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A little family fun with Radio Disney Green Team

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From page B1 | September 13, 2013 |

It’s going to be a jumping Central Park when Radio Disney’s Green Team comes to town Sunday, Sept. 22, as part of the Bingo Bike-a-thon.

Refreshments, kid-friendly conservation tips and songs, lively music, prizes and audience participation with the Radio Disney crew and a great chance to find some of the many landmarks and public art at UC Davis are all part of the merriment.

Presented by the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, the event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., features a nifty, easy-to-ride tour of the campus.

At registration, bingo cards and a route map will be handed out to families. Enjoy the sights. When riders return to Central Park, they’ll turn in their blacked-out bingo cards and receive a ticket for drawings for Disneyland passes, a new bike and other terrific giveaways.

As they say on infomercials, “But wait! There’s more!”

This is designed as a fundraiser for expansion of children’s programs at the Hall of Fame, ranging from field trips to the facility at Third and B streets to learning the history of cycling in the United States to bicycle safety and understanding the laws.

To the individual rider who secures the most money in pledges (which will help fund the Hall of Fame youth outreach), there is a pot of Magic Kingdom gold at the end of the Bingo Bike-a-thon rainbow — two days of lodging at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim and park-hopper passes for four to Disneyland and California Adventure.

Interested in getting involved? Families can get pledge cards at www.usbhof.fundly.com/bingo-bikeathon.

What? No pledges? Come on out anyway. You still could win a new bike or individual tickets to the two Disney theme parks.

If you know the history of cycling, you already understand what six-day races meant to the 1890s, how filling tires with air and adding a chain drive to bikes changed the world. And thanks to competitors like Major Taylor, Arthur Zimmerman and Bobby Walthour, sport cycling at one point became the nation’s most-attended athletic events.

Some of you already know the excitement of road racing, BMX and mountain biking first-hand. After all, we are the Bicycle Capital of America.

During the Sept. 22 event, the Hall of Fame will be open, free to the public. Folks will get to see memorabilia from some of the sport’s most famous (and legitimate) competitors.

Honored at Hall are the people who made cycling great.

There are but a handful of major-sport national halls of fame. The baseball hall in Cooperstown, N.Y.; the basketball hall in Springfield, Mass.; the football hall in Canton, Ohio, are a few …

But right here in Davis sits the best-kept-secret shrine — and Sunday, Sept. 22, will be the perfect opportunity for families to have some fun, learn some cool things about keeping our planet green and see fascinating bikes from a bygone era.

All the time, you’ll be helping the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame put forward its youth outreach programs.

While I Have You Here: A handful of people have been hard at work setting up what Hall of Fame trustee Brodie Hamilton hopes will be an annual event.

Hamilton, Rose Cholewinski of Swim America and city of Davis Public Relations Manager Bob Bowen have their impressive hand prints on this event.

But the support has been widespread …

Pacific Gas & Electric is the Radio Disney (AM 1470) show’s main sponsor with generous contributions on board from Davis Waste Removal, the city of Davis, Ink Monkey, Swim America, Mortgage Resource Network/Comstock and, ahem, The Davis Enterprise.

Sabrina Vigil, the hall’s new assistant event and facilities manager, comes on board with the task of handling a lion’s share of the coordination for Bingo Bike-a-thon.

Vigil began work in August and Hamilton says “she brings an array of skills and abilities that will serve well the Hall of Fame and the Davis community.”

Vigil also will be integral in “developing the USBHOF’s Youth Education Program for Davis and the surrounding communities,” adds Hamilton, who went on to say: “We want to engage local schools by creating a program to bring classrooms to the Hall of Fame to learn about the rich history of American cycling, bike safety and how geometry and physical play an important role in creating the bikes so many of the greats — and regular people here — ride almost every day.”

No wonder I can’t stay up on my bike … Nobody told me geometry was involved.

Want to learn more about the Hall of Fame? Visit www.usbhof.org. From there you can get to your pledge sign-up button.

See you Sunday, Sept. 22? We’ll all get a little Goofy while we learn and rock out with the Radio Disney cast.

— Bruce Gallaudet is a staff writer for The Davis Enterprise. Reach him at bgallaudet@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8047.

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