Over 150 riders participated in the Family Fun Bike Ride 2012!
Over 150 young and adult bike riders met at Ponderosa Park in Sunnyvale on Saturday May 19, 2012 to participate in the Family Fun Bike Ride. The annual event, now in its second year, focused on promoting the health, environmental, safety and academic benefits of walking and bicycling to school. Everyone enjoyed fantastic weather and a wonderful bike day experience.
Here are ten (10) things to love about the Family Fun Bike Ride . . .
1. New bicyclists enjoyed riding with support from a certified bicycling instructor who provided safety tips and helmet information before the ride
2. Bicyclists rode together at a pace all could enjoy
3. A Sports Basement bike mechanic checked bicycle equipment
4. Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition members and other bicycling enthusiasts provided a safety check on helmets and rode along the route supporting young riders
5. Girl Scouts organized traffic safety games for kids
6. Healthy snacks of fresh fruit, granola bars and water awaited returning riders
7. Super cool “Safe Routes to School” T-shirts made riders visible along the 3.4 mile route
8. Cumberland Principal Peter Fong and Santa Clara Unified School Board member Jim Canova encouraged students to walk and bike to school
9. The bike ride was an opportunity for families to show their support for walking and biking communities
10. Parents, children, volunteers and staff loved the bike ride and had fun!
None of this would have been possible without the collaboration and support from the following agencies and organizations: the City of Sunnyvale, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Stanford Hospital Trauma Department, Santa Clara County Public Health Department, and Traffic Safe Communities Network with support from the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Trauma Department and the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) Obesity Prevention Initiative.
A special thanks to Joyce Takayama, and student volunteers from Fremont High School and Homestead High School who pitched in to set-up the event, register the participants, and engage the young riders in fun activities before and after the ride.
TSCN’s “Walk and Roll – Safe Routes to School Program” hopes to continue to inspire communities across Santa Clara County to actively participate in fitness, healthy eating and promoting policy and environmental changes that encourage walking and biking to school.
Photos from the event (by Christina Oshinsky):
More photos coming soon.....