The Perseid Meteor Shower is going to reach its peak this weekend. You can view one of the year’s best shooting star shows and enjoy a night bike ride through quiet Sacramento neighborhoods with the Perseid Meteor Shower Ride.
Take your bike to Edible Pedal at 1712 L street at 11 p.m. Saturday night to meet with a group called the Moonlight Riders, a “casual” group of bike enthusiasts, to ride to the Yolo County side of the Sacramento River. After a viewing party, the group will head back to the original meeting place at about 2:30 a.m.
"We’ll see 50 to 100 meteors an hour at the peak," said Jim Brown, the executive director of the Sacramento Area Bicycle Association and one of the organizers of the event. "Everybody brings blankets and camp chairs and we sit around and laugh and talk and look at the sky."
According to the event page on Facebook, the ride will be at a friendly pace – about 10 to 12 MPH, and organizers have set-up a system to help everyone through intersections and to ensure that no one is left behind. Participants are asked to bring some warm clothes and blankets, bike lights and desserts to share.
"It’s fun company and it’s quiet and we’re outdoors and there is something sort of magical and peaceful about being outdoors in Sacramento that way at night," Brown said.
- BY DANIEL ROMANDIA