Deadline nears to register for Davis bike parade, world record try

Published: Sunday, Sep. 25, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 3B

Time to sign up if you're going to try to break a Guinness World Record by riding in the World's Greatest Bike Parade, which starts in downtown Davis the morning of Oct. 2.

Coordinated by the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, the parade is an effort to break the Guinness World Record of 916 bicycles pedaling in line. Folks who wish to ride must register by 6 p.m. Saturday.

Registration can be accomplished online at www. worldsgreatestbicycleparade.com. or in person from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Odd Fellows Lodge, 415 Second St.

The starting line will be in front of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge.

The parade will officially begin at 10:02 a.m. Bike riders will be asked to slowly traverse an easy-going, four-mile route on city streets, closed off to car traffic during the parade. It should take cyclists about one hour to complete the parade route.

The parade will be followed by a family-friendly Festival in Central Park, with food and drinks, a beer garden, three live bands and other entertainment.

Participation in the parade is open to the general public with a minimum age requirement of 7. The Odd Fellows invite bike riders from throughout Northern California to join the parade, break the record and help raise money for Davis schools.

A bike must travel the entire parade route, start to finish, to be counted. Tandem bikes can participate but only count toward the record as one.

Persons who are disabled or who otherwise require a three-wheel bicycle or other specially adapted bicycle are welcome to register and participate, and will be counted toward the record.

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