Bike to School!

Bainbridge Island Bike to School is the same day as Bike to Work. I like this tradition because there is so much added support, and a real community of cyclists on the road. Also, the drivers are more alert to all the riders around them.

First stop and bottom of the hill.
First stop and bottom of the hill.

Another year of bike to school. Last year it was my last day pulling the 5 year old on the trail-a bike. I was 5 months pregnant and really struggling to get up that hill to the school and I’d had it.
This year I led a bike train to the school with baby in front seat!

We headed out with just my family, then picked up four  more kids and two dads along the way.

Mirit is wearing her bicycle dress. We’re a bit obsessed.

It was a misty morning, but that didn’t stop our intrepid cyclers. My daughter doesn’t even go to the public school yet, but she insisted on joining on her own bike (it didn’t hurt that free snacks and prizes awaited her at the school). My son, who had stayed at grandma and zayde’s house on Thursday night, as he frequently does, biked past the school to meet us and ride back to school with us.

It was encouraging how many kids and parents did the ride, even at 7:30 in the morning. We met up with a dad running and pushing his kid up the hill-it was just a bit too much for the kindergartner. My daughter and a couple others had to stop and walk part of the hill, but they all made it. There was much celebrating at the school-more than 50 bikes all together, and the principal and teachers cheered everyone on. This year several girl scouts did a bike safety project and donated LED lights and safety straps to all the participants.

I baked homemade granola bars, easy and delicious, although the kids picked the pre-wrapped bars over mine. The parents liked those though-=)

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup honey

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup puffed brown rice

1/3 cup pine nuts

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/3 cup chopped dates

1/2 cup mixed raisins or other dried fruit

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons flour or gluten-free flour

1/2 cup chopped almonds

2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (although I toasted mine and forgot them!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 inch square or 11 x 7 inch brownie pan with parchment. Stir together all ingredients and pat into pan. Bake 18-22 minutes or until set. Refrigerate an hour or more, then cut into bars. Devour!

Anyway, on the way back I needed to drop off my daughter so she could join her kindergarten carpool. So, I strapped her bike to the hooptie with a jumprope (is that a recommended use?)–the one we’d just used to strap on the pan of granola bars–and rode home. A good morning.

Bike on Board
Bike on Board

Note the bicycle baby legs, thanks to Marisa Robba. =)



Live and Learn: The Floral Edition

Flowers Before the Fall
Flowers Before the Fall

So you can’t do everything on a cargo bike. There. I said it. I admitted it. Most things, but not all. One thing that doesn’t work very well on this particular cargo bike is transporting completed floral arrangements.
Even if you strap the vase in from two sides onto the seat inside the hoopti, water will still pour out and possibly you may decapitate some expensive tulips and you might shoot the whole arrangement into the middle of the street a block from where you are going. For example. But it was an attempt. Just as I have not transported a fully decorated layer cake effectively using any bike method. I’m sure the method is out there though.

And here’s the cute baby just because, baby. On a bike.