The first Bicycle Sunday on Lake Washington Boulevard was packed with families enjoying the chance to bike together comfortably on the mostly car-free roadway. So many kids were learning to bike, it made me wonder how many people learned to bike during Bicycle Sunday since they started in 70s.
But perhaps even more telling of the event’s success is the look on the face of kids who already know how to bike. They get a look of determination and joy as they haul down the wide roadway, their parents desperately yelling at them to “Say right!” as they swerve all over the place. If everyone experienced that much fun on a bike, nobody would ever drive.
Biking Bis was also at Bicycle Sunday, and he has lots of great photos. He also noted several three-generation biking families. Awesome.
In conversations on our previous post and Twitter, several people have suggested that there should be more activities along the Bicycle Sunday route. Some people suggested food trucks (there was a huge food truck rally in Fremont at the same time, so they may have been there instead) and maybe even some free exercise classes at beach spots along the way. In ciclovias around the world, people organize free group classes in yoga, dance, pilates and more all along the route. People can stop, join a class, then move along as they please.
There could also be music and parties of all kinds along the way, whatever people want to do. It could be a chance for neighborhood organizations to reach out to more people and connect to each other.
What would you like to see at Bicycle Sunday? How do you think it could happen within the event’s crunched budget?