First Route 66 Bike Cruise deemed a success

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Participants in the Sunset Hills Bike Cruise enjoy the ride along historic Route 66 on Friday, Oct. 5. Mayor Pat Fribis said the first annual event was a great success. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

The first-ever Sunset Hills Bike Cruise delivered all 183 participating riders a Route 66-inspired experience for their memory books.

Mayor Pat Fribis enjoys the first annual Sunset Hills bike cruise along Historic Route 66 on Friday, Oct. 5. Riders were able to enjoy a 10-mile loop along Watson Road to look at the historic sites along Route 66. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

Initiated by Sunset Hills Mayor Pat Fribis, shown above right, the idea of a nighttime bike cruise down Route 66 seemed impossible to some. But she worked with surrounding communities to make it happen.

The Oct. 5 ride kicked off from Sunset Hills Plaza and was led onto Route 66/Watson Road by police Chief Stephen Dodge. Riders traveled down Route 66 reminiscing and admiring the historic road with no safety issues, and the city is already planning to make the ride an annual event.

‘We’re planning a bigger and better one next year already,’ Fribis said.