In the age of social distancing, a great way to get in shape and get a bit sun and fresh air is to bring revive and activity that everybody loved from their childhood: cycling.
From Waverly Road to Old Town, you can bike the entirety of the Lansing River Trail and take in some of the city’s natural beauty along the way. You can also catch the trail from Potter Park into Michigan State University. Altogether, more than 20 miles of paved trail pass through numerous parks and natural areas, as well as downtown Lansing. There is no better way to see the city you love while getting the exercise you crave.
Even if you live a considerable distance from the trail, there are many places you can park a vehicle to get your bike on the trail. Hawk Island and Potter Park are the only parking places along the trail that require payment, and both are great places to start.
Being a paved trail also means that any cyclist will have a smooth ride, whether a rider is using a street bike, tandem bike or mountain bike. Many people even bring small children in specifically designed bike carts that are pulled behind them.
And while out on the trails, be sure to ride safely, keep to the right and warn other trail users if you are passing. A friendly “passing on your left” is all it takes to keep everybody safe.