Trail of the Week: St. Vincent Greenway - Cross Campus Trail

2012-09-16T00:00:00Z Trail of the Week: St. Vincent Greenway - Cross Campus TrailBY HARRY JACKSON JR. • harry.jackson@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8234 stltoday.com

The newest path connects students to two greenways, one heading north and the other south; the ribbon cutting for the opening is 2 p.m. Thursday.

Where • South side of the Millennium Student Center near the Wayne Goode statue on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. The new segment runs from the site of the ribbon cutting to the Ted Jones Trail, near the intersection of Florissant Road and Grobman Drive on the UMSL campus.

How long • 0.5 miles.

Surface • Paved.

Can be used for • Walking, running, skating, bicycling.

User notes • The Great Rivers Greenway District network is part of the effort to get people to walk and bicycle more, even for daily chores and travel. This new section connects UMSL with the Ted Jones Trail, north, to Ferguson, Old Town Ferguson and south to the St. Vincent Greenway that extends to the Hanley Road MetroLink Station and eventually will extend to Forest Park. At the opening Thursday, the Ferguson Bicycle Shop and Live Well Ferguson will lend bicycles to people who wish to ride the trail and golf carts for people who want to see the 10-foot wide trail.

Handicapped accessible • Excellent.

Parking • The north MetroLink station or public parking Lot C on campus.

Dogs • On leash.

More information • grgstl.org.

TRAIL NOTES

Central West End Literary Bicycle Ride

What • Visit the homes of writers who lived in the Central West End over the last century. The ride will feature stops at certain homes to hear readings as well as interpretations of architecture from the periods.

How long • 6 miles.

How much • $5, $3 children 10 and under.

Difficulty • Ride will be on city streets.

When • Registration, 9:30 to 10 a.m., ride departs at 10 a.m.

Where • Blockbuster Video parking lot, 4177 Lindell Boulevard.

Sponsors • St. Louis Public Library, Central West End Residents Association and Trailnet.

Silent Harvest Moon Walk

What • A walk to discover the night sounds of the prairie under the full moon. Conversation reserved for the end of the no-talk walk.

How long • Short.

When • 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28.

Ages • 12 and older.

How much • Free, but reservations required.

Where • Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, 801 Strodtman Road.

More information • 314-877-6014 or mdc.mo.gov/node/298.

Regatta Bicycle Rides

What • Rides to and around Carlyle Lake in Southern Illinois, including a metric century ride (62 miles). This event includes an overnight option.

The Regatta Ride

When • Sept. 30. Registration is 7:30 to 9 a.m. Rides start at 9 a.m.

How long • 21, 33 or 62 miles (100k).

How much • $8 members, $13 non-members, $3 child.

Difficulty • Mostly flat with a few rolling hills on middle-distance route.

Meet • Dam West Recreation Area, 801 Lake Road, Carlyle, Ill.

Ride to the Ride

What • For party lovers, ride to Carlyle Lake from Missouri or Illinois. Trailnet's night spot will be in the McNair Group Campground on the East Dam of Carlyle Lake. The Bike Surgeon has prepared activities.

When • Sept. 29.

How much • The rides include additional fees: $25 for the party at the campground; $12 for the optional ride. Fees cover truck transportation for camping gear to the campground, refreshments and extras at the Saturday night gig.

Registration • Preregistration is mandatory for the Saturday ride. alturl.com/gq37m.

Detailed information on both rides • alturl.com/p4znx, jennifer@trailnet.org, 314-436-1324 ext. 121.

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