Some of our group went up to Antioch with our kids last weekend to watch the Easter Parade through town, followed by lots of kid-friendly, post-parade activity at Williams Park at the end of the route.
One of the parade entries was Cub Scout Pack 190, obviously bicycle based.
What a contrast, to actually ALLOW parade participants… on bicycles… better yet, little participants on little bicycles… on a state highway (Rt. 83).
The next time any of us (or any of YOU) is representing a group which wants to participate in a RL-area parade with a bike entry and catches any flak about how “Bicycle entries are not allowed because they are unsafe”… stand your ground and don’t take any cr@p.
Point that (presumably) well-meaning desk-jockey towards this post, then politely ask that functionary what Antioch (Pop. ~14,000) has clearly figured out that we in the Round Lake area villages (Pop. ~60,000) haven’t yet.
While they are trying to punt with talk of “…but our insurance…” and “It was decided many years ago…”, take note if the entry form even lists Bicycles as a type of entry (’cause it probably won’t).
Community parades are one of the most participatory and visible forms of civic participation. Any bias in “allowing” floats/entries should be in favor of the participants, with the organizers having the burden-of-proof as to why any entry should not be allowed!