30th Anniversary Ride The River June 15

Celebrate our Mississippi riverfront trails this Father's Day

River Action's 30th Annual Ride The River! will be Sunday, June 15.
Online registration is now open. CLICK HERE for online registration.

CLICK HERE to download the 2014 Ride the River brochure and registration form.

Or, stop at River Action's office, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays to register.

You also can register during packet pick-up Saturday, June 14 from noon to 4 p.m. at the River Action office, or Sunday, June 15 from 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Freight House, Western Ave. and River Dr., Davenport.

2014 ride dedicated to Joe Schadler

This year's Ride The River is dedicated to Joe Schadler, owner and operator of the Mississippi Belle riverboat and long-time ride supporter, who died Feb. 24 at the age of 74. Schadler operated riverboats on the Mississippi River for more than 30 years, starting in the river cruise business with the Queen of Hearts boat and most recently operating Celebration River Cruises with the Celebration Belle riverboat docked in Moline. Schadler's Celebration Belle, now captained by his son Scott, has ferried Ride The River participants from Bettendorf to Moline as part of the event since the boat has been operating in the Quad Cities.

Enjoy a bi-state tour of the Quad Cities along riverfront bike trails and observe the trail development timeline marked by years. Plus, cruise on the Mississippi River on the Celebration Belle Riverboat from Iowa to Illinois or ride across the historic Arsenal Bridge.

Come join the fun with the whole family for this Father’s Day tradition!

All registered kids ages 8-16 will receive a FREE safety light, donated by the Kiwanis Club of Davenport. All registered kids ages 5-7 will receive a FREE bike bell.

If you'd like to volunteer to help with this year's Ride the River, CLICK HERE.

  • Riverboat Crossing Option - At Bettendorf's Leach Park, cross the Mississippi River on the Celebration Belle Riverboat while your bike goes across on a barge. At the Illinois landing, pick up your bike and continue your trip.
     
  • Arsenal Bridge Crossing Option -Take the Davenport path and ride across the Arsenal Bridge. Riders can also ride across Arsenal Island to Moline. All Arsenal Island riders must have a photo ID.
     
  • A "Family Fair" will be held at Bass Street Landing, Moline with fun events for kids, all day.

The Ride The River Route - Pedal the basic route of 20 miles or follow the signs for rides of up to 60 miles. Begin at The Freight House in Davenport, proceed to Leach Park, Bettendorf, and cross the Mississippi River to Moline, Illinois aboard the Celebration Belle riverboat.

Those crossing by bridge will cross Arsenal Island, and continue the route to the suggested turn around at The Quarter, returning to Davenport via Arsenal Bridge or the Centennial Bridge (open until 3 p.m.). Riders can turn around at various spots on the route.

All total, it's possible to ride through nine communities plus a loop through Arsenal Island.


Click on map to download a larger PDF version.

Bike helmets are strongly recommended for all riders. They are MANDATORY for riders under 18 and anyone riding on Arsenal Island. Registered riders can purchase discounted helmets at the event. Youth helmets are only $5 and adult helmets $10, thanks to support from the Quad Cities Bicycle Club.

Arsenal Bridge Crossing Option

Take the Davenport path and ride across the Arsenal Bridge. Crossing times are on the registration form. Riders also can ride an optional loop through Arsenal Island.

Arsenal Island Loop

Arsenal Island is open for riders 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. All cyclists must enter and exit through the Davenport gate, and riders 16 and older must show photo ID. Follow route marked for Ride the River and stay on the right side of all roads and trails. Riders must wear helmets on the island.

New This Year!

All registered kids ages 8-16 will receive a FREE safety light, donated by the Kiwanis Club of Davenport. All registered kids ages 5-7 will receive a FREE bike bell. And keep a lookout for “30-something” displays along the route, celebrating 30 years of Ride the River.

Become a 'Friend of Ride the River'

Your participation in Ride the River helps River Action fulfill its mission of making the riverfront a healthy and livable environment for all. Consider joining "Friends of Ride the River." Your tax deductible donation of $50 or more ($100 for businesses) helps ensure this community event, now in its 30th year, for years to come. Friends are recognized in a special listing on the ride map.

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