BikeFest, an annual event organized by Friends of Shelburne Paths, was incredibly well attended thanks to the return of summer weather last Saturday morning in Shelburne. Organizers Susan Hull Grasso, Sara Blum, Pam Nuovo, and Gabriela Meyer estimated that 44 bikes were tuned, 12 youngsters participated in the Kids Learn to Ride, and 25 cyclists took part in the Connected Community Creemee Ride to Archie’s Grill.
“The highlight of my day was fixing a Walmart bike with the fork installed backwards. And doggone it, I even had a drop out straightener with me,” shared volunteer mechanic and Shelburne resident Randy Rowland. “I don’t know why I ever bought it; I’ve never used it, and it has probably been in my tool kit for 25 years.”
“There were a lot of people who came to the event today,” said Grasso. “This event grows with each passing year thanks to the efforts of resident volunteers, Local Motion, Exterus Technology, and Archie’s Grill. This year we added a DIY Bike Swap and five citizens participated. It was a very successful beginning.”
And a successful conclusion. “This event would not have happened without significant assistance from the Shelburne Police, the Parks and Recreation Department, specifically Allen Fortin and Betsy Cieplicki respectively, and the permission of Town Manager Joe Colangelo,” shared Grasso. “Plus $140 was donated, thanks to generous citizens.”