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!
~8.5 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 inland/east away from the Grand River to the closest street (Campau Avenue). Turn right/south on Campau Avenue.
- Before the road curves to the left, look to your right/west as you pass the parking garage to see a pathway towards the river. Follow that path across the local landmark Blue Bridge. Watch out for pedestrians!
- Cross the river on the Blue Bridge, and continue straight under the highway on Front Street. Continue straight at the road intersection through Grand Valley's building... this is part of GVSU's downtown campus. Still watch out for pedestrians.
- Continue straight through the campus and the parking lot to Winter Avenue, and turn right/south on Winter. You can ride on the sidewalk for a bit, or move to the road. Note: There is no curb cut to get to Winter Avenue... be careful riding down this curb!
- Head south on Winter past the light at Fulton Street. The road will curve sharply to the left, then to the right, when it becomes Front Avenue. Stay on Front Avenue all the way south to its end at Wealthy Street.
- Turn right/west on Wealthy Street and use the bike lane or street for just a couple blocks.
- Cross Wealthy and turn right/west onto the paved multi-use path. You'll be on this for a while.
- Follow the path along Wealthy, behind the bottling plant, and past 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/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 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 9, 11, or the Silver Line (90) - 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 9, 11, or 90 (the Silver Line). Tell the driver you want to get off at Monroe and Louis (just a couple minutes from Central Station) and walk your bike across Monroe and back to the JW Marriott.