Grab your bike, and dress like a Zombie if you dare.
The second annual Zombie Ride will be held this Sunday, Oct. 22, with a public gathering starting at 2 p.m., and the ride launching at 3 p.m., from the MOAT outdoor theater inside Applegate Park in Merced.
This is a free, fun bike ride on city routes to create awareness about the importance of physical activity, bicycle and pedestrian opportunities and safety. The all-day event is sponsored by the group Cultiva La Salud and its network of Mujeres Poderosas.
Every year bicyclists and pedestrians are killed by motor vehicles throughout our communities. Cultiva La Salud would like to re-introduce a safer opportunity to be physically active, the City of Merced’s bike trails.
Families are welcome to enjoy three different routes to accommodate all ages and stages of life:
1. Zombie Crawlers: A zero-to-5 Mini Zombie Ride route specifically for children ages 0-5. 2. Zombie Walkers: A 4-mile bike ride with fun filled stops along the way. 3. Zombie Apocalypse: A 10-mile bike ride throughout all of Merced’s bike trails with fun filled stops along the way.
They will also have food vendors, outdoor games, raffle prizes, health checks and bike checks throughout the day. The first 300 participants receive a 2023 Zombie Ride personalized lanyard & safety vest. Lunch and drinks will also be included.
The bike ride will also be an opportunity for the community to share their input about the needs in the Merced area for safer transportation infrastructure. Contact Claudia G. Corchado at (209) 756-7000 for more information.