Safe Routes Start at Home – Celebrate Bike Month

Submitted by CCCL_BeckyN

Since so many activity venues for children are closed these days, why not plan some family bike rides? I have several fond memories of bike rides with my family. I grew up in a larger family, so getting our crew together for a bike ride was no small feat! My parents would put the little ones in bike seats attached to their bikes and the rest of us would follow behind with our rag-tag-hand-me-down bikes. I called mine the silver bullet. It was a bike I inherited from my older brother, and my dad spray painted it silver (my request) in order to help the bike feel new to me. Such fun times 

Here are some resources to help you build some memories for your family while staying safe on the roads and trails: 

Street Smarts Diablo Region -  Streets Smarts is 511 Contra Costa’s Safe Routes to Schools program. You can find ideas for physical challenges, bike related worksheets (hooray for word searches), booklists, and more.  

Bike East Bay - Though they cannot offer in person classes at this time, Bike East Bay is offering free, online courses to help folks of all ages ride smartly and safely. 

There is a great article in the Sunday, August 2, 2020 edition of the East Bay Times. Ned  Mackay lists several area trails that are great for families with young children. You can easily check out this article with your library card through the Library’s Newsbank database. 

AirNow – Since we seem to be experiencing so many smoky, hazy days, you may want to check the air quality before heading out with your family. 

Share some of the many books available through the library about bicycles with your family. Gear up for some family reading fun. 

Ride on! 



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