More than 250 families attended the first ever Santa Monica Family Bike Fest, which featured a variety of bicycle-themed activities at the Civic Auditorium Dec. 8.
Visitors had the opportunity to test ride bicycles loaned from Flying Pigeon and CETMA Bicycles. Also popular were a bike skills training course, offered by Santa Monica Spoke, and a family-friendly, on-street ride led by Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (CICLE).
“It was great to see so many young children and their parents at the Santa Monica Family Bike Fest,” said city Recreation and Parks Commissioner Phil Brock. “Installing a bike culture in our city starts with our youngest citizens and if Saturday is any indication, the future will include many more bike riders. I’m glad our city is cheerfully supporting our bike riding families.”
During the fest, local shops participated with on-site mechanics from Helen’s Cycles and Bikerowave to check
bicycles for safety and demonstrate basic maintenance techniques.
“The community support for this event was stellar,” said Strategic & Transportation Planning Manager Francie Stefan, noting that dozens of parents, students and residents came to lend a hand.
Others involved included Metro, Santa Monica Bike Center/Sustainable Streets, Santa-Malibu school district PTA Council, Sustainable Santa Monica, Active Santa Monica, and the Community and Cultural Services Department.
“We are gratified that this event helped parents and children feel more confident about bicycling together to school, to the beach, and for fun and exercise,” said Mayor Pam O’Connor.