Feeling the Heat: BICAS Embraces Summer Weather with Benefit Ride

June 20, 2016

by Kai Parmenter

BICAS Art Coordinator Monique Laraway.

BICAS Art Coordinator Monique Laraway.

Summer has arrived, and with it comes careful consideration when setting foot outside for any length of time. Yet that’s exactly what BICAS is advocating with their latest event, to be held on Saturday, June 25th.

Located in the Warehouse Arts District in Downtown, BICAS—short for Bicycle Inter Community Art and Salvage— is a non-profit organization that promotes art, education and the environment via advocacy and bicycle salvage. Their upcoming benefit, the aptly titled Hottest Day of the Year Ride, will be a “ten to fifteen mile family-friendly bike ride along bicycle paths,” says Monique Laraway, who serves as BICAS’ Art Coordinator.

BICAS carries every conceivable bike part, from frames and tires to gears and pedals.

BICAS carries every conceivable bike part, from frames and tires to gears and pedals.

 

 

Participants will meet at 8:30am at BICAS, located at 44 W. Sixth Street. The bike ride will kick off at 9am, and is expected to continue for several hours, however the route has yet to be determined. “We’re creating the route,” says Laraway, who notes BICAS is currently working with a cycling instructor from the League of American Bicyclists in creating a safe, accessible route for people. There will also be a talk on traffic safety before the ride begins.

Those wary of the idea of being out in the heat needn’t worry, as the ride will include a number of stops along the way, including water breaks and activities where people can mingle, and stay cool.

 

 

The ride will conclude around one p.m. at Menlo Park, where participants can enjoy a barbeque or a swim in the pool. “We do Sonoran Dogs…and Dragoon Brewing is donating beer,” says Laraway, noting that they’ll also have alcohol-free beverages for younger riders, as well as gluten-free and vegan food options. Those registered for the event can take part in the barbeque and pool party at no extra charge.

Yes, they've got a ton of bikes and bike parts, and more importantly, are quite passionate about helping fellow bicyclists!

Yes, they’ve got a ton of bikes, and are quite passionate about helping fellow bicyclists!

Registration is currently $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 18 and under, with a $50 Family of Four option also available (must have one youth under 12 years of age). Interested parties may also register the day of, however there will be a $10 late fee. All proceeds from the event go directly to BICAS.

Now in its third year, the Hottest Day of the Year Ride began as part of a series of events for BICAS’ 25th anniversary in 2014, with the ultimate goal of raising $250,000 towards the purchase of a new building space.

To learn more about the BICAS Hottest Day of the Year Ride, or to register, visit their website here.

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