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

 

Kidical Mass PDX to lead bike trains to 3rd annual Fiets of Parenthood

This Sunday (9/16/2012), Clever Cycles is hosting the 3rd annual Fiets of Parenthood event. This is a family-focused (not just friendly) biking event. Streets outside of Clever Cycles will be closed to cars and there will be food vendors, kid and family-biking competitions and more. To help more people get there, KidicalMassPDX will be leading 2 bike trains to the event.

One we leave Peninsula Park at 10:30am, stop to collect more people at Irving Park (south-side playground) at 11:15am, and then arrive at Clever Cycles by noon. The other train will leave the North Park Blocks playground at 11:00am and head across the Steel Bridge, down the Esplanade, and then over to Clever Cycles by noon.

Clever Cycles is located at 900 SE Hawthorne Blvd and the event takes place from noon to 4pm. Please see their website at clevercycles.com for more details about the event itself.

As with all KidicalMassPDX rides:
-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.

August’s ice cream ride

(Updated 8/15 to correct the first stop.)

It’s August and it’s warm. Let’s ride for ice cream!

This Saturday, August 18th, the Kidical Mass ride has 1 or 2 stops for ice cream and 1 for playing. It’s a loop ride of about 3.5 miles, but with the breaks it shouldn’t seem too long. We will be going up the hill on SE Lincoln Street (from SE 52nd Ave to SE 54th Ave), but otherwise it will be a nice, easy ride.

We are starting at Clinton City Park, leaving from the playground area at 1pm. From there we will head west on Woodward/Clinton. The first stop is at the Salt & Straw push-cart for ice cream. Next we head just around the corner for play time at Sewallcrest Park. Feel free to buy other treats and eats and enjoy them at the park too! (While there the grown-ups can decide if we should also stop at Dairy Queen on our way back to the beginning.)

After our play-break we will head east on SE Lincoln to SE 56th Ave which will take us to (Dairy Queen and) a light where we can cross Division safely to return to the playground at Clinton City Park.

Hope to see you for some fun in the sun! Remember it is this Saturday, 8/18!

Here is a Google Map with our approximate route (it won’t allow routing on the paths inside park boundaries).

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.