Library, museum plan Pedal the Past

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published June 18, 2019

 Bicyclists will be able to tour the city of Rochester June 27 while learning about the city’s history.

Bicyclists will be able to tour the city of Rochester June 27 while learning about the city’s history.

Photo provided by the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Traveling back in time is as easy as hopping on your bike this month.

For the third year, the Rochester Hills Museum and the Rochester Hills Public Library are partnering to take local history to the streets during the free Pedal the Past event 6-8 p.m. June 27.

Amanda Harrison Keighley, the library’s community relations specialist, said Pedal the Past is one of the first things she initiated when she joined the Rochester Hills Public Library staff.

“It combines my two favorite things of this town: getting outdoors and exploring the great trail system that we have, as well as learning about the history of this town,” she said. “The Rochester community has such a unique history and so many different stories to share, and I love having the opportunity to highlight them for our community.”

During the 4-mile ride, participants will learn the history of places they pass every day and will visit hidden gems they may never have noticed.

“This year, our emphasis is going to be on the logo of the city of Rochester. Their flag has four symbols in it, so we’re going to be talking about industry, education, government and natural resources,” said Pat McKay, the manager of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.

Participants can choose from several different time slots on the Rochester Hills Public Library’s website, and they should be ready to depart at their designated registration time.

“We invite up to 180 people on bikes to come and tour downtown. They stop at various stops — about eight minutes each for five stops — and we give a little history tidbit,” McKay said.

Each group includes about 15-20 bikers of all ages and a library staff member.

“It’s an easy ride. We really take into consideration hills and things of that nature, so we have lots of kids come, we have families come, we have young adults and even some seniors who love to get out and bike. Anyone who can ride a bike can come on this tour,” Harrison Keighley said. “It’s an excellent evening to spend time with your family and your friends and get connected with the trails that we offer in this community, as well as its unique history.”

Harrison Keighley said the library is always looking for opportunities to partner with the local community.

“There are such great resources here, and the more we can work together, I think, the more we can improve the quality of life for our residents,” she said.

For more information or to register, visit www.rhpl.org.

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