Hosted by the Baldwin Civic Association and Legislator Debra Mulé, the Baldwin Bike Parade brought the community together to celebrate the joy of biking.
The parade took place at the Baldwin Harbor Town Park last Saturday morning. This was the first event of its kind and the Baldwin Civic Association plans to make it an annual event. Kimberly Malone, president of the Baldwin Civic Association, planned for this event to promote sustainability in Baldwin.
“Our thought is that if we can encourage people to ride bicycles, it will help not only the environment, but also encourage people to use different modes of transportation,” Malone said. Decreasing traffic has been a goal in Baldwin, especially on Grand Avenue, and Malone believes that events like this bike parade will encourage community members to bike when they don’t need to drive. In return, this will decrease traffic.
The parade involved a three-mile bike route with the goal of biking beside various businesses. Malone explained that this was done purposely so participants of the parade can support businesses, espeically those that were affected during the pandemic. Along with the civic association, other groups and individuals joined forces to make this parade happen.
“We partnered with Legislator Debra Mulé and the Nassau County Police Department to have a bike rodeo as well,” Malone said. “And during the bike rodeo, there was information about bike safety.”
The downtown revitalization initiative’s objective is to make Baldwin a destination area on Long Island where people from all over can come and enjoy the community. Malone explained that by hosting events like these, the objective could be achieved. She wants to show people that Baldwin is a “community that cares about one another and that enjoys being together.”