|Gathering for the #YVRFamilyBiking Easter Bonnet Ride|
When we arrived (a bit late, heh) at Science World, the decorating had already begun with many "bonnets" sporting bunny ears, bikes with balloons, easter grass, pipe cleaner springs & stickers.
Once all the families had arrived & had a chance to socialize a bit, we gathered for a group photo (aka official head count) then headed west on the seawall. Thanks for taking this shot, Anthony!
|#YVRFamilyBikiing Second Annual Easter Bonnet Ride, March 27, 2016: 42 people!|
|#YVRFamilyBiking Easter Bonnet Ride Stop #1: the Jellybeans|
Once we rolled the giant bean back into place & took lots of photos of various children on & in front of the jellybeans, we got back on our way west.
There were lots of smiles & "Happy Easter!" greetings as we rode along with our balloon bedecked bikes, bunny ears, & waving children. We had quite a few new Vancouver Family Biking members along & they had lots of opportunities to chat as we rolled along the seawall.
|Gorgeous day, but a bit windy, as you can see from the chop|
|Having some snacks on an improvised picnic blanket|
We found a slightly sheltered patch of grass nearby & had a picnic, including chocolate eggs, bagels & hot chocolate shared by various members of the group. I got a chance to talk to a few more new families & overhead lots of conversations about riding, bikes, & gear.
Besides the usual complement of front & rear seats, child trailers & trailabikes, we had three Surly Big Dummy longtail bikes, two Yuba Mundo longtails, & a Yuba El Boda Boda midtail. We also bumped into friends riding their three box bikes: a Metrofiets, a CETMA, & a hand built frame. Cargo bike party at Jericho!
|#YVRFamilyBiking Easter Bonnet Ride: Picnic time at Jericho Beach Park|
Overall, it was a great turnout--42 people at Science World--& a fun ride. Having planned stops along the way worked well so the kids could run around a bit & the riders could get a chance to take a quick break. We'll definitely do that again. I'd like to start planning two rides a month--one like this one (9km each way) or longer, & one shorter than this, maybe 5km maximum.
Do you have any feedback from the ride that could help make the next one better? I welcome your suggestions below! Let me know if you have any ideas of destinations or routes for future rides, too! Thanks!
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