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
 

 

May 24 Ride: Ventura Park Pump Track and Midland Library

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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 https://goo.gl/maps/fheTU.

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: http://goo.gl/maps/z2UVN

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.

Zombie Thriller Dance

Just like way back in ought-ten, we will once again pedal to watch zombie dancers perform Michael Jackson’s Thriller en masse with Thrill The World Portland, this time at Irving Park.

This month marks the third anniversary of the birth of Kidical Mass PDX. Just like way back in ought-ten, we will once again pedal to watch zombie dancers perform Michael Jackson’s Thriller en masse with Thrill The World Portland, this time at Irving Park.

Ride assembles this Saturday (10/26) at Grant Park at 1:00pm. Get there early if you want time to play. It’s a 2-mile ride to watch the dancers in Irving Park at 2pm.

So far this ride is planned as a one way. We can decide as a group if we want to loop back to the start, go for ice cream afterward, get food/drinks, or something else. We will do our best to make sure you’re not left stranded in unfamiliar territory.

We ride slow enough for beginning riders, and won’t leave anyone behind. Kids should be able to follow verbal directions, ride in a reasonably straight line, and stop/start as needed. Kids must wear helmets… it’s the law. Lights are a good idea this time of year.

Wear costumes! Bring treats to share!

No need to register… just show up.

East Portland Pump Track and Library

ATTENTION: This ride is now CANCELLED due to predictions for severe weather. Apologies, and we hope to see you next time.

ATTENTION: This ride is now CANCELLED due to predictions for severe weather. Apologies, and we hope to see you next time.

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September’s ride has been moved from 9/21 to 9/28 at 1:00 p.m.!

We’ll meet at the Ventura Park playground (SE 113th and SE Stark), where there are a playground, a set of paved paths, and a pump track to explore. From there, we’ll ride to the Midland Regional Library (bring your library card!) and then make a loop through the neighborhood back to Ventura Park. Midland Library has plenty of bike parking, but you will want your locks.

This will be a shorter loop than normal (1.8 miles), but I figure some of you will be coming from further away anyway, plus we’ll want time to ride IN the park.

Getting to Ventura Park: I recommend NOT riding on SE Stark street if you can help it. You can enter the park from either SE 113th or SE 117th instead of Stark. Also, please note that we are NOT meeting at the school playground; look for the playground with a parking lot on SE 113th.

Ride Map

As with all KidicalMassPDX rides:
-We will stay together as a group and follow all traffic safety laws.
-Children should be accompanied by an adult.
-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.
-For questions or more information about Kidical Mass and event updates,
please see the main website: www.kidicalmasspdx.org
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Bicycling Birdos!

We are entering a team in the Audubon’s annual Bird-a-Thon!

Kidical Mass rides Saturday, May 11 at 10:45 am. In partnership with Splendid Cycles and the Audubon Society, we are entering a team in the Audubon’s annual Bird-a-Thon!

Sign up to join the Bicycling Birdos, learn more about the route, and get your fundraising materials together, all at the Audubon Bird-a-Thon site.

Ride with leader Barb Grover of Splendid Cycles, and our bevy of bicycling birders for this family-friendly excursion! This group welcomes birdos of all ages; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. This 2-3-hour trip focuses on the fun of sleuthing-out birds in our urban environment, all by bike!

We’ll ride through birdy and bicycle-friendly SE Portland neighborhoods to a bird-friendly park for picnic and birdo activities. So, pack your binoculars, diaper bags, and bike helmets, for this group ride that’s going to the birds!

Though we may not sneak up on any rare or elusive species, we will discover the joy of birding and share that joy with the whole family!

Contact: Barb Grover, redravens@yahoo.com

Also in May: Cyclofemme Rides to, and at, Sunday Parkways!

The CycloFemme PDX ride, part of the national women’s cycling ride onMay 12, is less than one month away. Plan your pretty dress – or any interpretation you have of ‘pretty’ or ‘dress’ and prepare for a fun ride with us! Families welcome. 5.1 mile ride starts at Clever Cycles on SE 9th and Hawthorne at 10 a.m., connects to the first Sunday Parkways of the season for cupcakes and balloons, ends with 2 mile parade ride on the car-free Parkways route.

Cupcakes! Pretty dresses! Balloons! If you haven’t made your Mothers’ Day plans yet, consider riding to celebrate women on bikes!
Contact: April Streeter, April.Streeter@gmail.com

April Kites and Bubbles

On April 20 at 2:00 pm, ride this 2.6 mile park loop with us! We’ll start with some playtime at Harper’s Playground, at Arbor Lodge Park, then ride to Peninsula Park for flying kites and blowing bubbles. We’ll have some kites and bubbles; you should bring some too!

Ride this 2.6 mile park loop with us! We’ll start with some playtime at Harper’s Playground, at Arbor Lodge Park, then ride to Peninsula Park for flying kites and blowing bubbles. We’ll have some kites and bubbles; you should bring some too!

Kids must be accompanied by adults. They can ride their own bikes or be cargo on yours. We ride slow enough for beginning riders, but they must be able to reliably start and stop, to stay with a group, and to follow verbal instructions. Per Oregon law, kids must wear helmets. Free!

Approximate route

St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Kidical Mass PDX will ride again in the St. Agatha School St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16, and we need YOU to ride with us!

Join us for bike decorating at the Sellwood Park Playground between 10:30 and 11:30. 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 also very welcome. Costumes are great too!

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

The Irish say: “You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.”

And so it is, too, that you’ll never ride a bike by turning the pedals in your mind.

The Irish say: “You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your father was.”

And so, too, must our kids learn do their own riding, no matter how many miles we ourselves have pedaled.

Kidical Mass PDX will ride again in the St. Agatha School St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and we need YOU to ride with us!

Join us for bike decorating at the Sellwood Park Playground between 10:30 and 11:30. 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 also very welcome. Costumes are great too!

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

After the parade, stick around for the festival: a cake walk, carnival, 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.html

We ride at a kid-friendly pace (during the parade, even slower than usual) and in a large group. No one will be left behind– the focus is on having fun! Riders should be able to ride in a line, to follow verbal directions, and to stop at stop signs. 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!!

“Erin Go Bragh!”

PRINT A FLYER FOR THIS EVENT! Use the link below, and let us know in the comments where your flyers will go.
 https://docs.google.com/file/d/1TKSB48yQF0GWHcZpbA7o7XRhpuWfqEUdbTPVvhr4elNq1flJ2Hoyq46SdZ_d/edit

 

(Note: no registration required! I just can’t get the link below to go away. KP)