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At Olbrich Gardens, the Bike Benefits sticker is good for free admission to the Conservatory. Right now the Conservatory is closed for the pandemic, but the outdoor gardens are open (with limited h... read more

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I wasn't sure where to take this photo at the Monroe Street Farmers Market, but settled on the bike parking area. The Monroe St. Market is held in a parking lot where there's not close-by parking, ... read more

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Bloom has an amazing biscuit sandwich with roasted sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, and greens -- alas, they have a limited menu for the pandemic, and I cannot get my favorite sandwich. Instead,... read more

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Another place I have never used my Bike Bennies -- and another one that involves ice cream. I've been missing out! Not free this time, but a nice discount on the concessions at the zoo. Unlike a... read more

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Orange Tree Imports is where I first learned about Bike Benefits and bought my first sticker. Lots of the Monroe St shops have Bike Bennies – it's a great neighborhood for shopping on a bike. Al... read more

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I don't do social media so I don't quite know how to do these #Curmudgeon #WhatIsThisHashtagBusiness, but I see that we're being invited to enter a drawing by sharing our love of Bike Bennies, and ... read more

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Zia Brucaya Susan, your post is perfect! (Successful #hashtag use :D) Thank you for posting and supporting these awesome local business... read more

The Capitol City Trail (CCT) is an enjoyable result of conservation and recreation foresight, featuring a tour of the Nine Springs E-Way. This trail connects with the Southwest Path and other Madis... read more

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This is a story about cheesecake. I love cheesecake. When I get cheesecake at restaurants, I am always so disappointed that it isn't my mom's cheesecake. My mom makes the best cheesecake. Brasse... read more

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Kristin Davis You can’t just throw a word like cheesecake out there and not say where it is!
Susan Hollingsworth Oh, my. My cheesecake story appears to have made it to the "stories from around the world" page. No wonder! This restaurant... read more

Discovering new city or county parks by bike is always fun. This one is a bit of a distance from Madison, but it's a great park and the riding in the area is beautiful: Magnolia Bluff County Park. ... read more

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Zia Brucaya Looks beautiful - this is a new one to me!

It turned out I needed a smarter phone to order curbside -- but Colectivo is offering curbside pickup via a smartphone app, and they also have Bike Bennies in non-pandemic times, and special treats... read more

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I have never taken advantage of my Bicycle Benefits at Wingra Boats, and it's not available right now because it's free ice cream (yes, free ice cream!) and they don't have their concessions stand ... read more

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Neuhauser Pharmacy does not have (a) a Bicycle Benefits sticker in the window, or (b) bike parking. But it /does/ have (c) friendly neighborhood pharmacists, (d) a post office inside that will s... read more

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Susan Hollingsworth Okay, we can't edit these -- but I swear that I can see a Bicycle Benefits sticker in the window in a blurry photograph tak... read more

I grew up in Germany, where turtles are either pets or live in a zoo. So I greatly enjoy the opportunity to see turtles in the wild. One good spot that's not too far from Madison and in a very bike... read more

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So today i went out on my new bike. Ive always had mountain bikes and still do but i fancied a road bike to try for a change as I've never had one. I bought a Specialized and today was my first tri... read more

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Doing my favourite cycle in my lunch break ☀️

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After not riding since December 17 2020 I was anxious to get back on my schedule (4-6 days per week). I had an incidence of basal cell carcinoma on my forehead in February and couldn't ride till it... read more

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The ride to the beach is my favorite ride in San Diego. Sometimes I do it every weekend. This time, I did it mid week for a much needed break.

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After a long day working I was exhausted and in need of a break. My fiancé and I ended up biking along Silver Strand and took a moment of peace and solitude at the near empty beach before biking ho... read more

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Dominik W Down tube shifters? Classy!
Robin Falci Yup! She's a classic.

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So many memories of biking with the kids here back when they lived with us! When we first started our youngest was on a 16" bike and the oldest on a 20". They kept graduating up sizes, (and schoo... read more

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I asked my wife what she wanted to do on mother's day. Her answer was to go on one of our favorite bike ride. (after breakfast in bed, of course) So we grabbed our bikes and bike trailer (for our 6... read more

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On the weekend we typically ride from our Little Italy home around SD Bay and Point Loma areas. This past weekend we enjoyed a incredible aerial exhibition by a couple osprey families teaching the... read more

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Melissa Menas #familyride

Ik doe het gewoon. Ik fiets vanmiddag nog naar mijn moeder in Zierikzee. Over de Oosterscheldekering, langs de Oosterscheldedijk. Ondanks de weersvoorspellingen van veel wind en wat regen en ondank... read more

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Morrison Pond, nestled along the Sweetwater River is hands down one of my favorite routes in San Diego! Although it is situated in Bonita, it is so close to Southeast San Diego, Spring Valley and s... read more

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Sylvie Froncek Yay! You're entered in the prize drawing! We'll choose a winner when the scavenger hunt ends!

Hi There, I'd like to share this circular route, as lots of people in Manchester and Stockport will love it. It takes in part of the Trans-Pennine Trail, Fallowfield loop and Peak Forest Canal, is... read more

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Luke Rider Hello, any chance you can send me the website link? Thanks
Anthony Picot Hi Luke I didn't find it on a web site, but put it together by looking at maps. It may be tricky to see some of the joining... read more

Sanibel has bike paths! Separate 8 ft wide bike paths all over the island, parallel to the roads. I always feel safe!

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They add almost 100 extra pounds and any hill becomes a mountain but it's worth it. Eventually I'll upgrade us. I use my junky yellow Raleigh cus it's sturdy. I bought it for 20 bucks because I was... read more

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Sylvie Froncek thanks for posting! we'll pick winners at the end of the month!

I have 2 bikes, a commuter/tourer and a road bike. I love to ride the trail and can hardly wait to use it to ride to work when the rest of the trail, north east of my home. Right now I ride the tra... read more

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Everyday once I have either finished my work homeschooling or finished my work at school and go home I love to go out on my bike and do my favourite ride. This ride consists of me setting off fro... read more

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My beloved late Father was a keen cyclist, so I have always enjoyed the activity. After 10 years of living at the coast I absolutely cherish moments spending time near the sea watching the waves... read more

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Canyon Ferry Reservoir is fed by the Missouri River and surrounded by the Elkhorn and Belt Mountains. I can ride from my house to the Wildlife Preserve where 3 dikes surround 3 ponds. My favorite t... read more

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Milton Ospina Lovely!

My fav place to ride is the New River Trail starting on the NC/VA border going north.

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Bill Maurer Did it Oct 2020 and loved it !

Getting out on my bike more during the pandemic last years I discovered County Durhams Rails to Trails. These include the C2C, Deerness Valley, Bishop Auckland to Brandon and the Derwent Valley tra... read more

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There is a trail in the Black Hills called the Mickleson Trail. It winds through densely wooded forests, through tunnels, and over numerous bridges. It challenges one to go beyond the everyday ri... read more

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Another beautiful weekend (5/21-24) with our RVs and bikes in Mt Laguna . . . .

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My favorite ride is along the San Luis Rey bike trail from Guajome Park to the Oceanside harbor and beach! The stretch going under the freeway always provides a much needed cool breeze and coast do... read more

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Scott Conrad Love the San Luis Rey bike trail, always relaxing!

Took a 37 mile ride from home in North Park to enjoy the new Rose Creek to Gilman Drive bike path — such a treat, we need more of these! Detoured up through UCSD (my BF had never been there!) and d... read more

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Mike Valles What a ride ! I miss San Diego

It's not particularly beautiful, a commercial/light industrial road west of Ann Arbor. I work just off Jackson Road, just about at the midpoint of a 4-mile+ stretch with a fairly generous bike lane... read more

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My fiancé and I love riding around our bikes from our home in Hillcrest to downtown. During this ride, we caught the sunset from the Broadway Pier. #familyride

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I ride to the beach two to three times a week after work. Regardless of the weather the site and smell of the ocean always relaxes me!

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Bernie Parmer Pine mountain forest works too.

Northwest Arkansas is one of the best places to bike in all of America. There are some great mountain biking trails, funded by the Walton Foundation, the creators of Walmart. I fell in love with mo... read more

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Started out with MoGo bike membership a couple of years ago when I started working at the RenCenter. Use the MoGo bikes in the morning and to go to meetings during the day. Don't need to drive or... read more

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Can you believe on my day off work I end up cycling to the office? I am very lucky to have a quiet beautiful route to commute, through a nature reserve, following a river peddling along a canal an... read more

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From home in Oakwood, Derby to Swan Lake in West Hallam then follow the route along the Erewash canal to Trent Lock amazing scenery you feel you are abroad on holiday and mostly on the level. Loads... read more

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I love riding my bike around the neighborhood. I get to see all my neighbor's that have been in there homes since a year ago. I try to spread happiness.

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All the miles of dirt and gravel roads to ride to your heart's content through shady pine and oak forest, mostly to yourself on weekdays. No need to gravel grind here. Slow down a bit, smell the ... read more

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Wifey and I really enjoy riding the SLR Trail to the Oceanside Harbor for the best acai bowls in town! #bikelove

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Sylvie Froncek thanks for posting! we'll pick winners at the end of the month!
Sylvie Froncek Congrats! You're a winner! Check your email.

Me and 4 friends have got together to lose weight, keep fit and cycle around our local area. We like the Manchester Airport Orbital Route and the new A555 Bypass too. We have started cycling most ... read more

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The sunrise cycleway was a pop up cycle route put in last year over summer along the coast between Whitley Bay and Tynemouth a 3 mile beautiful ride in North East England- this picture is of Fiddle... read more

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From my house I can ride to the Wildlife preserve. It’s a beautiful peaceful ride around 3 dikes. I especially love Springtime when all the birds come back. There’s geese, pelicans, heron, ducks, &... read more

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