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Saturday, October 23 • 9:30am-12:00pm

Wheels Downs at 10:00am SHARP


San Antonio BCycle and the San Antonio River Authority are taking you on an exploratory jaunt along the San Antonio River.  Led by the River Authority, this ride will expand your realization on how our city plays an important role in protecting the world!

The San Antonio River is the city’s most massive ecosystem restoration project that also links to our cultural institutions.  During the 1920-60s, the river was channelized to assist in flood mitigation, but at the cost of losing native vegetation which had negative effects on the wildlife. 

At the turn of the century, the SA River Improvements Project began their restoration magic by utilizing hydraulic modeling of rain events to analyze the amount of native vegetation that could be replanted without interfering with the flood mitigation.  This ecological transformation was accomplished by planting native grasses, trees, and plant life near the river’s edge. These native plants provide habitat and food for many species of animals that have historically called the San Antonio River home.

Over the past 20 years, the Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project has increased the quality, quantity and diversity of plants and animals (flora and fauna) along the river. Learn more about this restoration project that has grown to serve our pollinators when you join us on the River Restoration Ride.




Director of External Communications
at San Antonio River Authority

Steven Schauer will explain the restoration project and how it affects the migrations of pollinators.


Sustainable Landscape Ecologist
at San Antonio River Authority

 Lee Marlowe will point out the native plants found on the river that assist pollinators on their migrations.

Michael Gramley

Recreation Superintendent
at San Antonio River Restoration

Michael Gramley will point out the various activities you can enjoy thanks to the river restoration project.


Riders will meet at the BCycle docking station at Confluence Park.  Here you will find free parking, a water fountain and public restrooms.  BCycle staff will be ready to issue your BCycle between 9:30 am and 9:55 am. 

Wheels down at 10:00 am sharp under the main pavilion of Confluence Park, no exceptions and no refunds granted if you are late. 

Ride will end by 12 noon.   The ride is approximately 5-6 miles but, we will gauge our final distance by the time to ensure we end together as a group at Confluence Park by 12 noon.

Ride lead by Steven Schauer, Director of External Communications for the San Antonio River Authority and Michael Gramley, the Recreation Superintendent at the San Antonio River Authority.



Registration is required.  The River Restoration Ride is strictly limited to 20 riders.  Riders will be required to use a pedal assist BCycle, which is included in your nonrefundable registration fee.  BCycles will be equipped with a pair of binoculars in the basket.  The binoculars are on loan by the San Antonio River Foundation.

The $10 registration fee will be donated to the San Antonio River Foundation so they can continue their mission to preserve, enhance, and transform the River Basin as a vibrant cultural, educational, ecological, and recreational experience.

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