Saturday, April 21, 2012

Cycle Claremont on Earth Day...

exhibiting perfection in synchronized signaling,
a group of Cycle Claremont riders approaching a turn.

As noted previously, Cycle Claremont moved the monthly ride for April up a day, in order to correspond with the Earth Day Festival here in town. No one really knew if this would mean more people or fewer would show up. Saturday, of course, is also Little League and AYSO this time of year, which might mean fewer families. On the other hand, perhaps it being Earth Day, people might be encouraged to ride rather than drive. As it was the competition between events, meant fewer riders for the Cycle Claremont group. It did not mean that people weren't riding; there was a good healthy stream of families, students and others entering and leaving the Village all day (at least for the morning and early afternoon when I was there). All those riders seemed to make a good impression - I overheard one family say "there sure are a lot of bikers out today!" Anyway after the ride we had breakfast in the Village, sat and listened to some music, checked out the many information booths, listened to some speeches, including an inspirational one by Andrew Shelley who, though afflicted with Muscular Distrophy, had the drive to set out on an around the world backpacking adventure (from his wheelchair), an endeavor documented in the film "Beyond the Chair".

gathering for the pre-ride safety talk.

many people arrived and departed from the Earth Day festival in the Village by bike...

in fact so many that all the bike racks seemed to be in use.

Claremont Voodoo Society on stage.

Larry and Joan gave a little talk on active transportation in Claremont.

Cory was manning the Coates tents in his usual helpful manner.

Cycle Claremont should be back to its regular Sunday ride in May. Check in at the web page here or Facebook page here to be sure not to miss out on any updates and other relevant information. Cycle Claremont is a community organized ride in which everyone is welcome, no matter ability or experience. It is especially appropriate for families with young children and novices, as an easy going opportunity to ride with and learn from more experienced riders.

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