Florence Downtown Roll and Cycling Festival

More than 100 riders turned out in 2018 for the Florence Downtown Roll and Cycling Festival at Florence First Presbyterian Church. The event included a ride through Downtown Florence, inflatables, food vendors and lessons about bicycle safety for the children.

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Downtown Roll and Cycling Festival will roll back into Florence from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church.

The three-mile bike ride will raise money for Helping Florence Flourish to fund its citywide projects. Helping Florence Flourish is a Christian organization that seeks to improve Florence in critical areas.

“Our desire is for the ride to mesh into the fabric of our community by connecting it with the Helping Florence Flourish movement and its ServeFLO week,” said Janet Brand, a ride coordinator, in a news release. “The principles of this movement align closely with our vision for the growth of the roll, as it seeks to bring unity among our churches, care for our community, encourage racial bridging, and promote our beautiful downtown.”

Participants will ride through the downtown area, starting and ending at First Presbyterian Church. The cyclists will be guided by a police escort.

This year’s ride is in honor and memory of law enforcement officers and first responders.

The Downtown Roll & Cycle Festival serves as a kickoff for ServeFLO, a two-week period when churches, businesses and individuals serve areas of need in Florence.

After the bike ride through downtown, there will be a family-friendly event at First Presbyterian Church with inflatables, goody bags, games and food, among other things.

The event is free to attend, and registration is not required. Event attendees are encouraged to make a donation.

A free lunch will be provided to children attending the festival.

The Downtown Roll and Cycling Festival began as a long-distance road bike ride to raise money for the Presbyterian Agency for the Developmentally Disabled (PADD), called Pedal for PADD. Eight years later, the bike ride became a family downtown roll with a festival after the ride.

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