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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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.

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.

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!