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Oct. 10 - 10th Annual Moonlight Garden Ride to bring Hundreds of People on Bicycles to Historic Neighborhoods Oct. 20

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

October 10, 2018 - Hundreds of cyclists will turn the night streets of Savannah into a wave of blinking lights, music, and pedal-powered fun at the 10th Annual Moonlight Garden Ride presented by Chatham Orthopaedic Associates on Saturday, Oct. 20. Proceeds from this casual, family-friendly ride benefit Savannah Bicycle Campaign’s efforts to build a better Savannah through bicycling. Tickets and more information are available at http://moonlightgardenride.com.

The police-escorted ride will depart from Grayson Stadium at 7 p.m. Other activities include a popular costume contest and a post-ride party at the stadium featuring music, food, beverages and plenty of activities on the field.

“Grayson Stadium proved to be an immensely popular location for the last two years and we are excited to work with the Savannah Bananas again,” said John Bennett, executive director of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. “It’s gratifying that so many people ride with us year after year. It’s become an autumn tradition in Savannah.  

The 8.5-mile route is designed to provide a unique view of Savannah’s historic neighborhoods and beautiful places, including the National Landmark, Victorian, Thomas Square Streetcar, Ardsley Park/Chatham Crescent and Daffin Park/Parkside historic districts. While Savannahians may be familiar with these neighborhoods, riding through them at night provides a one-of-a-kind experience for residents and visitors alike. Helmets and front and rear lights are required and will be available for purchase at the event.

Tickets are available for purchase online and discounts are available for Savannah Bicycle Campaign members. Registration includes a Moonlight Garden Ride t-shirt. New this year is a companion event organized by the Southeast Georgia chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association. Morning Marsh Madness will be held at Priest Landing on Skidaway Island and features a family fun race. By registering for Moonlight Garden Ride and Morning Marsh Madness, riders can save 15 percent on each event.

“We worked with SEGA-SORBA to coordinate scheduling for both events and hope people will participate in both,” Bennett said. “Oct. 20 is going to be a big day for bicycles in Savannah!”

The Moonlight Garden Ride is the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Savannah Bicycle Campaign, which works to make Savannah safer and friendlier for cyclists through education programs, encouragement, and advocating for better infrastructure and enforcement of traffic regulations. In 2014, SBC launched New Standard Cycles, a program that reconditions donated bicycles and works with other nonprofit organizations to distribute bicycles to people who need affordable and dependable transportation.

More information is available at http://bicyclecampaign.org.

 

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