After the Fireworks, There is Still Fun to Be Had on Bikes This Weekend

Last July, the Peace, Love and Family ride took a couple hundred riders on a tour through some of the major corridors of South L.A. before returning to a festival at Manchester and Vermont to show people that the streets could be sites for recreation.

The ride was a lot of fun, both for those riding and those that came out to watch the spectacle (see photos here).

On Saturday, July 6, cyclists will again take to the streets, this time, organizer Shuntain Thomas hopes, in even greater numbers.

Launching from Exposition Park around 10:30 a.m. (arrive between 9:30 and 10:30 to register, check your bike, and meet other riders), the group will ride down Vermont to riders can either do the entire 10-mile route or join the ride at spots along the way. Riders can wait for the group at Vermont and Gage (between 10:45 and 11 a.m.) or at the festival site, at Manchester (around 11:30 a.m.).

The ride will continue down Vermont to El Segundo Blvd., head west to Figueroa, and travel north on Figueroa to Manchester, before returning to the site of the fair at Manchester and Vermont.

The free fair will be hosted by Fox 11 Good Day LA Morning Show Personality Mar Yvette and KJLH evening radio personality Kevin Nash and will offer healthy food, live music, health screenings, games, and bike and gear giveaways. Performances from the main stage will begin at 1 p.m. and include music from Jeffrey Coprich & The LA Inner City Mass Choir, Amillion Cash, Flipnotes, Jules Starr, Nysa Shenay, MADAM, and other guests.

The fair, organizers believe, will provide an opportunity for Los Angeles residents to come together and learn how healthy living can be easy and fun through bike riding and simple lifestyle changes.

If you’d just like to visit the fair, head to 8619 South Vermont Ave. Performances and other activities will begin at 1 and run til 5:30 p.m.


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