Fall bicycle weekends in Springfield Missouri

Pedestrians and bicycle riders have well-marked signage and online help for planning a route or bus trip. Springfield MO is the most bike friendly town in Missouri. photo: PBH

Few Missouri towns are as bicycle friendly as Springfield. Bring your own bikes or pick them up at the hotel. This bike friendly town makes it easy. Plan a surprise with every detail from lodging, destinations and dining options. Or, simply jump on a bike and explore the Ozark Greenways.

Complementary bicycles are available to University Plaza guests, The hotel had upgraded many of the services and packages recently. Photo: The University Plaza Hotel.

Stay – University Plaza Hotel offers bicycles for guests. The hotel is surrounded by great restaurants, lounges, coffee shops, art galleries, unique retail stores and theaters. Combine a special package deal with your bicycle excursion.

Who Let the Dogs In – Pets Package – Pets smaller than 25 pounds are welcome with a small deposit. Pet friendly package includes:
Welcome amenity for your pet and even pet bowls placed in your room
A pet bed is available upon request
$25.00 daily pet fee

Urban Escape – Package combines food and fun at Fedora Social House and Ernie Biggs Piano Bar, both minutes from the hotel on your bicycle. Includes the following:
$30 food and beverage credit at Fedora Social House
Four passes to Ernie Biggs Piano Bar
For non bikers, shuttle transportation to and from Fedora & Ernie Biggs

More packages, accommodations and complete details are on the UP web site.

Complimentary airport shuttle to the Springfield/Branson National Airport is available 7 days a week from 6 am to 11pm. Free high-speed Internet, parking, local phone calls and hot breakfast buffet served in the Terrace Grill.

The details: The University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center Springfield, 333 South John Q Hammons Parkway Springfield, MO 65806 phone: (417) 864-7333. Located in downtown Springfield in the Jordan Valley Park area and near both Drury and Missouri State Universities.

Ozark Greenways (OG) is working to develop a greenway trail network. These trails are
free for public use. All trails are ADA accessible with the exception of the Sac River Trail and the Volunteer Nature Trail. You are welcome to bring your dog, just remember to clean up after your dog and follow City ordinances related to leash rules, etc.

Ozark Greenways is a citizen’s group working to develop a comprehensive greenway trail system in the Springfield, Missouri

Handy bike racks encourage everyone to ride. The down town area is energized with the surge of new restuarants, pubs, arts and entertainment options. photo: PBH

Map your route
Use this Trip planner, for example, start at University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center and ride to Park Central Square. The site maps your route in four different transportation modes: car, bus, walking or biking.

Springfield is the only community in Missouri to receive recognition in the LAB’s program.The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) awarded Springfield, Missouri an “Honorable Mention” in the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community program.

The LAB’s review of Springfield’s application is on their website. Reviewers were very impressed with a bicycle plan that outlines 110 miles of street with bike lanes or shared lane symbols. The Frisco Highline Trail will be a jewel in southern Missouri that will be second in the state to only the Katy Trail. The trail will be completed this summer.

A Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Bicycle Tour – is a 4.9 mile paved tour road. The self-guided Cell Phone Tour is great for bicyclers. There are eight tour stops that provide you with facts and fascinating stories of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.

The battlefield is open daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Wilsons Creek National Battlefield visitor center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Park (Tour Road) hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

The rich sun dried tomato and herb dipping oil can empty a bread basket quickly. Photo: PBH

For walking, biking, or jogging, stay inside the six-foot-wide lane that is specifically marked for those activities. Take water and wear a hat, sturdy shoes and protective clothing.

Eat – Bruno’s, 416 South Ave. Springfield, MO 65806 (Downtown) phone:417-866-0007 Authentic Italian food with a good wine selection. Service is excellent. Ask the waiter for a recommendation. He’s always right.

I can’t recommend one thing, because everything I’ve ordered at Bruno’s is good. Start with the tomatoey dipping sauce and fresh baked bread. The pasta is always al dente, they serve some of the best risotto, pizza comes straight from the brick oven, good wine is affordable here. Bicyclists have handy parking right on the sidewalk. A good First Friday choice.

More Springfield Information – Springfield, Missouri, Convention & Visitors Bureau – DMAI Accredited. Springfield Tourist Information Center:  3315 E. Battlefield Road. Downtown Visitor Information Center: 815 E. Saint Louis St., Suite 100, Springfield. (800) 678-8767 or (417) 881-5300 – fax (417) 881-2231 Email: [email protected]

Bistro Market has an excellent selection of wines and cheeses, plus a deli, bakery, coffee shop. photo: PBH


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  • Traveling gourmet – Just want a bottle of wine for later? Bistro Market is located in a historic building at 401 South Avenue on the corner of South Avenue and Walnut, Springfield, MO.

Build a bicycle trip for two from University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. Springfield. Photo: University Plaza Hotel