Biking together as a family can be fun and rewarding, with additional benefits for children such as increased mental stimulation, reduced incidence of childhood obesity, and an enhanced sense of place.
Safe Routes to School/Bike to School Day
Safe Routes to School programs in Alameda County and Contra Costa County provide services which help make biking and walking to school safer and more enjoyable to students and parents alike. Get involved with your school’s program to start a “bike train” group commute, participate in contests to encourage active transportation, and help coordinate safer bike facilities and more bike parking around your child’s school. We even offer free Kids Bike Rodeos at Safe Routes schools throughout the year.
Bike East Bay, Cycles of Change and Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools also coordinate Bike to School days each spring throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties. To find out how you and your school can participate, go to BikeEastBay.org/B2SD.
The BikeMobile is a free, mobile bike repair service that is available for events in both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. To see their full schedule or request a BikeMobile visit for your community event, go to BikeMobile.org. Free fix-a-flat or other basic bike maintenance workshops can also be provided on site to youth and adults.
The Family Bike Collective is dedicated to getting children on bikes that match their sizes, personalities and lifestyles. Learn more on their website www.FamilyBikeCollective.org, in person at the Spokeshop Bike Lounge in Berkeley, and at their monthly bike demos, family bike rides, and workshops.
Geared 4 Kids Ride
Red Bike & Green Family Rides
Red, Bike and Green is a community-building collective of Black urban cyclists seeking to improve the physical and mental health, economy and local environment of African Americans by creating a relevant and sustainable Black bike culture. Regular family rides are hosted in Oakland, and a list of upcoming events can be found online at here.
Chasqui Mom Blog: Biking to School
This blog post from a local, bicycling mom includes some great tips for biking to school with kids, including:
- Biking with Multiple Children
- Street vs. Sidewalk Riding
- Route Planning
- Equipment to Bring
Read other Chasqui Mom posts for more info about family-friendly bike and hiking trips in the Bay Area, and how to get around with kids car-free.
Family Biking Guide
The SFBC, our partners across the bay in San Francisco, offer a how-to manual for all stages of family biking called the Family Biking Guide. This comprehensive, digital booklet is available to download for free in English, Spanish and Chinese versions, and covers topics on biking while pregnant all the way through biking your child to school. Click here for more info.
What to look for in a bike trailer or child seat
Washington’s Cascade Bicycle Club provides details on the benefits of using a bike trailer or child seat, and what features to look for when shopping for one. Click here for more info.