Kidical Mass PDX rides to the Chapman Swifts

Ride with Kidical Mass to view the Vaux’s Swifts dramatic sunset display entering the chimney at Chapman School!

Photo from OregonLive.com

Friday, September 7, 6:00 p.m.
Start at: Jamison Square (810 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209)
End at: Chapman Elementary School (1445 NW 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97210)
2.4 miles, one way, our route
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If you’ve never witnessed it, you’re in for a real treat!
If you ever drove a car to the event and regretted it, ride with us!
If you bike there every year, ride with us!
Ride your bike–watch the birds–bring your babies.

Gather at Jamison Square by 6:00 p.m. (East side of park on the “sand” part–not the “water fountain” part). Ride leaves shortly after 6:00 p.m.
We will ride approximately 2.5 miles to Chapman School where we will lay out blankets or pop-up chairs and wait for the birds’ show! Along the way, we will tour 3 Pearl District Parks and discover a waterfront bicycle path as well as some nice, wide bike lanes.
We will go at a comfortable kids’ pace, but this ride probably isn’t suitable for kids on balance bikes.
We should arrive at least 45 minutes before sunset. The birds start their descent into the chimney shortly after sunset. This is a very popular event and it gets quite crowded on the school grounds.

Definitely bring:
-Bike lock
-Bike lights (it will be dark when you leave the event)

Fun to bring:
-Picnicking supplies like snacks, chairs, blanket
-Binoculars
-Piece of cardboard for “sledding” down the Astroturf hill
-Soccer ball or other park activity

Visit the Audubon Society website for more info.

Oregon law requires any person under the age of 16 riding a bicycle or being carried on a bicycle to wear approved protective headgear.

Reminder: this ride is not a loop and it will be dark at the end of the event.

Helmets are required for those under 18, and recommended for all. As always, we’ll ride as a group, demonstrating that Kids Are Traffic Too!

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