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Cycling Supporters Unite For ‘Ride With The Mayor’

By John Miller-June 3, 2022

Local bike riders from across Merced made their way to Main Street last Saturday morning for the annual Ride with the Mayor bicycle ride. Held for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the family-friendly event is organized by the Merced Bicycle Coalition to bring riders of all ages and skill levels together for Bike Month.

The leisurely ride kicked off in Bob Hart Square at a.m. with Merced Mayor Matthew Serratto heading down Main Street with a large group of resident riders. The event route took riders along miles of Merced’s bike lanes and paths, through parks and neighborhoods. Residents also were able to speak with Mayor Serratto throughout the ride.

Riders looped around M Street to the Bear Creek Bike Path, and then to Parsons Avenue and Rahilly Park where they regrouped and rehydrated thanks to refreshments handed out by the Merced Breakfast Lions Club. They continued on their way along the Black Rascal Bike Path to G Street to finish out the event.

Felicia Roberts took an idea gathered a few people to reached into a minority community to highlight the positive, using a minority newspaper the Central Valley Voice. Roberts was joined by her sisters Carolyn Williams, Alleashia Thomas, niece Hermonie Lynn Williams, nephew Ron Williams, cousin Jerald Lester, Jay Slaffey, Greg Savage, Tim Daniels and the late J Denise Fontaine. Each individual played an important role in the birth of the newspapers. Since, then many have stood strong behind the success of the newspapers and its goal to fill a void in the Central Valley community. The Central Valley Voice published their 1st issue in November 1991. Its purposed was to highlight the achievements of minorities in the Central Valley. The Voice focuses on the accomplishments of African Americans and Hispanics giving young people role models while diminishing the stereotypical pictures of gangs, crime and violence that permeate the minority communities. Since 1991, the Central Valley Voice has provided an important voice for the minority community throughout the Madera, Merced. Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

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