We finally made it to one of the many community bike events in Seattle! The good folks at Car Free Days and Totcycle organized Fiets of Parenthood, a huge gathering of family cyclists of every age who rode in on nearly every kind of bike and bike-combo you could imagine. The Xtracycle went in the minivan for the first time and we still had plenty of room for my sister and her borrowed Peugeot folder.
FoP was nothing short of awesome! There was something for everyone and we stayed busy for a solid three hours with the bicycle decoration station, a huge walk-thru/bike-thru sprinkler, slow bike race, family bike obstacle course, helmet fitters, and the kids' favorite: a Madsen bucket bike full of free gelato. The playground was a cargo bike explosion of Xtracycles, Big Dummies, tandems, trail-a-bikes, kick bikes, trailers, bakfietsen, a tall bike and even a Larry vs. Harry Bullitt. One lucky attendee won a Globe Haul 1 through a raffle benefitting Bike Works.
Not only were there tons of cool bikes, but there were many enthusiastic parents and kids, eager to show off their cycling skills and talk about how they use these bikes in their daily lives. Many thanks to Julian, Tim, Anne, Chris and everyone else who helped to make this event a fun time for the rest of us.
If you'd like to see more, there's another write-up here, a great video here, a bit of press here, and a Flickr group here. The wheels are already in motion for a TBR Family Fiets event in Tacoma next summer. Who wants to help?!