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Get Excited for Sarasota Bike Fest's Halloween Bike Parade

Get the bike gang back together for this family-friendly celebration of all things bicycle.

By Lauren Jackson October 12, 2022

 

In celebration of Sarasota's expanding bicycle accessibility, Sarasota Bike Fest is hosting a Halloween Bike Parade and Block Party at Payne Park on Oct. 30.

"Sarasota has a hip cycling heart, we need to all get together," says Clint Weldon, the event's organizer, who was inspired by Sarasota's bicycle infrastructure.

The family-friendly block party will kick off at 2 p.m. at the east entrance of Payne Park—where the Legacy Trail meets the park—and last until 8 p.m. It will showcase local food vendors and community organizations like Tralia, G's Southern Kitchen, Great Heights Creamery and WSLR.

"This is all about unplugging, getting out and seeing who is in your community," says Weldon.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive by bicycle and in costume, because at 6 p.m. there will be a bike parade looping the park. Prizes will be awarded for the most outrageously decorated bikes and riders, so bust out the craft supplies and start getting creative.

And, if you find yourself without a bicycle, never fear. Event sponsor Voltaire Cycles will be there with an assortment of bikes to test ride so that you can get outfitted for the next gathering of bike-minded people. Better yet, purchase a $10 raffle ticket to be entered for a change to win a Hunni Bunni electric beach cruiser bike. A portion of the raffle proceeds will benefit Friends of the Legacy Trail, the organization instrumental in developing the area's ever-expanding trails.

For more information regarding Sarasota Bike Fest and the Halloween Bike Parade and Block Party, visit its website. Interested attendees are asked to RSVP via the organization's Facebook event page.

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