What better way to cap National Bike Month than with ice cream? On Sunday, more than 50 people, from 6-year-olds to Gen-Xers to granddads, did just that, pedaled around Pasadena on an 8.5-mile sampling tour of ice cream.
By Misch Anderson
The happy pedalers enjoyed ice creams at five stops:
- Strawberry-balsamic-black-pepper from Salt & Straw in Old Pasadena,
- Pineapple-coconut at El Portal; Mexican
- Paletas in traditional flavors at its neighbor, Mercadito Monarca,
- Vanilla soft-serve at Milkcow, across from PCC; and after a gentle uphill push,
- Cookies’n’cream or refreshing sorbet from Bloomfield Creamery on the northeast edge of Bungalow Heaven.
“It’s a real thrill to be able to do Bike Month again, and to have events where everybody could go on bike rides and get together,” enthused Day One’s Active Transportation Director, Colin Bogart, who organized the ride and many other Bike Month events. During the past two years of Covid-19 restrictions, Day One and its partner, the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, put together some Bike Month events, but they all had to be self-guided rides with more of an emphasis on virtual and hashtag challenges on social media. “Which was cool, but it’s so much better in person, as a group,” added Bogart.
The ride was free to participants who registered, and was underwritten by the City of Pasadena with additional support and promotion from the Old Pasadena Management District, Playhouse Village, and KPCC.
The Ice Cream Ride capped Pasadena’s roster of 13 public events this year, drawing as many as 80 participants.
Even before the last ice cream stop, cheerful (and by now, sugar-fueled) riders were looking forward to future group rides and themes. Six-year-old Jasper Reutimann ran about excitedly lobbying for a “PIE RIDE!” and offering to help choose (and pre-sample) the pie stops.
He and others need not wait for Bike Month 2023; the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition and Day One organize group bike rides and events throughout the year. So stay tuned, folks of all ages—for a pie ride and plenty more opportunities to get on a bike and enjoy Pasadena!
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