Celebrate the last official day of summer by welcoming the transition of the fall equinox on a pedal assist bicycle ride. San Antonio Bike Share (SABS) and the San Antonio River Foundation are leading a leisurely ride along the San Antonio river that is guaranteed to increase your love for our city. On this ride we will visit the four Art Portals commissioned by the San Antonio River Foundation along the Mission Reach. Each Art Portal was designed to bring you up from the riverwalk and connect you to one of our four World Heritage Spanish Missions.
San Antonio River Foundation Director of Programs and Outreach, Kelley V. Phillips will provide narratives at each Art Portal stop. She’ll share with us her wealth of fun factual tib bits about the design, the artist and the land surrounding each portal. The San Antonio River Foundation’s mission is to enhance the San Antonio River Basin as a vibrant cultural, educational, ecological, and recreational experience which compliments the SABS mission to offer short-trip transit options to the local community that are healthy, affordable and pro-environmental.
This is a 16-mile ride so, we highly encourage everyone to use a pedal assist SABS bicycle. Keep in mind, the pedal assist option can be turned on or off which is great for keeping the group ride together. Pedal assist can flatten out hills and diminish wind resistance, which in turn opens up a secret portal that allows you to have more fun on this ride.
Meet us Sunday, September 22, 8am at the San Antonio Bike Share docking station located at 423 Blue Star. This station is located on the pedestrian bridge between Eagleland drive and the Flats at Big Tex.
San Antonio Bike Share will be complimentary to everyone joining the ride. SABS staff will be available to assist riders with docking /undocking their bikes and be available to ensure everyone is properly fitted on their SABS pedal assist bicycle.
If at any point a rider wishes to opt out of the ride, there is a San Antonio Bike Share docking station at each Art Portal along with a Via Bus Stop. SABS staff will make sure you know the VIA bus route that will take you back to our start of our journey.
In the state of Texas, you are not legally required to wear a helmet. If you choose to rent a helmet for $8 Blue Star Bike Shop will be available at the starting point.
Water & fresh fruit will be provided, but all riders are encouraged to bring their own water plus, sunscreen and hats. Please register for this ride.
RIVER RETURN by Stacey Levy
The Mission Concepción Art Portal reflects how shapes of the landscape merge with those of Spanish mission architectural legacy and announce one’s arrival at Mission Concepción from the San Antonio River.
COCOBIJOS by Mel Chin
This Art Portal will lead us towards Mission San José via Mission County Park, “CoCojibos” serves to bridge the historic themes of Mission San José and the natural world of the San Antonio River
WHISPERS by Arne Quinze
This monumental installation connects the River and Mission San Juan, serving as a portal between the two; named “Whispers” because the pieces “speak” to each other in their movement and color.
ÁRBOL DE LA VIDA: MEMORIAS Y VOCES DE LA TIERRA
by Margarita Cabrera
The Mission Espada Art Portal celebrates San Antonio’s ranching heritage through the eyes of the community. This collaborative public art project brings San Antonio together by artistically giving form to our shared story.