Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February 2016: Legendary Presidents Ride

We'll be celebrating Presidents Day a few days late with a short bike ride to Wright Park powered by legendary ride fuel from Legendary Doughnuts.

This ride starts from Legendary Doughnuts (2602 6th Ave) at 11am on Feb 21, 2016. Show up a bit early to sign-in, get your bike ready, and have a donut. Keep your fingers crossed for sunshine, because we'll be playing at Wright Park for a bit before returning to the 6th Ave Business District.

The route is 3.0 miles round-trip. https://goo.gl/maps/yRj9cqivB232

This is a casual bike ride for kids and their families. All riders need to wear a helmet and all children need an adult to ride with them. We ride in the street and follow the Rules of the Road (no training wheels or push bikes, please.)

The weather was perfect last year! 

Thanks to the Tacoma Wheelmen's Bicycle Club for sponsoring these events.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Our Plan for 2016

Based on our post-ride planning session in December, Matt and Sarah assembled a rough 2016 ride calendar. Most of the dates are firm, but some routes are still TBD based on time of year, theme, activity, etc.
Sun Feb 21 - Legendary Donuts to Wright Park (Legendary Presidents Ride)
Sat Mar 19 - Central Tacoma/6th Ave to Swazey Library/West Side
Sat Apr 23 - Route TBD (Earth Day Ride activity)
Sun May 15 - Interstate Ride (basically Lincoln Park to Costco via I-5 Ped Bridge)
Sun June 12 - Swan Creek/Salishan (Bike Rodeo/MTB at Swan)
Mon July 4 - Self-Organized Independence Day Neighborhood Rides (multiple locations)
Sat Aug 13 - Ruston Family Fair
Sat Sept 17 - Kidical MASSive from Wapato Park
Date TBD Oct - Harvest Ride (Gleaning with Harvest Pierce County?)
Sat Nov 19 - Cranksgiving Junior benefit for St. Leo Food Connection programs (MOB Riders and Skid Kings collaboration events on same day?)
Sun Dec 18 - Hilltop Solstice Ride
Feel free to leave feedback in the comments below or email kidicalmasstacoma <at> gmail <dot> com if you can help us fill in any of the TBDs in this list.
There were a few great route ideas that we couldn't squeeze in, but are on the table for future rides:
- Snake Lake to Manitou for Sunday Farmers Market at STAR Center
- Verlo Sprayground at McKinley to Lincoln Park
- West Side Candle Park Route
Thanks to everyone who helped us brainstorm ideas. We're looking forward to riding with you and your family in 2016!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

2nd Annual Solstice Ride

Join us for a family bike ride through downtown Tacoma on Sunday, December 20, 2015. At 11 am we will roll out from the 253 Collective Art Gallery (1901 Jefferson Ave) to Thea's Park. We'll stop to play on the shore then pedal back to the Harmon Restaurant and Brewery to warm-up with hot chocolate, courtesy of the Tacoma Wheelmen's Bicycle Club. 

We hope many of you will consider staying for lunch to help us plan the 2016 Kidical Mass ride calendar. Kids 10 and under eat FREE at the Harmon on Sundays with the purchase of an adult entrĂ©e, plus there's happy hour beers for the grown ups.

As usual, rider sign-in starts at 10:30am and we will roll-out at 11am. We will be riding in the street and following the Rules of the Road. (Riders with push bikes or training wheels can ride a shorter route on the sidewalks and the Prairie Line Trail through the UWT campus.)

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

You can also RSVP on Facebook.

What: 2nd Annual Solstice Ride with Kidical Mass Tacoma
When: 10:30am, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015
Who: Kids and their Families
Why: Celebrate the winter season and support a local business by bike

Thanks to the Tacoma Wheelmen's Bicycle Club for sponsoring our events!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cranksgiving Junior ride on November 14, 2015

Part bike ride - Part food drive - All fun! 

Join us for a family bike ride through Hilltop on Saturday November 14, 2015, from Wright Park to Zina Linnik Park. We'll stop for some play time then pedal to the Hilltop Safeway for a chance to try your hand at family shopping by bicycle. Riders will be asked to purchase a few items (from this list) that will be donated to the Backpack Program at St. Leo Food Connection. Be sure to bring along some way to haul your food items with you on your bike - a bag, a basket, a trailer, etc.

"The Backpack program currently provides two day's worth of food every weekend throughout the school year to more than 750 children at 26 Tacoma and Clover Park Schools. The counselor at each of the schools identifies those students most at-risk of hunger.  The St. Leo Food Connection provides each student with six kid-friendly meals and snacks, including fresh fruits and vegetables, every Friday during the school year."
We'll then pedal back to Wright Park and meet-up with the folks from Food Connection to make our donation. Cash donations to the Backpack Program will also be accepted.

As usual, rider sign-in starts at 10:30am (at the Wright Park Playground) and we will roll-out at 11am. We will be riding in the street and following the Rules of the Road. (Riders with push bikes or training wheels can ride directly to Safeway along the sidewalk.)

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

What: Cranksgiving Junior with Kidical Mass Tacoma
When: 10:30am, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015
Where: Wright Park Playground near 501 S I St, Tacoma, WA 98405
Who: Kids and their Families
Why: Food Drive for the Food Connection Backpack Program (and Learn to Shop by Bike!)

Thanks to the Tacoma Wheelmen's Bicycle Club for sponsoring our events!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Two Rides in September

September 13 - Kidical Mass Tacoma Rides Downtown to Defiance

The third annual Downtown to Defiance is a car free open streets event. The 7-mile section of streets along the Tacoma waterfront will be open to active transportation traffic only - and for us that means BIKES!

This year there is no official start/finish line, just a long open course without cars from 9am to 1pm. Let's get together and ride the coolest part of the whole course together: Schuster Parkway!

We will have a family meet-up at Thea's Park at 405 Dock Street at 10 a.m. Meet other families that like to ride! There are tons of activities happening at this park (kayaking demos, Alchemy skateboarding ramps) so give your family plenty of time to see and do everything.

At 10:30 a.m. we will roll-out as a group onto Schuster Parkway and ride north to Dickman Mill Park. It's a 2-mile ride. Ride at a pace that's comfortable for your family. When we reach Dickman Mill Park, you can then keep riding up Ruston Way, or turn around and ride back. This is more casual that our typical monthly neighborhood rides.

For a map of the complete D2D course and to pre-register, visit http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/downtowntodefiance/

Pre-registration is not required, but you'll be entered to win some sweet prizes. Consider making a donation when you register to help offset the cost of this free community event.

September 19 - Kidical MASSIVE Global Event at Wapato Park

Kidical Mass Tacoma is joining Kidical Mass groups all over the world for Kidical Massive - the biggest global family bike ride EVER!! Thousands of families around the country go for a bike ride together on the same day to show that Kids are Traffic, too, and that cities that plan for family biking are more livable, sustainable, profitable, and FUN! 

Meet at Wapato Park playground around 10:30 am on September 19. Enter the park around S 65th and Sheridan Ave for the easiest access to the playground and parking. We'll decorate bikes and get everyone ready.

At 11 am we will roll out for a 4-5 mile ride around the South End neighborhood. As usual, we will be riding in the street, following the Rules of the Road. City of Tacoma law requires everyone to wear a helmet. We'll stop to play at a park mid-ride, then circle back to Wapato for a snack and more post-ride playtime. And maybe a group photo at the Fern Hill mural?

If you have young riders with training wheels or push bikes, they can ride the paved trail that circles Wapato Lake within the park while the bigger kids take to the streets.

More details posted below as they become available. Please RSVP so we know how many snacks to bring!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Lincoln-McKinley Ride

Kidical Mass is a monthly bike ride for kids and families. We ride in the street, observing the Rules of the Road, and regroup frequently. The goal is to gain confidence and learn how to ride safely in Tacoma. Kids are traffic, too!

For our next ride, meet up at the Lincoln Park playground (S 37th and Yakima) on Sunday June 14 at 10:30 am. We’ll roll-out at 11am for a 4.4 mile ride around the Lincoln and McKinley Districts. Helmets are required for all riders and children must be accompanied by an adult. This route is a bit hilly and we'll be riding on arterials at times. Scoot bikes and bikes with training wheels are not recommended for this route.

We’ll stop at Verlo Playfield at the half-way point to play on the playground/sprayground for a bit. (Verlo has bathrooms.) Then we'll finish back at Lincoln Park for a snack. Or pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it! Lincoln Park has restrooms, also.

Here's the route:

Thanks again to the Tacoma Wheelmen's Bicycle Club for sponsoring these rides!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Catching Up On Our Spring Rides

The blog has taken a back burner for the last few months, and we apologize if you've missed a ride because of that. Sometimes it's easier to post rides on Facebook or at bike253.com, but we'll make a better effort to post them here as well.

Here's a few photos from our last few rides...

The Water Flume Line Trail ride in March: The toughest part is getting your little riders to South Tacoma. Matt's kids took the lane on Cedar from 19th to South Tacoma Way, which wasn't too bad since there's nearly no car traffic at 10am on a Sunday. The girls used the sidewalk in places of South Tacoma Way and only used the bike lane closer to the South Tacoma business district where the speed limit drops.

The trail ride was great. It's about 2 miles from South Park down to the Homestead Restaurant, where we picked up five pies for sharing back at the new playground on 74th St. We had families from the West Side, East Side, North End, South End and maybe other neighborhoods, too. This was probably our most geographically diverse pack of Tacoma riders to date. Ride the Flume!

Jr. Daffodil Parade in March: This is our second year riding in this completely non-motorized parade in the Proctor District. It's only four blocks long, but the kids have a blast riding as slowly as possible. We were busy decorating bikes and waving, but Carla took some great photos!

7th Annual Tacoma Bike Swap in May: Sarah and Mark built the best Bike Rodeo course that the bike swap has ever seen. The teeter-totter ramp delighted the younger riders (and a few not-so-young riders, too.)

Hilltop Rock'n Ride with Pig Snout in May: Bike Month is huge in Tacoma. There are events nearly every day and our Bike Month ride is usually the biggest crown of the year. We followed the same route as last year, starting at Peoples Park in Hilltop and doing a big loop of the neighborhood down to McCarver Park. We stopped along the way at Tacoma's Oldest Park, where kids protested the City to improve playground conditions back in the 1940s. Be empowered, Kids!

We had two little riders that did the whole ride on 12" bikes, one was a no-pedal push bike and the other had training wheels. Big Brother waited anxiously to make sure Little Brother and Mom made it to the playground safely.

We had about 100 kids, parents and friends along for the ride and most of them stuck around at 2nd Cycle for an amazing show by Tacoma's rocking family trio Pig Snout. Family bike ride to a family rock show in a community bike shop - doesn't get much better than that!

Our next ride is June 14 in the Lincoln and McKinley Districts. Hop over to bike253.com for details (we'll get a post up here on the blog soon.)  

Thanks again to the Tacoma Wheelmen's Bicycle Club for sponsoring us as we get more families pedaling in the street during the Year of the Bike!