Biking: Tandem Rally pairs up riders in five-day festival

The five-day Northwest Tandem Rally, hosted by Mount Baker Bicycle Club, kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 2, at Best Western Lakeway Inn, 714 Lakeway Drive.

The festival is oriented toward tandem bicyclists, but single bike riders are welcome as well. There will be four days of rides in and around Bellingham and Whatcom and Skagit counties, plus a banquet, ice cream party, local craft beers, live music, events on Bellingham Bay, fireworks viewing from the Parkade on Independence Day, and a vendor expo.

Cost is $75 per person for the holiday weekend; $15 per child. Details: nwtr.org/2015.