May is Bike Month and many schools are celebrating by holding Walk+Bike Challenge Month events; from one day celebrations to two week challenges. They are making bike blended smoothies, gathering walking school buses, giving out special prizes, and celebrating active and healthy transportation in all its forms.
Through the whole month there are so many rides and events happening all through the community that they fill up the Community Bike Calendar. The weekend of May 20th-22nd is turning into a special Family Biking Weekend and we hope you can join us and one or more of these really fun events!
Family Biking Social: From Everyday Transport to Full On Adventures
Friday 6:30pm, Barn Light East (545 E 8th Ave)
A special presentation and inspiration from local & national experts to help you take the first steps to getting your family on bikes or to take your riding adventures to the next level. Special guest Madi Carlson, Seattle family biking rock star and author of “Urban Cycling” will be there, along with other local experts talking about family bike adventures near and far. Whether you want to figure out how to get your kids to school, do a basic grocery run, or plan an overnight camping trip we’ll have some good tips and tricks to share!
Social hour mixing, presentation and Q&A.
Free event. Food provided. Cash bar.
Sponsored by LiveMove, Sustainable Cities Initiative, Arriving By Bike™ & Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School
Family Safety Fair
Saturday 10am-2pm, Willamalane Center (250 S. 32nd St., Springfield)
The biggest safety event of the year! Learn about safe homes, safe bicycles, and safe driving. SRTS will be there with a table and a Traffic Garden! You can also sign up for having smoke detectors installed, get your kids’ car seats and boosters checked, and win some fabulous prizes! No tickets required. Free admission.
Kidical Mass Prince Ride
Saturday 2pm, Meet at Monroe Park (8th & Monroe)
Bike decorating (thanks to the UO student group, LiveMove) at Monroe Park then we’ll rock out to some Prince tunes as we ride over to Prince Pücklers for some free ice cream! Feel free to dress in whatever themed clothing you think might fit…but definitely something you can dance in. Join us as we welcome Madi Carlson, author of “Urban Cycling” and family biking rock star from Seattle, on this classic Kidical Mass ride. This will be a fun ride for everyone and is part of the May is Bike Month events happening throughout the whole month. Come out and ride with a bunch of great people, play at two playgrounds, dance to some Prince, and have some great local ice cream. Does life get much better?
Confident Cycling for Families Class
Sunday 9am-Noon, Camas Ridge Community School
Class attendees will not only learn about basic traffic skills but also learn how to perform a bicycle safety check, how to properly fit a helmet, how to size a bicycle for a child, and how to properly carry things on a bicycle. Information will also be provided about gear and clothing, proper lighting, use of lights, and locking a bike. Half the course will be conducted indoors and the last portion will be held in the parking lot with skills & drills before a final ride on neighborhood streets.
This class is made for parents AND kids so all participants are asked to bring a bicycle and a helmet with them to class. Some reduced cost helmets will be available. Anyone requiring a loaner bicycle for the class is asked to state that in the comments section of the registration form. This class is geared towards children ages 5 – 13 and is free and open to all families but registration is required.
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