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Cyclists to tour Laguna’s chicken coops on Sunday

Reem Khalil Bell, left, seen in 2013 with her daughter, Zia. Khalil Bell founded the Laguna Beach Tour de Coop as a way for neighbors to get together and learn about sustainable living in an urban environment.
(Mary Hurlbut / Coastline Pilot)

Cyclists will ride through Laguna Beach Sunday to look and learn about backyard chicken coops in the third annual Tour de Coop.

Check-in for the free, self-guided tour begins at 9 a.m. at 487 Shadow Lane., where participants will receive a map of coop locations. Attendees will then learn about keeping backyard chickens during an information session at 9:30 a.m. before beginning the ride at 10 a.m.

Local businesses and nonprofits are stepping up to make the event possible.

Laguna Cyclery will provide discounted bike rentals and tune-ups for riders, while Laguna Coffee and Whole Foods will supply complementary refreshments for cyclists at check-in. Transition Laguna Beach, an organization dedicated to installing gardens and fostering water conservation, will also offer a guided tour leaving from Shadow Lane at 10 a.m.

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“This is not just about the joy of raising backyard chickens, it is also about bringing the community together and educating them about living a sustainable lifestyle in an urban setting,” according to a news release.

Laguna Beach resident Reem Khalil Bell created the event after a conversation with neighbor Kerry Bowers about ways to bring the community together around chicken coops.

To register, visit the event’s Facebook page at “Laguna Beach Tour de Coop.”


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