A few dozen cyclists put their pedals to the metal as they made an “urban assault” on the streets of downtown Nashville.
The group of beginner to advanced riders was able to wend their way through car traffic as people streamed into the city for what is consistently rated one of the top fireworks displays in the country.
The bike ride got rolling after volleyball and a picnic at Centennial Park; all part of an annual July 4th Urban Assault Nashville Hiking Meetup event.
Event organizer, Kurt Andress, says the healthy, ecological alternative of bike riding also has another: convenience.
The ride was great….it’s by far the best way to avoid the traffic!
The cyclist’s three mile trek from Centennial Park ended at the Woodland Street Bridge which provided a perfect vantage point for the impressive fireworks display.
Photo: Susie Aboulhosn
The three day Music City July 4th Let Freedom Sing event culminated with an over the top fireworks show choreographed to a performance by the Grammy winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
Down below on the Cumberland River, boaters also made their way to choice spots for viewing the spectacle.
This year’s enjoyment of the river seems particularly poignant in light of the Nashville flood in May.
One boater, local photographer Susan Page, says it was surreal to be on the river which has only recently receded from the flood.
It was the topic of conversation as we headed to downtown in the boat and witnessed all the trash and debris in the tree tops along the river banks which was a real reminder of how high the waters had been.
Photo: Susan Page Copyright 2010
Appreciative of the river’s recovery to lower levels and the significance of the holiday, Page went on to say:
It was an amazing spot to be shooting from and such a gorgeous night to celebrate our great country and our freedom!
Back above the river, the cyclists began their ride back to Centennial Park.
The cooler night air providing a welcome respite as they bypassed the bumper to bumper traffic on the congested streets.
Just one more reward for providing their own pedal power.
For more info: Nashville Hiking Meetup; Music City July 4th
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