The Bash Bash Festival brings gear and safety courses to Gig Harbor

A free public festival will bring a day of cycling skills to Sehmel Homestead Park this month.

The first-ever Bash Bike will be offered by Neighborhood Expert Real Estate to all ages from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, May 21 at 10123 78th Avenue NW.

“We’ll have plenty of opportunities for kids and adults to try out the bikes and learn skills on the bikes,” Matthew Kearns, director of recreational services for the Peninsula Metropolitan Park area, told The Gateway.

The first Gig Harbor-area event was created by locals.

“Like cycling, Bike Bash has something for everyone – activities for kids, families and cyclists of all levels of experience and abilities,” said Marilyn Drucker, one of the event organizers, in a press release about the event.

Helmets will be required. Participants can attend a variety of bike safety education workshops and classes.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their bikes and helmets to the event. But for those who don’t own, bikes will be available to borrow.

The pop-up traffic park will mimic the road environment with things like stop signs and railroad crossings to teach new riders the rules of the road.

Bike Rodeo will be an obstacle course for older kids and adults. The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance will be on a baseball field allowing people to bypass slopes and other obstacles.

The event will also feature adaptive bikes designed for people with cognitive or physical disabilities, according to Kearns.

“The non-profit organization, Outdoors for All, is bringing in a trailer full of adaptable bikes like handbikes….anyone is allowed to try these things out,” Kearns said.

Visitors will want to get there early because they will be giving away free bike helmets, especially for kids. Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One staff will be there to make sure the helmets fit properly.

Food trucks at the event include: Gig Harbor Kiwanis Club with hot dogs, Starvin Marvin Pizza, and Caroline Grill with barbecue and southern sides.

The various bike sellers at the event will be selling bikes for what the event calls a bike swap. Bicycle swaps consist of sellers who sell or trade complete bikes, bike parts, or other bike-related items.

An event like this isn’t done in the Gig Harbor area, but according to Kerns: “We’ve seen Kent do something similar to this and they call it a rodeo, but Bike Bash at Gig Harbor is going to be a bigger festival than we’ve seen in other areas.”

Other notes from the press release:

A shuttle bus to the event will run from Gig Harbor High School at 5101 Rosedale St. NW all day, starting at 9:30 a.m., and there will be limited parking at Sehmel Homestead Park.

Visit penmetparks.org for more information about the event, including how to volunteer.

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