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Bike Pensacola’s monthly “Slow Ride” series will wrap up its 2017 schedule on Saturday, Dec. 2 with a ride through some of the city’s west-side neighborhoods.

The popular event series provides an opportunity for cyclists to explore the quiet, scenic streets of Pensacola’s many historic neighborhoods with a fun, leisurely ride among friends. The rides are designed for people with any kind of bike and any skill level.

The December event will begin at 12:00 p.m. at the Spearman Center, a new office complex located on the site of the former Spearman Brewery at 1700 West Main Street. Bike Pensacola nad event sponsor Taylor, Warren and Weidner have teamed up with the Mylo Foundation to bring attention to the rescue and adoption of local animals. A rescue pups meet-and-greet will begin at noon, with local acoustic blues band The Spearman Brewers set to play from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., when the actual slow ride is scheduled to begin.

Free hot cider will be available for attendees, and a food truck will be onsite along with cheesecake bites from Chrisoula’s Cheesecake Shoppe. “Smooch pooch” Harvey will be manning a kissing booth, offering $1 kisses that go toward supporting local animal rescue efforts. The Mylo Foundation will have dog ornaments, custom dog tags, and Mylo’s Munchies dog treats for sale, and the event will also feature a silent auction for local services and restaurants and a beach getaway package raffle.

The slow ride itself will be about one hour and ten minutes long at a casual pace, traveling through parts of downtown Pensacola, the Tanyard neighborhood, and the Westside Garden District. Children ages 10 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and cyclists under age 16 must wear a helmet by law. Helmets are recommended for those older than 16 but are not required. The Pensacola Police Department will provide an escort for the slow ride.

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