocks to Guild Street, which is a slight veer to the right. Stay on Guild St. just a couple of blocks to the next roundabout, which is Monroe Avenue.
- Riverside Park is straight ahead across Monroe. Continue through the roundabout into the park until you're close to the river, then take a LEFT past the yellow gate. This is the far south end of the White Pine trail.
- Stay on the trail through the park and past the boat launch until the trail ends at the Ann Street sidewalk.
- Turn RIGHT and stay on the sidewalk across the bridge. If you're comfortable being on the street, you can jump on the road past the bridge, but it's not worth getting on the road before the bridge.
- Continue on Ann past the highway underpass and the light at Turner Avenue. About a block past Turner Avenue you'll see a small bike sign saying "Kent Trails" and pointing to the left. Follow it!
- Watch for traffic and turn LEFT at the crosswalk to go up and over the railroad track and the small creek. The trail will put you onto Elizabeth Avenue. Veer slight right to head south on Elizabeth, a quiet neighborhood street.
- Elizabeth Avenue ends at Richmond Street in about one block. Turn RIGHT on Richmond.
- Take the bike lane on Richmond about a block to the railroad tracks. Immediately look to your LEFT for the Seward Avenue bikeway. Head south on the bikeway.
- Stay on the Seward Avenue Bikeway for about four blocks (watch for traffic as you cross even these quiet neighborhood streets) to the major intersection with a stoplight, Leonard Street.
- Cross Leonard with the signal and continue south on Seward Avenue in the bike lane for about 1.5 miles to Fulton Street.
- Continue on Seward around the bend for 1 block until the road ends at Butterworth Street.
- Turn RIGHT on Butterworth and use the bike lane or street for just a couple blocks, to the traffic light at Straight Avenue (the Tip Top bar is on the left).
- Turn LEFT onto Straight Ave. and continue a few blocks to the end of the street, at Wealthy Street.
- Cross Wealthy and turn RIGHT onto the paved multi-use path. You'll be on this for a while.
- Follow the path along Wealthy, behind the bottling plant, and under the highway underpass.
- You'll ride alongside the highway for a while... there is almost always a little bit of water over the trail here - good thing we have fenders on all the bikes! You're entering Millennium Park, one of the largest urban parks in the nation.
- At the first trail junction, turn LEFT. You will continue along the river to the next trail junction.
- At the next trail junction, a bridge will be visible to your left, crossing the river. Turn LEFT to cross the bridge.
- Across the bridge, turn RIGHT onto Indian Mounds Drive SW. One lane of the road is reserved for cyclists and pedestrians, the other is for cars.
- After about 3 miles, (you'll pass a sign that says "Kent Trails" to the left. Ignore it, keep going!) you'll get to the end of Indian Mounds Drive, where the trail splits off to the right and a road goes ahead up to a stoplight. Veer RIGHT to stay on the trail.
- Follow the trail along the river for another mile, until the trail splits with a spur headed to the LEFT away from the river. Turn LEFT.
- Take this trail under the highway and follow it sharply to the left. The trail will end at the north end of a street, Broadway Ave SW. Follow Broadway south to the first intersection, Chicago Drive.
- Turn left on the Chicago Drive sidewalk and bike nice and slow up for two blocks. Keep it slow and watch for cars!
- Osgood Brewing is on the corner of Franklin Ave SW and Chicago Drive, with a giant sign on the wall. You've made it!
- Lock your bike up to the racks and go enjoy a beer with your sweet White Pine discount! Osgood also has some great food that you should definitely try. Our personal favorites are the pretzel bites and harvest salad.
NOTE: If you go a little bit overboard at Osgood- it happens - remember, you have time to spare to sober up! Take your time. Have a sandwich. If you're not comfortable getting back on your bike, don't do it! Remember, buzzed biking is drunk biking, and just as dangerous as drunk driving! You can take the bus, with one transfer - Route 8 to Central Station, to Route 11 - that can take you back to the bike racks. The bus costs $1.75 - ask for a transfer - and you can put up to two bikes right on the front of the bus for no extra charge. Check out the bus system and routes at this page: https://www.ridetherapid.org/howtoride/bicycles-on-the-rapid Take your bike across Chicago Drive to the library and wait for Route 8 towards Central Station. At Central Station, get your bike and transfer it and yourself onto Route 11. Tell the driver you want to get off at Eleanor Street, it's just past the Knapp Avenue stop.