Quad Citians are being invited Saturday, May 7, to explore QC trails on both sides of the river during the annual Get Out And Trail (GOAT).
The GOAT ride, organized each year by Quad Cities parks and recreation departments, coincides with Mother’s Day weekend as well as National Bike Month, National Walk Month and National Runner’s Month, all of which are celebrated in May.
The goal is to promote the Quad Cities’ trail system through a free and fun event that encourages everyone to use the trails at their own pace, organizers say.
Quad Citians are encouraged to travel the trails on both sides of the Mississippi River from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and drop by the hosted GOAT stops for refreshments and activities. The event is for family, friends and pets and no registration is needed.
“Get Out and Trail is an excellent example of inter-agency collaboration,” said Amanda Randerson, Davenport Parks’ event supervisor. “QC area community-oriented agencies working together to bring this incredible free event to the community and highlight the expansive trail system is a great way for residents to learn more about what each agency has to offer as well as explore areas they may not have in the past.”
The event is sponsored by City of Davenport Parks and Recreation, Davenport Public Library, Golf Davenport, Davenport Riverfront Improvement Commission’s Freight House Farmer’s Market, Nahant Marsh Education Center, City of Rock Island Parks and Recreation, Visit Quad Cities, City of Riverdale Parks and Recreation, Bi-State Regional Commission, Quad City Bicycling Club, City of Bettendorf Parks and Recreation, Bettendorf Trails Committee, River Action, and City of Moline Parks and Recreation.
There are no requirements to attend the free event, but the QC Trails website does offer these safety tips to make trail exploration more enjoyable:
- Cyclists must ride single file on the right, pass on the left, and sound a warning upon approach and passing of other users.
- All dogs must be leashed and under control. Animal waste must be collected and disposed of properly.
- Trail users should be no more than two abreast and individuals should not stand on the path to visit.
- Respect all private property and other land around you.
- Always wear protective equipment appropriate for your activity including helmets for cyclists.
- Minors under the age of 12 must be accompanied by parents or guardians.