SALINA — More than two dozen cyclists are scheduled to arrive in Salina this week.
Dedicated to drawing awareness to affordable housing efforts throughout the country, Bike & Build Inc., is teaming up with the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce [and the Central Utah Public Health Department] to host a bicycle safety clinic. [A limited number of $5 bicycle helmets will be available.]
Free of charge and open to the public, the event is set to get underway at 7 p.m., Friday, July 29, at the North Sevier Community Center in Salina.
Designed for youths 5 to 14 years of age, the clinic will emphasize bicycle safety, according to Carol Lowman, chamber president.
“The entire community is welcome to participate,” Lowman said.
The Salina stop is part of a cross-country route for the cyclists who are traveling from New Haven, Conn., to Half Moon Bay, Calif., according to Lowman.
The cyclists’ published schedule includes a stop in Torrey, today, July 28; arriving in Salina, the afternoon of July 29; departing Salina en route to Delta, the morning of Saturday, July 30.
“In order to participate in the trip, each rider raised at least $4,500 to help fund the trip costs and affordable housing efforts nationwide,” Lowman said.
The group, which will be traveling for more than 10 weeks, is slated to help build affordable housing in 16 locations including Moab and Green River, according to officials.
The journey is one of eight cross-country treks offered by the organization.
“We are deeply proud that Bike & Build has 300 riders this year who are so committed to the affordable housing cause that they are willing to raise much-needed funds and spend two months of their summer biking across this amazing country,” said Justin Villere, Bike & Build’s senior director of operations and development. “Bike & Build provides the opportunity — it is the riders who make the impact on housing issues through our cycling trips.”
For more information, contact Lowman at (435) 201-4997; Sherri Sampson, chamber secretary, at (435) 529-7459; Bike & Build at (267) 331-8488; or log onto bikeandbuild.org.