BIM Bike Parade Details
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BIM Bike Parade

Description: Participating bikes ride a designated route in a city / community for a specific span of time.

Why to choose this type of event: A bike parade is a good option if you have a strong biking community and have a good route in mind with roads or trails that can accommodate the amount of people you are planning for.

Size of event: This event-type is great for groups as small as 7-10 and as large as 300+.

Logistics / What you need: For organizing bike parade events, there are two parts that need to be planned: 1) initial gathering and decorating of bikes and, 2) the bike parade itself:

  1. Initial Gathering of bikes:
  1. Arrive 60 - 90 minutes prior to the event itself to set everything up.
  2. An appropriately large space for participating people / ask bikers to gather prior to the parade while taking any necessary social distancing precautions.
  3. Multiple, well marked “Sign Stations” at various locations in the gathering area.
  1. Sign stations include painters / masking tape
  2. Scissors
  3. Zip ties to adhere signs to bike handlebars, etc
  4. Safety pins so people can pin signs to their backs
  5. Individual hand hole punch
  6. Boxes with a couple different types of signs
  7. Copies of map of route for people to bring with them
  8. Extra masks (dependent on COVID guidelines/severity)
  1. Optional: If it’s a large event, a Bull Horn to Communicate with participants so you are able to communicate with the many people.
  1.  Day of Event Route:
  1. Designated riding route
  1. length of route to accommodate # of participants
  2. Ideally rides by federal / city buildings / seats of power
  1. 2-5 Organizer bikes who can communicate with each other: a bike parade in a city with traffic lights, etc means there are opportunities for things to get a bit complicated. Having multiple individuals tasked with keeping people together that are stationed throughout the parade will be important to help keep things safe and lead bicyclists in tough situations.
  1. Lead bike to set pace and keep to the route
  2. Rear bike to communicate with the lead bike if they need to slow down to keep bike parade together as a group
  3. Additional bikes dispersed across the parade to help track procession.
  1. Variety of signs for bikes and cyclists
  2. Optional: Drone for aerial shots of parade

Photos from past bike parades: