Kidical Mass PDX 2020 Planning Meeting — HELP NEEDED!

Kidical Mass PDX is entering its 10th year! We’re really excited about this, but we need help to keep the wheels turning. Please consider joining our small eager group of volunteers as a ride leader and/or group organizer.

Kidical Mass PDX 2020 Planning Meeting
Around Portland Tours Office (1210 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214)
Monday, February 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Facebook event page
Kids welcome! However, no extra childcare will be on site.
Park your bike inside! (If you can fit through a doorway and get up the curb from the parking lot.)

Kidical Mass PDX Bunnies and Peeps Ride 2014, photo by Andy Schmidt

Everyone is welcome at our annual planning meeting: returning ride leaders, former ride leaders, future ride leaders, leader-curious people, interested parties, community stakeholders, and friends of KMPDX. This year we’re in need of a new organizer (or co-organizers) to be in charge of keeping our finely-tuned machine running smoothly.


  1. Visioning: What do we want Kidical Mass to be in 2020 and beyond?
  2. Collaboration: What groups should we reach out to and how can we work together?
  3. Expanding: Should we add events beyond rides? (storytime, bike camping seminar, meetups)
  4. Planning: What’s on our ride calendar and who can lead each ride?

Can’t make it to the meeting, but still want to be involved? That’s OK! We’ve got a Google group we’d love to add you to — just email us at

About Kidical Mass
Kidical Mass is a worldwide grassroots organization created to provide fun group bike rides for kids of all ages and their families. Our rides are designed for everyone — we love seeing familiar faces, but our routes and pace are also comfortable for families just starting out and biking on city streets for the first time. We encourage incorporating bicycling into our participants’ daily transportation choices…but if you’re just in it for the parade and chorus of bell ringing that’s OK, too!

Kidical Mass PDX rides to a pumpkin farm

Let’s ride to the 2019 Fall Festival at Liepold Farms in Boring, Oregon!

Saturday, October 19
10:00 – Cartlandia
11:30 – Main City Park in Gresham
1:00 – Arrive to Liepold Farms
4:00 – Head back

It’s 14 miles from Cartlandia and 8 miles from Gresham. It’s all Springwater Corridor Trail until the last 1/2 mile. That last 1/2 is a bit unpleasant: two-lane country road, slightly uphill, and traffic to the farm. But it’s worth it! We’ll start the ride at the Cartlandia food cart pod (go early if you want to eat at the Puddletown Bagels cart before the ride) and time a stop at Gresham Main City Park for anyone who wants to MAX part way.

General admission is $5 and includes a hayride. See the prices page for additional activities. Pumpkins are 40 cents per pound and look so cool when transported by bike! There’s food to purchase at the festival or bring lunch to eat in the big covered dining area.

Here’s the Facebook event page if you want to RSVP.

How We Roll

  • Kidical Mass PDX is a ride for kids of all ages and their families!
  • 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.

Swifts ride

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

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 PM (East side of park on the “sand” part- not the “water fountain” part). Ride leaves shortly after 6:00 PM.
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.

Check out our facebook event page for more details:

Kidical Mass PDX rides to NoPo Sunday Parkways

Let’s ride to our favorite open streets event, Portland Sunday Parkways! This year’s North Portland Sunday Parkways is particularly special because it’s the 50th event so the theme is “North Portland is Golden.” Do you have any gold decorations for your bike and/or gold costume items for yourself? If not, don’t worry: our 2.5-mile mostly flat ride will deliver us to Peninsula Park for a second family-friendly ride led by Alexis Gabriel, Sunday Parkways Coordinator, who will have gold decorations on hand! This ride will be two flat miles to Arbor Lodge Park.

Kidical Mass PDX is a ride for kids of all ages and their families!

How We Roll

  • 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.

Kidical Mass PDX Goes Camping

June 22 at 10:00 a.m. – June 23 at 1:00 p.m.
Camp at Oxbow Regional Park in Gresham, OR
Leave from Woodstock Park in Portland, OR

Kidical Mass is going camping! We’ll leave from Woodstock Park (at the play structure by SE 47th Ave and SE Harold St) in Southeast Portland at 10am Saturday morning and ride approximately 20 miles (snack stop halfway in Gresham’s Main City Park) to beautiful Oxbow Regional Park, where we’ll camp, swim, and sit around by the fire. The ride will be at a leisurely pace suited to family biking, and will mostly be on off road trails and quiet country roads.

We’ll ride back together the next day. There’s a big hill coming out of Oxbow, and we plan to have vehicle assistance to get gear and heavy bikes up it.

Cost for this trip is $20 per tent, and space is limited. You’ll pay the organizer at the event.

Kidical Mass PDX Southwest!

Kidical Mass PDX Southwest!
Gabriel Park, SW Vermont St. and SW 42nd Ave.
Sun, May 26, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Facebook event page

Kidical Mass is back in Southwest Portland!

Meet at SW 42nd Ave & SW Vermont St playground / parking lot in Gabriel Park
Meet/play at 1:30 p.m., ride leaves by 2:00 p.m.

We’ll enjoy a short, nearly flat ride from Gabriel Park to the Alpenrose velodrome and Pendleton Park. This 3-mile loop will end near burrito and frozen yogurt shops, 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. Cargo bikes, trikes, tandems, trailers and tag-a-longs are great too. We’ll ride together as a group, rain or shine, because kids are traffic too! Come ride with us!

Bike to School Day to Day of Action

National Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 8th, but here in Oregon it’s also May 8th Day of Action and Portland Public Schools won’t be in session. So we’ve planned an alternate 3 R’s: Ride, Rally, and #RedforEd to join the big event.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
9:45 a.m.
Clinton City Park
Facebook event page

Join our bike train to Tom McCall Waterfront Park where we’ll join tens of thousands of educators and supporters around the state for the Fund our Future, Fund our Schools Rally and March for Our Students event.

Wear red!
9:45 a.m. – Bike Train leaves Clinton City Park (5576 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206)
10:15 a.m. – Bike Train leaves plaza at south end of Eastbank Esplanade (SE Caruthers St & Eastbank Esplanade, Portland, OR 97202)
11:00 a.m. – Fund our Future, Fund our Schools Rally
12:00 p.m. – March for Our Students

Parades can be hard to walk with bikes so some families may choose to lock up at the park. The parade route hasn’t been released yet so we don’t know if it will be a loop and return to the park (keep an eye on the rally/parade Facebook event for march info).

Not coming from the Southeast? You should still bike to the event! Use our Facebook event to gather a bike train from your quadrant. Need route advice? Let’s route plan in the Facebook event discussion area.

“Oregon students are dealing with low graduation rates, large class sizes, and schools in crisis. Lawmakers are considering the Student Success Act, which would be an unprecedented investment in Oregon schools–increasing the K-12 statewide budget by 18%.”
Read more at May 8th for Students

Kidical Mass PDX CycloFemme Ride 2019

May 12 at 10am
Sewallcrest Park (SE 31st Ave & Market St, Portland, OR 97214)
Facebook event page

RIDE Together.
RISE Together.
May 12, we ride–worldwide.

The exponential reach of CycloFemme begins with each of us. We all play a role in growing our community by inviting one more to ride. We know the power of the bicycle to change lives.

CycloFemme’s annual Mother’s Day ride unites riders, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or bicycle preference to share in the joy of cycling. Year round, our global community inspires and empowers other women, by making their passion public and the joy in cycling contagious. Ride with us as we Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Empower the Future of Women in Cycling.

Kidical Mass PDX celebrates Mother’s Day and CycloFemme 2019 with a park-to-park ride of 2.5 flat miles with some fun stuff along the way.
We’ll start at Sewallcrest Park and end at Colonel Summers Park, providing a week-in-advance park preview of Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways 2019! Note: we won’t be riding the Sunday Parkways route (here’s the Parkways map); see our route here.

SNACKS! No bike ride or Mother’s Day is complete without snacks!
We’ll bring some snacks to share, and bringing your lunch is encouraged so we can have a picnic together at Colonel Summers Park at the end of our ride. If you want to grab lunch while you’re out, we’ll be very close to two food truck pods, Cartopia (1200 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR) and Hawthorne Asylum (1080 SE Madison St, Portland, OR) which are both kid- and bike-friendly for eating at or grabbing food to go to bring back to the park.

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

Kidical Mass PDX Easter Ride 2019

Sunday, April 21, 2019
11:00 a.m.
Start: Overlook Park (1599 N Fremont St, Portland, OR 97227)
End: Arbor Lodge Park (N Delaware Ave & N Bryant St, Portland, OR 97217)
Facebook event page

Join us April 21st (Easter Sunday) for Kidical Mass PDX’s annual Easter ride! As always, we’ll gather at Overlook Park at 11 am, ride a few miles through quiet streets, and end at Arbor Lodge Park for an Easter egg hunt. Helmets are required for those under 18, and recommended for all. This route is three mostly-flat miles, so even small pedalers will be able to keep up. We’ll ride together as a group because kids are traffic, too!

Read a recap of last year’s ride on

Bike Shop Storytime with Cycle City’s Alison Farrell!

Sunday, March 10th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. – Facebook event
Clever Cycles (900 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97214)

Join us for a special Bike Shop Storytime with author and artist Alison Farrell who will read and sign her amazing and popular book, Cycle City!

From the publisher:
“When little Etta the Elephant goes to her Aunt Ellen’s house, she takes a journey through bicycle-filled Cycle City, a town filled with bikes of all kinds! At the end of the day, a special surprise awaits Etta–the most amazing bicycle parade imaginable. Detail-rich illustrations in this fun seek-and-find book paint the colors of this unusual town where everyone rides some kind of bike–whether a penny-farthing, a two-wheeled unicycle, or a conference bike, everyone is on wheels! Packed with prompts and lots to see on every page, this is a sweet story for the sharpest of eyes.”

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.

What, you wanted a bike parade, too?! We’ll be biking the 3/4 of a mile along a family-friendly route to Books with Pictures 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–Clever Cycles has a few bakfietsen and longtail kid-carrying cargo bikes to loan for families who want to join in on the fun.

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