Kidical Mass 2015 Planning Meeting

Planning Meeting for the 2015 ride calendar. Former leaders, future leaders, the leader-curious, interested parties, community stakeholders, and friends of KM all welcome.

Bring: YOUR 2015 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 2015 and beyond?
2) Brainstorming: What COULD we do for each month’s ride?
2.5) Collaboration: How can we work with Go By Bike Shop, with Timo’s Portland By Cycle rides, with Portland Sunday Parkways, and others?
3) Planning: What WILL we do for each month? Who will own the event? What are next steps?


We are excited to welcome new blood, new enthusiasm, new ideas, new collaborators to come to the table.

If you are a long-time Kidical Mass-er, please come.

If you are a person who bikes with your kids, please come.

If you are a person who does bikes and has kids but aren’t sure how to put them together, please come.

If you are a person with a business or community role that makes Kidical Mass interesting or relevant to you, please come.

If you are a grandparent/aunt/uncle/mentor/friend to children who need more biking in their lives, please come.

If you can’t come but have ideas that you want to share before the meeting, please PM me about meeting next week, or send me an email.

If you Facebook, RSVP here:

ThrilleRide IV: Dance Like You’re Undead

It’s back! Once again, Kidical Mass will celebrate the spooky season with a costumed ride to the annual Thrill the World PDX mass zombie dance performance.

We will meet at the new Dawson Park on October 25 at 1:45 and depart at 2 for a meandering loop around the neighborhood, ending at Irving Park to watch the dancers at 3. Been practicing your moves? Get your zombie makeup on and join in!

This ride is NOT a loop, but will likely conclude with drinks and snacks at Hopworks Bike Bar.

Kids must wear helmets. Bring lights in case you wind up out late. Bring treats to share if you’d like. And wear your Halloween costume.

RSVP at the Facebook event here, or just show up!



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.


NE Parks to Parkways

A one-way Kidical Mass Ride from Alberta Park to SE Sunday Parkways.

A one-way Kidical Mass Ride from Alberta Park to SE Sunday Parkways.

10:00 am rally at Alberta Park on the lawn just below Killingsworth
10:15 head out
5 min collector stop along the way at Irving Park
**To be safe, if you are meeting us at Irving Park, be there by 10:25 and plan to hang out & play until you see us roll in!**
11-ish arrive at the SP route near 16th & Ankeny, continue rolling as a group to Col. Summers Park or beyond!

As always, we ride on open streets, kids must wear helmets, be able to ride in a straight line, and follow verbal directions.

Route Map! 

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 –


May 24 Ride: Ventura Park Pump Track and Midland Library

Photo by Kathleen McDade (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Meet us at the Ventura Park Playground, SE 113th and Stark on Saturday, May 24 at 2:00 p.m.  We’ll play around on the pump track for a bit and then ride an easy, 3-mile loop including a stop at the Midland Library for a story (they have ample bike parking, but bring a lock). View the route map at

As always, we will stay together as a group and follow all traffic safety laws. Helmets are required for children and encouraged for adults. Children should be accompanied by an adult. 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.

Peep Parade

It’s time to dust off those bunny ears and shine those Sunday shoes for an Easter Sunday bike ride and easter egg hunt for the little Peeps in North Portland!

Kidical Mass will lead the Peep Parade from Overlook Park through quiet neighborhood streets up to Arbor Lodge, where the egg hunt will take place. The route is 3 miles, and not a loop, and as always, the roads will be open to traffic.

We’ll congregate at the playground at Overlook Park and depart at 1:00 pm, heading north on Interstate Ave for one block (there are tracks to cross here, so please take caution), and then will turn west onto Overlook Blvd, and then head north on Concord Ave. We’ll continue over Going St. via the pedestrian bridge, and then head west on N Willamette Blvd. The parade will follow the bluff to N Knowles, and then head east on N Bryant St to Arbor Lodge Park. The location of the easter egg hunt at the park will be revealed by the ride leaders upon arrival.

Google map link:

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 and should be able to ride in a more or less straight line, stop and start as necessary, and follow verbal directions.