Kids, Bicycles, and Art
Photo property of East Village Community Coalition.
Who could think of a better mixture of fun and environmental awareness. The East Village Community Coalition in New York is gearing up for their 2nd Annual LES (Lower East Side) Kid's Art Bike Parade to be held this coming Saturday, October 4th, 2008, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on the Northeast corner of Tompkins Square Park (10th Street and Avenue A).This is the East Village Community Coalition' way of celebrating sustainable transportation and community, and what better way to kick it off than with the aid of our future engineers, scientists, artists, business men and women, politicians, grocery clerks, etc.
Celebrations such as this help teach our youth about sustainable transportation and community cooperation by putting such a serious and important topic in a language that kids can understand... the language of art, music, games, and of course, fun!
The theme of this years parade will be princesses, sports, candy, vegetables (to clean your teeth after eating all that candy), and pirates. While the older kids will be invited to show off their "art bikes" during a thirty-minute parade on the street, the younger kids (pre-school) will parade in the park.
Last years parade drove home the realization for most attendants of just how much the automobile has taken over our streets. As Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, said last year at the event:
We have to create a level playing field and the way to do that is to keep cars out of Manhattan, create parks, create asthma centers, get people on bikes. Let’s create an environment where our children will live longer, be healthy, and do better in school because they will conquer the environment. (Streetsblog, October, 2007)
This years attendants will include Congresswoman, Nydia Velázquez, as Grand Marshall, City Council member Rosie Mendez, Scott Stringer, New York State Senator Martin Connor and, New York State Assembly person Brian Kavanagh. Co-sponsors include Transportation Alternatives, Recycle-A-Bicycle, Bike New York, New York City Housing Authority, Lower East Side People's Mutual Housing Association, New York City Department of Transportation, and the Children's Museum of the Arts.
There is still time to get in on a workshop to decorate a bike for the parade if you're in the area. They have two workshops left, one on Wednesday, October 1, from 3PM to 6PM, and the final on Thursday, October 2, from 3PM to 6PM. They are being held at 227 East 3rd Street, between Avenue B and C, on the ground floor of the building.
Video on last year's event:
Photos from last year's event: