Alameda Bike Festival Returns Sunday

City of Alameda--The Alameda Bike Festival will offer fun activities and workshops for visitors.

Alameda Bike Festival Returns Sunday

The Alameda public is invited to enjoy fun activities at the Alameda Bike Festival & Rodeo Sunday, May 22, at Bay Farm School.

The event aims to encourage bicycle riding on the Island by offering activities and learning exercises on bicycle riding and safety. The official event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. However, a pre-festival cycling workshop will start at 10 a.m. The workshop is for kids who can ride a bicycle and are able to take to the paths and roadways with their parents. The suggested grade level of participants is second to sixth grade.

The official event will begin with the first of three bike rodeos. The rodeo is a fun-filled 45-minute course that focuses on introducing elementary and middle school students to safe bicycle handling skills and riding techniques. The bike rodeos start at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.

A pedestrian rodeo workshop will also be offered. In this workshop, safety instructors will conduct an engaging and fun-filled traffic simulation course.

Lastly, the festival will offer an Urban Cycling 101 class. The workshop will teach participants basic rules of the road, how to equip your bicycle, fit your helmet, avoid bike theft, and prevent common crashes. The workshop is for people 10 years and over. The class will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Festival organizers ask people to pre-register for these courses.

Other activities and exercises offered at the festival include musical performances that teach visitors about bicycles, free bicycle tune-ups, helmet fittings, helmet and bicycle decoration tables, bicycle-blended smoothies, face painting and more.

The Alameda Bike Festival is produced by the City of Alameda, Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools, the Bay Farm School PTSA, and the Alameda Safe Routes to School Task Force, in partnership with Alameda Unified School District, Kiwanis Club of Alameda, and the Alameda Elks Lodge.

All ages are welcome. Bay Farm School is located at 200 Aughinbaugh Way. To learn more or to register for a workshop, visit www.alamedabikefestival.org.