East Portland Pump Track and Library

ATTENTION: This ride is now CANCELLED due to predictions for severe weather. Apologies, and we hope to see you next time.

ATTENTION: This ride is now CANCELLED due to predictions for severe weather. Apologies, and we hope to see you next time.

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September’s ride has been moved from 9/21 to 9/28 at 1:00 p.m.!

We’ll meet at the Ventura Park playground (SE 113th and SE Stark), where there are a playground, a set of paved paths, and a pump track to explore. From there, we’ll ride to the Midland Regional Library (bring your library card!) and then make a loop through the neighborhood back to Ventura Park. Midland Library has plenty of bike parking, but you will want your locks.

This will be a shorter loop than normal (1.8 miles), but I figure some of you will be coming from further away anyway, plus we’ll want time to ride IN the park.

Getting to Ventura Park: I recommend NOT riding on SE Stark street if you can help it. You can enter the park from either SE 113th or SE 117th instead of Stark. Also, please note that we are NOT meeting at the school playground; look for the playground with a parking lot on SE 113th.

Ride Map

As with all KidicalMassPDX rides:
-We will stay together as a group and follow all traffic safety laws.
-Children should be accompanied by an adult.
-Helmets are required for children and encouraged for adults.
-Kids riding their own bikes should be able to ride in a more or less straight line, stop and start as necessary, and follow verbal directions.
-For questions or more information about Kidical Mass and event updates,
please see the main website: www.kidicalmasspdx.org
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Bicycling Birdos!

We are entering a team in the Audubon’s annual Bird-a-Thon!

Kidical Mass rides Saturday, May 11 at 10:45 am. In partnership with Splendid Cycles and the Audubon Society, we are entering a team in the Audubon’s annual Bird-a-Thon!

Sign up to join the Bicycling Birdos, learn more about the route, and get your fundraising materials together, all at the Audubon Bird-a-Thon site.

Ride with leader Barb Grover of Splendid Cycles, and our bevy of bicycling birders for this family-friendly excursion! This group welcomes birdos of all ages; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. This 2-3-hour trip focuses on the fun of sleuthing-out birds in our urban environment, all by bike!

We’ll ride through birdy and bicycle-friendly SE Portland neighborhoods to a bird-friendly park for picnic and birdo activities. So, pack your binoculars, diaper bags, and bike helmets, for this group ride that’s going to the birds!

Though we may not sneak up on any rare or elusive species, we will discover the joy of birding and share that joy with the whole family!

Contact: Barb Grover, redravens@yahoo.com

Also in May: Cyclofemme Rides to, and at, Sunday Parkways!

The CycloFemme PDX ride, part of the national women’s cycling ride onMay 12, is less than one month away. Plan your pretty dress – or any interpretation you have of ‘pretty’ or ‘dress’ and prepare for a fun ride with us! Families welcome. 5.1 mile ride starts at Clever Cycles on SE 9th and Hawthorne at 10 a.m., connects to the first Sunday Parkways of the season for cupcakes and balloons, ends with 2 mile parade ride on the car-free Parkways route.

Cupcakes! Pretty dresses! Balloons! If you haven’t made your Mothers’ Day plans yet, consider riding to celebrate women on bikes!
Contact: April Streeter, April.Streeter@gmail.com

April Kites and Bubbles

On April 20 at 2:00 pm, ride this 2.6 mile park loop with us! We’ll start with some playtime at Harper’s Playground, at Arbor Lodge Park, then ride to Peninsula Park for flying kites and blowing bubbles. We’ll have some kites and bubbles; you should bring some too!

Ride this 2.6 mile park loop with us! We’ll start with some playtime at Harper’s Playground, at Arbor Lodge Park, then ride to Peninsula Park for flying kites and blowing bubbles. We’ll have some kites and bubbles; you should bring some too!

Kids must be accompanied by adults. They can ride their own bikes or be cargo on yours. We ride slow enough for beginning riders, but they must be able to reliably start and stop, to stay with a group, and to follow verbal instructions. Per Oregon law, kids must wear helmets. Free!

Approximate route

St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Kidical Mass PDX will ride again in the St. Agatha School St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16, and we need YOU to ride with us!

Join us for bike decorating at the Sellwood Park Playground between 10:30 and 11:30. We’ll have some decorations to share, but if you have ribbons, crepe paper, flowers, or anything else GREEN please bring it along. Snacks for sharing also very welcome. Costumes are great too!

We’ll ride over to SE 15th & Miller to line up for the parade around 11:30, and the parade starts at noon.

The Irish say: “You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.”

And so it is, too, that you’ll never ride a bike by turning the pedals in your mind.

The Irish say: “You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your father was.”

And so, too, must our kids learn do their own riding, no matter how many miles we ourselves have pedaled.

Kidical Mass PDX will ride again in the St. Agatha School St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and we need YOU to ride with us!

Join us for bike decorating at the Sellwood Park Playground between 10:30 and 11:30. We’ll have some decorations to share, but if you have ribbons, crepe paper, flowers, or anything else GREEN please bring it along. Snacks for sharing also very welcome. Costumes are great too!

We’ll ride over to SE 15th & Miller to line up for the parade around 11:30, and the parade starts at noon.

After the parade, stick around for the festival: a cake walk, carnival, live music, Irish dancers, and a beer garden, until 5pm. More info on the St. Agatha School festival here: http://www.stagathaschoolpdx.us/st_patricks_day.html

We ride at a kid-friendly pace (during the parade, even slower than usual) and in a large group. No one will be left behind– the focus is on having fun! Riders should be able to ride in a line, to follow verbal directions, and to stop at stop signs. Kids under 18 must be wearing helmets.

Bring a smile, a friend, and join us behind the Kidical Mass PDX banner for some parade fun!!

“Erin Go Bragh!”

PRINT A FLYER FOR THIS EVENT! Use the link below, and let us know in the comments where your flyers will go.
 https://docs.google.com/file/d/1TKSB48yQF0GWHcZpbA7o7XRhpuWfqEUdbTPVvhr4elNq1flJ2Hoyq46SdZ_d/edit

 

(Note: no registration required! I just can’t get the link below to go away. KP)

Tour de Sellwood

Just cause the leaves are falling doesn’t mean that family biking has to stop.

Just cause the leaves are falling doesn’t mean that family biking has to stop. The next Kidical Mass PDX ride is on November 17th. We’re going to ride a loop around the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhoods (approx 4 miles). The ride starts/ends at Sellwood Park (SE 7th & Lexington). Meet at 12:30. Roll out at 1pm. Kids are encouraged to ride their own bikes… assuming they can follow directions and stop/start as needed. We ride on low-traffic streets, stay together as a group, and obey all traffic laws. Oregon law requires kids to wear helmets.

There is no specific theme, but bike decorations and silly attire are encouraged.

No need to register… just show up!

SW PDX Geocache Bike Ride

This month’s ride will be a loop ride of about 3.2 miles, but with breaks. We will meet at the upper Southwest corner of Gabriel Park a.k.a. Little Gabriel. It is situated behind the post office off of SW Canby. Our ride begins at 2PM and heads down the winding path through Gabriel Park to the corner of 45th and Vermont. We will then continue North on 45th crossing into the Hayhurst neighborhood at SW Illinois. We then head for Hayhurst Elementary to see the goats and for geocaching at Pendelton Park.

This month’s ride will be a loop ride of about 3.2 miles, but with breaks. We will meet at the upper Southwest corner of Gabriel Park a.k.a. Little Gabriel. It is situated behind the post office off of SW Canby. Our ride begins at 2PM and heads down the winding path through Gabriel Park to the corner of 45th and Vermont. We will then continue North on 45th crossing into the Hayhurst neighborhood at SW Illinois. We then head for Hayhurst Elementary to see the goats and for geocaching at Pendelton Park. On the return trip we may choose to take a break at the Laughing Planet across from Gabriel Park for smoothies etc.. or do more geocaching in Gabriel Park. (Bring a few small objects (stickers, pencils, small toys etc) to exchange with the loot we take and a GPS if you have one.)

Route map: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/91281281

We will stay together as a group and follow all traffic safety laws. Helmets are required for children and encouraged for adults. Kids riding their own bikes should be able to ride in a more or less straight line, stop and start as necessary and follow verbal directions. Ultimately, parents are responsible for ensuring that their child rides safely. For question or more information about Kidical Mass and event updates please see the main website: www.kidicalmasspdx.org

 

Family Bike Camping July 28-29

Update: The trip is full. Thanks for all the interest. –Andy

Have you ever thought it would be fun to take your family camping by bike? We at Kidical Mass HQ have been thinking that very thought. We recruited the bicycle camping denizens at Cycle Wild to help us put together a suitable family oriented trip.

The reality of connecting Portland to a campground involves at least some stretch on not-so-family-bike-friendly roads. This won’t really be a normal Kidical Mass ride in that young kids are NOT encouraged to ride their own bikes. The route is about 22 miles (one way), involves busy/ narrow roads, and has 2 significant hills (descents on the way there but climbs on the return). We will travel as a group, obey the rules of the road, and take frequent breaks.

We don’t charge for the ride itself but there is a campground fee. Cost will be determined depending how many families show up. Best guess is that it’ll be about $15 per family to cover sites and firewood.

You’re on your own for food. Expect to eat Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast in camp. There will be plenty of breaks along the way for lunch and snacks.

Still want to come? Great! Send me an email (54canoe at the mail with a “G” daut com) letting me know how many adults, kids and bikes you’ll be and I’ll add your name to “the list”. Campground space is limited and we want to keep the group a reasonable size for riding on rural roads. Also, if you tell me you’re coming and it turns out that you won’t be, please let me know asap.

On July 28 we’ll meet at Woodstock Park playground (SE Harold & 48th) at 10am. I imagine it’ll take us about 5 hours to ride to Dodge Park (at the confluence of the Sandy and Bull Run Rivers). We’ll return Sunday afternoon.

See the route here: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1418319

Also, we still have KM t-shirts ($20), stickers($1) and spoke cards($1) for sale. Send me an email at the address above and I’ll get you in touch with the shirt girl. Or they’ll be available for purchase on the ride.

No need to use the “Register” button below to sign up for the ride… just send me an email… see above

Kidical Mass SE Park Loop and Potluck

Join us on Saturday, May 19th, at 2pm at the Mt. Scott Park (adjacent to the community center and pool). We will ride a simple neighborhood loop, stopping at Woodstock park to stretch our legs and have a small break. Then we will venture back to Mt. Scott park for a family-friendly, neighborhood barbeque potluck! It would be great if you could bring a dish or item to share at the barbeque. Also, if you have any LAWN GAMES, please do bring them! We’ll have some fun setting up and playing lawn games while the potluck is underway, roughly 4pm-7pm.

Join us on Saturday, May 19th, at 2pm at the Mt. Scott Park (adjacent to the community center and pool). We will congregate near the parking lot behind the community center: at SE 73rd Ave. and SE Ellis St. We will ride a simple neighborhood loop, stopping at Woodstock park to stretch our legs and have a small break. Then we will venture back to Mt. Scott park for a family-friendly, neighborhood barbeque potluck! It would be great if you could bring a dish or item to share at the barbeque. Also, if you have any LAWN GAMES, please do bring them! We’ll have some fun setting up and playing lawn games while the potluck is underway, roughly 4pm-7pm.

Note: We will provide a gas grill for the BBQ, so feel free to bring grillables! Looking forward to seeing you then.

 

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Kidical Mass East Portland Playground Ride

On April 28, join Kidical Mass a little further east for a relaxed family ride from Hancock Park (near Jason Lee Elementary and Rocky Butte) to Glenhaven Park for a snack and playtime, and then looping back to Hancock Park. Both parks include playgrounds, plus we’ll cruise through the Rose City Golf Course on our way. SUGGESTION: Bring a kite if you have one! There is lots of open space at Glenhaven Park. We’ll bring materials to make paper bag kites, too.

We will stay together as a group and follow all traffic safety laws. Helmets are required for children and encouraged for adults. Kids riding their own bikes should be able to ride in a more or less straight line, stop and start as necessary, and follow verbal directions.

Route Map (route is subject to change):

 

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