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Kenova soon to host its own Critical Mass bike ride

May. 16, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

KENOVA -- Kenova will soon join Huntington as one of the area cities celebrating non-motorized transportation by organizing a Critical Mass bicycle ride.

Mandy Jordan, a 32-year-old bicyclist and lifelong resident of Kenova, has organized the Kenova Critical Mass.

The first ride will meet at the Kenova Town Square at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, and area cyclists and skateboarders are invited to come join the free, monthly ride that will be a flat six-mile loop around Kenova on the city's bike path that rolls through such neighborhood streets as Chestnut and Beech (where it rolls by Kenova Mayor Ric Griffith's historic home that is transformed each October into the famous Pumpkin House).

Jordan, who has attended several of the rides organized by Huntington Critical Mass (which has been doing monthly rides since July 2009), said she thinks Critical Mass' group ride is a fun way to get folks exercising together as well as exercising their rights to use the roads.

"I have been riding all of my life and riding bicycles is something the whole family can get involved in," Jordan said. "I just loved how the whole community in Huntington is coming together and you have young and old and everybody is coming together and it is just exciting to get out riding together in a group. Groups are less intimidating to go out and ride with."

The Critical Mass monthly bicycle events began in San Francisco in 1992 and have since spread around the world.

Regional rides include such cities as Athens, Ohio; Charleston; and Parkersburg, W.Va.

Huntington's monthly Critical Mass ride is set for 6:30 p.m. every third Friday of the month. The next ride is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 17. The meetup is at the Ritter Park fountain. The ride is a 6.3-mile mostly flat loop that rolls to the West End (14th Street West) then doubles back to the city through the heart of Old Central City and back into downtown where they roll back on 10th Street back to Ritter Park.

"I want to expand on what Huntington has done and I love the impact they have made and would love to bring that to Kenova," Jordan said. "I want to promote other forms of non-motorized transportation and just get people to go out and enjoy the city together."

For more information about Critical Mass Kenova call Jordan at 304-939-2083 or email mandyjordan59@yahoo.com.

For more information about Critical Mass Huntington, check out the Critical Mass Huntington Facebook page.