The Moonlight Bike Ride was founded by Erin and Justin Lewis, members of Chain Reaction Cycling Club. They got together with Stephanie Moss, the Financial Development Committee Chair for Paducah Cooperative Ministry (PCM) and a good idea became a great event.
This year’s Moonlight Bike Ride will be held on July 28. The first ride had about 300 cyclists participate and this year, the coordinators hope to have 600 plus bike lovers in attendance!
Since its founding, Paducah’s cyclists have enjoyed this easy 10-mile ride under a full, beautiful, summer moon. The course begins at Bike World, located at 809 Joe Clifton Drive in Paducah, weaves through Paducah’s streets. It returns to Bike World for the finish.
Live music while you ride
Local musicians Daniel Neihoff and Leight July will be playing some great tunes at Bike World both before and after the event. You are encouraged to bring chairs to enjoy the music. This begins at 8 pm.
First Baptist Church will be providing free watermelon, Paducah Bank’s ice cream truck with free goodies, Paducah Cooperative Ministry will have glow necklaces and accessories, and McLib will be on site making souvenir buttons with their button machine.
Lights & helmets please
Riders are expected to follow all standard safety procedures. This will include wearing 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.
In addition, Bike World has lights that go around your bike’s frame and through wheel spokes. They are for use long term and are not just one time use products. These make a big difference to a cyclist’s visibility at night and will light up your bikes for added safety - it will also look cool. Riders under 14 must have an adult accompanying them.
Get your tickets early
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
Paducah Cooperative Ministries
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.