SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Coinciding with the upcoming Family Day on Saturday, today the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition launched itsFamily Biking Guide, a comprehensive how-to manual that covers all stages of family biking—from biking while pregnant to biking your child to school, and everything in between.
In response to the growing number of families biking or wanting to bike together, the SF Bicycle Coalition is offering the guide in English, Spanish and Chinese, providing biking tips and best practices for families in San Francisco and across the globe. (English version attached).
“We’re excited to offer this ground-breaking guide. For too long there has been little to no concrete information about family biking, and we hope that this guide can help the huge and growing numbers of interested parents and kids enjoy more quality time together on bike,” says Kit Hodge, Deputy Director of the 12,000-member San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and bike-riding mother of two.
The 10-chapter Family Biking Guide covers best practices and tips like: How to choose the right bike for your family, when it’s okay to start biking with your baby, and how to teach your child to bike on his or her own—without training wheels.
The Family Biking Guide is just one of the many resources the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition offers for families. Earlier this year, the 12,000-member nonprofit launched its in-class and on-road Family Biking Classes. The four-part series includes: Biking While Pregnant, Biking With Your Baby or Toddler, Biking Your Child to School, and Freedom From Training Wheels. All classes are free and held throughout the year in San Francisco. More information about these resources at sfbike.org/family
The SF Bicycle Coalition’s annual Family Day bike celebration is happening Saturday, September 29, at the 14th Avenue East Picnic Area in Golden Gate Park. The free event (10-2pm) includes classes on learning to bike, a bike parade, pedal-powered games and free bike maintenance. More information at sfbike.org/family_day.
“The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is thrilled to be a resource for the huge and growing number of families who are biking in San Francisco,” says Leah Shahum, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. “We love helping families discover the joys of biking together, and transforming our city into a place where everyone ages 8-to-80 feels safe and comfortable riding on our streets.”
The Family Biking Guide was written by San Francisco Bicycle Coalition staff and board members who bike with their children, and was reviewed by a medical professional for scientific integrity. It is available for free download at sfbike.org/family_guide. A pdf of the English version is attached for media use.