Baseball season is in full swing! If you’re ever driving up US-131 or West River Drive during a home game at Fifth Third Ballpark, you’ve certainly noticed the traffic backed up for a mile in any direction. It’s even worse when the game gets out, with darkness compounding the congestion.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that the ballpark is surrounded by the White Pine Trail, the converted railroad line that extends from the North end of Riverside park to Cadillac. There are a ton of places to park and then ride your bike right up to the gates of the ballpark without dealing with traffic or paying for parking.
Where to start your trip
From the South:
If you’re coming from the south, Riverside Park on Monroe Avenue north of Leonard is an ideal place to stage. The most southerly parking at Riverside park is only 3.6 miles from the ballpark, all on paved off-street path. The path winds up through the park, with the option of a fast protected bike path next to Monroe Ave or a more leisurely winding path next to the river. Both converge at the expressway underpass and then a quick connection at the Park St roundabout gets you toward the White Pine Trail. Take the first right to go straight to the park, or continue under US-131 to connect to the path through Comstock Park. Both options go directly past the ballpark.
Looking to start and end your trip downtown? It’s easy to extend your ride. From downtown, just take Monroe Ave north, using the bike lane all the way to Riverside Park.
From the North:
A great option if you’re coming from towns on the 131 corridor, Rogue River Park off Belmont Ave in Belmont offers plenty of parking and direct access to the White Pine Trail.
Don’t forget about Trailside Treats behind Belmont Market to cool off!
When you get to the north access road near the AJ’s Family Fun Center next to the ballpark, follow the path left until you get to the south end of the ballpark.
At The Ballpark
The bike racks are located on the apron around the ballpark on the southern edge. At the time of this writing, they are the barricade style that accept a wheel, but not just a frame. Bring a flexible lock, like a strong cable or folding lock.
After The Game
Keep an eye out for inattentive drivers always, but especially when you get out of the game! Flashing lights are highly recommended as the human mind naturally notices flashing and movement. Be courteous to your fellow trail users!
Downtown Comstock Park is just down the path from the ballpark. Stop by for a 10th-inning beer at Elk Brewing, grab a pizza from Vitale’s, or an ice cream from Dairy Delite!
As always, ride and drink responsibly! And don’t eat too many hot dogs!!
Enjoy the game and drop us a line if you need anything to help get you riding!