Perfect weather helped to draw a good crowd to Irving Bicycle Fest Saturday at Lively Pointe Youth Center. Bicycling fans of all ages watched BMX stunt shows, learned about bicycle safety, visited with vendors and even made smoothies using pedal power. Organized by the Bike Lane Task Force, the event included a group ride, where bicyclists were escorted by Irving Police and a Kids’ Bike Safety Rodeo. Children were also able to receive free bicycle helmets, thanks to a grant from Texas Medical Association Foundation’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program. Spotted at the event were retired physician Thomas Murphy, city council member Gerald Farris, Lorraine Taylor of Irving’s Tree Board and Fran Witte, Irving’s senior community outreach coordinator. “Cycling is one of those rare things that’s good on so many levels,” said Bike Lane Task Force chair Francesca Funk. Funk also helps with the Irving school district’s Safe Routes program, which promotes cycling to school. Brandenburg Elementary recently hosted a bike rodeo, and Lamar Middle School hosted a walk and bike to school event.

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