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
-Follow us on Twitter: @kidicalmasspdx
-Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kidical-Mass-PDX/190167827674698

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)

Bike Carol Ride

December 15, 2012–the 3rd Saturday
Meet at Noon at Peninsula Park Gazebo

We will ride to Mississippi and carol along the street, heading south. Take a snack break outside/inside Grand Central Bakery at the end of our ride.

We will have carol lyrics, but bring your favorites as well. Turn a carol into A BIKEY-CAROL! Rumor has it that the Wittwer kids will perform a metal version of Jingle-Bells!
Have a guitar or other instruments? Bring them. Let’s rock this day.

BONUS !!Afterward, everyone is invited back to the Wittwers’ for cookie decoration. All supplies will be there.

BONUS-BONUS !!! Make a hand-made wooden ornament. All supplies will be there.If weather is poor, we can meet at Peninsula Park gazebo and head to the Wittwers’ for cookies and ornament making.

Invite anyone all of your bikey family friends.

Tour de Sellwood

Just cause the leaves are falling doesn’t mean that family biking has to stop.

Just cause the leaves are falling doesn’t mean that family biking has to stop. The next Kidical Mass PDX ride is on November 17th. We’re going to ride a loop around the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhoods (approx 4 miles). The ride starts/ends at Sellwood Park (SE 7th & Lexington). Meet at 12:30. Roll out at 1pm. Kids are encouraged to ride their own bikes… assuming they can follow directions and stop/start as needed. We ride on low-traffic streets, stay together as a group, and obey all traffic laws. Oregon law requires kids to wear helmets.

There is no specific theme, but bike decorations and silly attire are encouraged.

No need to register… just show up!

SW PDX Geocache Bike Ride

This month’s ride will be a loop ride of about 3.2 miles, but with breaks. We will meet at the upper Southwest corner of Gabriel Park a.k.a. Little Gabriel. It is situated behind the post office off of SW Canby. Our ride begins at 2PM and heads down the winding path through Gabriel Park to the corner of 45th and Vermont. We will then continue North on 45th crossing into the Hayhurst neighborhood at SW Illinois. We then head for Hayhurst Elementary to see the goats and for geocaching at Pendelton Park.

This month’s ride will be a loop ride of about 3.2 miles, but with breaks. We will meet at the upper Southwest corner of Gabriel Park a.k.a. Little Gabriel. It is situated behind the post office off of SW Canby. Our ride begins at 2PM and heads down the winding path through Gabriel Park to the corner of 45th and Vermont. We will then continue North on 45th crossing into the Hayhurst neighborhood at SW Illinois. We then head for Hayhurst Elementary to see the goats and for geocaching at Pendelton Park. On the return trip we may choose to take a break at the Laughing Planet across from Gabriel Park for smoothies etc.. or do more geocaching in Gabriel Park. (Bring a few small objects (stickers, pencils, small toys etc) to exchange with the loot we take and a GPS if you have one.)

Route map: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/91281281

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. Ultimately, parents are responsible for ensuring that their child rides safely. For question or more information about Kidical Mass and event updates please see the main website: www.kidicalmasspdx.org

 

Kidical Mass PDX to lead bike trains to 3rd annual Fiets of Parenthood

This Sunday (9/16/2012), Clever Cycles is hosting the 3rd annual Fiets of Parenthood event. This is a family-focused (not just friendly) biking event. Streets outside of Clever Cycles will be closed to cars and there will be food vendors, kid and family-biking competitions and more. To help more people get there, KidicalMassPDX will be leading 2 bike trains to the event.

One we leave Peninsula Park at 10:30am, stop to collect more people at Irving Park (south-side playground) at 11:15am, and then arrive at Clever Cycles by noon. The other train will leave the North Park Blocks playground at 11:00am and head across the Steel Bridge, down the Esplanade, and then over to Clever Cycles by noon.

Clever Cycles is located at 900 SE Hawthorne Blvd and the event takes place from noon to 4pm. Please see their website at clevercycles.com for more details about the event itself.

As with all KidicalMassPDX rides:
-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.

August’s ice cream ride

(Updated 8/15 to correct the first stop.)

It’s August and it’s warm. Let’s ride for ice cream!

This Saturday, August 18th, the Kidical Mass ride has 1 or 2 stops for ice cream and 1 for playing. It’s a loop ride of about 3.5 miles, but with the breaks it shouldn’t seem too long. We will be going up the hill on SE Lincoln Street (from SE 52nd Ave to SE 54th Ave), but otherwise it will be a nice, easy ride.

We are starting at Clinton City Park, leaving from the playground area at 1pm. From there we will head west on Woodward/Clinton. The first stop is at the Salt & Straw push-cart for ice cream. Next we head just around the corner for play time at Sewallcrest Park. Feel free to buy other treats and eats and enjoy them at the park too! (While there the grown-ups can decide if we should also stop at Dairy Queen on our way back to the beginning.)

After our play-break we will head east on SE Lincoln to SE 56th Ave which will take us to (Dairy Queen and) a light where we can cross Division safely to return to the playground at Clinton City Park.

Hope to see you for some fun in the sun! Remember it is this Saturday, 8/18!

Here is a Google Map with our approximate route (it won’t allow routing on the paths inside park boundaries).