July 3rd Ride – Wright Dunbar/Old Dayton/McPherson Town

Our next bike ride we’ll be visiting the west side of Dayton. We’ll ride by the location of the old Wright Brothers home and stop down the street at the Wright Cycling Complex. We will also visit the house where Paul Laurence Dunbar lived. Continuing our ride through Old Dayton to McPherson Town.

After the ride we’d like to hang out and enjoy First Friday – we’re open to suggestions of places to eat or have a drink. We’ll make an announcement the day of our ride of where we plan to meet. Hope to see you guys there. Ride out time is around 6:30 pm.

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May 1st Ride! TIME CHANGE 6:30PM!!!

 

Ride time has changed – we’re now meeting at 6:30pm through September!

On this ride we will be visiting Old North Dayton. Our first stop will be at the The Salvation Army Kroc Center Dayton to see the Dunncarrick mansion.

Our second stop will be at the wonderful Evans Bakery.

The final stop will be by DATV.

April 3rd 2015 Ride – Community Garden Tour!

In honor of spring time we’re going to take you on some tours of the neighborhood community gardens. The gardens we will be stopping by are neighborhood operated with the help of Five Rivers Metro Park.

The garden spots we will be visiting goes as follows:
1. Huffman District Community Garden on Centre St.
2. Mission of Marry on Xenia Ave.
3. Twin Towers Community Garden on Allen St.
4. South Park Community Garden on Burns and Brown St.
5. Final stop Garden Station on Wayne Ave.

You can find more information about community gardens here: http://www.metroparks.org/GetOutside/CommunityGardening.aspx

Fees are minimal and you get the help and guidance from seasoned growers. Check to see if there is one in your neighborhood!

 

 

August Ride – East Dayton/Huffman District

August 1st will be our next Courteous Mass Ride. This 5.25 mile ride will take us through industrial east Dayton as well as the Historic Huffman District.

From Fifth Third Field we will head east down Monument and go by the city facility yard as well as the Rumpke recycling center. We will turn right on Findlay Street and head south to make a stop at the Life Enrichment Center.

The Life Enrichment Center is a nonprofit organization that provides services to the less fortunate in Dayton and the surrounding areas. Providing life-building and life-sustaining services, it has become a pillar in the Dayton community. The Life Enrichment Center also has a Bike Shoppe & Safety Village allowing kids to learn about riding a bike in a safe environment.

Continuing south on Findlay Street, we will turn right on Springfield Street and head west to Torrence Street. We will take a left on Torrence Street and head south entering the Historic Huffman District. When we hit Huffman Avenue, we will take a right going northwest on Huffman. Then turning right onto Columbus Street, we will make another short stop at the only remaining Carnegie Library in the city of Dayton.

This Carnegie Library was built in 1911 with grant money provided by the industrialist Andrew Carnegie.  Carnegie was a Scottish immigrant who made a large fortune in the steel industry.  He spent his later years on philanthropic work, spending his fortune establishing libraries and other community projects throughout the United States. Carnegie was a huge supporter of giving people the tools to help themselves.

We will continue north on Columbus Street and make a left on East 4th Street. We will follow 4th Street west until we hit Dutoit Street, then make another left. We will wrap up this ride heading west down 5th Street through the Oregon District, continuing onto Patterson Boulevard and back to Fifth Third Field.

 

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July Route – Ride to the Food Truck Rally

Everyone seemed to like the little historical tour we did last month so we thought we’d try it again! This month we will be taking a bicycle tour of McCook Field and Old North Dayton. This area of Dayton has the second highest concentration of jobs in the city, most of them industrial.

On this tour of Dayton we will stop at two points of interest, McCook Field and the Duncarrick Mansion. Along the way we will pass by the Downtown Dayton Dog Park at Deeds Point and the home of DATV, the local public access TV station. It will be a short 4.5 mile ride ending at the Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally.

McCook Field was one of the first Army Air Force bases, first opening on December 5, 1917. In 1919 it became the location of the Aviation Service’s Engineering Division. Much early aircraft research and development was done at this location. Because of the field’s unusually small size, they had to build one of the world’s first paved runways to land the planes. A sign was painted on the hangar to warn arriving pilots, “This field is small use it all!”

The Duncarrick Mansion can be seen from I-75, just north of Route 4. This farmhouse was built in 1850 and bought in 1887 by a prominent Dayton lawyer by the name of Grafton Kennedy. The home was developed by the firm Peters, Burns and Pretzinger. Pretzinger is Dayton’s foremost native architect. Several of his buildings are included on the National Registry of Historic Places. This home is in the American Provincial architecture style with Tudor detail.  After Grafton Kennedy’s death his daughter Katherine, who was born and raised there, remained in the homestead. Katherine had her own political career fighting for women’s rights shortly after the women’s suffrage movement. The Kennedy family was influential enough that, when I-75 was being built, they requested it be moved west to avoid their property. If you ever wondered why there is that sharp curve in I-75 at the Route 4 interchange, now you know it’s because of the Kennedy’s.

We will end our ride at the Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally on 4th Street.

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June 6th Ride – West Third/ Dayton View

On this ride we will be exploring the West Third Street Historic District, Dayton View and McPherson Town. There are two points of interest where we will stop briefly. First stop will be the Wright Cycle Company Complex. Second stop will be at the corner of Arnold Place and Superior Avenue to see the original farm house of Dayton View. Come join this urban exploration!

 

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April 4th Ride – Inner East Dayton

We’ll be taking a tour through the Inner East Dayton on April 4th. This ride will be very casual. No person left behind. Meet us at Fifth Third Field, we ride at 5:30. Feel free to comment or email us for any further information. Parking: Free after 6pm. There is metered parking across from the stadium along Patterson facing South. For free parking we suggest going over to 2nd Street Market then riding over to the Stadium.

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