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Save the date: Columbia Archives BikeAbout returns on Saturday, September 28

The annual Columbia Archives BikeAbout will be held on Saturday, September 28, with the six-mile route beginning and ending at Long Reach Village Center. The free, fun and informative tour presents Columbia’s history and showcases the connectivity of its pathway system. Preregistration is not required but is encouraged via bikeabout.eventbrite.com. Columbia Archives BikeAbout will begin at 9:30am, with riders able to start up until 10am. They are expected to complete the ride by noon. This year’s theme (“Village Voyage”) will enable participants to learn and enjoy the pathways within the village of Long Reach and discover historically exciting aspects of the Columbia story. There are also three new elements to this year’s BikeAbout — a drumline performance to kick off the ride, and stops during the ride that include an art activity and a soccer demo. Columbia Association also is seeking volunteers, needed to assist with traffic control, directions, registration, and to act as guides at places of interest along the route. Flexible shifts are available between the hours of 9am and 12:30pm. Training and a free T-shirt will be provided. For more information, email Columbia.Archives@ColumbiaAssociation.org or call 410-715-6781. An important aspect of Columbia’s design was preservation of the land. The topography, stream beds and heavily wooded areas were preserved as much as possible. Lakes were created and pathways built to make the natural environment accessible. Columbia Archives BikeAbout is an easy way to explore the extensive 95-mile pathway system, which contributes to the high quality of life that defines Columbia. Columbia Archives BikeAbout is brought to you by Columbia Association’s (CA) Columbia Archives and Open Space Management Division. Columbia Archives, which collects and preserves the history of Columbia, is located in CA Headquarters at 6310 Hillside Court, off Stevens Forest Road. It is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. The collection covers the planning and development of Columbia as well as the extensive James Rouse Collection, which chronicles Rouse’s long career that influenced urban and suburban development in the United States and around the world. It is rich with correspondence, speeches, photographs and memorabilia. The public is welcome to visit and spend time researching to get a deeper understanding of the history of Columbia. Appointments are encouraged. For more information, call 410-715-3103 or visit ColumbiaArchives.org.

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