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Truman College’s Uptown Bike Ride Lets Residents Tour Their Neighborhood Saturday

Truman College has teamed up with Divvy to provide free bike rentals for the 6-mile ride.

Harry S Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave., in Uptown on Oct. 29, 2021.
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UPTOWN — A bike ride held by a city college will let students and neighbors get an up-close tour of Uptown this weekend.

Harry S. Truman College’s fourth annual Community Bike Ride starts 9 a.m. Saturday at the lobby of the McKeon Student Services Building, 1145 W. Wilson Ave.

The event is free and open to the public, though prior registration is required. To do so, click here. Attendees must be 17 or older or be accompanied by an adult.

Truman is teaming up with Divvy to offer free bike rentals for the event.

The ride will begin at 9 a.m. and last about two hours, with a complimentary lunch and live music at Truman 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, according to the college.

This year’s route will be about 6 miles, taking riders along Uptown businesses and landmarks, said Kisalan Glover, director of enrollment management at Truman.

The route seeks to stay on as many side streets as possible to make the ride low-stress and accessible to all cyclists, Glover said.

The bike ride was started by Truman four years ago as a way for the college to bring students into the neighborhood and to have more interaction between the college and neighbors, Glover said.

The event has succeeded in doing just that, he said.

“It was important we build on inclusion and collaborative experiences,” Glover said. “It’s allowed us to connect beyond the classroom.”

For more on the event, click here.

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