Cyclists Will Get Rolling Wednesday in Christmas Lights Ride

The public is invited to join in on Passion Trails Bikes' annual Christmas Lights Fun Ride this Wed., Dec. 19 at 7:00 p.m. The route takes riders past the holiday light displays in Belmont and San Carlos; a shorter route is available for families.

Who needs a sleigh when a bike can do the job--even at night.

That's what a group of cyclists will prove on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. when they depart for their Christmas Lights Fun Ride from Passion Trails Bikes in Belmont.

Cyclists of all ages will take a safe (and police department-approved) route over-the-river-and-through-the-woods to Eucalyptus Street in San Carlos, ending at one of the area's biggest display of holiday lights. 

Organizers Kevin Sullivan and Charles Jalgunas say the ride rolls along at a slow, social pace and is open to all ages. They suggest that young riders have some experience riding in traffic and bring lots of lights.

"This year we will retrace last year's 8-mile route, and have a slightly shorter route for families. Both groups will meet up just before the peak of the light show, and all will return to the shop after about two hours. I expect and encourage themed costumes and festively lit up bikes. Last year we had in attendance a couple of Santa suits and a tandem bike with a fully decorated Christmas tree on its rack!," said Jalgunas.

Sullivan noted that the Belmont Police Department will assist riders in making a safe left-hand turn from Ralston Avenue onto Sixth Avenue near City Hall.

The ride is open to all cyclists, and a shorter family route (5 miles) has been mapped out (see PDF to the right of this article). After the ride, participants will gather back at Passion Trails Bikes for refreshments.

The ride begins at 7:00 p.m. at Passion Trails Bikes, 415-C Old County Rd. (behind Napa Auto Parts). For more information, call 650-620-9798, or http://www.passiontrailbikes.com/

To view the map of ride routes, click on PDF to the right.


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Joan S. Dentler December 17, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Thank you Charles and Kevin for organizing such a cool event. There aren't too many places in the country where you can hop on your bike in December. May you have your biggest group ever and please feel free to upload any photos or videos on Belmont and San Carlos Patch!
Tim Hoffman December 17, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Critical Xmas.
Kevin Sullivan December 18, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Thanks for the Post Joan. Weather is looking pretty good for Wednesday and it looks like we are going to get dry weather for the ride. Should be lots of fun.
Claire Karoly Ard December 18, 2012 at 06:24 PM
This looks so fun! Will post it to my cycling group on Facebook :)
Joan S. Dentler December 18, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Great idea Claire! And if you do get a group together, be sure to send me some pics!


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