The first-ever Family Bike Fest, featuring a variety of bicycle-themed activities, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St.
Admission is free and open to the public. The fest will include a
bike swap, bike skills training, test rides and accessories, route planning and information, food and other activities.
Visitors can have their bikes checked for safety by on-site mechanics, or donate them to the bike swap. Families who donate a bicycle will have the opportunity to browse the bike swap to see if there is a suitable trade to bring home.
Cyclists Inciting Change through Live Exchange (CICLE), a Los Angeles-based non-profit,
will offer bike skills training, both for children and parents. Helmets will be required for
children and will be available on-site for a low fee.
Parents can also test-ride a wide variety of bicycles and accessories that can carry kids.
Among other features are bicycle and helmet decoration stations, a photo booth and local food trucks, including ice cream churned by bike.
Other activities include route planning assistance, bicycle safety information, booths from local groups like CicLAvia and Metro, and a family fun ride.
The event is part of the Safe Routes to School Pilot Project, hosted by the city of Santa Monica in partnership with Active Santa Monica, the Santa Monica-Malibu PTA Council, the Santa Monica Bike Center and CICLE. The project aims to encourage more children to bicycle and walk to school.
Participating schools in the grant funded project are Lincoln Middle School, John Adams Middle School, Roosevelt Elementary School and Will Rogers Elementary School.
Information, www.smgov.net/bikesm.

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