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Dickinson College Hosts 2022 Northside Ride with Community Partners in Carlisle

Photo of a college student and a child with a bicycle standing in a parking lot.

Dickinson College students safety check bicycles at the annual Northside Ride in Carlisle. Photo by Carl Socolow '77.

The Annual Northside Ride

Bicyclists of all ages are invited to join a community ride around Carlisle’s Northside neighborhood. “The Northside Ride” will take place on Saturday, April 2, with minor bike repairs, free pancake breakfast and registration opening at 8:30 a.m., followed by a bike ride departing at 10:15 a.m. Participants will meet at New Life Community Church, 64 E. North St., Carlisle. The ride and its associated events are free and open to the public, with a rain date set for April 9. Additional information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

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. Free helmets, bike lights and bike locks will be provided to participants. All participants must sign a waiver, and participants under 14 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult on the ride.

Cyclists are encouraged to gather at New Life Community Church for free bike tune-ups and safety checks courtesy of The Handlebar, LifeCycle Carlisle and Harrisburg Bicycle Club. The ride starts at 10:15 a.m. and travels 3.8 miles to waypoints including the YWCA Carlisle & Cumberland County and Project SHARE, ending at Hope Station, 149 W. Penn St., Carlisle. Each of these partners will also offer a bike-related activity or demonstration.

Representatives of Hope Station, YWCA Carlisle and Cumberland County, Project SHARE, Dickinson, New Life Community Church, Harrisburg Bicycle Club, Carlisle Victory Circle and Westside Neighbors Association have come together to support this initiative, which aims to make bicycling more available as an affordable and safe form of transportation.

The event is sponsored by Dickinson’s Center for Sustainability Education and Center for Civic Learning and Action.

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Published March 25, 2022