New Event: ‘Something Monday’

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Robert RivardIt’s a common complaint heard around town on Monday nights in San Antonio: There’s nothing to do. Most of the restaurants and other gathering spots from Southtown north to the Pearl are closed for a day of rest. Perception or reality? Almost doesn’t matter. For some, it’s a long way to the next weekend.

The Rivard Report and our friends at B-cycle have come together to create a new event: “Something Monday.”

What is it? Or, what do we hope it will be? Come find out, starting July 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the B-cycle station across the street from the Liberty Bar on South Alamo Street.

[The Rivard Report and San Antonio B-Cycle had originally planned on hosting the first ‘Something Monday’ bike outing last Monday, but badly-needed rains washed away those plans. Let’s meet tonight, July 22 at the same time, same place.]

We envision a Monday evening get-together that is part social, part recreation, part learning experience. It’s definitely a way to make new friends. It doesn’t matter if you’re a boomer, a Millennial or somewhere in between. It’s for you.

Plenty of bikes for rent just across South Alamo Street from the Liberty Bar, the pink former convent, and St. Benedict's Lofts. Photo by Iris Dimmick.

Plenty of bikes for rent and street parking just across South Alamo Street from the Liberty Bar, the bright pink former convent, and St. Benedict’s Lofts. Photo by Iris Dimmick.

About the only qualification to join in: You have to be able to ride a bike. You don’t have to ride fast or own an expensive road bike. Actually, you don’t even need your own bike. Bring your own, or give a B-cycle bike a try. They’re affordable, easy to ride, and come with a basket big enough for your back pack. They sport safety lights that turn on as the sun sets. We’ll have experts on hand to guide you through the process. You don’t even have to wear a helmet, though we encourage you to do so. Bring a full water bottle.

Here’s the plan:

A Mission Reach access point at Blue Star – abandoned silos and Lone Star Brewery just beyond. Photo by Iris Dimmick.

A Mission Reach access point at Blue Star – abandoned silos and Lone Star Brewery just beyond. Photo by Iris Dimmick.

Riders will meet at the B-cycle station around 6:15 p.m. We’ll get organized, count heads, and then head south at 6:30, jumping on to the Mission Trail at the Blue Star Arts Complex.

From there we will pedal south at a leisurely rate (faster riders can surge ahead) to Roosevelt Park where we will meet up with Matthew Driffill, recreation superintendent for the San Antonio River Authority.

Matthew is an experienced tour guide, and a walking encyclopedia when it comes to the San Antonio River and, in particular the San Antonio River Improvement Project.

Steven Schauer, SARA spokesperson, knows the ins and outs of the Mission Reach and regularly gives casual, informative tours. Most recently, he showed off a stretch of the bike/walk trail near Roosevelt Park to an EPA official (pictured). Photo by Iris Dimmick.

Steven Schauer, SARA spokesperson, knows the ins and outs of the Mission Reach and regularly gives casual, informative tours. Most recently, he showed off a stretch of the bike/walk trail near Roosevelt Park to an EPA official (pictured). Photo by Iris Dimmick.

We plan on introducing you to someone different each Monday evening. Each invited lecturer will help us gain a deeper appreciation of San Antonio, its culture, history and the city’s forward trajectory. We’ll even ask regular Monday evening participants to suggest destinations and learning topics. We’ll do all the work, recruiting the right people to meet up with us each Monday to share their knowledge.

This Monday, July 15, we will spend 15-30 minutes with Schauer, talking about the Mission Reach. We’ll probably ride on south to Concepción Park or farther, depending on the group’s mood, and then loop back to Southtown.

Concepción Park's b-cycle rack – soaking up solar energy, ready for business. Photo by Iris Dimmick.

Concepción Park’s b-cycle rack – soaking up solar energy, ready for business. Photo by Iris Dimmick.

This will be participatory democracy in action, so we will poll riders to see where we want to gather at ride’s end for refreshments. Liberty Bar, La Tuna Ice House and Grill or the Station Cafe and Filling Station Tap Room are among the possibilities. It will be easier for people to get to know one another off the bikes over a beer. We can discuss the following week’s destination, too. Maybe there is a t-shirt in our future.

(From left) The Filling Station Tap Room patio, La Tuna Ice House and Grill, and the Liberty Bar. All great refreshment options after a bike ride on the Mission Reach. Photos courtesy of @Rivardreport's Instagram.

(From left) The Filling Station Tap Room patio, La Tuna Ice House and Grill, and the Liberty Bar. All great refreshment options after a bike ride on the Mission Reach. Photos courtesy of @Rivardreport’s Instagram.

“Downtown gets smaller and more accessible when we are riding B-cycle or our own bikes through the city to the park, a museum, the river, or a restaurant,” said Cindi Snell, the executive director of B-cycle. “The Rivard Report keeps us relevant, local and connected. What a great partnership!”

Interested? Something Monday. Try us out.

Join the event on our Facebook page by clicking here.

Follow Robert Rivard on Twitter @rivardreport or on Facebook.

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2 thoughts on “New Event: ‘Something Monday’

  1. Is there a verdict yet? Will the rain that is falling on downtown right now result in the cancellation of the ride?

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