Wednesday, May 26, 2010

group rides

Last weekend, one of the projects I was working on hosted a family-friendly bike ride through out the city to advertise the dawning of its first bike and pedestrian master plan. Super exciting!

Group rides that cater to families with smaller children are popping up all over the place - and its easy to see why. What's really fun about it is that bikey folk get to meet each other. Lets face it, we're birds of a different feather, and group rides like this are the rare opportunity to flock together. Fortunately local groups like C.I.C.L.E. are hosting regular rides for people like us. I have no doubt that as family rides become more prevalent, more families will come out of the woodworks.

What I particularly enjoy about family-oriented group rides is that they are typically orderly, and are generally met with exceptional levels of patience and kindness from neighborhood traffic. There aren't a lot of people out there who can muster a lot of anger at kids on bikes, or who are callous enough to show it in front of a bunch of parents.

The Culver City ride focused on introducing participants to some of the streets that have been designated for improvement through the Culver City Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan. It was a great way to familiarize many with the routes, some of the potential improvements and publicize the public meeting.

George had great time, and was completely content for the entire 2 hour ride. So content he was moved to jam on the harmonica I packed for him. Big props to Dorothy Le from LACBC for getting this all together. The highlights are captured below.

George surveyed the scene, looking for ladies to impress and maybe invite in his trailer

I love this family!!! Mom Dad Son Daughter. Do it! Live the dream!

We had plenty of check points to wait for families with smaller children and to discuss routes and potential improvements.