The Moonlight Bike Ride was founded by Erin and Justin Lewis, members of Chain Reaction Cycling Club and Stephanie Moss, the Financial Development Committee Chair for Paducah Cooperative Ministry (PCM). About 300 cyclists participated in the first ride and this year, the coordinators hope to have 600 cyclists in attendance! Raising funds for PCM is the name of the game and last year organizers reported $17,000 was generated for this worthy cause. This year, they hope to hit $20,000!
This year’s Moonlight Bike Ride will be held on July 29. Since its founding, Paducah’s cyclists have enjoyed the easy 10-mile ride under a full, beautiful, summer moon. The course begins at Bike World, weaves through Paducah’s streets, and returns to Bike World for the finish. Paducah Bank Ice Cream Truck will be present with free, refreshing treats for the riders!
Ronda Gibson, the Financial Development Coordinator for PCM, is very excited about this year’s ride. “You do not ever think about bike rides being ‘beautiful’”, Ronda told me, “but this is most definitely one to behold. Seeing upwards of 500 bicyclists and bikes decked out in their glow-in-the-dark bracelets and necklaces is an amazing thing to see.
Local musicians Daniel Neihoff and Aaron Potter will be playing some great tunes at Bike World Before and after the event.
Aaron Potter is a lively local artist who finds his inspiration from artists such as Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, The Head & The Heart and The Avett Brothers. Daniel Neihoff is a local singer songwriter whose love of writing and performing music began at the early age of 6. You won’t want to miss his soft, soothing sounds.
Riders are expected to follow all standard safety procedures. This will include wearing safety helmets, abiding by all traffic laws, and having lights on their bikes - front white headlights and red rear lights. Make sure your bike is up to date on the maintenance.
There will be glow sticks and various glow products for sale at the event until supplies run out. Riders are highly encouraged to deck out their rides with the glow sticks! This will light up the bikes for added safety. It will also look cool. Riders under 14 must have an adult accompanying them.
The route will begin and end at BikeWorld, 809 Joe Clifton Drive. Check in, tailgating, and registration will begin at 8 pm and the ride will start at 10 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit moonlightridepaducah.com .
Adult tickets are $25 and youth tickets are $15. Event t-shirts are available at a first-come first-serve basis, so make sure to register as soon as possible! For more information on bikes or bike safety, contact Bike World at 270.442.0751 or bikeworldky.com
All proceeds of the Moonlight Bike Ride will go to support Paducah Cooperative Ministries. PCM is a local outreach center that seeks to “do God's work with human hands” by meeting physical needs in the community. Founded in 1973 by local congregations PCM has several practical outreaches in the community. These include “Fresh Start Village”, free groceries to needy families, an emergency relief fund and “Breaking Barriers”, a program for women incarcerated at McCracken County Jail.
In 2016, PCM provided emergency groceries from its food pantry on 5,357 occasions to an average of 452 households each month. They gave $140,000 in assistance to 1,295 households needing help with urgent needs such as utilities (to avoid disconnections) and rent (to avoid evictions). PCM provided emergency shelter and support to 180 homeless women and children through the Fresh Start Village. For more information, go to paducahcoopministry.org.