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.

 

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):

 

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 Goes Caroling, 2011

If you were on N Mississippi Ave yesterday, you might be wondering who those family-bike-tastic carolers were. They were the Kidical Mass Carolers of course! We were out for our annual ride to bring family-velo cheer to the good people of Portland. In case you missed it, here’s an account of what happened.

We had a tri-generational group… grandma, daughter and granddaughter. Our youngest rider was a 2-year-old on a balance bike who rode the whole 2 miles. Most of the carolers were from that general corner of Portland so we had plenty of local knowledge for safe navigation across arterials. We stuck to quiet streets almost the whole time. One of the “quiet streets” was the alley behind the businesses along Mississippi… it was in a nice paved alley in great shape except for a brief stretch that it was a pot-holed dirt road.

Our first performance was at the food cart pod near Mississipi and Skidmore. A few people walking by gave us a “double-take” glance as they walked past but after a handful of songs we decided to ride to our next performance. We moved to the tree in the courtyard near Laughing Planet and Little Big Burger. People there actually stopped to watch us and sing along. A couple of them even snapped a few pictures and clapped. At the peak there were almost as many people watching us as there were singing. The crowd had places to go and things to do so it disipated and it was time to move on.

Kids on Bikes, Fa la la.
Kids on Bikes, Fa la la.

We got back on the bikes and headed toward Grand Central Baking Co. On our way to the bakery, we side-tripped by a house to see what was rumored to be an impressive garden gnome village display in the front yard. Yay for local knowledge! Unfortunately, the gnome village had been replaced by a sign chastising vandals and thieves who had been targeting the display. No more gnome village. Bummer. The bakery was quiet. It seemed a wise career move to revel in the caroling fame we enjoyed in front of the tree and not do a 3rd performance.

Most of the KM Carolers hung around the bakery to socialize and warm up with a hot beverage.  Me and Mine swung by Little Big Burger for a bite before we pedaled home.

A special “Thanks” goes out to Janine for delivering the song sheets. A hodge-podge of BTA carols and KM originals, it’s becoming quite the collection of bike-themed merriment. At one point we took a request for “Frosty the snowman”, which was not on the song sheet. Without the words in front of us it was a pretty sad rendition with more than an adequate share of humming the melody in place of lyrics. It was one of those “what we lack in talent, we make up for with enthusiasm” type situations.

Overall it was a great family friendly ride on as warm and sunny a day as one could hope for during December.

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.