2019 Planning Meeting

Books with Pictures (1100 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202)
Friday, February 1, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Facebook event

Planning Meeting for the 2019 ride calendar. Former leaders, future leaders, the leader-curious, interested parties, community stakeholders, and friends of KMPDX all welcome.


  • YOUR 2019 events calendar.
  • A laptop or other internet-connected device.
  • Ideas, dreams, and wishes for Portland’s family biking community.
  • Your best can-do attitude.

1) Visioning: What do we want Kidical Mass to be in 2019 and beyond?
2) Brainstorming: What COULD we do for each month’s ride?
3) Expanding: What events (storytime, bike camping seminar) beyond rides can/should we add?
4) Collaboration: How can we work with Go By Bike Shop, with Portland By Cycle, Portland Sunday Parkways, Cranksgiving, and others?
5) Planning: What WILL we do for each month? Who will own the event? What are next steps?

~ kid-friendly, though no childcare will be provided ~

Bike Shop Storytime + Q&A

~ Storytime and Family Biking Q&A at Clever Cycles with Kidical Mass PDX and Books with Pictures ~

UPDATE: Our final two storytimes will move to Sundays at 11am! That’s March 10th and March 24th.

Join us at 10:30 11 on the second and fourth Mondays Sundays of the month January through in March for stories (bike-related and more!) curated by Books with Pictures inclusive comics shop and read to you by Kidical Mass PDX biking parents.

Stories will be read in the family-friendly bike shop’s comfy play area (and yes, the bathroom has a changing table!) and if you’d like to learn more about bicycling as a family, stick around for a Q&A session afterwards.

If you fall in love with one of the books, many will be available for purchase on site (cash only), provided by Books with Pictures.

What, you wanted a bike ride, too?! We’ll be biking the 3/4 of a mile along a family-friendly route to Books with Pictures (here’s the route) after each hour-long storytime/Q&A. Suitable for even the smallest riders. Come a little early to ask about borrowing a bike for the ride to Books with Pictures. Clever Cycles has a few bakfietsen and longtail kid-carrying cargo bikes to loan for families who want to join in on the fun.

Dates and links to Facebook event pages: January 14, January 28, February 11, February 25, March 10, March 24

Thank you to Liz Holladay from Clever Cycles for the illustration and Leslie Hickey of Hoarfrost Press for the graphic lettering.

Kidical Mass PDX rides to Apple Tasting at Portland Nursery

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Sewallcrest Park (SE 31st Ave & Market St, Portland, OR 97214)
11:00 a.m.
Facebook event page

Ride with Kidical Mass PDX to the Apple Tasting Festival at Portland Nursery on Stark!

We’ll start out at Sewallcrest Park, by the play structure.

Here’s our two-mile route. We’ll swing right by Joe Bike if there are any bike emergencies and right by New Seasons Market if there are any food emergencies.
This is a one-way ride.

In addition to apple and pear tasting, there’s a great selection of Halloween pumpkins for purchase and a rain-proof tent full of awesome kid activities:

  • Face Painting
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Games
  • Coloring

Also enjoy music to dance to by Stumptown Swing until 1pm and Pete Krebs and His Portland Playboys from 2 to 4pm.

Note: If you’re coming from the west, check out the new Safer Lincoln treatment at SE Lincoln/Harrison/30th. And if you’re coming even farther from the west, check out the other new Safer Lincoln treatment at 20th and Harrison!

As with all Kidical Mass rides, helmets required for those 16 and under, suggested for adults. We will ride together as a group and help all the kids learn how to ride in the street because Kids are Traffic Too! We will ride rain or shine.

Kidical Mass PDX does Kidical MASSIVE 2018

Kidical Mass a family-friendly bike ride for kids, kids at heart, and their families. Kidical MASSIVE is the day the grassroots Kidical Masses in 50+ cities around the US and beyond hold events in tandem. This will be the fourth annual Kidical MASSIVE ride so join us as THOUSANDS of families around the world go for a bike ride together. We’ll be showing that “Kids are Traffic Too” and that cities that plan for family biking are more livable, sustainable, profitable, and FUN!

Saturday, September 15, 2018
10:30 Abernethy Elementary School playground (2421 SE Orange Ave, Portland, OR 97214)
11:00 Depart for Sewallcrest Park (SE 31st Ave & Market St, Portland, OR 97214)
* 1.5 mile route
* Facebook event page

We’ll meet at the playground of Abernethy Elementary School in Ladd’s Addition at 10:30 a.m. for a bit of play before setting out at 11:00 a.m. for Sewallcrest Park. Our one and a half mile ride is the flat-as-possible route between the two parks, friendly for heavy adult bikes and little kid bikes alike! Even speedy balance bikers will enjoy this ride!
Note: This is a one-way ride.

What if it rains?
We ride rain or shine! We have a backup plan in case of very heavy rain–meet on the covered basketball courts right next to the playground and we’ll take a shorter ride to treats! (Bring money for treats if we enact our backup plan.)

As with all Kidical Mass rides, helmets required for those 16 and under, suggested for adults. We will ride together as a group and help all the kids learn how to ride in the street because Kids are Traffic Too!

Kidical Mass PDX rides to the Chapman Swifts

Ride with Kidical Mass to view the Vaux’s Swifts dramatic sunset display entering the chimney at Chapman School!

Photo from OregonLive.com

Friday, September 7, 6:00 p.m.
Start at: Jamison Square (810 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209)
End at: Chapman Elementary School (1445 NW 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97210)
2.4 miles, one way, our route
RSVP and join the discussion on our Facebook event page

If you’ve never witnessed it, you’re in for a real treat!
If you ever drove a car to the event and regretted it, ride with us!
If you bike there every year, ride with us!
Ride your bike–watch the birds–bring your babies.

Gather at Jamison Square by 6:00 p.m. (East side of park on the “sand” part–not the “water fountain” part). Ride leaves shortly after 6:00 p.m.
We will ride approximately 2.5 miles to Chapman School where we will lay out blankets or pop-up chairs and wait for the birds’ show! Along the way, we will tour 3 Pearl District Parks and discover a waterfront bicycle path as well as some nice, wide bike lanes.
We will go at a comfortable kids’ pace, but this ride probably isn’t suitable for kids on balance bikes.
We should arrive at least 45 minutes before sunset. The birds start their descent into the chimney shortly after sunset. This is a very popular event and it gets quite crowded on the school grounds.

Definitely bring:
-Bike lock
-Bike lights (it will be dark when you leave the event)

Fun to bring:
-Picnicking supplies like snacks, chairs, blanket
-Piece of cardboard for “sledding” down the Astroturf hill
-Soccer ball or other park activity

Visit the Audubon Society website for more info.

Oregon law requires any person under the age of 16 riding a bicycle or being carried on a bicycle to wear approved protective headgear.

Reminder: this ride is not a loop and it will be dark at the end of the event.

Helmets are required for those under 18, and recommended for all. As always, we’ll ride as a group, demonstrating that Kids Are Traffic Too!

Kidical Mass to Cargo Bike Roll Call

Sunday, June 10, 12:30 p.m.
Mt. Scott Community Center (5530 SE 72nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97206)
Meet by the play structure.
Facebook event page

Let’s meet at the Mt. Scott Park playground and ride together to the Cargo Bike Roll Call. Our ride will be 2ish flat miles one way and culminate at Clinton City Park to join the Cargo Bike Roll Call (right next to the playground/potties/drinking fountain). The roll call will hang for a while and then take a short ride around the neighborhood and end at a family-friendly food spot.

Kidical Mass to Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day at Gateway Green

Saturday, June 2, 10:00 a.m.
Knott City Park (11427 NE Sacramento St, Portland, OR 97220)
Facebook event page

Join Kidical Mass PDX for a family-friendly two-mile bike ride to Mountain Bike Festival and Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day at Gateway Green! This is a ONE-WAY group ride to the festival that lasts until 3pm.
Here is our route which works well in the reverse direction, too!

Helmets are required for those under 18, and recommended for all. We’ll ride together as a group, because kids are traffic too! We look forward to riding with you!

Kidical Mass PDX Southwest

Kidical Mass PDX: Southwest!

Kidical Mass is riding in Southwest Portland!

We’ll enjoy a short, nearly flat ride from Gabriel Park to the Alpenrose velodrome and Pendleton Park. At the park we will stop to let kids play before continuing. This 3 mile loop will end near shops selling burritos and frozen yogurt, across the street from the start point at Southwest 42nd & Vermont.

We ride at a slow pace for little pedalers. Kids should wear a helmet, be able to ride in a straight line, start and stop. There are a few short hills on this route, so kids should know how to use their brakes. Cargo bikes, trikes, tandems, trailers and tag-a-longs are great for younger families. We’ll ride together as a group, rain or shine, because kids are traffic too! Come ride with us!

Time: Sunday, May 27 at 1:30pm

Location: Meet at the Gabriel Park playground near the parking lot at Southwest 42nd Avenue and Vermont. We’ll plan to ride after 1:45pm, and should be back to the start before 4pm.

Route: Ridewithgps.com/routes/27433329

Biking: Southwest Portland is hilly, but confident riders can take Terwilliger Blvd from central Portland to SW Capitol Highway, which has a bike lane, and then enter Gabriel Park via side streets: SW Texas ST and Nevada Ct. Multnomah Blvd, just south of the park, also has bike lanes; from the south enter the park near Canby & SW 40th. Since this is Memorial Day weekend, it is not possible to ride through the Riverview Cemetery from Sellwood.

Transit: Trimet bus 44 stops at SW Capitol Highway and Texas street, 3/4 mile downhill to the park. Bus 56 stops at SW 45th & Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, 1 mile to the park with a hill at the start. #12 also runs frequently on SW Barbur, about 1.5 miles away through the park.

Driving: There is a parking lot at the start on SW 42nd just south of Vermont, and also at 45th and Vermont by the Community Center.

Kidical Mass PDX CycloFemme Ride


Sunday, May 13, 2018
Meet at 10:00 a.m., ride at 10:15 a.m.
Westmoreland Park Nature Playground
10-mile loop
Facebook event page

“CycloFemme is a Global Celebration of Women created TO HONOR THE PAST from the shoulders of those who stood before us, for the freedom to choose and the chance to wear pants. TO CELEBRATE THE PRESENT with strength and courage, voices raised, moving together. TO EMPOWER THE FUTURE of women everywhere, the backbone of positive social change.”

Join Kidical Mass to celebrate CycloFemme on Mother’s Day.

Everyone! CycloFemme rides around the world range from women/trans/femme only to rides with “manbassadors” and the whole family welcome. Mothers with kids will be the guests of honor on this ride, but it’s a ride for anyone interested in Kidical Mass or CycloFemme.
Note: this is a fairly long ride for Kidical Mass, 10 miles! And for those of you who don’t consider 10 miles a big distance, know that we will be traveling SLOW and all stay together the whole time, definitely slower than 8mph.

“CycloFemme rides are full of joy, camaraderie, support, and passion. Through these celebrations we have an opportunity to rise together, focusing our collective strength toward positive change.”

Our 10-mile loop will head north along the Springwater Corridor Trail and cross the river over Tilikum Crossing. Then we’ll head south half a mile for a short rest break at Elizabeth Caruthers Park (3508 SW Moody Ave, Portland, OR 97239). Then we’ll take the Willamette Greenway Trail to the Sellwood Bridge to cross back to the east.

Bring a picnic lunch and we’ll hang out at the park after our ride. If you want to purchase food near the end of the ride, we can have a small contingent break off for New Seasons Market a mile before reaching the playground. Our ride leader is planning to have ice cream sandwiches (vegan and non) for everyone at the end.

The entrance to the playground is SE Rex St and SE 22nd Ave.

Biking: As evidenced by our route, the park is easy to get to from the Springwater Corridor Trail.
Transit: Westmoreland Park is very close (1/3 mile) to the Southeast Bybee Boulevard MAX Station, served by the Orange Line. The 19 stops there, too, and the 70 stops almost as close.
Driving: There is a parking lot at the south end of the park.

If you want to meet us en route or are joining late, we’ll provide a Glympse link.
If you want to meet us for the picnic at the end, we’ll probably arrive back at 12 or 12:30.

“WE BELIEVE: That strong communities are built around strong women. That being on a bike brings us closer to our community, to nature, and to ourself. That from action comes change. That our hope, courage, and strength is amplified when we unite.”