This year’s Armed Forces Celebration Week is featuring a new event with a seven-mile Community Bike Ride open to anyone from areas surrounding Redstone Arsenal.

“With a whole week of Armed Forces celebrations, we were excited when organizers asked to meet about including a bike ride as an additional event this year in an effort to reach and give options to more people,” said Janie Miernik, founder and secretary of the Marshall-Team Redstone Alliance for Cycling, Redstone’s official cycling group on post. “We especially appreciate Garrison Commander Col. Kelsey Smith for including a bike ride this year.”

The ride is free and open to the public. It begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 29. Gate 9 on Rideout Road will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for anyone traveling in a vehicle with a bicycle or riding a bicycle. No special pass will be required. Guests are asked to drive to the parking lot at the intersection of Rideout Road and Martin Road, where the ride will begin and end.

The ride will be escorted, Miernik said.

“It’s a short ride that will be along Martin Road,

traveling past the various armed forces headquarters,” she said. “It’s a nice way to be a part of the celebration and

riders will be able to see where our local armed forces members work” as well as historic military vehicles.

Miernik said a waiver must be signed to participate. The waiver may be completed online through the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber website by following the links to the Armed Forces Celebration Week events at www.hsvchamber.org/. Forms will also be available the day of the event, she said.

Participants must bring their own bicycle and wear helmets and bright colored clothing or vests. All participants must be able to ride an adult-sized bike and keep up with the ride throughout the course. There will be no kids area provided.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber, City of Huntsville, City of Madison, Huntsville Parks and Recreation and Team Redstone.

“We’re excited about the bike ride and believe we’ll see people from throughout the community participate as a way to celebrate our armed forces,” said Austin Bullock, government and public affairs program manager for the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

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