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Bicycle rides happening this month

Jul. 19, 2013 @ 07:15 AM

We may be in the sweaty clutches of July summer heat but that’s not stopping the local community from getting its pedal on.

Here’s a look at a few good bicycle rides happening this weekend and later in July.

Critical Mass
Critical Mass, the free monthly bicycle ride through Huntington, is celebrating its fourth anniversary in the city, and you can join this fun slow-rolling parade.

Meet up at the Ritter Park fountain at 6:30 p.m. Friday for this flat six-mile loop ride around the city.
Local cyclists do a Critical Mass ride at 6:30 p.m. every third Friday beginning near the Ritter Park fountain, something they have done monthly since July 2009.

Get there at 5:30 p.m. for a free one-hour bicycle maintenance workshop from Critical Mass organizer Joel Mullins.

At the session Mullins will go over some basic terminology, explain how to diagnose some simple problems, and demonstrate some simple things you can do to keep your bike in good working order.

A Saturday Kidical Mass
There’s a Kidical Mass ride (a fun family ride) at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 20.

Riders will meet up at Flapjacks on 3rd Avenue (accessible from 15th Street) to power up with pancakes (on your own tab), saddle up and ride three miles west to the Central City Farmers Market on 14th Street West straight through the city, said organizer Stacy Bisker.

All riders must be an adult or be accompanied by a responsible adult. Everyone 14 and under must wear a helmet per West Virginia laws.

Kidical Mass is a legal, safe and fun bike ride for kids, kids at heart and their families.

The rides let families become more familiar with biking on roadways in their neighborhoods, Bisker said. The rides normally have a Huntington Police Department escort and give riders a chance to use the bicycle lanes in downtown and utilize both the roads and trails along the PATH or Paul Ambrose Trail for Health.

For more information, check out Bisker’s blog at www.asimplesix.com/kidicalmass and check out Huntington Kidical Mass on Facebook. For more info about Kidical Mass, go online at www.kidicalmass.org. For more information about Kidical Mass rides see Stacy Bisker’s blog at www.asimplesix.com/kidicalmass

Buns on Bikes
Organized by David Amsbary, the Buns on Bikes has been a part of the West Virginia Hot Dog Festival since 2009.

This year, the ride has been expanded to five miles. It starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 27, when it leaves Pullman Square with a ride to the Ritter Park Memorial Arch and back.

There is a $15 entry donation for adults, $10 for children with no more than $30 for an immediate family.

Registration will take place from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. at Pullman Square. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital that is under construction at Cabell Huntington Hospital. A rolling safety escort will ride along on the route.

For more information, contact David Amsbary at dda@bcyon.com or 304-638-8926.

For more information about the ninth annual West Virginia Hot Dog Festival, visit http://wvhotdogfestival.com.