Local Riders Invited to Bike Through History

Bike riders 10 years old and up are invited to join the Fresno County Bicycle Coalition for a 4.5 mile tour through Fresno’s history on Saturday October 9 from 9-11 a.m. The family fun ride will begin and end at the Fresno Water Tower, making stops at five historic sites along the way. The event is planned to commemorate Fresno’s 125th anniversary of incorporation as a city in 1885.

Groups of riders will be guided through the tour by volunteers, stopping briefly at the Thomas R. Meux Home (built in 1889), the Fresno Brewing Company Building (built in 1907), the Lahvosh Bakery (built in 1921) in the heart of Old Armenian Town, the Fresno Fulton Mall (completed in 1964) and the Fresno City Hall Annex (built in 1941). All buildings are listed on Fresno’s Local Register of Historic Resources, and three--- the Water Tower, the Meux Home and the Fresno Brewing Company---are also on the National Register of Historic Places.

Volunteer docents will give a brief overview of each historic site and the surrounding neighborhood. Additional information will be available the day of the ride.

Participants need a bike in good working condition and a helmet. Lemonade and water will be available along the route. Preregistration is strongly encouraged. Registration forms are available by calling 621-8520 and/or by registering through the City’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FresnoCA. Participants may also register at the Water Tower the morning of the ride, beginning at 8:30 AM. There is no cost for the event.

For more information please contact Karana Hattersley-Drayton (Historic Preservation Project Manager at 621-8520.