Fiets of Parenthood 2012

How many people can you carry on your bike and still complete a challenging obstacle course? In 2010, the first year of the Fiets of Parenthood family cargo bike race, North Portland dad Travis Wittwer impressed spectators as he carried his three sons and his partner Ruhiyyih on their long-tail cargo bike. The following year, SE Portland mom Emily Finch rocked the assembled crowd by carrying her six children in, and trailing behind, a front-loading box bike. This year, more feats of parental prowess are expected with an event lineup including a family bike obstacle course, kid’s races, a bike-centric haiku competition, food vendors, and more. And don’t worry: if you want to show off carrying more children than you have, borrowed offspring are allowed.

The event will take place outside Clever Cycles, located at the corner of SE 9th Ave and SE Hawthorne St, on Sunday, September 16, 2012, from noon to 4 pm. We're closing down an additional street to car traffic this year to make room for an even longer course. And what’s the point of these parental displays of strength? Event organizers want to demonstrate what cargo bikes can do when it comes to hauling families. They want to share knowledge with each other and with kid-carrying novices. And they want to determine, for the third year, which child-toting mom or dad is the mightiest.

In past years, participants have traveled from Tacoma, Bellingham, Seattle, and Eugene to compete and socialize; we hope for a similar turnout this year.

Attendees should plan for outdoor fun in typical Portland fall weather: it should be hot, unless it rains. There will be on-site areas for diaper changes and nursing mothers, along with bathrooms, food vendors, shade/rain tents, and water. Activities and race registration start at noon, races and competitions begin at 1 pm, and prizes will be awarded. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

More info? See the Facebook Event page.

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