Be Safe During Santa Clarita Events Celebrating National Bike Month

Bicyclists in Santa Clarita, California, have plenty to keep them busy during May 2018 as the community celebrates National Bike Month. Therefore, take time this month to join the fun, but make sure that your bike is in good condition and that you wear your helmet.

Bring the whole family to Valencia Heritage Park located at 24155 Newhall Ranch Road at 10 AM on May 12 to participate in the annual non-competitive Hit the Trails ride. Participants can choose between a nine-mile ride or a shorter-four-mile ride led by volunteers. Both rides are designed to move at a leisurely pace allowing you plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful spring weather. A family fun fair will follow the ride featuring amazing giveaways and everyone will enjoy participating in the hilarious tricycle races. Jersey Mike’s will be giving away free sandwiches while supplies last.

Companies are encouraged to get their workers to participate in Bike to Work Day on May 18, 2018. Take the pledge to ride on that day early and be entered for a chance to win exciting prizes. This popular annual event held during Bike Week will see five pit stops set up across the city to help riders. Additionally, Santa Clarita Transit and Metrolink will be giving free rides on that day to anyone with a bike and helmet on local routes.

The unveiling of the sixth bear will occur on May 18, 2018. This bear designed by local artist Frank Rock was inspired by the Amgen Tour of California that the city has hosted 13 times. The statue measuring over 10 feet long and five feet high will be located on the Chuck Pontius Commuter-Rail Trail near Valencia Boulevard. While Frank is better known as a muralist, he designed the maquette to Stage Winners during the Amgen Tour each year and the bear used for events throughout this prestigious race.

While these events are a fun way to celebrate National Bike Month, bicyclists are encouraged to be safe while riding. Nationally, the number of bicyclists killed in traffic accidents only accounts for two percent of people dying in traffic wrecks, but in California, the total is four percent. As a sober reminder, the city has installed a bicycle counter immediately west of Bouquet Junction on the Chuck Pontius Commuter Trail.

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