Downey bicyclists

Dear Editor:Last Saturday, the Downey Bicycle Coalition hosted its first Community Bicycle Ride. Despite the rainy morning, over 70 bicyclists congregated at Apollo Park to enjoy the Downey roads in community. For a city of our size, such a turnout demonstrates not only the desire to ride, but also the need for bicycle infrastructure to be a part of our city's future. A special thanks goes out to the various student Kiwanis groups that contributed about 40 bicyclists, making the ride a success and showing that bicycling is for residents of all ages to enjoy. We are also thankful for the patience and willingness to share the road displayed by Downey motorists. The Downey Bicycle Coalition will host a Community Bicycle Ride the last Saturday of every month, bringing visibility to the fun, healthy, and sustainable bicycling lifestyle. As a lifelong resident, it is an absolute pleasure to work towards safer and more accessible streets for all, as we work to bring bicycle infrastructure to Downey. Please get involved by liking us on Facebook or emailing me at I look forward to hearing from, and seeing more, community members at future bicycle rides. Happy Riding, Rogelio (Roger) Pardo Chair of the Downey Bicycle Coalition

********** Published: January 31, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 42