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Family Ride: Black is Beautiful

  • Laguna Grande Laguna Grande Regional Park Trail Seaside, CA, 93955 United States (map)

Family Ride: Black is Beautiful

Sponsored by Bernard Green, LCI; Bern Unlimited; The Friends of the Marina Library; Rooster Wheels & Coffee in Marina; Stampede Bikes; Stefania Castillo, Transportation Planner with the City of Monterey; WoombikesUSA; Xtracycle; and Yuba Bicycles. Join us as we celebrate blackness! One month isn’t enough time to explore the wide range of stories that exist but we intend to try! Please bring your favorite kids' books featuring Black protagonists and showing the myriad of ways in which being Black is beautiful!

Representation in literature is essential for children of all races. For children of color, seeing themselves reflected in the books they read is crucial. When they fail to see themselves in books, they internalize the message that society devalues and erases them, and it can negatively affect their self-esteem. For white children, having books that accurately reflect the world around them helps to build empathy for people that are different from them, and helps open up discussions about race and oppression.
— The Children’s Book World Is Still Racially Biased

More Details

We will meet in the parking lot at Robert's Lake (closest to Home Depot) and head along the rec trail taking the scenic route to Laguna Grande Park (Monterey side) where we'll share the books our families have brought and watch our kids play! Don't have a bike? No worries! We'll do our best to keep the pace slow, so those walking, rolling, and/or with strollers can keep up. If you want to just meet us at the park, that's also an excellent option.

  • Please note a helmet is required for all participants under 18 years of age. We will have a few Bell helmets (donated by the City of Monterey) that typically fit kids age 5-8 available to use during the ride. If you need one, please let us know ahead of time, so we can plan accordingly.
  • There are bathrooms at this location. However, there is no gender neutral availability.
  • Please bring your own snacks, there are picnic areas.
  • We also recommend bringing your own blanket/chair as there are limited benches available for seating.
  • Bike parking is limited to just one wave-style rack. Please bring a lock, if you need one.

Kittie Knox Community Programs

All of our Kittie Knox Community Programs are community-based and community-led and intentionally established to reach cash poor families in Black and Brown neighborhoods

Community Movement for Mobility Justice

Interested in a community-based and community-led movement for mobility justice? Join us! We are a collective of individuals galvanizing a grassroots effort dedicated to creating a walkable and bikeable Monterey County. We intend to mobilize families and empower the community by building a movement that decolonizes active transportation advocacy and planning.

Earlier Event: September 10
September's Balance Bike Clinic