#StreetsR4Families- The Los Angeles River Ride

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From the back of my bike in 2012 to fifteen miles on his own bike in 2016…the River Ride also allows me to check on his progress as a bike rider.

Yesterday was the 16th Annual Los Angeles River Ride. The River Ride serves the three-part purpose of fundraiser for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), tour of the L.A. River, and a group ride that brings together hundreds of bicyclists.

After missing the ride for a couple of years due to my vacation plans, I was able to join the 1,500 or so bicyclists that take part in the two-, fifteen-, thirty five-, fifty- or one hundred- mile bicycle routes that are part of the ride.

In recent years, LACBC has made a concerted effort to attract more than just hard-core racers and Livable Streets Advocates culminating in yesterday’s event which featured multiple ways for children to be part of the city’s largest bike party this side of CicLAvia.

Walk n’ Rollers provided bike-related activities such as helmet-painting and a bike rodeo for the littlest bicyclists. The LAPD provided escorts to the two mile and fifteen mile family rides. First 5 L.A. provided subsidies to make the family rides more affordable to families of any income level.

The River Ride happens once a year. Check back to Streetsblog in early 2017 for information on the next ride. After the jump you can find your media from the River Ride via Storify.