June 28th members of Calvary United Methodist Church are leading a new kind of community bike ride - a Slow Roll. Slow Roll is a bike ride for everyone; all ages, all skill levels and every type of bike is welcome. Starting at the new Calvary Church south of Casey’s in Arnolds Park, it will be a 5 mile ride returning to the church for free sandwiches, drinks, marshmallows and bonfire. Registration is free and begins at 5, ride begins at 6 with drinks and food following the ride. Neighbors are especially welcome to come to get to know each other.
The Slow Roll began with two friends in Detroit who wanted a a casual bike ride that would welcome everyone. Calvary UMC had a youth mission trip to Detroit in 2015 where they met the founders of the Slow Roll and heard about the benefits of the ride.
“We were excited that the ride focuses on community building - getting neighbors to know one another and enjoy some time in the sun together.” states Rev. Dr. Sarah Rohret who was on the mission trip with the youth. “We wanted to bring that community-building opportunity to our area as soon as we had a way to host the event.”
The Slow Roll idea is in its 7th year in Detroit, and has spread across the US to many major cities including Chicago and Minneapolis. The slow pace keeps the group safe and gives riders a unique perspective of their city and its neighborhoods. In 2016, Slow Roll grew to over 12,000 registered riders across the USA and that number continues to increase.
There are many bicycle rides in our area, but none quite like the Slow Roll. Volunteers are welcome to help - contact Calvary UMC 712-332-2447. To register for the event you can go to the Calvary website www.calvarylovesall.com.