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Experience Grand Rapids rolls out bike app

September 4, 2017
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Visitors to Grand Rapids now have an easier way to experience the city on two wheels.

Experience Grand Rapids has partnered with My City Bikes to launch a smartphone app for iOS and Android devices that's designed to help visitors access the city's best local attractions and nearby communities via bicycle.

The new app features a comprehensive bike map with local road, recreational and mountain biking opportunities, plus two self-guided bicycle day tours.

The first tour, West Side to Uptown, is a nine-mile loop that starts and finishes at John Ball Zoo. The tour features a beginner-friendly route with destinations including the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Rosa Parks Circle, Donkey Taqueria, New Holland's Knickerbocker and more.

The second tour, Stops Along the White Pine Trail, is a customizable journey along Michigan’s second longest rail trail. Beginning in Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, users can make the six-mile roundtrip ride to Comstock Park, the 21-mile roundtrip to Rockford or the 35-mile roundtrip to Cedar Springs. The tour features highlights like Elk Brewing and the Rockford Dam Overlook at every stop along the way.

Recommendations from the Destination Asset Study released in December 2016 showed that Grand Rapids has an opportunity to leverage outdoor recreation to increase travel to the area.

Due to these findings, Experience Grand Rapids wanted to further organize and promote the biking scene, which led to the partnership with My City Bikes and the development of two self-guided bicycle day tours.

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