Tuesday, June 12, 2018

July 2018: Kidical Mass Ride in Salishan for Pierce County Trails Day


Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 10 AM - 12 PM
Swan Creek Park Community Garden, 2299 E 42nd St, Tacoma, WA 98404

Kidical Mass Tacoma is a monthly bike ride for kids, families and kids-at-heart. We ride in the street and follow the Rules of the Road, stopping to regroup so no one gets lost or left behind. Helmets and adult supervision are required. Everyone is welcome.

On July 28 we'll be celebrating Pierce County Trails Day by exploring the Salishan neighborhood, Pipeline Trail, and trails of Swan Creek Park. We'll scope out the nearly-completed Eastside Community Center and learn about upcoming development of the Pipeline Trail. The ride will start at the Swan Creek Park Community Garden at E 42nd and Roosevelt in Tacoma.

This is a free event and no preregistration is required. Snacks will be provided (RSVP on FB so we know what to bring!) Expect a slow, 4-mile bike ride on paved streets and trails. There are some optional dirt trails as well. Portapotties and water access are located at the community garden parking lot.

For additional information, contact Matt 253-209-4032 or leave comments below.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Owen Beach Campout 2018

 
We're loading up our kids and tents to go bike camping at Owen Beach again! Pre-registration is required, so please read on.

WHEN: Meet-up at 2nd Cycle Tacoma's Community Cycle Center on Friday Aug 24, 2018 around 5:30pm. We'll roll-out about 6pm to Point Defiance Park, a 7.5 mile ride. It will take about 1.5 hours.

CAMP GEAR: We'll camp on the grass next to the beach and have to break camp by 9am. Keep it simple! We recommend tent, bedroll, change of clothes, warmer layers for the evening. You can haul your gear by bike (it's bike camping!), or toss heavy/awkward items in the 2nd Cycle van that's meeting us there. Need a tent? Let us know in the comments and we'll try to locate an extra one for you.


FOOD TO BRING: For the ride, bring a water bottle and maybe even a spray bottle to help keep kids cool. Metroparks provides evening snacks and a basic breakfast, but plan to bring a picnic dinner or snacks for after the ride. Don't bonk!

RETURN: On Saturday morning families can make their way back home in small groups or individually. Remember, it's going to be more uphill on the way home, so plan for a longer ride.

PRE-REGISTER: Campers must preregister with The Tacoma Nature Center by calling (253) 404-3930. Cost is $50 for a 4-person site. Tell them you are with Kidical Mass. (SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE...Puyallup Watershed Initiative is helping to make this event more accessible, so please contact Matt via email (kidicalmasstacoma <at> gmail <dot> com) if you need financial assistance.) There are a limited number of campsites available for this Metroparks Tacoma event, so please make your plans soon!

This is a bit different than most of our events and rides, but we hope to see you there. Please let us know if you register for your own campsite so we can keep track of who's coming.

RSVP on Facebook (optional)

More details on the Metroparks website: https://www.metroparkstacoma.org/campout/

Point Defiance Ranger leads a nature talk

You can bring your dog! Can you spot Spencer?

We Need Ride Leaders!

We need ride leaders!

In an attempt to host more rides in more corners of Tacoma, we are looking for more pedal parents to help plan, promote, and lead family bikes rides. If you are interested, please email Matt (kidicalmasstacoma <at> gmail <dot> com) so we can find a time in June to host a planning session. Thanks!




Monday, April 30, 2018

May and June 2018: Hilltop and South Tacoma

Two rides coming up! Sometimes we actually plan ahead! Keep scrolling!

Kidical Mass Tacoma is a monthly bike ride for kids and their families. We ride in the street and follow the Rules of the Road, stopping to regroup so no one gets lost or left behind. Helmets and adult supervision are required.


MAY RIDE: Neighborhood Cruise with Kidical Mass Tacoma
Saturday, May 12 at 11 AM - 1 PM
Start Location: 2nd Cycle, 1205 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Tacoma

This is a Slow Roll style bike ride for families, neighbors, and friends. Everyone is invited. Ride starts at 2nd Cycle. We'll be stopping to hang out at People's Park, Ferry Park, Zina's Place, and basically just enjoying the Hilltop neighborhood by bike. Do you play an instrument? Bring it! The more the merrier. Total route is about 4 miles, but you can cut it short and head back to 2nd Cycle at any point.

RSVP on Facebook (optional)




JUNE RIDE: Riding to Birds, Arts, and Trails Celebration in South Tacoma
Saturday, June 2 at 10 AM - 12 PM
Start Location: STAR Center, 3873 S 66th St, Tacoma

On Saturday June 2 we'll ride a 2 mile route from STAR Center to Oak Tree Park where the Tahoma Audubon Society will be celebrating Birds, Arts, and Trails. We'll see new art installations as we pedal along the Flume Line Trail; take part in activities promoting healthy native bird habitat; and have a chance to hike the trails in Oak Tree Park. Pedal 2 miles back to STAR Center with us afterward (that's 4 miles roundtrip) or plan your own afternoon family adventure.

RSVP on Facebook (optional)




Monday, March 19, 2018

April 2018: Adventuring to Tinkertopia



Hi Friends! We haven't seen you since Cranksgiving, but now the daffodils are blooming and we're ready to pedal.

Join us Saturday April 7 when we roll-out from the Wright Park playground at 1pm and pedal downtown about 2 miles to Tinkertopia. This is an afternoon ride because the Daffodil Parade is happening downtown that morning. Feel free to pack a lunch and have a pre-ride picnic if the weather is nice. There are bathrooms and picnic tables near the playground.


The ride to Tinkertopia will be pretty quick since it's nearly all downhill! You can see on the map that we're taking a switchback approach to help make this more manageable for smaller riders with coaster brakes. We'll check out the shop for 15-20 minutes or so before heading back up the hill to Wright Park for a snack and more play time. We'll have an extra long cable lock to help secure bikes while we're in the shop.

Yes, the return route is mostly uphill, but we may hike-a-bike a few steep blocks to get back on the Fawcett Ave bike boulevard in order to help manage the steep terrain.

We'll still ride in a drizzle, but extreme rain will cancel. Dress for the weather.

But what is Tinkertopia?
Tinkertopia collects interesting items and materials that are often headed for the waste stream and offers them as creative arts and crafts supplies. Their shop is a super cool shrine to the human imagination (and it's where we buy most of our bike and helmet decorating supplies.)



Each rider will receive a coupon from Tinkertopia for buy-one-get-one free tinker time session in their creative maker space. No purchase necessary, and it can be used on a future trip to Tinkertopia. Bonus! This is part of a year-long Bike to a Business program organized by Downtown On the Go that highlights downtown businesses that want to encourage their customers to try biking.

Questions? Feedback? Ideas to make this more awesome? Leave a comment! You can also RSVP and follow us on Facebook.

Kidical Mass Tacoma is a monthly bike ride for kids and their families. We ride in the street and follow the Rules of the Road, stopping to regroup so no one gets lost or left behind. Helmets and adult supervision are required.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November 2017: 3rd Annual Cranksgiving Ride!

Join us for our 3rd Annual Cranksgiving family bike ride through Hilltop benefiting the St. Leo Food Connection

We'll roll-out on Saturday November 18, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. from 2nd Cycle Community Cycle Center in Tacoma (1205 MLK Jr Way). We'll pedal a mile or so to the Hilltop Safeway for a chance to try our hand at family shopping by bicycle. Riders will be asked to purchase a few items that will be donated to St. Leo Food Connection. Be sure to bring along some way to haul your food items on your bike - backpack, basket, trailer, etc.

After we shop, we'll pedal to the Food Connection to deliver our items and take a quick tour. Cash donations will also be accepted and are used to purchase fresh produce. You are welcome to shop before the ride and bring items along if that's a better way to stretch your dollars (Costco and Cash'n'Carry have some good deals if you want to buy in bulk.)


As always, we will be riding in the street and following the Rules of the Road. For this ride, younger riders with push bikes or training wheels can take a shortcut and ride directly to Safeway along the sidewalk. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Please plan accordingly and dress for the weather! Helmets for all riders are required.

What: Cranksgiving with Kidical Mass Tacoma
When: 10:30 am, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
Who: Kids and their Families, Neighbors, Friends
Why: Food Drive for the Food Connection (and Learn to Shop by Bike!)

Monday, July 31, 2017

August 2017: Family Bike Camping to Owen Beach


We're loading up our kids and tents to go bike camping at Owen Beach August 18, 2017! Pre-registration is required, so please read on.

WHEN: Meet-up at 2nd Cycle Tacoma's Community Cycle Center on Friday Aug 18 around 5:30pm. We'll roll-out about 6pm to Point Defiance Park, a 7.5 mile ride. It will take about 1.5 hours.

CAMP GEAR: We'll camp on the grass next to the beach and have to break camp by 9am. Keep it simple! We recommend tent, bedroll, change of clothes, warmer layers for the evening. You can haul your gear by bike (it's bike camping!), or toss heavy/awkward items in the 2nd Cycle van that's meeting us there. Need a tent? Let us know in the comments and we'll try to locate an extra one for you.

FOOD TO BRING: For the ride, bring a water bottle and maybe even a spray bottle to help keep kids cool. Metroparks provides evening snacks and a basic breakfast, but plan to bring a picnic dinner or snacks for after the ride. Don't bonk!

RETURN: On Saturday morning families can make their way back home in small groups or individually. 2nd Cycle will offer gear hauling for those who need it. Remember, it's going to be more uphill on the way home, so plan for a longer ride.

PRE-REGISTER: Everyone is welcome, but you must preregister with Matt Newport email kidicalmasstacoma@gmail.com. We have a limited number of campsites reserved for this Metroparks Tacoma event and need to have an accurate headcount.

This is a bit different than most of our events and rides, but we hope to see you there. Please let us know if you register for your own campsite via metroparkstacoma.org so we can keep track of who's coming.

More details and discussion on our Facebook event page.

THANK YOU to the Puyallup Watershed Initiative Active Transportation Community of Interest for sponsoring this event!

UPDATE:

We had a fun group of riders from all over town. The weather was ideal and we had a blast. We are already making plans to do this campout ride again next year!


Roll-out from Hilltop

Bike lane on Stevens


Park Ranger Mark gave a cool nature talk and got creative with the campfire in spite of a park-wide burn ban.

Dawn at Owen Beach

Trailers are great for hauling kids and camp gear

Bring your little dog, too!

These campers peeled off for a day at Point Defiance Zoo

Jocelyn from Major Taylor did some coaching on the way home

Proctor is the top of the hill for this 7.5 mile route. It was an easy pedal back to 2nd Cycle from here.