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Santa Monica to Hold Its First Ever Bike Festival

Santa Monica Real Estate Company, Roque and Mark
By Lookout Staff

November 28, 2012 -- Santa Monica will hold its first ever bike festival on December 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium.

The festival will feature a bike swap, bike skills training, test rides, route planning and information, food and activities, according to City officials.

“Bring your child’s bike over for a safety check by on-site mechanics,” officials said, “or if it’s been outgrown, give it a new home through donation to the bike swap.”

Families who donate a bicycle will have the opportunity to browse the bike swap to see if there is a suitable trade to bring home,” according to officials.

Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (CICLE) will be at the festival to offer bike skills training.

“Helmets will be required for children, and will be available on-site for a low fee,” officials said.

But kids will be able to make their helmets fun with bicycle and helmet decoration stations.

There will also be a photo booth, local food trucks and bike-churned ice cream.

“Other activities include route planning assistance, bicycle safety information, booths from many local groups like CicLAvia and Metro, and a family fun ride,” staff said.

“This free event is part of the Safe Routes to School Pilot Project, hosted by the City of Santa Monica in partnership with Active Santa Monica, the Santa Monica-Malibu PTA Council, the Santa Monica Bike Center, and CICLE,” according to officials.

“The goal of Safe Routes to School Pilot Project is to encourage more children to bicycle and walk to school,” officials said, adding that the programs and classes put on by Safe Routes to School will “improve safety at schools, teach children and parents greater confidence in safe walking and bicycling skills, and raise awareness of the many benefits of arriving at school by foot or by bike.”

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