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.
There are many reasons to embrace the activity of bicycle riding, especially here in Alameda.
Cycling is one of the easiest ways to exercise. Remember being a kid and riding your bike everywhere, it was just plain fun. You met up with your friends and off you went. The bike was always a way to have adventures and fun. To recapture that fun today, all you need is a bike and a helmet. You do not have to spend a fortune and only need to ride for 30 minutes a few times a week to reap the benefits.