Bike Month activities are in full swing in San Luis Obispo County, and the month’s kickoff event, Bikefest, will be this weekend in the Village of Arroyo Grande.
This year’s event is dedicated to a longtime bike advocate and bike shop owner, Ira Hughes, who died Dec. 15.
Hughes, an Arroyo Grande High School graduate, purchased and renamed Ira’s Bike Shop in 1975. It remains a fixture in the Village on Bridge Street.
“It’s the least we can do for an amazing cyclist,” said Angela Nelson, program coordinator for San Luis Obispo Regional Rideshare, which promotes alternative modes of transportation.
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Numerous events are planned during Bike Month, a nationwide movement that occurs each May. Last year, more than 2,500 participants attended more than 50 volunteer-run events in San Luis Obispo County, according to Rideshare.
Jim DeCecco, an Oceano Elementary fifth-grade teacher, started Bikefest four years ago, Nelson said. It will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Branch Street Deli at 203 E. Branch St.
Organizers are expecting about 200 people. There will be a bike valet, a live band, and a raffle for a New Belgium Brewing Co. cruiser bike and some Lezyne cycling accessories.
Those who want to participate in a 15-minute parade should meet at the bandstand on Nelson Street at 12:30 p.m. For more information on Bike Month events, go to http://rideshare.org/BikeMonth2012.aspx.