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You can ride a kick bike.

Ride a tandem.

A cargo bike – or a trike.

At 10 a.m. Sunday, children and families are invited to the BLoT Ride, or Big and Littles on the Trails, a ride organized by the Bike Walk Alliance of Missoula and Free Cycles.

Riders are meeting a the big shelter in Silver Park.

"At Free Cycles, we help several families every day outfit their children with well-working bicycles," program director Bob Giordano said in a statement. "We see the joy in both the kids and parents that comes with the freedom of propelling oneself on two wheels."

The ride aims to showcase cycling as a way to support the health of kids and health of the planet. Becky Douglas is the cycling enthusiast who came up with the BLoT Ride.

"Cycling has been a saving grace for my family," Douglas said in a statement.

Her children went from riding in a trailer to using push bikes, or a bicycle without pedals: "While on his push bike, you could see my eldest relax into his body and smile from ear to ear."

Riders will cycle along the river trail to the base of Mount Sentinel and then enjoy local treats. Those who would like to do so may then hike up to the M.

The Douglas-Delp fundraiser is free for participants, but organizers are accepting donations. Money will go to BWAM, which aims to hire its first paid staff member, and to Free Cycles, which needs new bicycle tools.

According to Free Cycles, biking gives children physical and emotional confidence, access to the outdoors, and it addresses obesity as it helps kids develop a healthy habit.

Want to learn more? Go to tinyurl.com/blotride.

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Higher Education Reporter

Higher education / University of Montana reporter for the Missoulian.