Santa’s got a new ride, and it’s a bicycle.

For the second year, bicyclists dressed in festive holiday garb will ride around Longview’s Old West Side on Saturday morning ahead of the city’s holiday parade that evening.

Organizer Marti Fine said the event serves two purposes: celebrating winter and holidays; and showing people it’s possible to bike year-round.

Fine moved from Connecticut to Longview two years ago. Since that time, she and her husband, Dave, have pushed the Longview City Council to add bike lanes around the city and promote active transportation.

Riders are not required to dress up, but it’s more fun if they do, she said. They can decorate their bikes and wear clothing decorated with winter items such as reindeer, snowmen or Santa.

“If people see you riding on street in regular clothes, they may not know what’s going on. But if see people in all kinds of holiday gear, they recognize what this is about, which is spreading good cheer,” Fine said Monday.

The Santa Ride will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Civic Circle. From there, riders will travel on Washington Way to Lake Sacajawea, where they will turn left onto the lake path on the Kessler Boulevard side of the lake. They will then head south around the end of the lake to the Nichols Boulevard side. Riders will then cross the lake on the pedestrian bridge near Martin Dock and turn left Kessler Boulevard lake path side. When they reach Louisiana Street, they will turn right and return to the Civic Circle. The total route is about four miles.

Everyone is welcome, including children, as long as they are accompanied by an adult and they can ride the whole distance without stopping, Fine said.

Last year they had 30 participants. This year, they hope for at least as many, Fine said. Those who wish to join should be at the gazebo in R.A. Long Park shortly before 11 a.m.

“I hope people have fun and spread festive cheer. Second, just as importantly, is to help people feel comfortable riding in the street and riding in the wintertime.”

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