Climate Summer Riders host bike festival, pedal power parade Aug. 1

Free event held at Capt. Albert Stevens Middle School
By Staff | Jul 23, 2013

Belfast — The Climate Summer Riders will host a Bike Festival and a Pedal Power Parade on Thursday, Aug. 1 at the Capt. Albert Stevens Middle School on Miller Street.

The event is free and will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Rain date for the event is Friday, Aug. 2.

Workshops on how to tune up your bicycle, how to fix a flat tire, rules of the road, and answers to questions about bike safety will be held. A presentation also be held about who Climate Summer Riders are, why they are here, what they have done so far, and what other plans they have for their visit to Belfast and beyond.

Free water soluble paints, cardboard, streamers, and flags will be available for children to decorate their bikes for the Pedal Power Parade, the grand finale ride down Miller Street into downtown Belfast. Volunteers will be on hand to help.

Climate Summer is a leadership development program for young adults who learn by doing. Participants engage communities across New England as educators, activists, and organizers as they travel exclusively by bicycle, calling for action on climate change and fossil fuels in communities across the region.

These six young leaders-in-training are halfway through their summer trek across Maine, visiting a dozen communities where they stay for a week before pedaling on to the next town on their agenda. While in each town, riders connect with community members who are actively addressing society’s addiction to fossil fuels by crafting local solutions that strengthen communities. Riders bring with them a movement-building perspective, empowering those they meet and helping to highlight the important work of local organizations.

The event is sponsored by 350Waldo County and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast

For more information contact Heidi Brugger at 382-6477 or by email at heidi@350maine.org, or Nancy Galland at 567-4075 or by email at nangalland@fairpoint.net.

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