Community bike ride next week

DOWNEY - The Downey Bicycle Coalition (DBC) will host its community bike ride this month in conjunction with Downey YMCA Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 27.Registration for the ride will begin at 9 a.m., and the ride will depart at 9:30 on a 4-mile family-friendly loop beginning and ending at the Y. In addition, bike kitchen repair service will be provided for light repairs on bicycles. This service is being offered in anticipation of National Bike to School Day, which middle schools and high schools in the Downey Unified School District are being encouraged to celebrate on May 8. The DBC began hosting monthly rides in January, following its creation as a regional partner of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition this past December. Thus far the rides have been oriented towards community spirit and public awareness and have primarily begun from Apollo Park, following varying local routes of about six miles in length. More ambitious rides are planned for the future, though public support for the local rides has been strong, and participation continues to increase. Helmets are required for children under 18, as required by California law. Also children under 18 must be accompanied by their parents. In the future, regular announcements of the DBC Monthly Community Bike Ride will be included in the Patriot's "Downey Community Calendar."

********** Published: April 18, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 01