The Alliance for Biking & Walking wrote a great blog post about some of our spring Bike Fest activities this year including our first ever Kidical Mass and our Bikes & Tykes Expo. Here’s the article:
In Tucson, Biking is a Family Affair
Kids taking to the streets en masse on bicycles are always a welcome sight to behold. Imagine the joy and hope in the air at Tucson’s Kidical Mass, where nearly 150 kids of all ages and abilities (parents included) took to the streets for a three-mile jaunt along local parks, down a bicycle boulevard, through the University of Arizona and back.
Living Streets Alliance, in collaboration with other local organizations like El Grupo, a nonprofit group that empowers teens through biking, organized the event. El Grupo volunteers helped make the event a success – the teens were positive role models for younger kids throughout the ride, and they also helped fit kids with free helmets provided by Living Streets Alliance.
“It was great to see people of all ages out biking together,” says Emily Yetman, Founder and President of Living Streets Alliance. “Some of the kids on push bikes even went the whole three miles.”
Events like Kidical Mass are part of Living Streets Alliance’s effort to bring their message to the whole spectrum of riders, from young to old and new to experienced. At their Bikes & Tykes Expo, local parents, kids and representatives from bike shops came together to share commuting experiences, discuss routes and show off equipment that makes biking as a family easier. Additionally, Living Streets Alliance just hosted their third annual Cyclovia Tucson. Despite less than ideal weather, the event brought hundreds of Tusconan kids and grownups out for “Arizona’s Biggest Block Party.”
“These family-friendly events help people learn what they need to know to have fun and be safe on a bicycle,” says Yetman, “and then they get the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned.”
Or, you can read it on the Alliance’s website (with photos) here.