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 Fiets of Parenthood Seattle!

On Sunday August 15th from 3-6pm, at the John Stanford International School playground in Wallingford (2 blocks from the Burke Gilman Trail), Totcycle, Car Free Days, and friends invite you to Seattle's own Fiets of Parenthood Family Bike Games!

Our aim is simple: to celebrate and inspire families going by bike with kids

But what is this "fiets" you speak of?

Fiets is Dutch for bike, and they're way ahead of us in the cycling a la familia department. To wit: this Mama Bakfiets race - one of our models for this event. Another inspiration is the old-timey "constructeur" race format, which tested not just riders, but also various bike designs with real-world load-carrying challenges. 

What with all the ways to carry kids by bike, we thought it'd be fun to get together a bunch of high-occupancy-velos - xtracycles, MADSEN bucket bikes, bakfietsen, family tandems, and front child seats to go with the more-familiar-in-the-US bike trailers, rear seats, and trail-a-bikes.

And pit them head-to-head in a real-world test of family cycling prowess:

Trick mounts and dismounts. The dropped toy. Sacks of groceries. Blackberry picking on the go. Rain shower. Pothole slalom. The "door zone." Diaper change on a bike.

As for kids riding solo, we've got them covered too, with a kids' bike skills challenge packed with features:

Teeter-totter. Joust practice. Cone slalom. Evil Knievel "ring of fire." The skid zone. A stop sign. 

So whether you're already riding with your family, or are just "bike-curious," come on down to our free family cycling extravanganza! It's free. All are welcome to "compete" in this barely competitive fun challenge. Or just to scope out all the ways to go by bike with kids. We'll have a bike decoration station, so bring your bike!

Did I mention we hope to be raffling up a Globe Haul Mixte bike from Globe Bikes? Proceeds to Bikeworks? Or that we'll be serving up frozen treats from our very own custom Gelato Bike

Here’s a rough schedule, for those that might not be able to make the whole event:

3pm until it runs out - Gelato Bike
3-6pm - Bike Decoration Station
3:30pm - Kids’ Bike Skills Race and “Slow Races"
4:30pm - Adult/Child Family Cycling Challenge
5:45pm - Raffle Drawing 

Bring food/snacks/water; we’ll have some hydration on hand as well. The event is free, but please bring some cash for the raffle! 

Big big thanks to ...

Need more inspiration?

And don't miss the original Mama Bakfiets race, complete with egg carry slalom and "jousting"!

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Reader Comments (7)

Drat! We were hoping to come up, but it overlaps with our neighborhood Sunday Parkways, so we're committed to volunteering here. Next year!

August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Is this still going on at the John Stanford School or has there been a location change? Hope to see everyone there!

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTo-Fu

Still at John Stanford! The playground renovation hasn't started yet, so we're on. Honey Bucket already in place. See you there!

August 14, 2010 | Registered CommenterJulian / Totcycle

T-shirt exchange?
Saw some photos from your great Seattle event on flickr.
Any Fiets t's left over? If so-- would you be up for a t-shirt exchange?
I'll screen you one (or more of these) if you're interested...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wittcogmbh/4737109108/

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersara

Sorry - just saw your comment - absolutely we'd love to swap t-shirts! I loved the one you did. Let's figure it out by email ... totcycle at the me to the dot com.

August 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterJulian / Totcycle

Hello is the swapping of tshirt still going on?

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSadie Brooks

Any update in this task? I'm not sure though if there are still swapping. Thanks

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSadie of Sheeparcade

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