Bike Decorating and Kidical Mass Bike Parade at Ballard Summer Parkways

Saturday, August 27, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.
Ballard Commons Park
(5701 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107)
At the Family Bike Expo booth at the Sustainable Ballard Festival
Facebook event page


Join me on a Kidical Mass ride for Familybike Seattle during Ballard Summer Parkways! Like last year’s huge Kidical MASSive at Ballard Summer Parkways event, we’ll start with bike decorating and then parade along the closed-to-cars streets.

Bike decorating begins at 11:00 a.m., bike parade happens at 11:30 a.m.
Find me and the bike decorating at the Family Bike Expo booth. This is also where you can volunteer to talk to families about family biking and/or leave your bike as part of the expo once we’re done parading! Sign up for that on the Family Bike Expo Volunteer Sign up Google doc, or if you can’t access the online document email

The parade will be short–probably just around the lower loop of the event–and move slowly–parents walking alongside kids on balance bikes will be able to keep up.


The entire event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with oodles of fun stuff going on the entire time.

From the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT):

The second event in our series will bring the fun back to Ballard! We are partnering with the Sustainable Ballard Festival, Seattle Parks and Recreation and dozens of community partners to bring safe streets and sunny fun to Ballard. This route will highlight some of the beautiful natural areas and vibrant neighborhoods located in Ballard, such as Ballard Commons Park, Ballard Corners Park, Salmon Bay Park, Loyal Heights Community Center, Sunset Hill Park, Bergen Place Park and the myriad shops and businesses along Ballard Avenue.

Details about the 13th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival from Sustainable Ballard:

Eclectic, artsy, earthy, urban and committed to a better future…you’ll find all this and more at the 13th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival. You’ll encounter creativity, passion and community while learning about daily practices and big steps toward more sustainable living. In a time of uncertainty about our nation’s leadership, People Power has been chosen as this year’s festival theme as a reminder of what is still possible locally and as a model for all communities.

As always, the fest is FREE to the public and perfect for families. The Mayor is expected to kick off the fest and a bike parade organized by Seattle Summer Parkways. Seattle Summer Parkways There will be a creation station for bubble wands, musical instruments, and bottle cap flowers. Find skateboard lessons in the skate bowl, a family bike expo on the street, goats and chickens in the urban farm zone, live music on the solar powered stage, and birdhouse building with festival sponsor Built Green. Local businesses offer games, activities and prizes with a green twist. There will be food carts, of course, and a Tea Garden presented by Miro Tea, a fundraiser for the festival featuring local desserts and unlimited tea sampling for a $5 donation.

We invite all of our Ballard neighbors and friends to become more connected with each other by participating in Sustainable Ballard activities. When we engage, we become part of creating the thriving community and lifestyle we want and need.

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