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:
- Initial Gathering of bikes:
- Arrive 60 - 90 minutes prior to the event itself to set everything up.
- An appropriately large space for participating people / ask bikers to gather prior to the parade while taking any necessary social distancing precautions.
- Multiple, well marked “Sign Stations” at various locations in the gathering area.
- Sign stations include painters / masking tape
- Zip ties to adhere signs to bike handlebars, etc
- Safety pins so people can pin signs to their backs
- Individual hand hole punch
- Boxes with a couple different types of signs
- Copies of map of route for people to bring with them
- Extra masks (dependent on COVID guidelines/severity)
- Optional: If it’s a large event, a Bull Horn to Communicate with participants so you are able to communicate with the many people.
- Day of Event Route:
- Designated riding route
- length of route to accommodate # of participants
- Ideally rides by federal / city buildings / seats of power
- 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.
- Lead bike to set pace and keep to the route
- Rear bike to communicate with the lead bike if they need to slow down to keep bike parade together as a group
- Additional bikes dispersed across the parade to help track procession.
- Variety of signs for bikes and cyclists
- Optional: Drone for aerial shots of parade
Photos from past bike parades: