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On Sunday at 9am, Kings Rule Together will host their annual Father’s Day Ride. The ride will begin and end at 3720 Main Street, Manayunk (the Manayunk movie theater/Cadence Cycling Center) and invite riders on a slow ride tour of a closed-to-motor-vehicles Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, stop at the Art Museum, then turn around and head back to Manayunk for food and beverages.

Formed in 2019, Kings Rule Together is a cycling organization and team promoting wellness, unity and fitness; they meet every Sunday morning at 8:30am for rides.

This is the organization’s first Father’s Day Ride, says member Marlin Jamal Newsome, and follows a successful Justice Ride two weeks earlier. The organization had hoped to enter competitions and races this year but, of course, all of that was cancelled due to COVID-19.

“We’re opening the Father’s Day Ride up as more of a community outreach ride,” notes Newsome, “and intend for it to be annual.”

The ride will be slow, family-centered, and is specifically geared toward fathers and their children, and “anyone who wants to ride with their kids up and around the Drive is welcome,” says Newsome.

After gathering at the Art Museum at 9am, the ride will take off, head down Martin Luther King Drive, stop at the Art Museum, then head back to Manayunk for refreshments — which the group is providing to riders. The ride is rain or shine.

If you plan on making it, keep in mind the recommendations for riding during COVID-19, and for group rides, and keep your distance. Kings Rule Together is requiring all riders have helmets.

For more information on Kings Rule Together, check out their Instagram page.

Randy LoBasso

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Randy LoBasso is the policy director at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

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