ALBANY -- The latest iteration of Albany's Bike About Town will take place Aug. 15. The monthly event invites people to join a group ride around town. Routes change every month, with potential new bike routes lanes often highlighted.

Cyclists will meet at Wheels of Justice (1554 Solano Ave.) at 6:30 p.m. Members of Albany Strollers and Rollers, the group that hosts the riding series, will give a short safety presentation.

The safety presentation highlights, "how to ride, how to signal, how to ride in a group," according to Albany Recreation and Community Services Director Chelle Putzer.

The route usually is a couple of miles, with cyclists looping back to Wheels of Justice. A raffle is held at the end of each ride for prizes such as T-shirts and gift certificates. The event usually wraps up by 8 p.m., and riders are encouraged to stay on Solano and patronize avenue businesses, some of which offer promotions for participants. For instance, Solano Cellars offers a 50 percent discount on a glass of wine to any bicyclist, a 75 percent discount for any unicyclist and a 25 percent discount for those who ride a tricycle.

Putzer said the city had two goals when it started the rides in 2011. First is to highlight potential bike lanes, the second is to bring people to Solano as a boost to the businesses.


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She said the event draws many families with children. Participation has varied, with about 20 people at the last event and 35 at the first one. As many as 100 people have joined up in past years.

"It's kind of weather-driven," Putzer said.

The Bike About Town happens the third Friday of the month through the spring and summer. The final one this year will be Sept. 19.

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