WEEKEND: Bike types to parade along Port Angeles waterfront Saturday

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — All types of pedal-powered machines will be welcome at the B2E, or Bike to Everywhere, Parade on the Port Angeles waterfront Saturday afternoon.

Two hours of events with an emphasis on safety are planned at the inaugural event sponsored by the nonprofit Port Angeles Likes Bikes.

The 1 p.m. parade will pass along the city’s new esplanade on Oak Street and Railroad Avenue.

Participating bicyclists and groups are asked to assemble for the parade at 12:30 p.m. at the Front Street waterfront lot across from Family Medicine, 240 W. Front St., west of Oak Street.

A large Port Angeles firetruck will mark the site, said organizer George Bergner, director of Port Angeles Likes Bikes.

Open to all

The parade is open to all riders — especially children — on all types of pedal-powered machines: road, trail, downhill, BMX, tandem, recumbent, trike, training wheel-equipped, electric e-bike and unicycle.

“Please, no motorized bikes of any kind other than e-bikes,” Bergner said.

Volunteers from local bicycle shops will demonstrate, adjust and fit helmets.

All children who attend the helmet demonstration corral will earn a children’s bicycle license inserted in a city Parks and Recreation Department lanyard.

A member of the City Council will present each qualifying child with a license lanyard, Bergner said.

Each parade participant will receive a wristband commemorating the Port Angeles B2E.

Special prizes will be awarded for bicycles “that are creatively decorated and are still safety-maneuverable,” he added.

Other prizes will be awarded for best outfit, best group and other categories.

The prizes will be announced by parade announcer Andrew May, North Olympic Peninsula horticulturist and Peninsula Daily News garden columnist, at the parade reviewing stand at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave.

Clallam Transit demonstration

Also on hand at B2E will be a Clallam Transit bus equipped with bicycle racks for demonstrations on how to load bikes on buses.

Bergner, who hopes B2E will become an annual event, said it has been made financially possible by community businesses and individuals, and has been endorsed by the City Council and Port Angeles School District Board of Directors.

For more information, contact Bergner at 360-797-4752 or george@portangeleslikesbikes.info.

His Facebook page is at www.facebook.com/PortAngelesLikesBikes.

Last modified: June 05. 2014 4:02PM
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