Citywide Bike Festival & Rodeo Scheduled for Sunday, May 19

Courtesy Alameda County Safe Routes to School    At the skills-and-drills bicycle rodeo, kids to learn confidence and ability while riding a bike.

Otis Elementary School, 3010 Fillmore St., will play host to the sixth annual Alameda Bike Festival & Rodeo set for Sunday, May 19, from noon to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to this family friendly event with the goal to inspire, educate and encourage bicycle riding.

The Alameda Bike Festival & Rodeo is a project by Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools and the Alameda Safe Routes to School Task Force in partnership with Alameda Unified School District, Alameda Recreation and Parks Department, the City of Alameda, Kiwanis Club of Alameda and the Alameda Elks Lodge.

Festival activities include: free bicycle tune-ups, a bike rodeo to practice skills and drills, discussions of planned bike improvements around the Island and a helmet and bike decoration station.

Local cyclists can receive helmet fittings and safety equipment giveaways of bells, lights or reflectors, and learn about BikeLink eLockers and sign up for a card.

Other features include bike-blended smoothies, the bicycle trivia wheel, free raffle prizes from local businesses including a bike donated by Alameda Bicycle and even a taco truck.

Pre-festival free bicycle education classes have been set for new riders. A family cycling workshop will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Parents with children in second through sixth grades are invited to attend together, both with their own bikes and helmets. Youth attendees receive free reflective vests. 

A learn to ride class will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to help riders advance past training wheels or learn how to ride a bicycle for the first time. Bring a bike, helmet and a dash of courage. One adult per family required, one adult per child recommended. Bicycles and helmets required. Email hannah@alamedabicycle.com for any specific needs.

Registration for the classes is preferred but drop-ins are welcome. To register or for more information, visit www.bikeeastbay.org/FCW. Learn more about the festival at www.alamedabikes.com.