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Mayor’s Bike Ride returns this weekend after pandemic hiatus

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In celebration of National Bike Month (May), Las Cruces residents with bicycles are invited to join Mayor Ken Miyagishima for the Mayor’s Bike Ride and the Bike To Work Day event.

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Mayor’s Bike Ride will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21. It will start and end at City Hall, 700 N. Main St., the City of Las Cruces said in a news release.

The event is co-sponsored by Velo Las Cruces and Mayor Ken Miyagishima.

The route is slightly less than five miles. Several Las Cruces police officers, who also will be riding bicycles, will provide escorts for the bike ride. The route will travel through portions of the Mesquite and Alameda historic districts. The map for the route is at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38969197.

The ride is an easy, low-speed, family friendly event that will be on Downtown Las Cruces streets, the city said. The ride is not recommended for children younger than 12 unless they are in a trailer or on a tandem or trail-a-bike, the city said. Helmets are required for all riders.

Before the bike ride begins, a proclamation in observance of National Bicycle Month will be read and a brief explanation of the route provided.

Initiated by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956, National Bike Month creates awareness of bicycling as an American pastime.

Additionally, the city’s Bike To Work Day will be 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, May 20, on the west side of City Hall.

Information about existing and proposed bike facilities, the basics of bike commuting and Vulnerable Road Users NM, a nonprofit, will be available at the event. Participants at the event and interested residents are encouraged to provide feedback about what they like about biking in Las Cruces and what can be done to improve biking conditions in the city.

Complimentary snacks and free bike bottles will be available to everyone who attends Bike To Work Day. Velo Las Cruces, a local nonprofit bike advocacy organization, is participating.

For information about the Mayor’s Bicycle Ride, contact George Pearson at george@nmbikesummit.org.

For information about Bike To Work Day, contact city Active Transportation Coordinator Robert Messenger at 575-528-3209, 575-528-3043 and rmessenger@las-cruces.org.