Free bike workshop for families

Family-Biking
Want to make sure that both you and your children know how to ride bicycles safely and confidently? Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition’s Family Bicycling Workshop, coming to Sonoma on Saturday, July 19, offers parents and their kids the opportunity to gain bicycling skills in a fun, safe, and supervised environment.

The free event, sponsored by the City of Sonoma, will be held at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St. from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The first portion of the workshop takes place on a blacktop, where adults and children receive instruction on safe cycling strategies and practice riding through drills and maneuvers. The second element is a supervised one-to-two-mile neighborhood bicycle ride, under the guidance of experienced League of American Bicyclist Certified bicycling instructors.

“On the neighborhood ride, parents and kids learn about things they may not learn from a manual, like where to best position themselves on roads of varying widths and traffic volumes, how to most safely make a left turn, and exactly how far away they should ride from parked cars,” says Tina Panza of the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition.”

Parents and kids also get guided skills and handling practice before the ride, Panza said, “which can help determine a child’s readiness for riding in groups and/or on their own.”

Each child receives a free blinky light for participating in the workshop.

Parents and children must participate in the workshop together, and participating children must be able to ride a bike and be ready take the road with their parents. All participants must bring working bicycles and helmets.

Space at the free workshop is limited. Online pre-registration is strongly recommended at: bikesonoma.org/family-bike-workshops.


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