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Kanawha City Bike Appreciation Day Sunday

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From Staff Reports

The second annual Kanawha City Bike Appreciation Day will start at noon Sunday, May 21, at the 57th Street Kanawha City bicycle trailhead.

Sponsored by the Kanawha City Community Association, the City of Charleston Police Department and West Virginia Connecting Communities, the free, family-oriented event will include the distribution of free bike helmets to participants younger than 15 who need a helmet.

Activities will also include drawings for three bicycles -- one small, one medium and one large size -- and a gift basket, bike and trike decorating, face painting, bike inspections and tune-ups, free pizza and refreshments, and various safety activities.

A Trikes and Bikes Parade will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday. The parade will make two laps around two blocks. It is designed to be easy enough for the youngest riders to undertake.

The City of Charleston’s Safety City exhibit is expected to be part of the festivities. Safety City includes a small house designed to teach household and fire safety to youngsters.

At 3 p.m., a Community Ride on the Kanawha City Bike Route, which runs along the river from 57th Street to the University of Charleston, will start. It will continue until dusk or the last riders stop. Bicycle police officers will lead the ride.

Kanawha City Community Association board members Roland and Martina Huson said last year’s inaugural Bike Appreciation Day was well received, if somewhat smaller than anticipated.

“Last year, the turnout was a bit of a disappointment, in that we had a lot of things set up, but it was 40 degrees outside,” Roland Huson said. “We’re hoping for a much better turnout this year.”

“If the sun comes out,” Martina Huson said, “the people will come out.”

“We have notified every household in Kanawha City,” Roland Huson said, “and there’ll be fliers distributed throughout all of the Kanawha City schools this week.

“Part of it is to raise awareness of our organization, part of it is to get people out to meet with each other and part of it is to teach kids bike safety and let them have some fun,” he added.

For more information, call Roland Huson at 304-545-5287 or Martina Huson at 304-545-4934.


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