Casper -(KCWY) "The more people that ride and the more people that get involved the more it's going to spread throughout Casper,” said Garry Yake the owner at Yellowstone Scooters in Casper.
Starting next Wednesday families and cyclists will have a new activity available in downtown Casper and even if you haven’t ridden a bike in 20 years you're invited to come explore the city.
"I think anything that gets the community together and sharing stories and smiles is beneficial,” said Kevin Hawley, the Executive Director of Casper’s Downtown Development Authority.
Cyclists are asked to show up at the Yellowstone garage at 7pm on the first and third Wednesdays starting next week. Hawley says in Detroit 10 people showed up the first time, but it grew rapidly to over 1200 people.
"Possibly stop at different places maybe Charlie T's for pizza onetime, maybe go to someplace for ice cream, or a coffee shop,” said Yake.
"This is a community engagement event, bicycling is just the mode of transportation we are going to use to explore downtown,” said Hawley.
Hawley says it could serve a greater purpose for the community as well,
Just two weeks after a Casper cyclist died in a crash.
"Maybe we could be a good presence and advocates for obeying the law and bringing the law to both cyclist as well as motorists,” said Hawley.
The group will have pacesetters in front and back of the bicyclists, but other than that the distance and route will be determined by the people who show up.
"We don't want it to be this is a DDA this is a city thing we really want this to be a grassroots community event,” said Hawley.
Hawley says they may look at offering bike rentals in the future if the need is there for people lacking a bike.
The Downtown Development Authority is reaching out to businesses or departments who could provide low cost or free helmets for riders.