On Saturday, Dec. 9, the Mesa Transportation Department’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program guarantees snow in the desert. At Alta Mesa Park, 20 tons of snow will kick-off CycloMesa WinterFest, a party in the park to increase helmet safety awareness for winter snow sports and biking.
Kids are invited to play in the snow, ride a mechanical snowboard, learn proper helmet fitting techniques and receive basic concussion education. Food trucks, bounce houses and more reindeer games will also be adding to the snow play.
“Helmet safety is just as important when families head up north to play in the snow as it is on bikes—when kids and adults are sledding, skiing and snowboarding they should all wear properly-fitted helmets to avoid concussions and head injuries,” Mesa Transportation Department Safety Educator Ashley Barinka said.
Local residents are encouraged to bike to the event. A bike valet will be set-up to park bikes while residents enjoy the festivities.
CycloMesa WinterFest is 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Alta Mesa Park, 1910 N Alta Mesa Drive, and is free for all. Folks are encouraged to stick around after the snow melts for a guided family-friendly bike ride through Alta Mesa’s neighborhood to enjoy sights of homes with holiday lights and decorations. The ride will start at 5:30 p.m.; participants are encouraged to bring their helmets and bike lights.