Kidical Mass 2015 Kick-Off Ride and Parade!

Once again we’re kicking off the Kidical Mass PDX season with a parade.

It’s not really our parade, but we’ll be riding in it. St. Agatha’s School (in Sellwood) has once again invited us to ride in their St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 14th, and we hope you will ride with us!

Join us for bike decorating at the Sellwood Park Playground (SE 7th& Lexington) between 10:30 and 11:30 (on 3/14). 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 are also welcome. Costumes are great too!

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

After the parade, stick around for the festival: food, carnival games, 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/cseh

We ride at a kid-friendly pace. We’ll do our best to stay together as a group but the parade route can get crowded. Riders should be able to ride in a line, follow verbal directions, and stop. 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!!

Picnic Dinner w/ Chapman Swifts

This month’s Kidical Mass ride is a 4+ mile one way jaunt across town to see the Chapman Swifts in action.

Sunday, September 14th from 4-8pm.

Meet at Abernathy Playground (SE Elliott Ave & SE Birch St… in Ladds Addition) at 4:00pm. We’ll let kiddos play for a bit before we roll out. Due to the distance of this ride, it may not be suitable for kids on balance or small pedal bikes. Our destination is Chapman Elementary School in NW.

Bring a picnic dinner, cardboard for “sledding”, and your wits to get you and yours home. This is a one-way ride because people may linger longer or shorter to watch the swifts, get home for bedtime, etc. Also, don’t forget lights. Sunset on Sunday is about 7pm.

 

Family Bike Camping – July 26-27

Join Kidical Mass PDX for a family bike camping adventure to Stub Stewart State Park.

Getting beyond the Washington County suburbs is the biggest hurdle when contemplating a family bike adventure to Stub Stewart from Portland. We’ve solved that by renting a moving van to transport cargo bikes, trailers, and other unruly conveyances. We’ll meet near a MAX station in Portland and load bikes, etc into the van. People will ride the MAX to Hillsboro and be reunited with their bikes/trailers there. Stub Stewart is a pleasant 22 mile ride through the Tualatin Valley and along the Banks-Vernonia Trail from the Hillsboro MAX station.

The route is largely low traffic and picturesque. There’s a small hill leaving Hillsboro and the final 1/4 mile into Stub Stewart is quite steep. Aside from those the route/grade is family bike friendly. 

There will be a grocery, playground, and bathroom stop in Banks (about halfway). 

Cost will be $25 per family to cover the truck and camp site reservation. You’ll be on your own for MAX fare and food. 

To sign up and to get further details, email Andy Schmidt – 54canoe@gmail.com
 

 

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.