COLUMBIA CITY — In addition to the sound of the summer breeze, this June will hear the sound of several thousand engines powering motorcycles through the city for the Mayor’s Ride.
ABATE of Indiana, which stands for American Bikers Aimed Toward Education, chose Columbia City for this year’s event. In the past, the city hosted the ride at the Shrine Horse Grounds, holding the event for 18 years.
Mayor Ryan Daniel said he spoke with the Downtown Business Association (DBA), who was very much in favor of the ride.
The bikes will begin the 23rd Annual event at 9 a.m. on June 3rd in Fort Wayne and make their way towards the city’s courthouse square for an approximate noon start-time.
Festivities will include five local food vendors, a “Tiny Tots Adventure” for children and a motorcycle stunt show. Local restaurants will also be open.
Barricades will be set up along the street for safety purposes during the stunt show, and all parents are advised to make sure their children stand back, clear of any safety concerns.
Starting at the south edge of Jackson Street and traveling down Chauncey Street to the north edge of Market Street will be closed; also closing will be the Van Buren Street, from the west edge of Main Street to the east edge of Line Street.
“Main and Line Streets will be open, Van Buren and Chauncey will be closed,” Daniel clarified.
Last year’s event — beginning in Fort Wayne and ending in Decatur — drew over 1,100 motorcycles and 4,000 people, according to ABATE. Approximately 1,200 bikes are expected for the event, which according to Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh will take roughly 45 minutes to escort in and out of town.
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