Cyclovia Topeka, the city’s annual cycling festival, kicked off Friday night with the Glow Ride, “a roving bicycling party, at night, with lights.”
More than 100 people met at the Kansas Statehouse for the event, which included a Kid’s Glow Ride — featuring live music from Kyler Carpenter — where kids and their parents made laps around the Capitol building and a family-friendly, 61/2-mile ride from the Capitol to Washburn University and back. Visit Topeka, Inc., provided glow sticks for riders to hold or attach to their bikes.
“We just thought it would be something fun to do in the evening,” said Rosa Cavazos, Visit Topeka’s director of tourism development. “Seeing, you know, 100-plus people riding their bikes at night with their glowsticks and lights and things, we just thought it would be a great, fun way to kind of kick off the event.”
The Glow Ride went well last year, drawing just over 100 people, so Cavazos knew she needed to bring it back for 2017.
“It was very well received our first year, so of course we had to do it again,” Cavazos said. “Because of the first year we have a couple of the bike groups have taken off and done some of their own rides as well that have kind of kept going throughout the year from last year.”
Cyclovia continues at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with various events taking place throughout the day, and ends Sunday with a 50-mile excursion ride for advanced cyclists. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, vendors, food trucks and various bicycle displays will be available for people to enjoy along Kansas Avenue.