They were joined by Gregg of Friends of the Children (FOTC) and his mentees Saul and Jason. Saul and Jason got their chops through FOTC’s Bike Safety Camps, which borrows a fleet of bikes from the BTA to make their bike fun around Portland possible.
9 year-old Koen, who learned how to ride just in time for summer adventures, came with his mom Amber, and 12 year-old Zelda and her dad, Mike, kicked off their Pedalpalooza rides with us.
We were impressed by the savvy of these kids who knew when, why, and how to communicate with other road users!
We played a Simon Says game to review–Simon says “Left turn signal!” Simon says, “Check your quick release!” “Check your chain!” (Erika got out on this one) — before riding from Fernhill Park to Alberta Park for a “slow race.” Tip for winning: “Get in your granny gear!”After the fun in the park we rode to Good Neighbor Pizzeria in Dekum Triangle for dinner, where Koen suggested a jingle: Like a Good Neighbor, Pizza is there! (to the melody of Statefarm’s commercial tune). The owner of the pizza shop said he had some concerns about copyright but would look into it.
The afternoon ended on a high note, with some refreshing Canada Dry and impromptu kid-led lessons in Spanish, Japanese, and armpit farts.