Bike down to the Old Mill on Saturday, June 16 for family friendly activities to promote helmet safety and educate young people about reducing pollution through choosing to walk or bike.
The Old Mill District and Commute Options have joined forces to help kick off Commute Options Week with the “Little Commuters Parade.” The event, which begins with bike decorating at 8:30am, culminates with a parade starting at 9:45am.
“By choosing alternative transportation, we can all build a better future and educating children about this at a young age is important,” said Kim Curley of Commute Options. “That’s why our partnership with Old Mill District and this great event is so important in reaching the families of Central Oregon.”
During Saturday’s event, children will have stations where they can decorate their “vehicle”, such as a bike, tricycle, scooter, skateboard or other non-motor-powered transport. Decorations, fresh flowers and art supplies were generously donated by Trader Joes and the Art Station. The parade, which will be presided over by king John Flannery of GetIt Shuttle and queen Joannie Kriebel of Wheel Fun Rentals, will wind over the footbridge through the shops and then circle back along the river trail. There will be raffle prizes for participating children, including a family camping package (a $350 value) from REI and a gift basket from Wonderland Toy Shoppe.
The event marks the start of Commute Options Week, being held June 16-23, is in its 22nd year in Central Oregon and includes a wide variety of activities and events. New this year is that the Commute Options Week Drive Less Challenge taking place during the entire month of June.