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Last year's bike parade
  • Last year's bike parade

Cyclists of all ages are invited to bring their wheels to the third annual Human Powered Parade and Festival in Bristol. Inspired by the bike-central culture of the Bay Area, cycling advocate Melanie Kessler dreamed up the event as a way to spread the positivity of this lifestyle to Vermonters. "A parade is a great way to do that," she said. Before the parade, participants can jazz up their bikes with provided decorations at the Bristol skate park. The jamboree then rolls down the road with spontaneous stops to make public art together: stop-and-drop chalk art, drumming with musician Saragail Benjamin, lying in a field to form a human peace sign and other zaniness. Kids who learned to bike this year are invited to take a congratulatory spin through a "cheering tunnel" lined with two rows of clapping fans. Back at the skate park, the festivities roll on with local food and bike-gadget vendors. Sip a smoothie made with pedal power or take a spin on one of Rad-Innovations' custom bikes for mobility- or balance-impaired riders. Two BMX riders will perform acrobatics and backflips in a performance designed to get the kids psyched about the potential of their own two wheels.

The Human Powered Parade and Festival takes place on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Bristol Hub Teen Center & Skatepark. Find more information at humanpoweredparade.org.

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