Restoration Ride 2012

All MOB folks are invited and encouraged to join the Restoration Ride on Sunday, October 14 at 8:00 am. The ride will officially begin from Doyle Park, although a 7:30am departure time from Cream and Sugar will give riders the opportunity to extend the ride. This educational ride follows most of the normal Down by the Bay route at a slow pace (~12 mph) with a no-drop component.

What will we learn?
Learn about a living shoreline project from Jeff DeQuattro, the Coastal Projects Manager of The Nature Conservancy that was installed with the help of over 550 volunteers in Spring 2011. The living shoreline at Helen Wood Park (under the Dog River Bridge) was created with bags of oyster shell to create a breakwater that dampens waves to protect the marsh lands onshore behind the project. Also, we’ll hear from Tom Herder, the project manager for the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program to learn about a restored marsh attached to the park that was reconstructed after being destroyed from the construction of the Dog River Bridge. The morning always brings lots of birds to the park so bring your binoculars if you care! There is also an osprey platform that was constructed less than a year ago that is already inhabited by a nesting pair.

This is a moderately long ride 12 miles round trip from Doyle Park. You should have the ability to keep up with a 12-15 MPH pace.
Optional departure point from Cream and Sugar and 7:30am.NOTE: We ride AS TRAFFIC and NOT AGAINST it, with each rider personally responsible for their own decision making, safety, and knowledge of the rules for riding on public roads. Each participant will be riding on public streets with auto traffic and other bike riders of various bike riding experiences and abilities. Participants are advised that they ride at their own risk, the rides carry no insurance, and there is no corporation involved to have insurance.

RSVP on our facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/426857594017634/

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