L.A. County Metro Sponsors the Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal
How many pumpkins can a bicycle carry? Come find out during this Halloween bash on two wheels!
On Sunday, October 20, through a sponsorship by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru LIVE Exchange), with the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition, will lead a community bicycle ride, “The Pomona Pumpkin Patch Pedal” from downtown Pomona to the Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona. This expedition, open to all cyclists, will pedal through Pomona to celebrate Halloween and explore the ease of carrying holiday goodies on two wheels! At the festival, participants will receive a unique welcome and can explore thousands of pumpkins, the Farm Store, game booths, a corn maze, the popular Insect Fair, entertainment and much more! Some trailers will be provided to haul your favorite soon-to-be jack-o’-lanterns back but participants are encouraged to bring their own baskets and trailers to help haul any heavy purchases. Riders are encouraged to dress to impress in your favorite costume!
As with all C.I.C.L.E. rides, this ride is family-friendly, leisurely paced and will return to the starting point after the event. C.I.C.L.E. rides are fully supported, led by trained Ride Leaders and volunteers. The ride is 11 miles. Prior to the ride we will address safe street riding and group ride etiquette to ensure smooth sailing.
When: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Time: Meet at 10:30 a.m., the ride will leave promptly at 11 a.m.
Where: Thomas Plaza, S. Thomas St., Pomona CA 91766 (At S. Thomas St. and West 2nd St.)
Accessible by Foothill Transit buses: 291, 480, 286, 195, 197, Silver Streak, and Omnitrans Bus 61
Note: The event is not affiliated with Pomona Unified School District.
Pumpkin Festival Prices: Admission is FREE. Pumpkins from the patch are $5 each. Insect Fair: $6 adults; $4 students and children 3-12 years; 2 and under are free. Prices for individual activities such as the corn maze, horse rides and the petting zoo vary. See website for details: http://www.csupomona.edu/~farmstore/pumpkin-festival.shtml. The Farm Store staff will generously provide 10% coupons to participants to use at the store.
What to bring: Bring water, a snack, and a bicycle in good working order. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride. Baskets and trailers are encouraged!
About C.I.C.L.E.: Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.) is a nonprofit organization working to promote the bicycle as a viable, healthy, and sustainable transportation choice.
About Metro: Metro is the planner, operator and builder of LA County’s expanding public transportation system. The agency plays an important role in bicycle planning across LA County, funding more than $155.5 million for bicycle projects since 1993, facilitating first mile/last mile connections to transit and supporting bicycle transportation through various policies and programs. Metro’s sponsorship of C.I.C.L.E. events helps fulfill the agency’s goals of encouraging bicycle trips and promoting safe cycling skills.
About Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition: The Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition (PVBC) is a chapter of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) founded in March 2012. Our mission is to create better, more bike-able, and healthier streets for the residents in the Pomona Valley area and to empower both pedestrians and cyclists to make a positive impact and change in their local communities. We envision a healthier community where pedestrians and cyclists feel comfortable and secure on the streets, free of harm.