Cycling for Community
May is national Bike Month. The weather’s perfect—why not bike? May has three big bike events that are perfect for those looking for the excuse to put the pedals to the mettle.
BIKE TO WORK
If you’ve got a bike, take it to work on May 18 between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. for Bike to Work Day. Local cyclists are encouraged to ditch their car and commute by bicycle into downtown Modesto. Riders come in by the dozens and are treated to a light breakfast and a mini vendor fair at the downtown Tenth Street Plaza.
“Everyone is welcome to participate in Bike to Work Day,” said Megan Distaso, Rideshare Coordinator. “No sign-ups are necessary. Bike commuters simply show up between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. at Tenth Street Plaza.”
AND THERE ARE PERKS, LIKE FREE T-SHIRTS AND PRIZES TO THE FIRST 150 COMMUTERS, PRIZE DRAWINGS, AND FREE CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST. WORRIED THAT YOU MIGHT LIVE TOO FAR AWAY FOR THE FUN? THINK AGAIN.
“For anyone who is too far away, one option would be to ride into downtown and enjoy the festivities, then take a car or transit to their work location,” said Distaso. “We have also had bike commuters drive to a nearby location and then finish their commute by bicycle into downtown. We really try to accommodate bike commuters the best we can. We start early at 6:30 a.m. to allow some extra commute time.”
And make way for the Mayor! Cycle alongside Modesto leadership by showing up at 6 a.m. to Village Baking Company & Cafe at McHenry Village. You, too, can ride with the Mayor all the way to City Hall on Tenth Street.
For more information, visit www.modestogov.com/2045/bike-to-work.
MODESTO FAMILY CYCLING FESTIVAL AND CRITERIUM
Bring the whole family on May 20 for this event like no other. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there’ll be vendor booths, bicycle helmet giveaways, BMX bike demos, races, and other festivities. Just bike your way to I Street, between 10th and 12th.
At 10 a.m. sharp, the Community Bike Ride will be led by the Stanislaus County Bike Club to break in the new route from MJC East to West Campus. The ride will finish in downtown at the festival itself. For those hoping for a shorter ride, the Bike Club will also have an alternate route straight from the MJC East Campus to the festival.
Bicycle safety and education are the goal, and the festival is hosted by the City of Modesto and other participating sponsors—such as Ciccarelli Enterprises, the host.
HUNDREDS OF HELMETS WILL BE FITTED BY HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS FROM LOCAL HOSPITALS AND GIVEN AT NO CHARGE TO LOCAL CHILDREN.
There will be free prize drawings and free fitted helmets for children, bounce houses, face painting, rock climbing, and a BMX Stunt Team performing at 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. Kids can even get their bikes licensed for free.
For information on the Criterium, please contact Ciccarelli Enterprises by email or call 209-605-7315.
RIDE FOR MOM
Ride for Mom is one ride with a lot of heart. Like the website states, “‘Mom’ is anyone you know who is close to you who is or has been sick” and “‘ride for’ means becoming better informed about making better life choices” like eating healthier and getting fit.
“This annual tradition was started five years ago by local attorney Bob Fores as a tribute to his mother, Jinx, who passed away after her second battle with cancer,” said Chris Murphy, President and VP Marketing at Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group, Founder and Publisher of ModestoView, and general community guru. “It made a big impression on Bob and he committed to spread the word about healthy fitness for moms, women, and people in general.”
For those wanting to ride for a cause, the ride is May 13 and will include 10, 35, and 77 mile rides staged out of Johansen High School in Modesto with fully-supported rest stops, SAG, and lunch. Make sure to register online, as online registration is now open.
“The rides are fun lengths and there was something for every ability,” said Murphy of last year’s race. “The organizing team of Ride for Mom is made up of community-minded individuals, Rotarians, and education and civic leaders who care, share, and are committed to improving our quality of life.”
Ride for Mom has supported Teens Run Modesto, The First Tee of Central Valley, Binational Health Fair (El Concilio), Valley Recovery Resource Redwood Family Center and the Children’s Crisis Center of Stanislaus County, Inc. Ride for Mom also recently supported the Boys and Girls Club of Stanislaus County and a bikery for children that is being established in Modesto’s Airport District through the Tuolumne River Trust.
“This is one of the cool rides where both the racers and the casual riders [come] out in support of the Ride for Mom cause,” said Murphy. C
To learn more, visit rideformom.com.