Light displays around Ahwatukee Foothills can be seen in one night from the comfort of a bicycle during the JingleLIGHTS Holiday Bike Ride.
Riders of all experience levels are welcome to meet at Hillside Spot Café at 7 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 15, and go on a 10.8-mile ride through Ahwatukee Foothills, stopping at some of the most extravagant light displays in the community. The experience is free, but riders must provide their own bicycles.
This is the second year bicyclists in Ahwatukee have organized a holiday ride. Last year, the group was limited to 50 participants and the event was a fundraiser. This year the group is doing it again, but with no limit to the number of riders and no cost to join.
“We ride a lot in Ahwatukee and we see a lot of people in the community that put lights up,” said Sheryl Keeme, an evnt organizer. “We just thought it would be fun to see those decorations at night but we wanted to be careful with it being dark and us riding around. We thought if we did it in a big group it would be safer than just a few of us going out.”
Keeme said last year the ride took about an hour and a half. The route takes riders from Hillside Spot up the Warner-Elliot Loop and down 44th Street to Ray Road and from Ray all the way to Chandler Boulevard before looping back through the neighborhood and coming back to Hillside.
Last year, many riders showed up on cruisers and mountain bikes and some road bikes. Keeme said even children had no problem completing the ride in the past.
“There are a couple areas with a little bit of an incline so people have to work a little bit, but not much,” she said. “It’s slow, we stop often, and it’s really not bad.”
The group does ask that all riders come with a light on their bike. Last year a company from Tempe, Cycle Lights, was on hand to sell and install lights that go on the tires of bikes. Cycle Lights will be returning this year and will have specials deals for riders that purchase their lights on Sunday.
For more information on the ride, call Sheryl at (602) 369-7452 or email Sheryl@girlsgoneriding.org. The JingleLIGHTS Holiday Bike ride, including the route, is posted on meetup.com: www.meetup.com/eastvalleyazroadcycling/events/147439962/.
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