Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2021. 11:24 am CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Ordonez Bike Repair and Sale and Belize City Councillor Kaya Cattouse are organizing a Glow Ride on Saturday evening in Belize City.
“Bring your wheels and let’s have some family fun,” says the Glow Ride flyer inviting citizens to join the Glow Ride which starts at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, downtown Belize City on Regent Street. After going around Belize City, it should finish at City Hall at about 8:00 p.m.
“Light up ya bikes, rollerblades, skateboards!” says Alexi Ordonez of Ordonez Bike Repair and Sale.
“We rarely have people riding at nighttime. So, I just want to have a family activity that we can have in the evening time. So that the kids enjoy it, we add the cosmetics of the lights other than just riding around town, anything on wheels if you want to put your lights on it. If you want to put your lights on your helmet, on your gears, on your clothing, that is welcome as well. It’s a nighttime ride so we want to have the people well visible. The idea is to be well lit on the road and to promote the safety of riding with lights.”
Ordonez said that registration will start at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.
“Let’s make this a Christmas tradition,” said Kaya.
The idea is for participants to decorate their bikes, rollerblades, or skateboards, with lights and make the city glow as they pass through the different streets.
Kaya said after the parade prizes will be given to the youngest participant and for the best-decorated bike (with lights), and that there will be free raffle giveaways.
“It’s best if you go out there from the start and register because you have a chance to win things ranging from a haircut treatment to a dental appointment, to a platter from Don Carlos, or even a ham and a turkey for the season, just to name a few,” Ordonez said.
Ordonez said he got the idea from Mexico and California where people do family rides on Sunday evenings. He said he has wanted to do it for a while but couldn’t do it last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, now that some restrictions have been lifted, he’s teamed up with Kaya and they’ll do it on Saturday evening.
“I just want to encourage some sort of healthy activity. What we have been dealing with pre-pandemic and during the pandemic is that people are being less active. They stay home and they stay on their digital devices. We have very little activity, especially with the children these days. So, I’m trying to create an activity for the entire family. It’s not a race, it’s a ride to take our time with and it’s to create a family activity that we look forward to and will be something pleasing to the eyes,” Ordonez said.
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