Over 200 children and 130 families joined our second annual Chinatown Family Biking Fair last month, as we continue working to welcome more neighbors in every corner of SF to the fun and freedom of biking.
At Joe DiMaggio Playground last month, we were so heartened to see such incredible, multigenerational turnout. Our friends from YBike distributed free helmets to children and helped teach them how to bike. Meanwhile, we worked with Ford GoBike to offer adult bicycle education tips and best practices. Our biggest Chinatown Family Biking Fair yet was a great success thanks to our co-organizers at Chinese Newcomers Service Center, with support from SF Recreation and Park.
Many attendees noted that apartments in Chinatown often do not offer sufficient space for residents to bring bikes inside. So it was particularly valuable to have GoBike staff on hand signing attendees up for $5 annual Bike Share for All memberships, available to anyone who qualifies for Calfresh, SFMTA Lifeline Passes or the PG&E CARE utility discount.
Our partnership with Safe Routes to School made possible the outstanding involvement of families from the four schools we serve in Chinatown. One of those schools is John Yehall Chin Elementary, where teacher Matt Young has proven a stellar partner. Matt helped plan and publicize this year’s Family Biking Fair and was on site to support attending families. In addition to the school communities, we also had plenty of multilingual staff from our partners Chinese Newcomers Service Center and SF Department of the Environment, ensuring that all attendees were welcomed and that their questions were answered.
We’re excited for the opportunity to welcome more families to biking from every neighborhood of San Francisco. To keep up abreast of all of our related events and resources, sign up for our quarterly Youth and Family Biking Newsletter today.