The rain clouds parted just in time for the first-ever Ride for the Parks event held last Saturday. More than 500 cyclists of all ages and skill levels gathered at the start and end point, Washington Park (above), to raise money for the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD). Alameda Bicycle, Team Alameda and the Alameda Rotary Club helped staff the event along with ARPD, other sponsors and volunteers. Riders were encouraged to take either an 8-mile or 22-mile journey along the shorelines of Alameda and Bay Farm Island.
Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft recently announced that the city will honor Gene Oh, owner of Alameda Bicycle (pictured above) and Otto Wright, owner of The Local café (below) with their appointments as grand marshals of the 2019 Fourth of July Parade.
Oh conceived of and organizes the annual 2019 Alameda Bike for the Parks fundraiser that raises thousands of dollars for Alameda parks each year. Through his bike shop he organizes many free rides each year, with tips and maintenance included.
Kids and parents got together for a ride around town last Sunday. The Park Street bike shop Alameda Bicycle offers safety tips, helps with repairs and generally encourages all levels of riders at the free events held on a regular basis. The riders begin and end their ride at the shop, completing a loop around Bay Farm Island in between.