DecoBike to Join C.U.R.B. Bike Ride in Long Beach

Annual event, held on Aug. 11, cruises into its ninth year.


Pump up your tires, dust off your bikes, and get ready for the 9th Annual C.U.R.B. Bike Ride on Aug. 11 at 10:00 a.m., in Long Beach, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.

This year’s ride will start and finish at the Long Beach Recreation Center at the north end of Magnolia Blvd. Riders of all ages are invited to take a relaxed eleven-mile bike ride around the City of Long Beach to honor the memory of James P. Conlon, founder and past president of Citizens United to Remove Barriers (C.U.R.B.).

C.U.R.B. is a local non-profit organization that offers the physically-challenged a chance to live a life free of barriers. The organization works to build ramps, supply equipment, and raise community awareness of the ongoing needs of the physically-challenged.

As a new addition to this year’s ride, those who do not have access to a bicycle, but still wish to participate in the ride, will have free access to a bicycle, compliments of DecoBike, the new bike rental service that debuted in Long Beach this summer.

The ride, which will have a full police escort once again this year, will meander through the Canals, the West End, and of course the spectacular Long Beach Boardwalk, before finishing up at the Long Beach Recreation Center for complimentary food and an chance to win raffle prizes. Recommended donation is $20. Helmets are recommended but not required. Registration forms are available at www.bike4curb.com.

Long Beach residents Casey Kantor, Billy Papetti and Matt Demerest, organized the First Annual C.U.R.B. Bike Ride, with Conlon’s help, when they were just 14 years old, gathering a group of 26 friends to cycle around Long Beach Island. Jim died unexpectedly a few days before that first event, so they have dedicated the ride every year to his memory.

Over the years, the event has raised a total of over $40,000 to help C.U.R.B. continue its mission. Last year the ride attracted over 300 cyclists.


Leonard Bauman August 01, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I am starting to like and accept DECOBIKE as a good Long Beach neighbor. I wish DECOBIKE major success in Long Beach. Did you DECOBIKE today?
LBLIFE August 01, 2012 at 03:21 PM
don't know where else to say this, Decobike is awesome, but really, those headlights on the boardwalk pretty much blind people. Making it less enjoyable to ride...
Lori Untermeyer August 01, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Deco bikes are of course, a nice idea that brings out folks from out of town to enjoy the boardwalk. As a resident, however, it is increasingly difficult to find parking on Broadway, sometimes as late as 8pm. During the beach sseason, parking was difficult until about 5pm, and I accept that, however 8pm is too late and inconsiderate of residents. So here is my solution, let's give all residents parking stickers and put up meters for the non residents on Broadway who come to visit, Metered parking gives the city an additional revenue source (like Rockville Centre, East Rockaway, etc.). Metered parking on Broadway will encourage visitors to park on the side streets, and easing up the congestions on Broadway. If this idea goes into play and is successful, perhaps metered parking can be expanded into the West End. Lori
delete me August 01, 2012 at 04:39 PM
How is parking "difficult"? What does your difficulty in parking have to do with Decobikes? Are you suggesting that people are driving here to take a Decobike ride on the boardwalk? If metered parking on Broadway would encourage visitors to (drive around the block a few time, adding to traffic) park on side streets, how do you think that would affect parking on side streets or does that spillover not matter to you because you, I'm assuming, live on Broadway? It never ceases to amaze me how self centered and lazy people are about their own personal parking needs. No consideration for the rest of the community.
Eddie August 01, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I've always thought C.U.R.B.'s mission was to demand higher taxes from everyone to pay for things that 2% of the population will use. Am I right? Someone help me with this.
Leonard Bauman August 01, 2012 at 06:20 PM
CURB made the City make the sidewalk ramps at each corner and some of the handicap boardwalk ramps. Surprised CURB did not make the City provide expensive "Access A Ride Bus Service" for handicapped, wait a second I think I saw a City of Long Beach Access A Ride Bus at LB LIRR with a sunset beach scene scotch taped to the sides of the mini-school bus sized bus.
Eddie August 01, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Yes, Leonard... I'm suspecting that supporting C.U.R.B somehow supports increasing my $13,000 property taxes. A transfer of wealth thing, you might say. Another "take from you to give me free stuff" group? Am I wrong?
Leonard Bauman August 01, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Where is Lloyd, I am starting to worry. I hope he is okay and having a good day!
Penquin August 02, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Dear Awesome, Yes, Deco Bike customers are coming in from out of town, and it is affecting the parking situation on Broadway. My proposal was one idea, without the intention of being inconsiderate to others who don't live on Broadway. Perhaps there is another way of handling the overflow, while increasing revenue to our community through parking meters. Lazy and self centered? No, that's not who I am. But between the hotel, town events and now Deco Bikes, we truly have a parking issue that has to be addressed, along with the opportunity to increase revenues to Long Beach. Lori Lori
Eddie August 02, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Lori, you're a class act. Some others would be ranting and raving.
Eddie August 02, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Thanks for sharing that mission statement, Norman. And whom do you propose to require will pay for this mission? You or "pos's" like me? Why not just write a check for this mission you are so passionate about, without trying to force a piece of s--- like me to pay for your mission? I really don't understand.
Misty August 02, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Eddie, that is the idea behind the bike ride on August 11th (it's 9th annual fundraiser). CURB helps those less fortunate, due to a physical limitation(s). The money raised does a variety of work at no cost to the taxpayer; such as, installing ramps, widening doorways, providing wheelchairs that can go on the ramps and on the sand, etc. As far as your taxes going up because of the curb cuts for the disabled, that's is a state requirement through the American Disabilities Act. Blame it on Bush (either) if you have to.
Eddie August 02, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Thanks, Misty. I feel better now. I'm so tired of special interests trying to lobby government to take my money and turn it over to them. Glad C.U.R.B. isn't one of them. I'd gladly support their endeavors.
LB Swimmer August 08, 2012 at 07:24 PM
See youall Saturday morning!


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