The Big Bike Ride for the Heart and Stroke Foundation is right around the corner, scheduled to take to the streets Tuesday, Sept. 18. This year, organizers have 29 people signed up from the community to participate as riders on the bike and have garnered great support from the business community as per usual. Kicking off the event will be CD – Chicken Delight's mascot – who will be signing autographs and taking pictures with children at the restaurant from 5 to 6:30 p.m. that evening. At 7 p.m., CD and the other riders will begin their ride at the Yellowhead Centre, and organizers are hoping people will line the streets to cheer on the community volunteers. “We're hoping to have people come out and watch,” Jean Borchardt, an organizer, explained. “The support we already get from the community is wonderful and we'd love to get even more awareness out there through this.” Various business community people have volunteered to pedal, including NAC-TV's Ivan Traill who will be videotaping the ride as he travels. The RCMP have also offered their services as an escort for the riders. People can pledge to support riders at local businesses such as Access 2 Books, Giant Tiger, Chicken Delight, the Beautiful Plains Credit Union and The Neepawa Press. Donations can also be given at the Yellowhead Centre's parking lot following the ride. The parade route sees the riders begin at the Yellowhead Centre, travel down Mountain Avenue, turn left at the Liquor Mart, right at the corner of Brown Avenue, right at Pic-O-Pop, right at Larson's store, right again at the Vivian Hotel corner and then left down Mountain Avenue again until reaching the conclusion at the Yellowhead Centre.