Monday, May 6, 2013

Young and young at heart enjoy Ansonia's festival of bikes

Ansonia resident Thomas Perrin and his children enjoy the Sunday morning sunshine at the third annual Festival of Bikes in downtown Ansonia. Here they are riding in Veterans Park.

His children are, from left, Tamia Perrin, 3, Brianna Perrin, 5, and Thomas Perrin, Jr., Tamia's twin brother.

Perrin said he was pleased they had just received new bike-safety helmets from the Griffin Hospital Valley Parish Nurses. The nurses had 300 free helmets to give out at the festival.

Hamden resident Rich House, left, joins New Haven resident Matt Feiner, owner of The Devil's Gear Bike Shop in New Haven riding high wheelers down Main Street, Ansonia.

Matt Feiner seems to be having a lot of fun pedaling around Main Street. 

New Haven resident and avid cyclist Laura Burrone, who organized the commemorative ride from New Haven to Ansonia for the third consecutive year, speaks to the crowd gathered Sunday at Veterans Park.

Valley Arts Council President Rich DiCarlo of Derby works in Ansonia Sunday on a mural depicting the first bike ride taken by Pierre Lallement, inventor of the bicycle.

Lallement lived in Ansonia when he invented the bicycle in 1865. Tim Schmidheini, 14, of Ansonia, helps DiCarlo with the painting.

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