What we learned at the Family Biking Town Hall
Back in December we took small steps toward something big. We hosted our first-ever Family Biking Town Hall where we met with parents, members of youth-serving organizations, WABA members, and community stakeholders. We talked about making our work serve youth and families better, and we learned a lot. The meeting resulted in the following recommendations to make our programming more inclusive. In all our programming, we’ll cultivate more consciousness around scheduling at family-friendly times and choosing routes and event spaces that are appropriate for children.
In our outreach:We’re pleased to offer more Family Biking Workshops with Kidical Mass this spring. The first one is this Saturday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m. at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library. Click here for more info. See you there? With additional funding, ideas for future programming include:
- Creating a neighborhood family bike ambassador program
- Family-friendly community nights
- Roundtable discussions with youth and family biking groups around the region to share best practices and develop ideas
In education, we learned that our stakeholders are interested in:
- Afterschool bike clubs for youth
- Classes where parents can learn how to ride with and alongside their kids
- More ABCs of Family Biking events throughout the region
- Summer Bike Camp
In planning large-scale events, we learned:
- We should work toward including shorter, family-friendly ride routes as part of our large ride events.
- We should work on diversifying our ride themes — think Tour de Playground and Cargo Bike Race. Youth and family-friendly theme ideas, anyone?
- Making events accessible to all makes the world go around! More snack breaks, family-friendly start times, teen rides, off-bike activities, and childcare at events.
In advocacy we’re working on:Teaching advocacy at schools and in afterschool programs
- Creating traffic gardens and bike schools
- Creating more bike parking at schools, libraries, and other institutions used by youth and families
- Consistent wayfinding that highlights comfortable routes that are ideal for families
- Trail advocacy that focuses on amenities for families
- Holding advocacy meetings at local high schools
- Including youth perspectives in testimony
- Securing subsidized Capital Bikeshare memberships for high school students
And, we learned about all the existing Family Biking groups:
- Black Women Bike DC: Workshops, rides, forum all year long
- Kidical Mass Arlington: Family-friendly group rides monthly
- Kidical Mass DC: Family-friendly group rides monthly
- Kidical Mass Falls Church: Family-friendly group rides monthly
- Kidical Mass Gaithersburg: Family-friendly group rides monthly
- Kidical Mass Rockville: Family-friendly group rides monthly