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    CYCLING CELEBRATION PUTS FERRIS WHEEL ON TOP OF EAST ROCK PARK

    (7/17/2008) `NEW HAVEN- On July 19th, the City of New Haven will premiere a new, free, fun-filled family celebration -- a day of bicycling-related activities at East Rock Park. Designed to promote cycling in the City of New Haven, the event is designed for individuals and families regardless of their bicycling experience. Organized by various City departments in coordination with Elm City Cycling, The Friends of East Rock Park and the Devil’s Gear Bike Shop, East Rock Park will be closed all day to motorized vehicles, including Farnam and English Drives, allowing cyclists an opportunity to enjoy exclusive use of park roads from 12noon to 5pm.

    It’s Easier than You Think!

    Riding in a relaxed manner, most riders can actually reach the summit in less than half an hour. Young riders can probably easily make the climb but for families with small children, the bike-less, the disabled, the elderly and anyone who doesn’t want to make the climb, a free shuttle will loop between Wilbur Cross High School parking lot, the North Meadow (on the Hamden side), and the summit of East Rock.

    Free Parking

    Parking will be available at Wilbur Cross High School for those traveling by car with their bikes. Follow the signs from Exit 6 off Interstate 91 coming from either direction.

    Morning Time Trials for Avid Cyclists

    A United States Cycling Federation sanctioned race (presented by The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop and the New Haven Cycling Club) will be held from 10am to noon. The race will be an individual hill-climb time trial, in which cyclists begin at Orange Street near Farnam Drive and ride “against the clock” to the East Rock Summit. Riders of all abilities may register in advance at www.bikereg.com. On site registration will occur at College Woods on Orange Street across from Wilbur Cross High School starting between 9-10am.

    Afternoon Festival – Music, Theater and Rides!

    Immediately following the time trials at approximately 12 noon, the roads and trails of East Rock Park will open to all cyclists for a full afternoon of fun. Activities will be held at both the North Meadow, located at the Davis Street entrance on the Hamden site, and at the Summit of East Rock. Cyclists may access the Summit via either the Davis Street entrance or the unused park road off English Drive near Rock Street. The unused access road is longer and meanders more gently to the Summit, however since it is not accessible to emergency and shuttle vehicles riders should use caution and carry cell phones in case of accidents.

    The North Meadow area will feature kite-flying, guided mountain bike rides, street performers, food vendors and information about CT Transit’s “Bikes-on-Board” program.

    A Ferris wheel and carousel will begin turning at 12noon on the Summit rewarding people who have made the climb to the top with free rides and a bird’s-eye view of New Haven. Other attractions at the summit will include live salsa music by the Cosmic Jibaros, food vendors, and a rock climbing wall. Elm City Cycling is offering free safety inspections for kids as well as a bicycle jamboree featuring an obstacle course and bicycle decorating. A 3pm bike parade will show off the results.

    Bicycling For Ladies – The Musical

    At 4pm the Office of Cultural Affairs presents Bicycling for Ladies – a performance where bicycles, bloomers, and bombs collide in this new musical about one woman trapped in the wheels of history. Bicycling For Ladies sold out the Yale Cabaret last October and returns to New Haven in concert form. The performance is set in 1895 and Angela is stuck at home reading dusty tomes while her husband leads an exciting work-a-day life. But an unexpected and new-fangled gift -- a bicycle -- transforms her from typical housewife to velocipedestrienne extraordinaire. Loosening her corset and hiking up her petticoats, she pedals for progress through New Haven's streets. Will her new hobby provide vigorous exercise or unleash her inner anarchist?

    Other Opportunities

    Free bicycle valet parking will be available at both the North Meadow and the summit to allow cyclists an opportunity to enjoy all that’s on offer. The route to the summit will have rest-stops offering free drinking water and live musicians to keep the riders’ spirits high all the way to the top.

    Organized Group Rides from various City neighborhoods to East Rock Park will leave at 12noon. Currently Group Rides are planned for Fair Haven, leaving from Quinnipiac River Park; Downtown/Yale, leaving from Phelps Gate; and the Orange Street neighborhood leaving from Nica’s Market.

    Collaborators/Sponsors

    Numerous City Departments and outside organizations are collaborating to make this truly unique event happen. This is an unprecedented collaboration involving more than a dozen participants. The Office of Cultural Affairs is coordinating the efforts of the Parks & Recreation Department, Police & Fire, Transportation, Traffic & Parking, the Mayor’s Office, and City Plan along with The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop, Elm City Cycling, Bulldog Cycling, Yale Office of Sustainable Transportation, and the Friends of East Rock Park.

    Financial support for this event has come from Winstanley Enterprises, United Illuminating and Yale University. The New Haven Advocate and Ultra Radio are this event’s official media sponsors.

    Please visit www.bikenewhaven.org for more information and updates.

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    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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