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Annual holiday bike ride marks 25th year

November 29, 2018

In an annual holiday fundraiser for Pearland trails, cyclists will pedal seven miles through the Green Tee Terrace subdivision on Dec. 8, viewing dozens of homes elaborately decorated for the season.

The 25th annual Tour de Lites is set for 7 p.m., beginning at Shadycrest Elementary, 2405 Shady Bend Drive, where participants will return for music, hot chocolate and cookies donated by H-E-B.

“This is our last year to sponsor the event,” said Andrew Miller, executive director of Keep Pearland Beautiful, which launched the ride as a fundraiser for hike-and-bike trails.

Next year, the event will be taken over by the Forever Parks Foundation of Pearland, a nonprofit group formed in 2015 to advocate for the city’s parks and recreation department, which has posted its master plan for trails and sidewalks at www.pearlandtx.gov.

The city did not have “a sizable budget for hike-and-bike trails” when Keep Pearland Beautiful began the Tour de Lites tradition, Miller said.

The event, counting contributions from sponsors and fees for about riders, is expected to raise about $5,000.

The ride includes a contest for the best-decorated bicycles and/or riders, with trophies awarded for first place in adult and youth categories, and ribbons for second place. Participants in the contest must check in by 6 p.m.

Registration and check-in for the ride ends at 6:30 p.m.

As many as 60 participants who don’t wish to ride a bike will be transported on hayride trailers, Miller said.

All bike riders must wear a helmet to participate in the ride.

The preregistration fee for the ride is $15 for the first member of a family and $5 for each additional family member.

There is no charge for children 5 and under to participate.

On-site registration will be $25 for the first member of a family and $5 for each additional family member.

The fee includes one ride T-shirt per family, a ride packet, route map and refreshments.

Pearland’s police bicycle team will assist with traffic safety.

“It is a nice way to get out and get active with your kids and get into the Christmas spirit early,” Miller said.

The 2004 graduate of Pearland High School rode in last year’s event with his wife and three children.

Miller graduated from Texas State University in 2008 with a bachelor in business administration with a focus on finance. While in San Marcos, Miller worked for a recycling center, which helped propel his interest in returning home to work for Keep Pearland Beautiful.

For further information or to register for Tour de Lites, visit https://bit.ly/2PQnzOD.

Don Maines is a freelance writer who can be reached at donmaines@att.net

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