Hundreds of people, from toddlers on tricycles to serious cyclists, pedaled their way through downtown at Saturday’s Bike Lexington Family Fun Ride.
The free event, in its 14th year, offers a family-friendly opportunity for people to ride bikes without vehicular traffic on city streets, with police providing a rolling escort. It’s produced by the Downtown Lexington Corp.
Besides the ride, there were free helmets, a Kids Rodeo course where children received instruction on bike signaling, and a bike giveaway by Pedal Power Bike Shop. For adults, there was a slow cycle competition in which the winner was the last person across the finish line.
Holland Kantar, 11, said the idea of being able to ride in the streets of downtown appealed to her. Her parents, Hacky and Courtenay Kantar, said they’ve seen the riders downtown in previous years and decided it would be a fun family outing.
“I’m excited,” Holland said. “I like bike riding, and it’s good exercise. I’m trying to stay in shape for track season.”
Andy Lanier, cycling manager at Scheller’s Fitness and Cycling, was manning a tire inflation station and enjoying the chance to “spread the cycling joy.”
“Every time we’re here it seems like half the bikes that are here need air,” he said. “We just said, ‘What can we do to help these people?’”
Michelle Doepke said her son Robbie got a new bike for Christmas, and since then they’ve enjoyed checking out the city’s trails. She said, “We usually bike on Sunday afternoons, so this seemed like a fun way to get some exercise and some sunshine.”
“And some miles,” added Robbie, 8.