Family Bike Day is Saturday, May 26th! Join Perennial Cycle and us for a Family Day Pastry Ride and share stories of your family biking with #WeBikeMpls. Ahead of Family Bike Day, here's a profile of one of the many Minneapolitans riding with their kids--Sarah Tschida.
My favorite place to bike is to get ice cream. I also love to bike to all of the regular places we go as a family -- to the grocery store, farmers market, daycare, library, parks, hardware store, and more. It's a blast to be able to visit these places by bike and I constantly amaze myself with how much I can load up on my bike.
What tips would you have for parents thinking about biking with their kids?
Join a family ride! Organized family bike rides are becoming more popular in Minneapolis! Join the May 26 ride, check out Kidical Mass South Minneapolis, or organize your own!
Pick up some used gear! I have scored free bike seats in my alley and on Nextdoor. I see bike trailers, tag-a-longs, helmets, and more for sale on Facebook marketplace and buy/sell/swap groups all the time. You can certainly make an investment in family biking but you can also do it on a budget by buying used.
What would make biking with your family better?
Next, more people on bikes! I believe our streets become more safe when we have more people on bikes. When there are more people riding, we have more visibility, we help to normalize biking, and we help to calm traffic. Also, I believe my experience biking makes me a better driver. I'm much more cautious and aware of my surroundings when I drive because I know what it is like to bike next to cars. If more people in Minneapolis try out biking then we build empathy in our community which can result in safer and more enjoyable streets that benefit us all.