Urban Eats Café and DT2, the Downtown Dutchtown Business Association, are partnering with Trailnet to offer a full day of events at the Blessing of the Bikes and Dutchtown Bike Tour on Saturday, June 17, 2017.
The day starts at 9:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church parking lot at 3140 Meramec. Trailnet will be present to provide safety tips for bicyclists as well as free helmets and fittings for kids. At 10:30 a.m., Father Andy Lewandowski will bless bikes, skateboards, roller blades and other self-propelled wheeled devices that roll into the parking lot.
Following the blessing, the group will migrate one block west to Urban Eats Café to get ready for a bike tour of Dutchtown. The first 25 attendees to arrive will receive an Urban Eats coupon. Riders can also purchase snacks for the tour or place lunch orders to enjoy when they return. The bike tour leaves Urban Eats at 11:15 a.m., led by volunteer Jim Dauphin, who will take riders into the many pocket parks tucked into the neighborhood. Participants will learn about the history of each park written by local author and historian NiNi Harris.
During the 3-mile pedal, support will be provided by LaBerta and Sons Cycles. Riders who want a longer ride will receive maps at the cafe to follow a self-guided tour to Carondelet Park, the Christy Greenway and River des Peres Trail.
From 12:30 until 3:00 p.m., Urban Eats will be open for lunch and is also hosting the Healthy Urban Living Expo. Come by to learn about yoga, walking, biking and other healthy living opportunities. The day will be capped off with a Happy Hour at Urban Eats from 3 to 4 p.m., featuring Carol Eder, playing classical guitar, gypsy and classical jazz.