It’s hard to keep up with the growing movement…the best way to find out about a ride in your area is to check the “Global Kidical Mass” links in the sidebar. If you don’t see your town there then it’s time for you to start your own ride!
Then email us and get your ride on the list.
Eugene, OR: The birthplace! More information on the front page and on the EUGENE page. Be sure and sign up for the monthly alert for fresh locations, themes, and tips. You can also join our Eugene Kidical Mass Facebook Group for discussions, photos, and more information.
Portland, OR: Portland’s Kidical Mass is held on the third Saturday of the month, with occasional exceptions. Rides start from points all over the city– if you want one in your neighborhood, send them an email! Keep up to date on the website,kidicalmasspdx.org, or sign up for their mailing list with the form on that site. You can also find them on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kidical-Mass-PDX/190167827674698?ref=ts. Portland joined the Kidical Mass movement early on. Originally coordinated by some BTA staffers it was reinvigorated in the Fall of 2010 with a Michael Jackson Thriller Ride with energy from more families including Katie of A Most Civilized Conveyance. Check out the Portland Kidical Mass site for the latest and greatest!
Ashland, OR: Held a ride on a beautiful sunny day on April 18th. They still hold them once and awhile… Here’s the poster.
Bend, OR: Also held a ride on April 18th, 2008. Here’s the information they sent out: Kids are Traffic Too ;D – A Family Cycling Event in Bend! Please come ride with our Kidical Mass ride starting at McKay Park on Friday, April 18th at 6pm. We’ll ride to Goody’s for ice cream. Pace is kid-friendly. Ride obeys all traffic laws, open to anyone with two wheels (or three, or four….but human powered only.) Please invite everyone you know.
Salem, OR: Holding their first ride on Feb. 28th, 2010 they are jumping in with the social media scene. See their website:salemkidical.blogspot, twitter: KMSalem and Facebook Page: Kidical Mass Salem. Next ride is Sunday March 28th at 1:00 pm. Meet at Faye Wright Elementary School in South Salem. Bring noise makers for some extra fun. 🙂
Seattle, WA: Holding their first ride in May 2009 organizer Julian Davies says Seattle rides are all about having fun, with the added benefit of “normalizing” family-oriented commuter cycling by bringing it into the public sphere. “Cycling with young kids is wonderfully social within one’s own family, but can feel a bit lonely/kooky if you’re the only one you know who’s not driving your kids around in cars all the time,” said Davies. “That’s why I felt it was important to nurture a community of like-minded parents, who realize that chauffeuring kids on walkable/bikable errands in two-ton cupholders is what’s kooky.”
They have a great Totcycle website all about “Family Biking”. Definitely check it out!
East Bay, CA: First ride in February 2010 in Albany hosted by Albany Strollers & Rollers. Second ride was held in Berkeley. Here’s what the East Bay crew has to say: “We just had our second monthly Kidical Mass ride this past weekend in Berkeley, CA. We’re alternating each month between Berkeley and neighboring Albany, a partnership between the Albany Strollers & Rollers and the Bicycle-Friendly Berkeley Coalition (www.bfbc.org). Next month’s will be in Albany, though we don’t have a date solidified yet. We also just created a google group that people can join for announcements about upcoming rides – http://groups.google.com/group/kidical-mass
Kidical Mass in the Glen (San Jose, CA)
Kidical Mass in the Glen are monthly rides which originate in the Willow Glen area of San Jose. Our monthly rides, which started in May of 2011 are themed rides with all types of activities before or after each ride. Our initial ride included a May Day theme with a May Pole, music, dancing, bike decorating, as well as arts and crafts. June’s ride was a Father’s Day theme with all types of play activities in the local park following the ride.
All of our rides have originated from Treehouse in the Glen, a popular local toy store. Our rides are held on the first Sunday morning of each month (with some exceptions) and have themes which are seasonally inspired (May Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, Back to School, Halloween, etc). To keep up to date on our activities follow us on Facebook at Kidical Mass in the Glen or on Twitter at KidicalMassWG.
San Diego, CA: Started a ride August 15th, 2008. Motivated and inspired by the Portland Kidical Mass in June. Restarted in March 27, 2011: Meet at Claire’s on Cedros at 2:30 p.m. / Ride departs at 3:00 p.m. Route: From Claire’s, ride north to the pedestrian bridge and cross west over to the coastal rail trail. Head south on the rail trail to the pedestrian bridge at Dahlia and cross east for a visit to the Solana Beach Farmer’s Market
San Luis Obispo, CA: Starting up May 2009 – SLO Kidical Mass is held in conjunction with their Bike Happening on the First Thursday of every month. Find out more at their SLO Kidical Mass blog or check out their location page. They are going strong in 2010 with several theme rides planned!
San Clemente, CA: We are organizing the first Kidical Mass South Orange County. We are having our first ride on Thanksgiving in San Clemente.
San Clemente, CA to San Onofre State Beach
Turkey Ride/Pancake Breakfast
Thursday November 26th 2011
Join Sera and Richard of icargobike, and friends for a slow paced family friendly group bicycle ride to San Onofre State Beach, departing icargobike at 8am. Once at San O ‘s Four Doors (between the Point and Old Mans) we will set up and be making a pancake breakfast, with hot coffee/cocoa. Bring your kids, your surfboard, and have a Happy Surfy Cycling Thanksgiving! The breakfast is going on from approx 9am-10:30am, look for the canopy, and the Kidical Mass/icargobike sign!
Yes, we are cargo biking everything down to SanO, the grill canopy, coffee, and cocoa!
Call Sera for info (888) 865-4804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Location:icargobike2122 S. El Camino Real #A San Clemente, CA 92672
San Francisco: “The birthplace of Critical Mass, is holding our first Kidical Mass ride! Kidical Mass will be a contingent within the 20th Anniversary Critical Mass ride. Meet between 5:45 and 6pm, 9/28/12 at the SE corner of the big fountain in Justin Herman Plaza, where the fountain is closest to the grass. http://goo.gl/maps/0C3Ur The plan is to peel off to end at Dolores Park around 6:45pm for an after-ride picnic.
Santa Barbara, CA: Kicking off Kidical Mass rides May 1, 2010 with prizes and a Blenders destination. Other 2010 dates: June 26, Aug 28. Rides are held Sat mornings at 9:30. Visit kidicalmasssb.blogspot.com for updates.
Sausalito, CA: Yuba Bicycles is hosting Sausalito’s first Kidical Mass Ride in October 2010. All families (Mundo riding or not I’m sure) are welcome so join the Yuba Bicycles’ Kids Ride: Take the Tot and let’s go stretch our legs!
Yuba Bicycles is hosting the first Kid’s Ride in Sausalito, CA on October 23rd. Bring your Mundo and come join us! We also have a number of Mundos for guests to try out. We’re taking off from Yuba’s World Headquarters at 10:00am. From there it is an easy 3.2 mile, mostly flat ride through Sausalito to the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Yuba Bicycles will have a professional photographer on hand taking pictures of all the kids.
You can also RSVP via email at email@example.com.
Yuba Bicycles, LLC, 2350 Marinship Way #SW5, Sausalito, CA 949565
Check out the Peanut-Shell in action in our Peanut-Shell Video!
Around the US
Save the Date!: Sunday, August 29th at 12:30pm.
What’s the Plan?:
Meet at the Playground in Washington Park.
12:30pm: Bike Decorating & Awards for Best Bikes!
1:00pm: Safety Talk for kids (and moms and pops)!
1:15pm: Bike Ride departs en route to Bonnie Brae ice cream.
We’ll have ride guides and even a few bike patrol officers. We’re planning a route that’ll meander through quiet streets in Bonnie Brae. Organizers include BikeDenver, and parents Dave and Zev. Thanks Clif Bar for supporting the event with Clif Kids product! We’re hoping this pilot ride will turn into monthly opportunities in 2011!
HELP US PLAN BY RSVPing by Wednesday, August 25th via this Facebook Events Page: Kidical Mass Event or email info(at)bikedenver.org.
They had to cancel their inaugural ride in Oct. 2011 because of a Nor’easter but they came on strong for the their first ride in November. Welcome to the movement New Haven! Oh, and they make some fun family cargo bike shirts you should go buy too: www.cargobikelove.spreadshirt.com. And follow one of the organizers blog at FullHandsx3.blogspot.com
First Ride: April 23, 2011: Join us for Washington DC’s first-ever Kidical Mass ride – a legal, safe and FUN bike ride for kids, kids at heart, and their families. Coffee! Prizes! A chance to meet other cycling families.
Meet us at 10am on Saturday, April 23 across the street from Eastern Market Station for refreshments, a bicycle decorating party, and an opportunity for future cyclists to ride their pushbikes and tricycles in a protected area. Then we’ll leave at 11am for a leisurely ride through Capitol Hill before ending at the Argonaut for brunch.
First Ride- May 2011: We believe this will be the first Kidical Mass in Atlanta and we are very excited to do it. SoPo Bikes (our local community bike shop cooperative) and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (Atlanta’s bike advocacy organization) are teaming up to put on the event. Here’s some more info.
On Saturday May 21st we are riding a kid-centric 2.5 mile bike ride through Decatur. Families can join at any point so they do not have to ride the whole route. Folks from the ABC, City of Decatur, and SoPo are really looking forward to this event. You can find info at these links.
Chicago, IL: First ride happened on March 20, 2010. Now the Chicago Logan Square Kidical Mass meets the second Saturday of each month, 10:30am at Palmer Square in the Bunny Park. The winter rides have been a blast with about a dozen pre-schoolers leading the rides and teaching their parents the true meaning of anarchy!
The winter rides have been a blast with about a dozen pre-schoolers leading the rides and teaching their parents the true meaning of anarchy!
Started in Spring 2012- “This spring Kidical Mass arrives in Minneapolis! Once a month we will gather to celebrate and create awareness for the growing presence of kids and families on bikes. We will meet at local parks around the city and ride to family friendly destinations.
Rides are typically 3 miles at a 5-6 mph pace on quiet residential streets. We will ride as a group and will travel as fast as our slowest riders. Helmets are required for all riders.
All community family rides will take place on Saturdays from 9-11:30am. Rides will leave locations by 9:30am.”
What better way to end Raleigh’s first annual bike week than with a short ride through town with kids leading the way. You’ve heard of Critical Mass? Well, this is Kidical Mass. Let’s have the little ones take over for once!
Kids of all ages and their families are invited to Oak City Cycling Project on March 10th at 10am. We will leave to ride through the historic Oakwood and Mordecai neighborhoods at 11:30am. The ride will be around half a mile at a very leisurely pace. Parent’s are strongly encouraged to ride along. Folks can expect to be back at Oak City by 1PM.
If you’d like to help with this event, contact us at Squirrely@oakcitycycling.com.
Tulsa, OK: Started doing rides in April 2008. Current status unknown…
Huntington, WV: Huntington is holding their inaugural ride on Saturday October 29, 2011 @ 3:00PM, from the Ritter Park fountain plaza.
- Educate families and children, as bicycle riders and passengers, in personal responsibility and safety
- Incorporate biking in a family fun atmosphere
- Lead a short route bicycle ride that avoids busy streets and emphasizes laws and safety
- Introduce a “street presence” to raise awareness that bicycles are traffic
- Promote Huntington’s PATH, downtown neighborhoods, and family bicycle advocacy
Our inaugural ride will be confined to the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health (PATH), beginning at the Ritter Park fountain plaza and continuing west down the limestone pathway toward the League 3 baseball fields. We will use the parking lot area past the fields, on the trail, as our turn around point. This distance is approximately 3.2 miles round trip and should we find riders needing a shorter ride, we are adaptable to turn back sooner.
Saskatoon (Canada, eh!):
Every Second Saturday of the Month at 2 pm (while there is no snow). Check the website for more details.
“….we had ~40 people – more than half of ’em kids. the ride lasted ~15 minutes, and ended at an organic grocery store where we snacked on watermelon and other fruit. I made little colouring “books”, which unfolded into a kidical mass flyer. hopefully a few kids (& parents) will colour the flyer & hang it up where lots of people will see it. Judging by everyone’s enthusiastic response afterward we should have a good group for our next ride. yep, that’s right: it’ll be happening the third friday of every month!” …..same time & place for the June ride: June 20th – 6p @ Withrow park
Hosting their first ride in June 2011 Victoria is blowing onto the KM social media scene with a website, Facebook page, and twitter account. The first ride is part of the Fernfest celebration. Join in the YYJ fun!
Pecs, Hungary: Pec’s held a couple Kidical Mass rides in 2009 and this Spring (2010) they are starting to hold them every month! Here’s the latest:
Our (http://bababringa.lapunk.hu)next event will be in Pecs (HU, Europe) on 20th of March at 3:00pm. We will start at Kresz-Park (http://kreszpark.lapunk.hu), get some hot chocolate at Walzer and the destination will be Jokai Square. From then on we will organize rides monthly in Pecs (http://pecs2010.hu/).
Previous news said “There is a sort of practice route in Pécs where the little ones can learn about and practice cycling in the city. This park is always our destination when we have a cycling event. We ride twice a year when we organize all day programs including riding with the families through town as well as there are transportation safety quiz – that is organized by the local police – and obviously (traditional Hungarian) gulyas cooking outdoors. And lots of other activities…Kids are Traffic Too – in Pécs, Hungary Too!” Árpád Simor
An article appeared in the Budapest Times about the Critical Mass ride with a ‘Kidical Mass’ happening as well.
In the works: Marin, Tuscon, Olympia, Las Cruces, Austin, Williamsburg, a “small Colorado town”, and YOUR town….
If you are organizing a Kidical Mass, let us know and we’ll put it on our list here and add any links to sites you have going.