There is a significant detour on the Duck Creek Trail at Kimberly Rd where the trail curves and goes underneath Kimberly Rd. The decking on the 4 lane bridge is being replaced. Road traffic is down to 1 lane in each direction and trail traffic will need to use the recently installed cross walk just north of the bridge.

I have ridden through this area a number of times during the past few weeks. Earlier this afternoon a group of us rode through this area. The temporary traffic signal and cross walk device were being installed. We spoke to one of the workers from the light company and he said it would be operational later this afternoon.

According to the worker we spoke to, the cross walk and traffic signal will remain in place until the decking on the Kimberly Rd Bridge is completed later this year.

Kathy Storm

Waking up very early Saturday morning to a west wind made me wonder if Dave and I marked the right route. But all went well according to Dave Thompson's prediction and the tailwind changed to a moderate NNE. We had 75 people sign up for this year's Spring Tailwind. Besides loading the usual road bikes, we had two tandems and two recumbent bikes. The two buses and trucks headed to our starting point in South Wayne, Wisconsin and we drove through several bands of rain. Luckily we started off with temps in the mid 60's, overcast skies and ended the ride with sun and no rain. We had many positive comments on this new route with its quiet roads and rolling hills.

Big thanks to Janette Harrington, Sharon Dixon and Denise Clark for manning the lunch SAG at the park in Thompson, Illinois. Thanks to Kevin Smith for checking everyone in, Dave Thompson for marking the route, Joe Jamison for providing the storage trailer and to Janette Harrington for gathering all the food and drinks for the SAG.

Please join us for our next fun Fall Tailwind on Saturday, October 1.

The new and improved Koehler Electric Kids Race signs are in! Parents, sign up your kids for free from 12 noon until 3:15 on Memorial Day.

Complete info here.

Fellow Riders,

The Riverfront Bike Path passes through Sivyer Steel Corporation in Bettendorf. At one point the path crosses 33rd Street, the main entrance to the plant which employs 300 operating 6 days per week with a skeleton staff on Sundays. Also, 33rd Street is a public street with lots of Fed Ex, UPS delivery trucks. There have been several close calls where drivers obeyed signage and riders did not. Sivyer management has cautioned its employees to watch out for cyclists. Please set a good example and obey signage in this area.

Janette and John Harrington
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"May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling - and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply bike to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride." (from

Following is a list of QCBC Bike Month activities in addition to the many weekly rides that can be found on the QCBC ride calendar. Watch the QCBC website and Facebook for the most current details!
  • Saturday, May 7 Get Out And Trail (G.O.A.T.) - bike, walk, run sponsored by QC Parks' Depts
  • Saturday, May 7 QCBC Spring Tailwind Century
  • Sunday, May 8 QCBC Spring Ride and Picnic at Illiniwek Park, Hampton, IL.
    Join us on one of many rides offered to fit all levels of riders:
    • 9:00 Fast Paced Ride 50-60 miles
    • 9:00 Mid Paced Ride 35-40 miles (Leader: Ken Urban)
    • 10:00 Beginner Ride (Leader: Dean "Bareback" Mathias)
    • 10:15 Leisure Ride 2 hr ride (Leader: Mike Middlemiss)
    • 11:00 Family Ride (Leaders: Brandy & John Howe)
    • Join the camaraderie of fellow cyclists after the ride for a picnic in the park - free of charge to members and guests!
  • May 16-20 Bike to Work Week - watch our website and FB for commuter breakfast details & supporting businesses
  • Wednesday, May 18 Ride of Silence
  • Monday, May 30 Quad Cities Criterium in the Village of Davenport.
    Other races will include:
    • Kohler Electric Kids' Race
    • Faterium (Fat Tire Bikes w/ > 3.5" tires)

On weekday mornings, if you frequent the separated trail along Middle Road in Bettendorf, you've probably seen him.

He's the one with black rectangular-frame glasses pedaling south - typically before 7 a.m. - toward Pleasant Valley High School. While most of his classmates drive to school, Sam Lundry opts to ride his bike most days.

DATE: April 21, 2016
SUBJECT: Detours on Mississippi Riverfront Trial
CONTACT: Steve Grimes, Parks and Recreation Director, 563-344-4115 or

BETTENDORF: Due to construction activities at the Isle of Capri Casino, the Mississippi Riverfront Trail users will experience some detours in the vicinity of the Isle of Capri Casino and parking garage. Cyclists and pedestrians must use caution in these areas. Beginning Sunday, April 24 until approximately the first week of June, cyclists will be redirected to an on street route in these areas and must be aware of the mixed use between automobiles, pedestrians, and cyclists on various portions of the trail.

Please contact City Hall at 563-344-4113 with any questions.

The QCBC will be hosting four individual Time Trials starting in May and continuing through August.

Our 2016 Criterium Host Housing signs are in. They'll look great in your front yard. Host racers at your home on Saturday, May 28 and/or Sunday, May 29 and yo
u too can be the envy of your neighborhood.

Contact Janette Harrington at for more info about becoming a host family.

Registered Pro/Cat 1 and Cat 2 male and female racers should also contact Janette to request host housing accommodations.


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