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2014 Schedule

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Jan. 18- Hot Cocoa Ride

Feb. 15- For the Love of Kidical Mass Ride

April 19- 6 year Bowling Birthday Ride- EWEB Plaza to Southtowne Lanes

May 17- Tweed/Fancy Pants Ride- Monroe Park, 3pm

May 31- Springfield Kidical Mass kickoff ride- Willamalane Center (32nd st.), 11am

June 21- WJ Skatepark opening ride/celebration- Washington Park to WJ Skatepark, 10am.

July 19- Middle Fork Path Ride. Our longest ride of the year; ride to Clearwater Park (in Springfield) and back. Option One: Fairmount Park at 10am to ride the full 15 mile ride. Option Two: Meet us at Dorris Ranch at 11:15am to ride the 8 mile trail (round trip). Bring a picnic lunch!!

Aug. 23/24- Family Bike Camping Trip (delayed from June) – Armitage Park. South Eugene High, 10:30 am. Registration here.

Sept. 20- Bike and Boat the Willamette. Sladden Park, 11am. Registration here.

Oct 8- National Walk and Bike to School Day

Oct. 11th- Eugene Disaster Relief Trials and Fiets of Parenthood. Alton Baker Park. More soon…

Oct. 18- Pumpkin Ride. Come carve pumpkins with us on our annual pumpkin ride. Monroe Park, 10am. Supported by (and held at) the Corner Market (River Road & Thomason Lane).

Nov. 15- Giving Thanks Ride. Come help us thank city staff, elected officials, and local leaders who are helping to make Eugene one of the best bike cities on the country. We’ll be taking “Thank You” pictures to send out as cards so come prepared to say cheese! Monroe Park, 10am.

Dec. 13- Holiday Lights Solstice ride

Here are some of our previous rides:

2013 Past Rides

Oct. 12- Cargo Bike Fair, Disaster Relief Trials, and Fiets of Parenthood. 11am-4pm South Eugene High School
Oct. 19- Pumpkin Ride
Nov. 9- Play in the Rain Day Ride- Monroe Park to Mt. Pisgah!
Nov. 16- Giving Thanks Ride
Dec. 21- Holiday Lights Solstice Ride

Mar. 16- Tweed / Fancy Pants Ride- Monroe, 11am

Dress up in your “Saturday Best” and go for a ride! Who says biking has to be about spandex and funny shoes?! Dress up and have some fun! Put on your fancy clothes and go for a bike ride, cause, why not?!

Join us this Saturday (March 16th) 11am at Monroe Park.

We’ll be ending up at Noisette Bakery for a fancy treat at the end.

February 16th- Giving Thanks Ride (Redo) – 11am, ATA/Family School

Join us as we ride around checking out some new infrastructure improvements that make biking as a family in Eugene even better! We’ll take pictures and sign a Thank You card to send to those who helped make it all happen. Maybe gather for a lunch at the end? See the apx. 6 mile route here- MAP
Note earlier meeting time; going to try it out. ATA/Family School, 11:00am.

January 19th- Hot Cocoa Ride- Monroe Park, 2pm
What great weather we’ve had this past week; cold but no rain! The forecast looks like more of the same so it’s the perfect time for a Hot Cocoa Potluck Ride. We’ll ride from Monroe Park down to River Play Park where we’ll all share some hot chocolate and treats.

I’ll bring a big batch of cocoa and some cups. You bring any special treats to share with it (marshmallows, whip cream, cookies, sprinkles, leftover candy-canes, etc.) plus your own special mugs. Feel free to fill up your own thermos with a special blend of hot cocoa to share as well.

2012 Past Rides

December 15- Holiday Lights Ride- Monroe Park, 5pm

Join us for the last Kidical Mass of 2012!
Monroe Park, Saturday, Dec. 15th, 5:00 p.m.

We’ll venture out into the dark and cold to enjoy festive holiday lights and end with a big family style pizza dinner together.

It will be a great time to show off your own lighting bling; reflectors, blinkies, glow sticks, battery powered holiday lights, or other crazy displays of luminance that make you and your family visible when riding at night.

If the weather is horrible we’ll make a b-line to Cozmic Pizza but if it isn’t too bad we’ll zig-zag through the neighborhoods and see more lights… and who knows, maybe even squeeze in some Kidical Caroling!

See a map of the two potential routes HERE and get ready for some holiday cheer… on bikes!

November 17- Giving Thanks Ride- ATA/Family School, 2pm (Our first cancelled ride- only one family/3 kiddos and a yucky day)

October 20- 150th Birthday AND Pumpkin Ride:

Celebrate Eugene’s 150th Birthday AND carve some pumpkins!

Our annual Pumpkin Ride will have two special parts to it this year. Check out the schedule and information below to find out more and join us for all or part of the event:

Noon- Meet us at 13th & Alder for a special unveiling of an exciting new public art piece. The giant blue heron, made out of recycled materials, including bicycle parts, will stand watching over this major active transportation intersection.

12:45 PM- Join the ride to the Campbell Center in Skinner Butte park where the 150th birthday party for the City of Eugene will be taking place. Enjoy music by The Sugar Beets, Fred Crafts’ Radio Redux performance of “You are There, the Founding of Eugene”, the Passport to History prize drawing and, of course, singing Happy Birthday and eating cake!

2:00 PM- Ride from the Party to the Corner Market (corner of River Rd. & Thomason Ln) where we’ll be carving pumpkins! We’ll have a couple dozen free pumpkins to give away along the ride (actually tickets that you redeem) for best dressed bikes, super spirit, cool costumes, and other randomly selected categories. Be sure and bring a few dollars to buy some extra pumpkins to carve too!

Meet us at any point to join in the fun and peel off whenever you need to, it should be a super fun day!!

Make the event unmistakably “Eugene”, by wearing a costume and decorating your bike with bright colors, balloons, ribbons, etc.

Be sure and pack a lunch or eat right before you meet us if you’re going to do the whole afternoon. We will probably have time to eat at the party.

September 15th: Bike & Boat the Willamette Kidical Mass Ride Sladden Park, Noon

Celebrate the end of summer and the start of the school year with one last summer time fling! We’ll meet at Sladden Park, ride upriver, load up into the boats and then float backdown river. We’ll have a potluck picnic back at Sladden Park with some ice cream treats.

Registration for the “boat” portion of the celebration is required as space in the boats is limited to 36. Kids must be older than 5 ride in the boats (but welcome on the bike ride). Kids 5-7 need an adult in the boat with them. Kids 7 and up don’t need an adult along (save that space for other kids if you can).
The cost for the float is only $10/person! If you would like to participate in the boat portion of the ride but have financial restrictions please register and then contact me to talk about support- rhodes_sh@4j.lane.edu.

September 9- Sunday Streets- University, Washburn, Amazon Noon-4 pm

August 18- Cargo Bike Roll Call Ride- Monroe Park to Hideaway Bakery, 1 pm

August 5- Blackberry bRamble Community Ride- Amazon Park, 10 am registration. 11 am ride.

July 22nd- Bike-In Movie Night Ride Monroe Park to Trainsong, 7 pm

June 16/17- Kidical Camping! Register Here

Celebrating the “Great American Backyard Campout” and the new American Tradition with some great family bike camping!

We’ll meet at Monroe Park on Saturday, June 16th at 10 a.m. then spin our way north through town to Armitage Park. We’ll stop at Oakmont Park and Cal Young Middle School to pick up other families. We’ll get out to Armitage around lunchtime then set up our tents in the reserved group camp. We’ll play some fun games and explore the park before meeting back for a potluck style dinner. After sleeping under the stars we’ll wake for a Pancake breakfast (supported by REI) to power us through the day.!

 

May 19- Tour de Coop
Chickens & Chains, Human Power & Hens, Beaks & Bikes…what could be better? Join us as we “Tour de Coop” and visit mini urban farms with great backyard chicken homes. Meet at Friendly Park at 2pm. Egg-citing ending at the Adkins Family Coop. Supported by Eugene Backyard Farmer.

April 21- Bike to Skate Ride! Oakmont Park to Skate World(Free entry to first 15 kids).

It’s our four year old birthday so let’s celebrate by going to the skating rink!

Meet at Noon at Oakmont Park (optional 11:30 meet-up at Roosevelt Middle School back parking lot). Ride to Skate World in Springfield! Our first ride that ventures into our neighboring city and the first one involving roller skates!

Full details and more information to come on this years calendar.
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2011 Past Rides

Dec. 17- Holiday Lights Pizza Ride (Monroe Park, 5 p.m.)
Join us for the last Kidical Mass of 2011!
Monroe Park, Saturday, Dec. 17th, 5:00 p.m.

We’ll venture out into the dark and cold to enjoy festive holiday lights and end with a big family style pizza dinner together.

It will be a great time to show off your own lighting bling; reflectors, blinkies, glow sticks, battery powered holiday lights, or other crazy displays of luminance that make you and your family visible when riding at night.

If the weather is horrible we’ll make a b-line to Cozmic Pizza but if it isn’t too bad we’ll zig-zag through the neighborhoods and see more lights… and who knows, maybe even squeeze in some Kidical Caroling

!See a map of the two potential routes HERE and get ready for some holiday cheer… on bikes!

Nov. 19- Giving Thanks Ride, Meet at 2 pm, Sat. Nov. 19, at César Chávez Elementary:
The weather is just right for cozy mittens, warm drinks, and delicious pie! Join us for a short and sweet afternoon bike ride from Cesar Chavez Elementary to the Whiteaker Community Center, where we can play outdoors or nosh on homemade pies and hot chai tea inside (decaf rooibos version will be available for the kids, of course). Along the way we’ll stop to admire some fabulous new improvements to our bikeways, and create a simple thank you to our city for making it safer for families to walk and bike through our neighborhoods. We always ride safe and legal, and all kinds of family bikes are welcome! Remember your mittens and hats for the coziest possible ride. Bring lights in case we’ll be out after dark. Homemade pie, hot chai, warm friendly family chats, and a fun “Thank You” project- don’t miss this ride! See you there!

Oct. 15- Pumpkin Ride (Monroe Park, 3 pm)

Sept. 17- Pirate Treasure Hunt Ride (Oakmont Park to “Buried Treasure”, 3 pm)

Aug. 20- Bike to Baseball (Westmoreland to Em’s Game, 5 pm): It’s “College Football Night” at the park! Sluggo will be riding in a pedicab with us. Boys & Girls club is the ‘non-profit’ for that nights game and we’ll team up with them and have the ride leave Westmoreland Park at 5pm. Game starts at 7:00. We’re planning a little ‘bike party’ around 6pm at PK Park with some music and other bike fun. REGISTER HERE

Aug. 6/7- Weekend on the Amazon including Blackberry bRamble Celebration & Ride

July 16, 2011- Bike & Boat the Willamette w/SmartTrips. Meet at Sladden Park (1 pm), bike up the river and take a boat back down. REGISTER HERE.

June 18, 2011- Traditional Ride, Summer Kick-off (Monroe Park to Prince Pücklers, 3 p.m.)

June 25- Kidical Camping! Join us on our first Kidical Mass overnighter! We’ll meet at Monroe Park on Saturday at 10 a.m. then spin our way north through town to Armitage Park. We’ll stop at Oakmont Park and Cal Young Middle School to pick up other families. We’ll get out to Armitage around lunchtime then set up our camps in the reserved group camp. We’ll play some fun games and explore the park before meeting back for a potluck style dinner. Ideas for Sunday? Feel free to share- this is a community formed event! Registration required and open HERE.

Download a poster for the event HERE.

May 21, 2011- Geocaching Ride (University Park, 3pm)

Apr.6, 2011- Birthday Ride! Meet at Monroe Park (10th & Monroe) on at 3pm and ride to one of the classic favorites: Prince Pücklers! Bring a bike-themed gift for a fun KM white elephant gift exchange! (Monroe)

March 2011: March in Reverse. We met at Friendly Park and rode to Monroe Park (March ride in reverse)… but it was kind of chilly and rainy so we went another block to Sweet Life Patisserie. Ahhhh.

February 2011: Hot Cocoa Ride- A chilly ride from Monroe Park to Friendly Park. Hot Chocolate, cookies, and playing made it enjoyable.

January 2011: The Classic. A Classic ‘last-minute’ ride that met at Monroe Park and then rode the short distance to Divine Cupcake. While we were there we wrote Representative Greenlick a card about his proposed bill 2228 that would ban kids 6 and under from their parents bike or trailer. Here are some of the responses (hey, I just realized there were three sets of twins on the ride!):

“I Love bikes!” Dare & Sanguine (twins- 5 years)
“Let us ride” Torrent (7)
“Please let us keep riding as a family.” Steve & Maya (twins- 5 years), Audrey (2)
“Responsible family bicycling is a right!” Heather, Ryan, & Sylvan
“We love riding in our Burley trailer! Please help us have fun and be safe!” Garrett, Kricket, Jenna (6), Cooper (5), Ryder (2), Treg (1)
“Fun family adventure teaches responsibility- Do the right thing!” Cance, Dani, Kaiden, Maycie, Mairyn, Alaina
“If you want to make cycling safer, take away the cars!” Missy, Isadora (20 months), Augustus & Bennett (twins- 6 months)
“BIKES ROCK” anon.
~scribble~ Everett (19 months)

2010 Past Rides

Here’s a Google map of last years ride with a draft of the ride meeting spots and basic plans for the day’s ride: View Kidical Mass Rides 2010 in a larger map)

December – Pie to Pie Winter Lights Ride, Saturday, Dec. 18, 5 p.m., Mezza Luna Pizzeria
We’ll meet at Mezza Luna Pizzaria (933 Pearl St.) at 5 pm on Saturday, Dec. 18th, have a slice of pizza pie (first pie is on us) then ride out to admire the holiday lights as we pedal over to Sweet Life Patisserie for a sweet slice of pie (again, first pie is on us!). As we stop to admire the lights we’ll have some treats to give out to the houses that get the most oohs and aahs.

The ride length will depend on the weather. If it’s really nasty we’ll just make it a one-stop event and count our ride to Mezza Luna as our “Mass” but if it’s really nice we might even make it over to the cool new lights over at the Delta Ponds Bridge

November 20- Giving Thanks Ride, Saturday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m.
Meet at
Washington Park (aka Swiss Cheese Park at 20th & Washington) and ride to the brand new Delta Ponds Bridge! We’ll be sightseeing and giving thanks for some of the great bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in our City. Special ride across the newly opened Delta Ponds Bridge and some discussion of some upcoming projects that will make it safer and easier for families to ride their bikes in Eugene! Highlights along the way: 18th & Friendly will be getting some crossing improvements though a full improvement won’t be coming until more funding is found. Monroe/Friendly Neighborhood Greenway: Grant application is in to make major improvement to this bike/ped corridor. Traffic Garden- Optional route along Monroe to river path and stop at Rose Garden to show potential future site for a “Traffic Garden” type park (behind 4J Ed. Center). The new bridge!

October 16- Pumpkin Ride!
Meet at River Play Park and ride to the Corner Market where we’ll carve pumpkins! Bring your own or buy one there and create a fun Jack-o-lantern for halloween.

 

September 18-

It’s the day before “Talk Like a Pirate Day” and to get ready we’re planning a special event with the Eugene Public Library for an extra special ride to wrap up summer in a smashing way… arrrrrrg.
The ride will leave from the Sheldon Community Pool at 2 p.m. If families are interested in practicing any pirate skills such as walking the plank or diving for Davy Jones’ locker the Sheldon Pool recreation swim is open Noon-2 p.m. Once we cast off from the dock at Sheldon we will attempt to cross the brand new Delta Ponds Bike/Ped bridge which will have it’s opening day on September 11th. If the Northwest passage across the Delta waterway is impassable we will take an alternate southern route across the city’s main waterway crossing into downtown, Ferry Street Bridge. Dress-up and decoration of your ‘vessel’ is encouraged.

via flickr: bosque_pescador
via flickr: bosque_pescador

August 21- Adaptive Bike & Swim Ride

It’s the last ride before school starts, let’s make it count! We’ll be meeting at the Hilyard Community Center to check out some of their cool adaptive bikes, do a ride around the neighborhood, and then end up back at Amazon pool where we’ll get a special early entry into the Rec. swim! Come check out a family tandem, a handcycle, or other interesting adaptive bikes- you can even take it for a spin on our ride! Then join us for a special Kidical Mass swim and BBQ! Hot Dogs, buns, and fixings will be provided (as well as the grill), bring along a food or drink item to share if you can!
Thanks to the City of Eugene Hilyard Community Center and Amazon Pool staff for supporting the ride! Join us Noon on Saturday, August 21, Hilyard Community Center (2580 Hilyard).
Register HERE so we make sure and have enough Pool Passes for everyone!

July 17- Eugene Emerald’s Ride
Bikes & Baseball- How truly “summer in Eugene!” Ride as a group to an Em’s game. Special entry, prizes, dinner (dog, chips & soda), a visit from team mascot Sluggo, and more… all for only $5.00!!!

June 19- Bike & Boat the Willamette
Ride up the Willamette and then float down!! With support of the Eugene River House/Recreation Dept. we’ll have a great time using human and mother nature power to transport ourselves along the mighty Willamette. To be part of the float you need toREGISTER. Check out the registration page for more information. Special start time- Noon.

May 15- Walk & Bike Challenge Month Special. Free Play!!

April 17- Geocaching Ride- Meet at University Park
Geocaching at the University, Hendricks Park, or other spot nearby TBD. Connects with Confident Cycling for Families class held from 10-1 at Camas Ridge.

March 20- Bugs, Super Heroes & Heroines
Starting at the Science Factory’s “Cavalcade of Crawling Creatures” and ending at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s “Newart NW Kids: Heroes & Heroines” exhibit. 1st- Meet turtles, snakes, salamande..

January 16th, The Soup & Unicycle Ride: Join us as we ride from Monroe Park to McCornack Elementary School where we’ll meet up with a group of families who just completed the “Street Skills for Families” class. We’ll join them for some hot soup and watch the McCornack Unicycle Club perform!
Meet us at Monroe Park (9th & Monroe), at 3:00 PM.

2009 Past Rides

Dec. 19th- The Ugly Sweater Ride- In the spirit of the Holidays and the wonderful (and sometimes wacky) gifts that may come our way this season it’s time to pull those sweaters out of the drawer that you normally only put on when Grandma comes to visit. Inspired by the Ugly Sweater Ride put on by other local cyclists earlier in the day we thought we’d join in the fun.

The Ugly Sweater Ride
(Art & Concept by Chris Nelsen)

2008 Past Rides

December 20, 3 p.m. Holiday Lights ride, Monroe Park (10th & Monroe) or meet us after dinner at 5 p.m.:

Light it up!

Join us for a special holiday lights bike ride!

Decorate your bike, have dinner with us, enjoy area holiday lights, share some hot cocoa and have fun riding with other families! End- Bene! Pizza @ 18th & Chambers

November 21st, An Out-Of-This-World Ride!! 3pm, Monroe Park

Join us as we ride from Monroe Park over to Alton Baker Park. There we’ll follow the planets (starting at the Sun in Alton Baker) all the way out to Jupiter near the Owosso Bridge (a 1:1 billionth scale model of our solar system)!

Hot Chocolate will fit into our ride somehow….maybe near Neptune?!

Alton Baker (sun) to Beltline (pluto) along the river
Alton Baker (sun) to Beltline (pluto) along the river

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We ride on the third Friday of the month (6pm) during the Spring & Summer and the third Saturday (3pm) during the Fall & Winter.

We meet at Monroe Park.

We have a lot of fun! Come join us.