The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at Cal State Northridge, held a BikeFest for students and the public on Sunday, Oct. 23, on the campus.

The free inaugural event included bike demos, safety tips for riding bicycles in traffic, various vendors, spin classes and a job fair — plus music and food trucks.

  • Yan Searcy, center, Dean of College of Social and Behavioral...

    Yan Searcy, center, Dean of College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, leads a ride around campus at BikeFest at California State University, Northridge, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. The free inaugural event, held by the The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, included bike demos, safety tips for bike riding in traffic, bike vendors, spin classes, a job fair and a panel discussion by cycling industry spokespeople and professional cyclists. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • A biker rides with his dog during a group ride...

    A biker rides with his dog during a group ride around campus at BikeFest at California State University, Northridge, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. The free inaugural event, held by the The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, included bike demos, safety tips for bike riding in traffic, bike vendors, spin classes, a job fair and a panel discussion by cycling industry spokespeople and professional cyclists. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Booths at BikeFest at California State University, Northridge, Sunday, Oct....

    Booths at BikeFest at California State University, Northridge, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. The free inaugural event, held by the The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, included bike demos, safety tips for bike riding in traffic, bike vendors, spin classes, a job fair and a panel discussion by cycling industry spokespeople and professional cyclists. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Preasela Vasquez rides during a group ride around campus at...

    Preasela Vasquez rides during a group ride around campus at BikeFest at California State University, Northridge, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. The free inaugural event, held by the The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, included bike demos, safety tips for bike riding in traffic, bike vendors, spin classes, a job fair and a panel discussion by cycling industry spokespeople and professional cyclists. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Charles Humphrey, Jason Wilson and Nicole Campbell, from left, talk...

    Charles Humphrey, Jason Wilson and Nicole Campbell, from left, talk at BikeFest at California State University, Northridge, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. The free inaugural event, held by the The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, included bike demos, safety tips for bike riding in traffic, bike vendors, spin classes, a job fair and a panel discussion by cycling industry spokespeople and professional cyclists. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Vlad Ballesteros, left, and his wife Ann Ballesteros, center, compete...

    Vlad Ballesteros, left, and his wife Ann Ballesteros, center, compete pumping bicycle tires at an REI Coop booth with REI sales associate Camryn Dunne at BikeFest at California State University, Northridge, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. The free inaugural event, held by the The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, included bike demos, safety tips for bike riding in traffic, bike vendors, spin classes, a job fair and a panel discussion by cycling industry spokespeople and professional cyclists. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Dean of College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Yan Searcy,...

    Dean of College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Yan Searcy, left, talks with panelist Justin Harris, center and Stu Stephens following a panel discussion at BikeFest at California State University, Northridge, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. The free inaugural event, held by the The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, included bike demos, safety tips for bike riding in traffic, bike vendors, spin classes, a job fair and a panel discussion by cycling industry spokespeople and professional cyclists. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Jack Shaw, left, and Julie Zhu, help Julie’s son John...

    Jack Shaw, left, and Julie Zhu, help Julie’s son John Tanabe on an obstacle course at BikeFest at California State University, Northridge, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. The free inaugural event, held by the The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, included bike demos, safety tips for bike riding in traffic, bike vendors, spin classes, a job fair and a panel discussion by cycling industry spokespeople and professional cyclists. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Dean Yan Searcy, second from left, center, and Tiana Mason,...

    Dean Yan Searcy, second from left, center, and Tiana Mason, right, talk with visitors at the CSUN Black Alumni Association booth at BikeFest at California State University, Northridge, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. The free inaugural event, held by the The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, included bike demos, safety tips for bike riding in traffic, bike vendors, spin classes, a job fair and a panel discussion by cycling industry spokespeople and professional cyclists. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Amanda Poynter-Jones, in a mummy costume, and Jason Gerhart, in...

    Amanda Poynter-Jones, in a mummy costume, and Jason Gerhart, in a cow costume, ride during a group ride around campus at BikeFest at California State University, Northridge, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. The free inaugural event, held by the The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, included bike demos, safety tips for bike riding in traffic, bike vendors, spin classes, a job fair and a panel discussion by cycling industry spokespeople and professional cyclists. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

  • Melissa B. and Christopher Rosales get swag from the Metro...

    Melissa B. and Christopher Rosales get swag from the Metro booth at BikeFest at California State University, Northridge, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. The free inaugural event, held by the The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, included bike demos, safety tips for bike riding in traffic, bike vendors, spin classes, a job fair and a panel discussion by cycling industry spokespeople and professional cyclists. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer)

BikeFest kicked off at 9 a.m. with a no-drop 25-mile bike ride off-campus led by Serious Cycling. The day ended with a group ride — Halloween costumes optional — on campus. The interior campus streets were closed to cars for safe bike riding during the festival.

Participants were also invited to listen to cycling professionals and biking industry spokespeople during a “Meet the Pros” panel discussion.

“The Bikefest is really about community,” Yan Searcy, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, said in a press release prior to the event. “One aspect is about decreasing the distance between Los Angeles communities and CSUN. Another is about bringing together communities around sustainability, fitness and safety.”

The festival’s focus was also on promoting diversity in the local and wider cycling communities, bringing awareness of job opportunities in cycling — and, of course, fun.

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