Roswell Moves Festival: A Celebration of Cycling and Community

Throngs of people gathered at the Roswell Moves Festival on April 28 to partake in the 22nd annual Mayor’s Ride, presented by Bike Roswell. This cycling extravaganza, featuring three routes, kicked off the day’s festivities and was followed by the vibrant Roswell Moves Festival on Canton Street.

Lise Walker, a board member of Bike Roswell, expressed enthusiasm about the event’s turnout, stating, “We had over 400 riders this morning.” Notably, Mayor and City Council members participated in the 20-mile ride concurrently with the 5-mile family ride, underscoring the event’s inclusive nature.

Bike Roswell, an organization dedicated to promoting cycling for both transportation and recreation, welcomed cyclists of all skill levels to the Mayor’s Ride. From seasoned veterans to newcomers, a diverse array of riders took to the streets of Roswell for the Sunday morning ride. Participants had the option to choose from three routes: an 18-mile route tailored for beginners, and more challenging 42-mile and 60-mile routes. Each route featured rest stops, ensuring riders had opportunities to recharge along the way.

For some, like Ron Knezevich, a first-time participant who completed the grueling 60-mile route, the event provided both a physical challenge and an enjoyable experience. “It was difficult but fun,” Knezevich remarked. “I cycle for transportation most days and race occasionally.”

Others, like Bacardi Rahdar, viewed the Mayor’s Ride as a cherished tradition. “I’m a member of Bike Roswell,” Rahdar shared. “It’s my fourth time coming, and I did the 43-mile ride. It was awesome.”

Following the ride, festival attendees enjoyed a lively atmosphere at Roswell Moves, featuring live music, chalk muralists, games, and vendors lining Canton Street. Child-friendly activities, such as a family bike parade and a bicycle safety video and obstacle course hosted by Roswell Kiwanis, added to the festive ambiance.

For many, the festival offered an opportunity to unwind and connect with the community. Patrick Bennings, attending with his family, appreciated the event’s family-friendly nature. “It’s a cool event to bring the kids to walk around and get some energy out,” Bennings remarked. “We’ve been about three times.”

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While cycling enthusiasts relished in the biking-centric activities, others were drawn to the festival for its culinary offerings and entertainment. Ultimately, Roswell Moves Festival served as a testament to the community’s vibrant spirit and collective appreciation for healthy living and outdoor recreation.

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