Bicycling Through Paradise: Homecoming Crosstown Bike Tour

Walter C. Langsam Library 2911 Woodside Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45221


Calling all cyclists and Cincinnati history enthusiasts! Celebrate Homecoming Week with the Crosstown Missions bike tour, as seen in Bicycling Through Paradise Historical Tours Around Cincinnati published by the University of Cincinnati Press. Authors Kathleen Smythe and Chris Hanlin’s book was released this summer and are pleased to offer this one-of-a-kind event for our Bearcat family.

The event will begin with an author lecture from Smythe and Hanlin showcasing the StoryMaps element of Bicycling Through Paradise Historical Tours Around Cincinnati. From there, the authors and Joe Humpert of Queen City Bike will lead the bicycling route “Crosstown Missions” featured in the book.

Explore the Crosstown Missions StoryMaps

Parking can be found in the Woodside and Campus Green Parking Garages on UC campus at a rate of $10 per day. Woodside parking garage is attached to Langsam Library and you can take the elevator up to the 4th floor. The group will meet in the lobby and move to the patio if weather permits.

Participants are encouraged to bring comfortable clothing, helmets, water, snacks, and bike locks. A conversational pace of 8-12mph will be maintained depending upon terrain and traffic. Riders must be comfortable riding on the roadway. Stops will be made along the route at sites of interest, for photographs, and rest as needed. The route should be less than 10mi but may take up to 2.5 hours depending upon the pace of our explorations.

A few Cincy RedBike stations are located around campus for persons interested in utilizing the bike share. If you choose to use RedBike, We encourage you to download the RedBike app for payment. Stations are located at Clifton at Stratford Heights, McMillian and West Clifton, Calhoun & Dennis, and Short Vine & Daniels.

A day pass is $10 and can be purchased online or through the app. Visit the website for more details: Overage fees for RedBike will be waived for participants of this ride.