FLINT TWP. — The township board has given the green light for use of township roads during the annual Bikes on the Bricks (BOB) motorcycle charity ride scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 12.
Last month the board tabled a request from BOB organizers to allow time to ensure that the planned route along a portion of Bristol Road would not interfere with Bishop Airport traffic.
Police Chief George Sippert said he has spoken with Chief Chris Miller of the airport’s police department and was told that airport authorities are aware of the event and will be prepared to handle any traffic issues that may arise.
The township’s approval gives BOB officials clearance to apply to the Genesee County Road Commission for permits to conduct the ride in the right of way of county roads. Generally, there is a slight traffic delay as police escorts block off intersections to allow all the bikers to pass through without interruption.
Hundreds of motorcyclists participate each year in the escorted ride which is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. It starts in the township at the Vehicle Harley Davidson dealership, 2400 Austins Pkwy, and proceeds northwesterly along a 30-mile route that winds through Flushing, Clayton Township and Swartz Creek before returning east through Flint Township along Miller and Bristol Roads to South Saginaw street in Burton to downtown Flint where most BOB events are held.
Now in its ninth year, Bikes on the Bricks is a free, public three-day festival beginning Friday, September 12 and wrapping up on Sunday, September 13. Events include a police skills competition, a biker fashion show, mini bike racing, a police donut eating contest, a raffle drawing and more. There’s also a beer tent and entertainment provided.
Vehicle City is a presenting sponsor of BOB and in the past has hosted entertainment events on its grounds, as part of BOB activities.
Proceeds from the ride are donated to charitable organizations in Genesee County. In past years, those have included Old Newsboys, Hurley Medical Center, McLaren Hospice House, Friends of the Flint Police and the Young Marines of Genesee County.