Tuesday, May 5, 2009

2nd Annual Bike Newton Rally & Ride

Sunday, May 17, 12:30 – 3:00PM, City Hall War Memorial Circle/Steps

This year, Nicole Freedman, Boston's Bike Czarina, will be addressing the crowds, the Nate Aranow Nextet will add jazz to the mix, the Dutch Bikes conference bike will be back, and there will be free drawings for bikes and bike equipment, and vendors, including International Bikes, Farina's, and Harris Cyclery. Trader Joe's, J.P. Licks, Whole Foods, and Clif bars are donating snacks. And a big shout-out to the Bike & Pedestrian Task Force, who came out in force last year to help with set-up & ride logistics, and have pledged help again this year.

The ride itself will be a gentle 3 ½ mile loop down Commonwealth Ave., up Temple (past Pierce Elementary School) and back by Prince and a few side streets to Comm. Ave. The pace will be leisurely, and we'll have a police escort & rolling closings for added safety.

Last year's rally and ride had 350 participants. Let's make this one BIG for the election year: let's show the candidates for Mayor of Newton that making Newton a bicycle safe city has to be part of their agenda and vision for Newton's future.

Go to the Bike Newton website to download registration forms. (There are different forms for Adults and for Minors.) Register early! You can register at the event, but the lines will be long!

Hope to see you there!

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