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Explore Manhattan Beach History - By Bike

Jul 04, 2017 10:14AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Here's a unique opportunity to learn more about Manhattan Beach history - and enjoy a beautiful bike ride at the same time: The South Bay Bicycle Coalition is offering a Sunset Strand History Tour by bike on Wednesday, July 12. 

The ride will begin at Hermosa Cyclery in Hermosa Beach at 6:45 p.m. (6:30 p.m. if you need to borrow a bike), and will continue all the way to the north end of Manhattan Beach and back. Riders will stop at 8:06 p.m. to watch the sunset. The ride is free but reservations are required.

Throughout the ride, local history experts Jan Dennis of Manhattan Beach and Chris Miller of Hermosa Beach will give insights and share stories about the history of the two towns.

Former mayor Dennis, who is a wealth of Manhattan Beach historical knowledge and was one of the founders of the Manhattan Beach Conservancy, is in the middle of writing her eighth book about Manhattan Beach, a history of Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach.

"The first time we did the tour, I spoke mainly about the Strand," said Dennis, who will be riding along in a bicycle-drawn rickshaw. "This time we may cover a little more about downtown, the roundhouse, and maybe we'll touch on a little about Sepulveda."

Dennis noted that since it's a moving tour, the guides move through their topics quickly.

"It’s a lot of fun, and hopefully it’ll be a gorgeous day," said Dennis. "The timing is such that by the time we do our turnaround in El Porto, the sun will go down. It’s a lovely scene."

The Beach Cities Health District is promoting the event as a "moai" gathering, which promotes community members uniting for a common healthful purpose.

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