FLINT (WJRT) - (05/02/18) - It's a way to get a lot of exercise for free and socialize, too.
For about 20 years the Friends of the Flint River Trail have met at the old Farmers Market to enjoy a 12 mile round trip journey with each other.
They actually receive participation from people who live in 35 different zip codes throughout the course of their bike riding season.
"I've been doing it probably 12 or 13 years," said David Beaulieu.
The Sunday rides along the Flint River mean a lot of Beaulieu who enjoys the comradery. There are several destinations, including Stepping Stone Falls, Blue Bell Beach and the Genesee Valley Mall.
"We get an average of 25-35 people on Sunday. We've had as high as 70," Beaulieu said.
Aside from the fresh air and meeting friends, it's a free way to show off the trail.
"Our goal is just to make people aware of the trail, to realize how beautiful it is and to realize it is a safe place to ride if you're riding with two or three people at a time," said organizer Bruce Nieuwenhuis.
And just to keep things interesting, the group moves around to different trails on Saturdays and have sweet treats on certain Sundays.
"The second Sunday of each month is what is called the ice cream ride and so there's a little break in the middle of the ride for participants to enjoy a nice ice cream treat," said Rebecca Fedewa, executive director of the Flint River Watershed Coalition. "And on the second Saturday the group also goes off to visit different trails in the area to see what other kind of adventures we can have on bike trails around the state."
The rides begin Sunday, May 7 at 2 o'clock, and the rides will continue continue through October. If you're interested just bring your bike along with your helmet to the old Flint Farmer's Market.
For more information, click here.