Kids to Rule the Streets! Kidical Mass Rolls Through Bixby Knolls Sunday, May 20
2012-05-02 · By Editor
As part of Bike Month, the inaugural Kidical Mass Bixby Knolls bike ride is set for Sunday, May 20, 1:00pm, and will start and finish at Los Cerritos Park. Kidical Mass is a legal, safe and FUN bike ride for kids, kids at heart, and their families. The first ride was held in April 2008 in Eugene, Oregon and has now spread to over a dozen communities throughout North America and beyond. The rides are meant to be family friendly bike rides through a community.
“The event is a play on words of the often controversial Critical Mass bicycle movement. Kidical Mass Bixby Knolls is actually a partnership between the BKBIA, the 7th & 8th district council offices, Mayor Foster, North Division of LBPD, and Bikeable Communities.” Said Blair Cohn, Executive Director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association. “We will meet our mission of being a bike-friendly business district, promote the city’s bike agenda, teach kids bike safety, and promote our local businesses. It’s a total win for the area.”
The ride will be led by Olympic Cyclist and Long Beach Bike Ambassador Tony Cruz and wind through the Los Cerritos neighborhood following all of the rules of the road. Prior to the start Tony will give a safety demonstration and teach basic rules that pertain to biking on the streets.
The ride, which is about 4-miles, will head to Georgie’s Place at 3850 Atlantic Avenue, where riders will have the opportunity to buy lunch and be treated to complimentary ice cream. There will be music, free tune-ups from Bixby Knolls bike shops Long Beach Cyclery and The Workshop, a Blessing of the Bikes hosted by Bixby Knolls Christian Church, yoga demonstrations from FreeSpirit Yoga, and information available from Safe Moves and Bikeable Communities. After lunch riders will be escorted by event staff back to Los Cerritos Park using the bike lane on Bixby Road.
Helmets are mandatory (state law for children under 18).