Car-free bike rides

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — To help celebrate Car Free Acadia Day on May 16, Bike MDI is coordinating a series of informal group rides around the Park Loop that will be closed to motor vehicles. There will be a ride for all levels of cyclists.

No Drop Fun family rides and group rides for leisurely cycling will be lead by Bonnie Tai and Wally Estrella. These small groups will continually wait for the last riders to catch up. No one should be in a hurry. There will be several snack and rest stops. So bring your lunch. Start time: 8:45 a.m. at the Fabbri Picnic Area.

Cyclists who want more of a challenge can join the B groups lead by Charlie Lyons and Vince Messer.

These steady rides will make one snack stop along the way with all cyclists asked to keep a constant monitored pace. Those who can’t maintain the pace will be left behind and can join one of the trailing groups or finish the loop by themselves.

The pace will probably be about 12 mph. Start time at 9 a.m. at Fabbri Picnic Area. An organizational meeting is set for 8:45 a.m.

The BB groups are meant for cyclists who are able to maintain a moderate pace for the entire loop. A stop along the way will be a chance to gather thoughts and refresh. The groups will attempt to average about 14-plus mph. Geoff Knowles and Ron Greenberg will support these groups. Plan to be ready by and attend an organizational meeting at 8:45 a.m.

A-list group rides will meet at the Hulls Cove Visitors Center parking area at 8:45 a.m. After a brief meeting, these leaderless groups ride will be averaging between 16-20 mph.

Park passes will not be required from 7 a.m.-noon when the loop road will reopen for vehicles.

For cyclists who intend to ride the Loop after noon or at any other time, park passes and a photo ID will be required.

Make sure to have adequate water and energy snacks, organizer Ron Greenberg said.


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