The Town of Cutler Bay celebrated Earth Week in several ways this year with events centering on Saturday, Apr. 25.
First, three trees were planted next to playground equipment at the Lakes by the Bay Park. Prior to the planting a proclamation was presented by the mayor and town council in honor of Earth Week and Arbor Day.
Following that, more than 150 registered bicyclists gathered at the park in preparation for the scenic 5.5-mile ride, escorted by the Cutler Bay Policing Unit and town staff. It was part of the annual Bike-B-Que event co-hosted by the Town of Cutler Bay and the Village of Palmetto Bay.
Children ages 10 and older, their friends, family members and expert bicyclists participated in the ride after free bicycle helmets were distributed to those needing them. Younger riders were fitted for the perfect size helmet and instructed on the importance of wearing a helmet while riding their bikes. The town distributed more than 60 helmets at the event.
Taking the bike path north, the caravan of bicyclists first stopped at the Deering Estate Chinese Bridge where a Deering Estate naturalist gave a brief presentation. Then it was on to Ludovici Park in Palmetto Bay, where a barbecue lunch was served and there were fun activities for the children.
Mayor Peggy R. Bell was pleased with the event.
“Biking is an important activity in Cutler Bay,” Mayor Bell said. “We have been sponsoring family bicycle rides each year since we incorporated. We are dedicated to providing bike paths and connectivity throughout the town.
“It was a beautiful day and we appreciate the opportunity to partner with our friends in Palmetto Bay to provide a fun day for all.”
Town manager Rafael G. Casals appreciated the support from the community for the yearly event.
“Very special thanks to Amscot Financial for sponsoring the Bike Ride with their donation of more than 100 children’s helmets,” Casals said. “The donated helmets were given to all riders free of charge, along with bicycle safety materials to help promote bike helmet safety.”
Refreshments were sponsored by the Town of Cutler Bay and Village of Palmetto Bay’s parks and recreation departments.