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 wanting a beer or some food after exploring!
~9.5 miles (one way)
Mostly flat, almost entirely on paved multi-use paths. There is some riding on relatively quiet neighborhood streets with bike lanes.
Unlock your bike from the rack, get your helmet on. You'll be riding in the road for a short time on this route, so review your hand signals and turn on those lights!
From the racks, head towards the Grand River and cross the river on the historic Sixth Street Bridge.
Immediately after crossing the river, turn left/south on the paved trail that hugs the river’s edge. This is the aptly-named “River’s Edge” trail.
Stay on this trail, close to the river, for about one mile, until you approach a historic pedestrian bridge, the “Blue Bridge", also aptly named, which is very close to the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
At the Blue Bridge, turn right/west to get onto Front Street, which will take you under the highway. Continue riding straight to go through Grand Valley State University’s downtown campus (about 1/4 mile total from the Blue Bridge).
At Winter Avenue, turn left/south to Fulton Street. There is no curb cut here so stay on the sidewalk or watch out for a big bump!
Turn right/west on Fulton for one block. You can stay in the sidewalk or get in the street. If you’re in the street, get in the left lane and use hand signals… you’ll be turning left on Seward.
Turn left/south on Seward Ave. Follow Seward as it curves, about 1/4 mile, to Butterworth Street.
Turn right/west on Butterworth St. and ride in the bike lane for about 3/4 mile to the stop sign intersection at Garfield Ave.
Turn left/south on Garfield for one block. The street curves to the left and becomes Wealthy Street. Turn to the right/west onto the paved trail instead. Follow this trail for a few miles.
You'll ride under and then 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/south. 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/south to cross the bridge.
Across the bridge, turn right/east 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/south.
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/east 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 GR Bike Rentals 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. Then, you can ride back to the racks, or walk a block north to Cherry Street to take the free DASH North back to the hotel. 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.