Family Rides

We host free, year-round Family Rides open to all families and led by certified League Cycling Instructors (LCIs). Please bring your favorite kids' books featuring protagonists of color (each month we focus on a different topic) and at the end of the ride (usually at a local park with restroom access), we'll gather and 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 and/or rolling can keep up or if you prefer, you can always just meet us at our destination.

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

Upcoming Family Rides

Black History Month • Womxn's History Month • National Bike Month • Jazz Appreciation Month • LGBTQ+ Pride Month • PoC Mental Health Month • National Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding, and Nursing Month • Black is Beautiful • La Historía del Día de los Muertos • Night Rides

Need a Bike Tune-up?

Bike been collecting dust? Visit our Community Sponsor, Rooster Wheels & Coffee in Marina and mention "FoCMC" to receive a free bike check-up to get things back in working order.

 

Who Attends?

For those interested, here's some data on our Family Night Ride + SALE that took place October 22, 2017.

  • 30+ (adults & their children) total individuals attended.
  • the youngest attendees were 2-years-old.
  • the oldest kid attending was 10-years-old.
  • the youngest parent attending was 26-years-old.
  • the oldest parent attending was 49-years-old.
  • attendees were from Seaside, Salinas, Watsonville, Santa Cruz, Gonzales, Monterey, Soledad, and Marina.
  • most attendees self-identified as Latinx, Latina(o), Mexican, Black, Asian, mixed-race, and/or white.
  • and the primary language(s) spoken by most attendees was Spanish, Arabic, Catalan, and English.

 

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