On Saturday, May 17th, New York City bicyclists will use baskets and trailers to take their dogs along for the ride in the Time’s Up! first annual Doggie Pedal Parade.
According to organizers, the bicycle ride will demonstrate environmentally friendly ways to transport pets around the city and will include parade floats pulled by bicycles and decorated to honor selected animal rescue groups. The ride route will feature animal adoption sites and animal friendly locations.
Cyclists without dogs are encouraged to ride dressed as their favourite animals or to join the Safety Pooch Patrol to help escort the ride. Spectators are encouraged to join the cheering sections at selected points along the route, such as the Animal Haven Adoption Center at 251 Centre Street, and are invited to meet at the end of the ride for snacks and drinks at a doggie celebration near the Washington Square Park dog run at Washington Square South and Sullivan Street.
Fred, the dog who was adopted from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and went on to star in the most recent Broadway production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, will be signing pawtographs.
To prevent any Ruff Riding and for the fun and safety of the group, non-social pets are asked to stay at home.
Supporters of the ride include ASPCA, League of Humane Voters of New York City, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC's Animals and Rational Animal.