Bike to School Day is May 8!
Plan your event in 7 days. Click here for details.
We have lots of events planned for 2013 and more on the way so check back for updates.
- Kids Bike Skills Workshops can come together in just a few weeks and are designed to teach the essentials of bike safety. They are ideal for a shorter time period (2-4 hours), limited space and /or as one station as part of a larger event.
- Walk ‘n Roll Festivals take longer to plan and are designed to teach more comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle safety lessons. They function well as stand-alone events, make and require much more space and personnel commitment.
Join us for a family friendly ride as we celebrate Bike Week LA. We start along Ballona Creek near Culver City High School heading West to McConnell, we exit the path and follow the lovely tree-lined Culver path to Elenda where we will head back to the high school.
This annual event has been celebrating art and culture for 22 years. This year we will be hosting a Kids Bike Skills Workshop to teach kids the essential bike and ped skills they need to bike and walk to school.
April 21, CicLAvia
Walk ‘n Rollers will be hosting 2 Kids Bike Skills Workshops at either end of this semi-annual event. Come visit us at the Downtown Hub (Los Angeles City Hall) and the Venice Hub as we bookend the event. We’ll kick off CicLAvia at 10 a.m. with helmet giveaways at both locations.
April 19, Goethe Bike Skills Workshop
We hosted an after school Kids Bike Skills Workshops at Goethe International Charter School in Mar Vista. Walk ‘n Rollers’ instructors worked with 96 children in preparation for CicLAvia (see above). Children learned helmet fitting, proper starting and stopping techniques, bike handling skills and more.
February 23, Playworks Family Play Day
Join us for a FREE Kids Bike Skills Workshop as part of Playworks’ Family Play Day. Kids will have a blast while learning essential bike safety and skills. The Family Play Day is a fun event to inspire and encourage families to be more active.
Following the success of CicLAvia, we were invited to participate in Metro’s Safe Connections Festival in East L.A. Over 75 children visited our skills course learning essential safety and skills lessons.
To support Walgrove Elementary School’s first Bike-A-Thon fundraiser, we offered to add a Kids Bike Safety component. Using an all-volunteer group of instructors, we worked with nearly 50 children while their parents rode 30 miles to Manhattan Beach and back.
When the Mayor’s office calls, you answer! We were invited by Los Mayor Villaigarosa’s office to host a Kids Skills Course at October’s CicLAvia. So we set up a course next to City Hall and worked with 50+ kids throughout the day!
Metro contracted Walk ‘n Rollers to organize and coordinate a series of Group Family Rides on the Westside to take advantage of “Carmegeddon II”. With over 100 participants, we successfully showed off existing bicycle infrastructure and demonstrated how easy - and fun – it is to get around the Westside by bike.
June 2, Palms Bike Rodeo
We will be doing helmet checks and ABC Quick Checks for the kids at this annual event. Join the fun! Click HERE for more information
June 10, LACBC’s River Ride
We will be at the Long Beach Hub all day having fun teaching kids how to bike safely, hosting a Kids Bike Ride and Rodeo. For more information, click HERE
July 14, Christmas in July
Assemblymember Holly Mitchell has asked us to return to this second annual event and host the bike activities. Last year we helped over 50 children navigate skills stations and learn to adjust their helmets. We also lead a group mountain bike ride and taught several children how to ride a bike for the first time.
August 25, Culver City’s Fiesta La Ballona
This year, the Fiesta is making a concerted effort to feature bicycling as a viable alternative to driving and parking at the festival. We will be part of Bike Row and offering fun safety workshops for kids, watermelon drops to demonstrate the importance of wearing helemts and other creative activities. For more information, click HERE
Porter Ranch Community School Reaches out to Walk ‘n Rollers
Mary Melvin, principal of this new K-8 school in Porter Ranch that’s due to open in August, 2011, contacted Walk ‘n Rollers about creating a Walk/Bike to school program. The intention is to have a comprehensive walk/bike to school program in place when the school opens. With many students living within 1/2 mile of the school’s entrance, there is an excellent opportunity to build a program form the ground up, infusing the school with an active transportation culture.
Walk ‘n Rollers Presents at Goethe International Charter School
On January 12, 2012, Walk ‘n Rollers attended Goethe International Charter School’s It’s Not Easy Being Green” workshop. Our presentation on Achieving Sustainability through Active Transportation demonstrated how valuable walking and biking is in helping a community become more livable. Other workshop presenters included Stevan Casares of LA’s Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation discussing the city’s recycling program and Rachel Winokur of eTTa designs, discussing in home sustainable actions.
Beginning October 5, in conjunction with International Walk to School Day, Walk ‘n Rollers initiated a first-ever Walk ‘n Roll Wednesday program at El Marino Language School. El Marino is a language emersion school in Culver City, CA with close to 750 students. El Marino serves as sort of a magnet school in this city of 40,000, so children will be coming from all corners of the city, making the effort that much more challenging.
The January event grew to over 50 people participating, including Culver City’s Mayor Michael O’Leary (shown below with El Marino students), Councilman Andrew Weissman, City Manager John Nachbar and school board member Nancy Goldberg as well as other city staff. The school was thrilled that the city supported their efforts to get kids moving in the morning and reduce congestion and greenhouse gasses in the process.
For complete coverage, see the article in the Culver City Patch
Over 125 children attended our Kids Bike Safety Festival in Culver City. Made possible by a grant from the California Department of Health, our Festival included several stations from helmet fitting, bike checks and starting/stopping to turning, yielding and more. Also included was an on-street ride to put into practice what the children learned at the stations. Fundraising class booths, a bike wash station along with local representatives, including Assembly Member Holly Mitchell and Culver City City Councilmemembers helped make the event a success.