Ride the River 2013

June  14, 2013

Families will ride along the Mississippi River this weekend for an annual Father's Day event. River Action's 29th Annual Ride the River gives families the chance to bike along the nearly 60 miles of riverfront trails. 

River Action executive director, Kathy Wine, says there are a couple of reasons the event has lasted so many years.

"The fact we have these unique trails on the river that most cities would like to have is on reason," said Wine. "People do celebrate that, and want to support the trails and be out there and support River Action, which does so much on the trails. I think also because it's a family event and it's a tradition. Memories are made."

Ride the River will have several new additions this year. A photobooth will be set up for families to take a picture in the middle of their ride. Forty-eight canvases of river art will also serve as picnic blankets outside the Colonel Davenport Home on Arsenal Island. 

And at the Bass Street landing in downtown Moline, local artists will create a sculpture garden out of used bicycle parts. 

"We've always worked with art along with environmental issues because we feel that's a way to teach and delight at the same time," said Wine. "Kind of insprie stewardship. So the themes that we've worked with on our art have something to di wht the river, clean water, recreation, and the kind of thing."

Proceeds from the event will go toward River Action's efforts to maintain and improve trails in the Quad Cities. 

Ride the River begins and ends this Sunday at the Freight House in downtown Davenport. The route is open from 7 am to 3:30 pm.