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Northside Ride: Community Bike Event with Partners

Photo of the rear of a bicycle with the rear fender and back reflector visible. There is a tree in the distance.

Photo by Joe O'Neill.

Connecting the Community and Encouraging Bicycle Safety

by Craig Layne

Bicyclists of all ages are invited to join a community ride around Carlisle’s Northside neighborhood. The second annual “Northside Ride” will take place on Saturday, April 6, with a free community breakfast and free bike repairs starting at 9 a.m. The bike ride will depart at 10:15 a.m. Participants will meet at New Life Community Church, 64 E. North Street, Carlisle. The ride and its associated events are free and open to the public

The Northside Ride seeks to connect residents to each other and community organizations while encouraging bicycle safety and bicycle use as an effective form of transportation within and beyond Carlisle. The event will provide free helmets, bike lights and bike locks to neighborhood riders who participate. Donations are currently being sought from local partners to support this initiative. All participants are required to sign a waiver, and participants under age 14 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult on the ride.

The ride will follow a 3.4-mile route to waypoints including the YWCA Carlisle and Project SHARE, ending at Hope Station, 149 W. Penn St., Carlisle, around 12:15 p.m. There will be bike safety-related information and demonstrations throughout the event. 

Funding support is provided by Bicycle South Central PA; Harrisburg Bicycle Club; Partnership for Better Health; Dickinson’s Center for Sustainability Education, Center for Civic Learning & Action and the Raven’s Claw Honor Society. Partners include the Carlisle Tool Library; Carlisle West Side Neighbors; Cole’s Bicycles; Hope Station; Lifecycle; New Life Community Church; Project SHARE; Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg; and YWCA Carlisle.

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Published March 21, 2019