The 8th Annual Bike Fest Was Fun for All!
Fall Bike Fest in Cupertino was again a well-attended event and fun time for all! After its cancellation last year due to the pandemic, it was great to get together again, enjoy a great family bike ride and games, ride the blender bike to make smoothies, get great freebies, and learn about new equipment.
Families, couples, and more enjoyed the 2021 Bike Fest.
Free Helmet Fittings and Safety Wings
This year Walk-Bike Cupertino provided free helmet fittings and installed free bike safety wings, to give bikes some added visibility and encourage cars to keep their distance.
WBC Board member Taghi Sadaati installs a bike safety wing for one of the attendees.
Enjoyable Activities for the Whole Family
The Family Ride was, as always, very well liked and attended! Families from all over Cupertino, including students from Stocklmeir, Eaton, Cupertino High, Cupertino Middle, Sedgwick and many more enjoyed the 5+ mile ride to the eastern edge of Cupertino (Sterling Barhart Park and the Saratoga Creek Trail). There were many ride helpers along. Bike Commissioner Erik Lindskog led the ride and provided the tunes!
So many riders on the annual family ride!
Besides the ride, there were tons of booths to learn, get freebies, and just have fun. Here are some of the highlights:
- Community Cycles of California were there as free bike mechanics and to do general bike checks.
- Safe Routes to School provided maps of possible routes to every school and safe cycling and pedestrian tips.
- Trailhead Cyclery gave away free bicycle tire tubes and sold small equipment.
- Youth Environment Power Initiative (YEPI) held a booth to make colorful flags about biking (for decoration of the festival).
- Cupertino’s Poet Laureate led a haiku workshop;
- Safe Moves ran a on-bike bike safety course for our younger attendees.
- Cupertino’s Mayor Darcy Paul was in attendance to celebrate the festival and give out prizes in the raffles;
- There was a “bike blender” (a blender powered by pedaling) to make smoothies.
- Friends of Stevens Creek Trail were on hand to provide information on the trail, including its recently opened extension, the Linda Vista Trail.
- The Cupertino mini-bookmobile was onsite (with lots of books about bicycles!).
- A booth offered bike decorating with lots of free fun items, delicious food from the the YY Noodle food stand, and much more.
WBC Board members help with helmet fittings and information on local biking for everyone attending!
Balloons and more balloons!
Balloons marked the location of the Bike Fest!
Cool scuplture of a girl riding a bike–all made of balloons!
Thank you to Safe Routes to School
Extra thanks go to Cherie Walkowiak, Cupertino’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator, for her planning and hard work to make the whole festival happen! Every year it seems to get better and more fun for the participants.