Bicycle Birthday Bash

Helmets off to families that roll together and to anything that encourages kids to be on their bikes. Of course, all that requires is tapping into their natural instincts and nurturing the sense of fascination that seems to descend upon every one of them when they see a bicycle for the first time. A recent issue of Family Fun magazine featured a how-to guide for an “Ultimate Bike Birthday,” complete with tips for invitations, crafts, prizes, and an obstacle course. Hopefully it ends with a swanky new set of wheels for the guest of honor.

If fun isn’t reason enough to get your kids pedaling, Trek’s 1 World 2 Wheels website notes that “in 1964, 50 percent of kids rode to school and the obesity rate was 12 percent. In 2004, three percent rode to school and the obesity rate was 45 percent.” Check out the Safe Routes to School website to learn more about decreasing traffic and pollution while increasing the health of children and communities by promoting walking and bicycling.

{Ed note: When I first wrote this post, I mistakenly provided the link to the Marin County Bicycle Coalition Safe Routes to Schools program. Although it’s not the site I intended to link, I’m leaving it up because the site offers a wealth of good material pertaining to the implementation of the Safe Routes to School program.}


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