Monday, March 11, 2024

Swan Creek Family Bike Morning - March 24, 2024 - 10 AM - Noon

 

Swan Creek Family Bike Morning




Let’s hang out with our kiddos and families and enjoy what Swan Creek has to offer. Meet at 10 AM at the shelter near the pump track. We’ll socialize with other cycling families, check out the pump track, and watch the kids ride around the great loop. Snacks and hot water for tea and hot chocolate will be available, bring a cup! Staff from 2nd Cycle will be on hand to help inflate tires.

At 11, we’ll take a group lap around the park, through the community garden and back to where we started. More experienced kids are welcome to do as many laps as their parents wish. The park is mostly flat, though there are a few small inclines. We’ll wrap up around noon.

Swan Creek is Tacoma’s second largest park by land area and it has a lot to offer. You can find mountain bike trails, a dog park, hiking trails, a creek for mucking about and miles of empty streets that are perfect for kids to learn how to safely ride bikes.  Swan Creek used to be a residential neighborhood during World War II, and temporary houses were demolished in the 1950s. These empty residential streets are a great place for new riders to get confidence away from traffic.

 

Getting to Swan Creek park –

Parking is available behind Lister Elementary School at 4738 East T St, Tacoma, WA 98404. There are approximately 50 stalls. Follow the inter-generational trail toward the large picnic shelter.

You can also park near the Eastside Community Center at 1721 E 56th St, Tacoma, WA 98404. You’ll enter the park east of the Pipeline trail and take about a half-mile walk or ride through the unpaved mountain bike trail network.

 

Restrooms

Restrooms are available at the T streets parking lot. There is also a drinking fountain there, though it may still be off at the time of our ride.   There is a large accessible port-a-potty located near the mountain bike trails. There are two additional port-a-potties near the community garden.

Saturday, January 20, 2024

February 10, 2024 - Monkeyshine Hunting (and rogue hiding) Ride

 Kidical Mass is back in 2024 and we are excited to announce our first ride of the year!


Join us on Saturday, February 10 to partake in one of the best traditions Tacoma has to offer: the hunt for Monkeyshines.  If you aren't familiar with this tradition, you can read more about it. Bicycle riding is one of the best ways to explore the city and travel from park to park to hunt for 'shines, so we're doing a ride to do just that!

Tacoma Kidical Mass will continue to partner with 2nd Cycle and we will meet at the shop to craft our own rogue Monkeyshines on our ride. Then we will depart on a four to five mile bike ride about the central area of Tacoma, visiting parks, public spaces and hiding our works of art. Perhaps we'll even find a real Monkeyshine!

If you are able and interested in supporting the Monkeyshines tradition, please consider donating to their GoFundMe.

Kidical Mass bike 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, stopping to regather when needed. This free event is open to riders of all ages.

Please note:

  • Helmets are required for all riders for your safety and our insurance. (Contact us before the event if you need a free helmet.)
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No training wheels or balance bikes on this route
  • Dress for the weather and bring water if you need it
  • Public restrooms are available at 2nd Cycle before and after the ride
  • Snacks provided

Monday, September 18, 2023

Shiny and New Ride - Sept 30, 2023

SHINY AND NEW RIDE

Saturday September 30, 2023

Stewart Heights Park, Tacoma, WA

Meet up at 10am     Roll Out at 10:30am

Return Around 12pm


Kidical Mass bike 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, stopping to regather when needed. This free event is open to riders of all ages.

This month we are exploring a few spots in Tacoma's South End that have been recently renovated: Gas Station Park and Fawcett Elementary. Plan to play for a bit when we stop at both spots.

Here is a rough version of the 3.3 mile round-trip route, which we will ride clockwise starting from Stewart Heights Park. We'll be crossing Pacific Avenue at S 64th by using the new bicycle infrastructure and again at S 50th Street by using the flashing crosswalk beacon at Stewart Middle School.



Please note:

  • Helmets are required for all riders for your safety and our insurance. (Contact us before the event if you need a free helmet.)
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No training wheels or balance bikes on this route
  • Dress for the weather and bring water if you need it
  • Public restrooms are available at Stewart Heights Park before and after the ride
  • Snacks provided

Contact ride leaders Matt Newport or Jami Stavlo with questions: kidicalmasstacoma@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Pedal to Porchfest with Kidical Mass on August 5

Pedal to Porchfest - Saturday August 5, 2023

Meet-up at 12pm      Roll-out at 12:30am

Meet at Wright Park Playground

501 South I Street, Tacoma, 98405

Kidical Mass bike 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, stopping to regather when needed. This free event is open to riders of all ages.

This month we are encouraging families to Pedal to Porchfest, a free, walkable music festival in Central Tacoma where front porches become musical stages for one magical afternoon. The Porchfest event runs from 1pm-6pm with music acts playing throughout the neighborhood. There's also a non-motorized parade at 3pm.


Venues will be located in two walkable zones of Central Tacoma


To ride with us to Porchfest, meet-up on August 5th at 12pm at Wright Park (near the splash pad and bathrooms). We'll roll-out at 12:30pm, pedaling in a group on neighborhood streets. The route to Central Tacoma is 2 miles. Families can choose which music venues to visit and head home individually whenever they like. If you're still there at 3pm, you can join us for the parade as a spectator or participant. Details about venues are available at www.tacomaporchfest.org.

Please note:

  • -Helmets are required for all riders for your safety and our insurance. (Contact us before the event if you need a free helmet.)
  • -All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • -No training wheels or balance bikes on this route
  • -Dress for the weather and bring water if you need it
  • -Public restrooms are available at Wright Park before the ride and Portable Toilets will be available in the Central Tacoma neighborhood.
  • -Snacks provided at Wright Park

Contact ride leaders Matt Newport or Jami Stavlo with questions: kidicalmasstacoma@gmail.com




Thursday, May 25, 2023

Bike to the Market on June 24, 2023

 

 Bike to the Market - Saturday June 24, 2023 - 

Meet-up at 10am      Roll-out at 10:30am

Meet at Franklin Park near the Splash Pad

1201 Puget Sound Ave, Tacoma, WA

Kidical Mass bike 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, stopping to regather when needed. This free event is open to riders of all ages.

Meet-up on June 24th at 10am at Franklin Park (near the splash pad and bathrooms). We'll roll-out at 10:30 am, pedaling in a group on neighborhood streets the Proctor Farmer's Market. We'll have 20-30 minutes to shop the market, then head back to the Franklin Park playground (playground, restrooms, ball fields). The neighborhood is relatively flat and the route is about 4 miles roundtrip. Expect the whole event to finish around noon.

Please note:

  • -Helmets are required for all riders for your safety and our insurance. (Contact us before the event if you need a free helmet.)
  • -All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • -No training wheels or balance bikes on this route
  • -Dress for the weather and bring water if you need it
  • -Public restrooms are available at South Park
  • -Snacks provided

Contact ride leaders Matt Newport or Jami Stavlo with questions: kidicalmasstacoma@gmail.com




Friday, April 28, 2023

South Tacoma Family Ride - Sunday May 21, 2023

 South Tacoma Ramble - Sunday May 21, 2023 - Rollout at 10:30AM

Meet at South Park near the Asia Pacific Cultural Center

S. 50th Street and Puget Sound Ave, Tacoma 98409

Kids Riding Bikes on the Flume Line Trail in Tacoma


Kidical Mass bike 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, stopping to regather when needed. This free event is open to riders of all ages.

On May 21st we'll roll-out from South Park (near the playground) at 10:30am and pedal together on neighborhood streets and paved trails to Manitou Park. We'll play for a bit at Manitou Park (playground, horseshoe pits, big trees and grassy areas), then head back to the South Park playground (playground, restrooms). The neighborhood is relatively flat and the route is about 4 miles roundtrip. Expect the whole event to last about 1-1.5 hours.

Please note:

  • -Helmets are required for all riders for your safety and our insurance. (Contact us before the event if you need a free helmet.)
  • -All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • -No training wheels or balance bikes on this route
  • -Dress for the weather and bring water if you need it
  • -Public restrooms are available at South Park
  • -Snacks provided

Contact ride leaders Matt Newport or Jami Stavlo with questions: kidicalmasstacoma@gmail.com