Pine Island borrows bikes

Want to get out there and enjoy the bike trails, but you don’t have a bike? 

          A group of volunteers in Pine Island have just the deal for you.  They began the Borrow-A-Bike program in June of 2009 at the head of the Douglas Trail offering bikes to ride for free.

          Donated bikes have been restored and are available for those who might like to take a spontaneous trek down the trail, a fun-filled, no cost outing for the entire family!
          Here are the details:  Borrow-A-Bike for FREE on weekends – it’s that easy!  Bikes can be checked out weekdays by appointment, groups are welcome!  Contact Roy Larson at (507) 696-8453 or Gerry Vettel at (507) 993-4860. 

          Pine Island's innovative Bike program is open for residents and visitors to Pine Island from May through October, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. weather permitting.  Bikes of all sizes are available.  Children may borrow bikes with the signed authorization of a parent or guardian.  Individual cyclists18 or older simply register by filling out a waiver, selecting a helmet, and checking out a bike.  Visitors from around the world as well as Mayo Clinic patients and families were among those who enjoyed the bikes this past summer.

          The program currently has more than 50 bikes in active inventory.  Other bikes are in various states of repair and will be added to active stock as work is completed.  The repair efforts have been headed by Leroy Krier, a volunteer from Pine Island. 

"Without him, this program would be impossible”, says Roy Larson, Borrow-A-Bike coordinator.  “Leroy has donated countless hours to make sure the bikes are ready for use, and has done an excellent job for us".   The volunteers also fix up used bikes to donate to Christmas Anonymous. 

          What you’ll experience:  The Douglas Trail offers a pleasant ride of 12.7 miles from Pine Island to Rochester on a recently widened and repaved surface.  The trail does not parallel major roads, so it’s the perfect ride for a peacefully quiet, rustic feel. Wide-open spaces offer a view of rolling cropland, farms, horses, cattle, and wooded areas.  A canopy of trees along much of the route, also makes the ride perfect for warm days. Several old railroad bridges offer pleasant views of the meandering Zumbro River.

          The main rest stop is Douglas, about mid-point along the trail. It offers picnic tables, restrooms, and a parking area.  There are also several shelters, tables, and benches along other sections of the trail.

          The trailhead for this ride is the Pine Island City Park, which has water, bathrooms, and plenty of room for parking and picnicking plus a spacious playground.  Food and refreshments are just two short blocks away on Main Street.  Rochester on the south end of the trail has an additional 60 miles of recreational trails.  So what’s your excuse?  Come to Pine Island to experience the trails!

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