There are LOTS of events (like, pushing 300) planned for this 2.5 week festival of bikey goodness, starting this Thursday. But we're associated with two.
FIRST: Feits of Parenthood. A week from yesterday, at Clever Cycles (SE 9th & Hawthorne). Here, the fabulous Sarah Gilbert describes the event:
To ride a bike with your children is this: a continuous unfolding of joy and a workout like no other. Nowhere does creativity and ingenuity and the soaring free spirit of the bicycle combine with such (literal) blood, sweat and tears. Fiets of Parenthood is a celebration of that: part time trial, part demonstration of skill, part showoff, part hilarity.There will be a family bike obstacle course inspired by Julian's genius thread over at Totcycle. There will be kindercross and parent-child figure cycling. I'll be talking with a couple of other mamas at a workshop on cycling while pregnant. There will be SolPops and Trailhead Coffee and snacks from Madison's Grill. Crafts. Bike decorating. An opportunity to fondle a whole array of family biking setups. Should be fun!
SECOND: The very next day, Sunday the 13th, Dave and Jasper and I will be leading a low-key family ride starting at the Abernathy School playground at 12:30. The theme is Teddy Bears' Picnic, and we'll have a crew of stuffed friends along for the ride. We'll stop at a few parks and playgrounds, do some picnicing and playing, and generally have a silly good time.
If you're in Portland and ride with young kids, we hope to see you! If you don't ride with your family yet but want to know how it's done, or if you don't have kids yet but plan to ride with them when you do, we hope you'll come out! If you'd like a low-stress way to introduce your family to riding together, you should come join us! And if you're child-free and love it, but want to hang out with a bunch of parents and kids on bikes (because we're awesome, and kids on bikes are adorable) we'll see you there!
For the whole Pedalpalooza calendar, see here: Pedalpalooza 2010 Calendar