Santa Monica youths and their families will hop on their bicycles and ride around the streets together in the city’s first-ever “Kidical Mass” ride Saturday, April 13.
Presented by the city’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment, Strategic and Transportation Planning, Active Santa Monica and Sustainable Works, the event aims to offer a comfortable bike ride experience for families and youth, coordinated by biking professionals.
“The day to day world of bicycling in Santa Monica is going to include more and more kids,” said Cynthia Rose, director of the bicycle advocacy group Santa Monica Spoke.
“This event is just one way that we can introduce Santa Monica families to a range of transportation choices and the joy of bicycling. We are looking forward to participating in this fun family bike ride.”
The Kidical Mass ride seeks to build awareness and engage Santa Monica families in the Safe Routes to School Campaign to increase bike riding as a safe and sustainable alternative to driving a car. According to Santa Monica Spoke, riding bikes supports the Sustainable City Plan and Land Use and Circulation Element goals to promote healthy active children and a healthy environment for the community.
The event will have a “green” theme for Earth month by encouraging participants to wear all green and will incorporate fun activities for children, safety presentations, awards and prizes, and a pizza party to celebrate upon finishing the ride.
The bike route has been chosen to highlight various bicycle infrastructures in the city and bicycle leaders will be provided to facilitate the ride. All participants are required to wear a helmet at all times during the ride and each family is responsible for their own children.
The ride will begin and end at John Adams Middle School, 2425 16th St., Santa Monica.
The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with the ride lasting approximately 45 minutes to one hour.
Admission is free.