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Bike Day Saturday: LACBC’s Paleta Bicicleta

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(It's certainly no surprise to anyone that reads this blog, or that lives in Southern California, that this area is hardly known as a haven for bicyclists.  But, that doesn't stop creative and dedicated cyclists from devising their own ways to make Los Angeles a bike town of our own.  This week we'll profile four unique bike events that will be happening on one day this Saturday, October 25.  For those that know where to look, every weekend is full of rides and events.)

This Saturday the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition sponsors a short family ride that will explore the county's ice cream culture.  Riders should congregate at 10:30 A.M. at Maywood Riverfront Park and replaces LACBC's "Bicycle Sundae."  The four mile ride will be slow paced to encourage some of the younger riders to stay in the pack.

To read LACBC's press release for the event, read on after the jump.  Oh, and for anyone curious about news of LACBC's other bike ride, the 2009 River Ride will take place on June 7.

Join Los Angelesbicyclists and foodies on a short two-wheel tour of Maywood’s finerPaleteria’s and glance at parks and bikeways past, present, and futurein Maywood, and other southeast Los Angeles County Cities.  Registrationbegins at Maywood Riverfront Park at 10:30am Saturday October 25th,“Paleta Bicicleta” takes over from the LACBC’S annual “BicycleSundae” in exploring the county, and sampling LA’s finest and uniqueicy treats.  There will be more than 40 flavors to choose from.

When askedabout the decision to bring the ride to Maywood, Councilwoman Ana RosaRizo remarked "We are happy to support a healthy environment throughfamily-friendly events like this one. Bike safety is very importantto us and we encourage more people to ride their bicycles as a way ofmaking our community more sustainable.  It is exciting to have the opportunityto showcase the delicious paleta shops that sweeten the lives of somany residents in our community. Enjoy!" 

Matheson Tri-Gasis sponsoring the event.  Participatingshops include Que Delicious and Paleteria Limon.  This ride isperfect for younger and inexperienced riders.  For the more experiencedrider the LACBC has suggestions to extend the mileage. 

Registration is free for kids16 and younger and just $5 for adults 17 and older, that includes twofull servings of paleta, route map, and bike support. Participants canregister the day of, October 25th, at 10:30am onsite, at Maywood RiverfrontPark. The tour leaves at 11 am.  Parking is available at the park. Maywood Riverfront Park is located at Slauson and Alamo very convenientto the 710 fwy.  For the stalwarts, a fun bike trip can be madeby biking down Randolph from the MTA Blue Line Slauson or up the LARiver bike path. 

Ride will cover approximately4 miles. 

Ride level: very easy withrest and ice creams breaks. 

For more information and forsuggestions for a longer ride, the LACBC has two great suggestions fora longer path.  Please go to www.la-bike.org or call 213-629-2142

Bring your taste buds alongwith lots of water!

Paleta Bicicleta is one ofa series of bicycle rides by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalitionthat promotes the pleasures of bicycle riding in Los Angeles.

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