BICAS brings the heat on benefit ride

2014-06-26T00:00:00Z BICAS brings the heat on benefit rideBy Gerald M. Gay Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
June 26, 2014 12:00 am  • 

How far would you go to support your local community bike organization?

How does a 15-mile bike ride in the summer heat sound?

On Saturday, Bicycle Inter Community Art & Salvage (the nonprofit otherwise known as BICAS), will hold its first Hottest Day of the Year benefit ride and beach party; a two-hour loop that will take participants from BICAS headquarters at 44 W. Sixth St., to Menlo Park, 1100 W. Fresno St.

The ride will be leisurely and family friendly, said Troy Neiman, shop coordinator since 2003, with plenty of water stops and a barbecue, Dragoon beer and pool party awaiting the group at the end of its journey.

BICAS coordinators hope to have at least 50 participants in on the action.

“It is something different,” Neiman said of the trek. “We’ve received a lot of support so far.”

The event is being held as part of a series of activities celebrating BICAS’ 25th anniversary.

Proceeds from the ride — it’s $25 to join in, and $35 if you sign up on the day — will go toward the organization’s overall $250,000 goal for 2014.

The money is being raised in an effort to relocate the facility.

BICAS, whose primary goal is to promote education and creativity through bikes, has been situated in the 6,000-square-foot basement of the old Citizens Transfer and Storage Co. warehouse for more than 14 years.

Neiman said the building is safe from the city’s Downtown Links — Barraza-Aviation project, which will raze several old warehouses in an effort to connect Barraza-Aviation Parkway to Interstate 10, but BICAS’ situation is still in flux.

“We’ve lived with uncertainty for as long as we’ve been in the building,” Neiman said, “We are trying to stabilize ourselves for the next 25 years.”

Neiman said water and food will be provided on Saturday’s ride, but sunscreen and shaded hats are recommended.

BICAS will set up bike racks near the rented ramada at Menlo Park for when riders want to take a dip in the public pool. Admission to the pool is included in the ride fee.

“We hope to raise some money and get a little bit of enthusiasm rolling,” Neiman said.

Contact reporter Gerald M. Gay at ggay@azstarnet.com or 807-8430.

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