Kidical Mass St Patrick’s Day Parade

This month we ride a wee bit earlier than usual, but it’s ok ’cause we’ll be joining up with the Saint Agatha/ Sellwood-Moreland Neighborhood St Patrick’s Day Parade. Wear Green, decorate your bike, and bring a friend.

Note that the date is 1 week before St Patrick’s Day.

This month we ride a wee bit earlier than usual, but it’s ok ’cause we’ll be joining up with the Saint Agatha/ Sellwood-Moreland Neighborhood St Patrick’s Day Parade. Wear Green, decorate your bike, and bring a friend.

Before the parade we’re going to have a pre-parade bike decorating party at the Sellwood Park Playground (SE 7th & Lexington). Decorating starts at 10:30am. We’ll have some bike decorations on hand but folks are encouraged to bring something to contribute to the decoration pool. At 11:30am we’ll ride to the parade staging area at Saint Agatha’s Church (7983 SE 15th, 97202). The Parade starts from St Agatha’s at 12 noon.

The ride will go at parade speed and we will stay together as the Kidical Mass group. All types of bicycles and age of riders welcome.  This will be a great ride for kids to ride their own pedal or balance bikes.  Kiddos on bikes should be able to ride a relatively straight line, follow verbal instructions, and stop/start when necessary. Also, kids must wear a helmet per Oregon law.

The Kidical Mass ride officially ends with the parade but since you’ll already be there you and yours may as well stick around and enjoy the festivities of the Saint Patrick’s Day Festival. There’ll be an old-fashioned carnival and Irish themed entertainment.  The Festival goes until 5pm.

Kidical Mass Social and Bird Feeder Making

To kick things off we’ll meet up in North Portland for a coffee/tea social. After socializing we’ll ride bikes in a family sort of way to SCRAP and make bird feeders out of milk cartons (BYO carton). As a bonus we’ll have a bird expert on hand to tell us a little about the birds we might attract with our new feeders.

The Kidical Mass ride on February 18th will be a triple header of sorts… an indoor activity at each end with a ride in the middle.
To kick things off we’ll meet up in North Portland for a coffee/tea social. After socializing we’ll ride bikes in a family sort of way to SCRAP and make bird feeders out of milk cartons (BYO carton). As a bonus we’ll have a bird expert on hand to tell us a little about the birds we might attract with our new feeders.
Coffee/tea social kicks off at 12 noon. We ride at 1:15.

This is a family friendly bike ride. We stay together and ride slowly enough for kids to ride on their own. We will be on the road, so kids should be able to follow verbal instructions, ride a straight line, and stop/start when necessary. Kids must wear helmets and be accompanied by their grown-ups.  Bring a lock to secure your bike.

Bring some sort of milk jug, juice carton, or water bottle to make into a bird feeder at the SCRAP craft room. We’ll have an example or 2 on hand to demonstrate the general idea. Beyond that the only limiting factor is your skill with scissors and a hot glue gun.

This is a free event but people are encouraged to bring a couple dollars to buy bird feeder decorations from the eclectic collection of recycled craft materials in the SCRAP store. You’ll be amazed at the purchasing power of $3.

Skating With Kidical Mass

It was several days of rain (and even a snow flurry or 2) leading up to the Kidical Mass ride on January 21st. There were a few lingering showers the day of the ride but we largely caught a break in the weather and twenty or so folks braved the elements. We met up at West Moreland Park at the prescribed time. The kids played on the playground and chased the ducks while people showed up.

Soon enough we were gathered and on our way toward Oaks Park Skating Rink. It was a leisurely 2-mile ride on the quiet streets of West Moreland and Sellwood. We made at least one stop to re-configure kids riding as passengers and perhaps one or two more to tighten up the group. But as is tradition, we rode together as a group, waved at people in cars, and dinged bells for pedestrians.

The folks at Oaks Park were kind enough to put out some bike racks right in front of the rink entrance for us. We filled the racks and still had to lock a few bikes to the fence. Most everyone stayed for skating, but there were a couple families with children too small for skating so they headed home after the ride.  Those of us who stayed to skate had a blast.

Oaks Park (and especially the skating rink) is a gem from a bygone era. If you’ve never been, and if you missed this ride, Oaks Park is worth checking out.

Let’s Go Roller Skating!

How long has it been since you or anyone in your family went went rollerskating? Too long, I’m sure. This is a perfect opportunity to join some fun families for a pleasant bike ride and skating at the historic Oaks Park Roller Rink.

We’ll gather at Westmoreland Park playground at 1pm. We ride at 1:15. Our route is on quiet streets through Westmoreland and Sellwood to the Springwater Trail. It’s only a short jaunt on the trail to Oaks Park Roller Rink. The camaraderie of a family bike ride is free but admission to the rink is $5.25/person and skate rentals start at $1.50 (for basic skates… fancy skates are more).

The guided ride is one-way. That gives people the most freedom to hang out at the rink and skate as long as they’d like.

We ride slowly enough for kids to ride with us. We will be on the road, so kids should be able to follow verbal instructions, stay to the right, and stop/start when necessary. Kids must wear helmets and be accompanied by their grown-ups. Costumes and bike decorations are encouraged but not required.

Oh… and don’t forget a lock to secure your bike at Oaks Park.

Kidical Mass Caroling on N. Mississippi

Baby, it’s cold outside… very, very cold.  Brighten up your holiday mood by joining Kidical Mass for a ride (whatever the weather) in NoPo this month!  Reprising last year’s successful ride, we’ll sing carols (Christmas, bikey, and otherwise) for the holiday shoppers on North Mississippi, and then stop in to Grand Central Baking for some hot drinks and a cookie or three before heading home.  Or, hang out for a group supper at Mississippi Pizza!
Meet at 1:45 under the covered basketball courts in Irving Park– we’ll leave at 2 and plan to be back by 4.  Ride is about 2.5 miles and NOT a loop, but it’s an easy ride back to the start from GCB.  Please be sure to bring lights and extra warm layers, so that you and your little ones can enjoy every bikey minute.  Holiday outfits aren’t required, but if you’ve got santa hats, elf suits, or reindeer antlers, this would be a good time to wear them.
We ride slowly enough for young riders– to ride with us, kids should be able to follow verbal instructions, stay on the right side of the road, and stop at lights & stop signs.  Kids must wear helmets & be accompanied by their grown-ups.

Kidical Mass Wants You!

I’m writing today to ask for your help: Kidical Mass needs a team of people leading rides throughout the city. We need to share our knowledge and skills and distribute some responsibility to create an organization that is robust and sustainable, that draws on a variety of community resources and expands our organizational network.

Dear supporters of Kidical Mass PDX:

This October would have been our one-year anniversary of taking to the streets of Portland.  You may have missed us; if so, I’m sorry.  My world of family biking has evolved in the past few months, bringing me a new baby as well as increased pressures in my personal life.

Kidical Mass has to survive and expand in Portland to give bike-riding parents and kids a chance to connect with each other, to reassure bike-curious families that people are out living the family bike life every day, and to give newbies a chance to join and learn from those of us who ride all the time.

But it can’t survive in its current form: having the ride depend on my getting my act together every month is not working.

I’m writing today to ask for your help: Kidical Mass needs a team of people leading rides throughout the city.  We need to share our knowledge and skills and distribute some responsibility to create an organization that is robust and sustainable, that draws on a variety of community resources and expands our organizational network.

I face a number of challenges in planning Kidical Mass.  First is ride routing: I want the ride to be welcoming to all interested families and so try to move the ride around the city every month.  But I’m only familiar with so many parts of town, and exploratory rides are time-consuming and will never give me the familiarity of someone who lives there.  In addition, ride turnout declined notably throughout the summer, and while I’m not sure whether the problem lies in poor publicity, poor timing, or unappealing events, having more voices in event planning would add more diversity to the mix and mean fewer rider-less rides.  Finally, I’d like to see rides tied in better with neighborhood schools, daycares, swap & plays, etc—I think these are natural places to ‘recruit’ new riders.  Kidical Mass needs better connections with these community hubs.

I propose that we split the city into six sections, roughly correlating with high school districts.  Each section will have a volunteer ride leader to take responsibility for planning, publicizing, and executing two rides a year (or a team of leaders collaborating on those rides).  We can coordinate via in-person meetings and a ride leaders email list, and I am more than happy to support and mentor new ride leaders—you won’t be on your own unless you want to be.  I am in the process of assembling a ride-leader’s manual, a document that can also develop as we grow as an organization.  Our funds will continue to be managed by Umbrella, and we can work together to fundraise for the group.

Right now, I’m looking for volunteers from each of these districts.  I’m attaching a draft schedule for when rides go where—this is open for revision and trading, but it gives us a starting point.  If you can take responsibility for one or two rides a year in your neighborhood, please get in touch with me at katie.proctor@gmail.com and we’ll get this new organization underway.

I’m really looking forward to this next chapter!

Keep on pedaling,

Katie

January/July Cleveland

February/August Grant

March/September Lincoln

April/October Madison

May/November Franklin

June/December Roosevelt

Kidical Mass is For the Birds!: Ice Cream and Oaks Bottom Ride

If you’re a kid, September means back-to-school. But if you’re a bird, it means fall migration. Take a break from hitting the books and join Kidical Mass on September 17th on a ride for the birds—and for some ice cream! We’ll start at 3 pm at Oaks Pioneer Church (SE 5th & Spokane), and first head north to Staccato Gelato for some icy treats. Then we’ll roll back down to the Springwater Trail, which we’ll take up to the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to take a peak at the birds passing through Portland on their way south. The ride will finish with our bird walk, but the starting point is just half a mile back down the trail. If you like, bring binoculars, scopes, and/or birding guides—or just bring your sharp eyes and curiosity! Kids must wear helmets, raincoats are a good idea this time of year (just in case!), and you should have a couple of bucks for ice cream. We ride slowly, but kids should be able to stay on the right side of the road, stop at stop signs, and follow verbal instructions. Rain or shine!

If you’re a kid, September means back-to-school.  But if you’re a bird, it means fall migration.  Take a break from hitting the books and join Kidical Mass on September 17th on a ride for the birds—and for some ice cream!  We’ll start at 3 pm at Oaks Pioneer Church (SE 5th & Spokane), and first head north to Staccato Gelato for some icy treats.  Then we’ll roll back down to the Springwater Trail, which we’ll take up to the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to take a peak at the birds passing through Portland on their way south.  The ride will finish with our bird walk, but the starting point is just half a mile back down the trail.  If you like, bring binoculars, scopes, and/or birding guides—or just bring your sharp eyes and curiosity!  Kids must wear helmets, raincoats are a good idea this time of year (just in case!), and you should have a couple of bucks for ice cream.  We ride slowly, but kids should be able to stay on the right side of the road, stop at stop signs, and follow verbal instructions.  Rain or shine!

August Ride: Caravan to Fiets of Parenthood

This ride has two parts. First, a two-mile stint from Peninsula Park to Irving Park, followed by a three-mile leg from Irving Park down to the event. Peninsula Park meet-up time is 10:30; we’ll leave from Irving Park at 11:15. If either of those is on your way (or even if it’s not) come join us!

The second annual Fiets of Parenthood, Portland’s premiere test of skill for parents on pedals, will be held at Clever Cycles on Sunday, August 21st. To get there in style, join Kidical Mass in a caravan of family bike fun!

This ride has two parts. First, a two-mile stint from Peninsula Park to Irving Park, followed by a three-mile jog from Irving Park south to the event. If either of those is on your way (or even if it’s not) come join us!

Ride is 5 or 3 miles, depending on where you start. Meet at SE corner of Peninsula Park at 10:30, or by the Irving Park playground at 11:15. Kids must wear helmets. Bring water, snacks & sunscreen.

June Kidical Mass: Pedalpalooza Hoedown

Join Kidical Mass, Squaredance Paul and a couple of feisty musicians for a wild & crazy family square dance in a top-secret location, just for us! We’ll meet at Overlook Park at 1:45 and proceed to a top-secret square dancing location. After some dancing and lemonade, we’ll ride on to a park for some potluck goodies, then we’ll loop back to Overlook Park to finish! Bring treats & sweets to share, and come ready to dance!

Join Kidical Mass, Squaredance Paul and a couple of feisty musicians for a wild & crazy family square dance in a top-secret location, just for us!  We’ll meet at Overlook Park and proceed to a top-secret square dancing location.  After some dancing and lemonade, we’ll ride on to a park for some potluck goodies, then we’ll loop back to Overlook Park to finish! Bring treats & sweets to share, and come ready to dance!

Kids must wear helmets. We ride slow enough for little ones, but kids should be able to stay on the right side of the road, follow verbal instructions & stop at stop signs.

THIS RIDE HAS SPONSORS!  Thank you to:
The Bike Realtor
Splendid Cycles
Sellwood Cycle Repair
Clever Cycles

If you or your business would like to help sponsor this ride, or support Kidical Mass rides in the future, please contact Katie Proctor: katie.proctor@gmail.com.

May Kidical Mass: Sunday Parkways Celebration!

Portland families LOVE Sunday Parkways– and we bet they’d love Kidical Mass as well! For May’s ride, we’ll start at Lent’s Park on Sunday morning making signs and decorations for our bikes– then we’ll ride the north-most leg of the Sunday Parkways route together, sharing our “Kids are Traffic Too” message, with stops in Ed Benedict Park to try out the Bike Skills Track and finishing at the Gilbert Heights Kids’ Fair.

Meet at Lents’ Park Playground for bike decorating at 11, ride departs around 11:45. Ride will NOT be a loop, but you can return to the start in either direction along the Parkways route. We will ride rain or shine, though sign-making activities may be hindered by rain. Kids must wear helmets. FREE!

Portland families LOVE Sunday Parkways– and we bet they’ll love Kidical Mass as well!  We’ll be spreading the word on May’s ride, starting at Lents Park on Sunday morning. First, we’ll make signs and decorations for our bikes, then we’ll ride a leg of the Sunday Parkways route together, sharing our “Kids are Traffic Too” message with Parkways riders.  We’ll stop in Ed Benedict Park to try out the Bike Skills Track and finish at the Gilbert Heights Kids’ Fair.

Meet at Lents Park Playground for bike decorating at 11, ride departs around 11:45.  Ride will NOT be a loop, but you can return to the start in either direction along the Parkways route.  We will ride rain or shine, though sign-making activities may be hindered by rain.  Kids must wear helmets.  FREE!