Long Wharf Theatre to Host 'Pedal to Paris' Bike Event, 5/15

In conjunction with New Haven Bike Month, Long Wharf Theatre will host "Pedal to Paris," a community bike ride to arts organizations through the city, on Sunday, May 15.

Riders will congregate at the Ives Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library at 11 am. They will then take a five mile jaunt around downtown New Haven, stopping at a few of the cultural organizations that can be accessed for free with a New Haven Free Public Library Card such as The Peabody Museum of Natural History and the New Haven Museum-the already free Artspace and Yale Art Gallery will also be on the route. The ride will finish at Long Wharf Theatre, with tickets to the 2 p.m. matinee of the musical My Paris available for $35 to participating riders. Beer from Two Roads Brewing Co. and other food will be available for purchase.

"New Haven is a city rich with free and inexpensive cultural opportunities. What better way to learn about those activities than to stop by the beautiful Ives branch and bike through our city," said Ashley Sklar, community engagement and communications manager for the New Haven Free Public Library.

"New Haven is one of the most bike friendly cities in Connecticut. We want to show riders that not only is the city rife with opportunities to see great art and museums, that biking to Long Wharf Theatre is not difficult at all," said Elizabeth Nearing, community engagement manager at Long Wharf Theatre.

The New Haven Green Fund has generously contributed to the installation of a bicycle rack at Long Wharf Theatre, a first for the theatre. "We want to make it as easy as possible for the city's riders to come to Long Wharf Theatre and enjoy a show with the hassle of having to worry about where to put their bikes," Nearing said.

New Haven Bike Month is a month-long celebration of biking culture in May in collaboration with the City of New Haven and many dedicated community members. By working closely with New Haven neighbors and neighborhoods on planning events throughout the month, Bike Month is building towards a vision where every person in every neighborhood feels safe, excited, and empowered to ride their bikes.

Over the course of New Haven Bike Month, the organization will host Open Streets Festivals, casual bikes, repair and bicycle safety clinics, film screenings, and more. To learn more about New Haven Bike Month 2016, visit www.newhavenbikemonth.com.

For more information about Long Wharf Theatre's 2015-16 season, visit www.longwharf.org. To learn more about the New Haven Free Public Library's offerings, visit www.nhfpl.org.

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