Friday, November 1, 2019

Cranksgiving Food-Drive Bike-Ride 2019

5th Annual CRANKSGIVING Food-drive Bike-ride
Pedal to store -> Shop for others -> Haul it back
Saturday November 16, 2019
1PM - 3PM / Family-friendly 

Benefits St. Leo Food Connection of Tacoma
Ride and Shop 1PM-2PM / Afterparty hang-out at Alma Mater Cafe or other nearby spot 2PM-3PM
Bring a bike lock!


Join Kidical Mass Tacoma for our 5th Annual Cranksgiving family bike ride benefiting the St. Leo Food Connection food bank!

Meet-up at the bike corral in front of Alma Mater around 12:45 pm. We'll roll-out at 1 pm, pedaling a 2.3 mile route 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 directly to the Food Connection to donate our items. Cash donations will also be collected at this time and are used to purchase fresh produce for the food bank. We'll finish around the corner at Alma Mater to celebrate our biking and shopping skills.

FAQ: Do I have to shop at Hilltop Safeway? Nope. 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.)

**Special Note: This route is not very long, but it is uphill getting to the store and downhill getting back to Alma Mater. We've picked a more gradual route up and down the hill, but no push bikes or training wheels please.

Optional: RSVP on Facebook so we know you're planning to attend. Cheers!



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Kidical Mass is a monthly family bike ride series. We ride in the street and follow the Rules of the Road. We ride together, stopping to regroup when needed. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all riders should wear a helmet.

Monday, August 19, 2019

September 2019: Hilltopia Community Cruise

Kidical Mass Tacoma - Family Bike Ride
Hilltopia Community Cruise
Saturday Sept 14, 2019 
10:30am - 12pm
Starts/Ends at the People's Center


Every September, Kidical Mass groups around the globe share the road together on the same day for a Kidical MASSIVE ride. This year we will be exploring the theme of community building as we cruise around Hilltop from People's Center to the All Live Are Precious monument. We'll make a few other stops along this 2-3 mile route. The neighborhood is relatively flat and this free event is open to riders of all ages and abilities.

Here's a rough map of our route. We'll pass the Hello, How Are You? installation, stop at the All Lives Are Precious monument and green space, then finish up with some playground time at McCarver Park. Expect ice cream near the end of the ride. What other stops should we include on this route?


Kidical Mass rides encourage families to ride bikes safely in the street by following the Rules of the Road. We ride at a kid's pace and stay together in a group. Helmets are required for all riders. Snacks are provided. Contact Matt with questions about the event at kidicalmasstacoma@gmail.com.


You can optionally RSVP for the event on Facebook.

This event is sponsored by Tacoma Washington Bicycle Club and the Puyallup Watershed Initiative Active Transportation Community of Interest.





Saturday, June 1, 2019

July 2019: Pierce County Trails Day Ride in South Tacoma


Join Kidical Mass Tacoma and ForeverGreen Trails in a celebration of Pierce County Trails Day!


We'll start at 10am at South Park (meet at the big toy) and use the Flume Line Trail to ride about 1.7 miles to Oak Tree Park.  We'll stop in the big grassy area for a quick (~15min) break, before riding back to South Park where we'll have snacks.  We'll ride at kid pace and anticipate finishing about 11am.  This should keep us out of the high heat of the day, but the South Park play area also has a spray ground where riders can cool off.

Here's a map of the route:



Kidical Mass encourages families to ride bikes safely in the street by following the Rules of the Road. We ride at a kid's pace and stay together in a group. This event is open to riders of all ages and abilities. Helmets are required for all riders. Snacks are provided.

This event is sponsored by Tacoma Washington Bicycle Club and the Puyallup Watershed Initiative Active Transportation Community of Interest.

You can also RSVP on Facebook. We'll see you there!


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

May 2019: Kidical Mass Tacoma Explores the Pipeline Trail

Kidical Mass Family Bike Ride
Sunday May 19, 2019
10:30am - 12pm
Starts/Ends at the Eastside Community Center


Join us during Bike Month for a 3.6-mile bike ride through the Salishan neighborhood and on the newly paved Pipeline Trail. This route has some rolling hills, but the event is open to riders of all ages and abilities.

The ride will start and end at the bike rack by the front entrance of the Eastside Community Center (blue dot on the map below.) We usually ride in the street quite a bit, but this route is almost entirely paved trail, ultra-wide sidewalk, and bike lanes.


Kidical Mass encourages families to ride bikes safely in the street by following the Rules of the Road. We ride at a kid's pace and stay together in a group. Helmets are required for all riders. Snacks are provided. Contact Matt with questions: kidicalmasstacoma@gmail.com

This event is sponsored by the Puyallup Watershed Initiative's Active Transportation Community of Interest and Tacoma Washington Bicycle Club.

RSVP or follow us on Facebook (optional)


Monday, October 22, 2018

4th Annual Cranksgiving with Kidical Mass Tacoma


4th Annual CRANKSGIVING 
Food drive Bike ride
Pedal to store -> Shop for others -> Haul it back
Starts at 7 Seas Brewing - Tacoma
Sunday November 18, 2018
Family-friendly 

Benefits St. Leo Food Connection
Ride and Shop 2-4pm / Afterparty at 7 Seas 4-6pm
Bring a bike lock!

Join Kidical Mass Tacoma for our 4th Annual Cranksgiving family bike ride benefiting the St. Leo Food Connection food bank!

Meet-up at the 7 Seas Taproom entrance around 1:30 pm. We'll roll-out at 2 pm, pedaling a 1.7 mile route to the Stadium Thriftway grocery store for a chance to try our hand at family shopping by bicycle. We ask that riders purchase a few items to donate 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 back to 7 Seas Brewing to collect our items and celebrate our biking and shopping skills. Cash donations will also be collected at this time and are used to purchase fresh produce for the food bank.

FAQ: Do I have to shop at Stadium Thirftway? Nope. 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.) We've also marked other grocery stores on the map below if you'd like to take a more challenging ride while the kids pedal to Stadium.

**Special Note: This route is not very long, but it is uphill getting to the store and downhill getting back to the 7 Seas. We've picked a more gradual route up and down the hill, but no push bikes or training wheels please.

RSVP on Facebook or in the comments so we know you're planning to attend.

Many thanks to Tacoma Washington Bicycle Club and 7 Seas Brewing for helping with this event. Cheers!

Kidical Mass is a monthly family bike ride series. We ride in the street and follow the Rules of the Road. We ride together, stopping to regroup when needed. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all riders should wear a helmet.




Tuesday, October 2, 2018

October 2018: Tacoma Arts Month Ride in the South End


Family Bike Ride with Kidical Mass Tacoma
Roll-out at 10:30am, Saturday Oct 13, 2018
IDEA High School, 6701 Park Ave S, Tacoma

October is Tacoma Arts Month...let's ride bikes and make art!

We've asked the students of the 2nd Cycle shop at IDEA High School to plan a route in the South End and to help us with a print-your-own art activity after the ride.

The ride will start from the 2nd Cycle shop at IDEA High School (6701 S Park Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408). The shop is in a portable behind the school; look for the Kidical Mass banner on the fence along Park Ave and enter up the sidewalk ramp.


We will roll-out at 10:30 am on a 3-4 mile ride. As always, we will ride in the street following the Rules of the Road, stopping to regroup as needed so no one is left behind. Helmets and adult supervision are required. We will be riding at a kid's pace, but this route has some rolling hills and arterial crossings, so no push bikes or training wheels, please.


We'll return to IDEA for a print-your-own screen printing activity. Bring something to print on: a shirt, hoodie, canvas shopping bag, anything that's been pre-washed. There will be a few bike+neighborhood designs to choose from with inks that will look good on light or dark colored fabric. Paper for poster making will also be available.

It's getting chilly and damp so dress for the weather - we will ride in a sprinkle! However, if it's a total downpour we'll skip the ride and there will still be screen printing and treats inside the shop until 12:30pm.

We'll post a route map and more print design details soon!



Saturday, September 1, 2018

September 2018: Kidical MASSIVE - Verlo to Lincoln Loop



On September 15, 2018, Kidical Mass rides will be held all over the country and world. We'll celebrate in Tacoma with a 4 mile loop around the Eastside from Verlo Playfield to Lincoln Park and back. The ride departs Verlo Playfield (4321 East McKinley Avenue) in Tacoma at 10am. We'll pedal about 2 miles to Lincoln Park, play a bit, then pedal 2 miles back to Verlo. Plan on 1-1.5 hours for the whole ride.

The Verlo sprayground will be open for an optional post-ride cool down and we'll provide frozen treats for all participants. There are bathrooms at both parks.

Kidical Mass is a group bike ride for kids and families, but everyone is welcome to ride along. As always, we will ride in the street following the Rules of the Road, stopping to regroup as needed so no one is left behind. Helmets and adult supervision are required. 

This route has some rolling hills, so no push bikes or training wheels, please. The route will likely look like this:

RSVP on Facebook or comment below so we know how much ice cream to bring! 

Thanks again to Tacoma Washington Bicycle Club and the Puyallup Watershed Initiative for sponsoring these events.