What do most kids have in common?
- A. They like roasted Brussels sprouts.
- B. They like ice cream.
- C. They like biking.
- D. Both B and C.
The group included four kids, ages 5-9 (keeping it small until we carve out our ideal routes). We rode a 6-mile loop, starting on Sandalwood Street and returning via Kiote/Jarvis. We had a leisurely, but short and shady, bike ride down Cedar Extension: half preferred the sidewalk, the other half the wide dirt road.
The group stopped for a short break at Tutti Frutti for ice cream and another irresistible visit to Eucalyptus Grove North (Jarvis) before returning home via Lake Blvd. Bike Leader took lots of notes for feedback on Newark's Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, and will explore other routes for a future ride.
The kids got a bit competitive on the bike ride, and had to be reminded to save the racing for Cedar Extension. 😉 Half way through the ride, the oldest rider showed signs of homesickness because the streets didn't look familiar; but, soon after, she perked up when she saw the Raley's shopping center; her newly found confidence was apparent. As we all looked out onto the wildlife refuge, one kid caught a gorgeous view of the Dumbarton bridge for the first time from that vantage point, and he beamed.
Believe it or not, the biggest grin didn't come from the ice cream; the realization that they completed a LOOP gave them the most joy, though building a fort "ran a close second."