By Chris Frost
Port Hueneme-- The City of Port Hueneme continued its 70th birthday celebration, Nov. 3, as Mayor Sylvia Munoz Schnopp led a group of about six people on a leisurely bike ride down to the lighthouse.
The City of Port Hueneme was incorporated in March 1948, she said, and then began its celebration with a birthday party. Council members invited everyone who was also celebrating their 70th birthday.
Schnopp said the event is the city’s first bike ride, and part of a series of events that celebrates its 70th birthday.
The event had lots of water and snacks for the bike riders which came from the city.
“It’s just a different form of celebrating with the community going from one location in the city, the Historical Society Museum down to the lighthouse on the promenade and back,” she said. “It’s just a little over a mile ride.”
“People came to that city council meeting, and throughout the year we’ve done a variety of things, including the library hosting an event that celebrated the city’s history,” she said. “We had an event at the Bard Museum and interviewed former Mayor Orvin Carpenter who still lives in our city.”
Munoz Schnopp admitted training for the event was not part of her agenda but did get her bike fixed.
“I have two new tires, two new tubes in there,” she said. “The brakes work, my helmet is on my head, and I’m ready to go. My knees still work.”
Joining her on the ride was Councilman Jon Sharkey, and he said he wanted to enjoy the experience with the residents.
“We have the regular speaker series at the museum, lighthouse tours are going on today, so there are a lot of things going on today. I used to be a bike commuter years ago and used to ride about 100 miles a week.”
He said his good bike didn’t have tires and tubes, and the bike he was using has a broken wheel, and the brakes don’t work.
“If we have to walk part of the way, that’s okay as well,” Munoz Schnopp said. “There nothing wrong with getting out and riding a bike on a beautiful sunny Port Hueneme day.”
Munoz Schnopp said the event creates a healthy community which is something the city promotes a lot through its bike lanes and look at them anytime they work on their streets.
“Port Hueneme sits right in the middle of the Pacific coast’s bike route,” she said. “As people come off PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) they make the turn on Hueneme Road and then up and over onto Harbor Blvd. We are one of those really interesting type of corridors where we allow people to take regional and long-distance bike rides.”
Jay Yarm said he is not a serious bike rider and brought his electric bike to the event.
“Up until 10 minutes ago, I was playing Pickle Ball down at Miranda Park, which is a good quarter mile away,” he said. “It’s a paddle game (Pickle Ball), and I’ve read that it’s Bill and Melinda Gates’ favorite game. If it’s good for them it has to be good for us.”
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