Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015 5:30pm: Choose your own adventure ride *LUBBER RUN TO BALLSTON*

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We have a winner! We'll meet at Lubber Run and ride to Big Buns in Arlington. Join us early to play in the park, or stay after the ride and enjoy dinner (mmmm, burgers*) or dessert (mmmm, shakes) at Big Buns.

When: Sunday, August 23, 2015 5:30pm (roll out close to 5:30pm - come early to play in the park.)

Meet: Lubber Run Community Center - North Park Street and George Mason: Meet at the playground on the west side of the parking lot.

Parking: At the community center

EndBig Buns Ballston - North Utah and Glebe

Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9893717

*Big Buns has veggie burgers too!

The route is pretty easy -- we'll cruise down neighborhood streets (including the downhill on Park) to the W&OD Trail. After a short ride on the W&OD, we'll turn onto the Bluemont Trail and encounter our only real hill. The Trail flattens out and brings us to Ballston, where we'll use wide sidewalks to pull right up to Big Buns!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Kidical Splash and Sweets! Saturday, July 18, 12:15pm Drew Elementary

drew_park_arlington_county_children_spraygroundSummer! It's hot, the days are long, and all you want to do is get wet and eat ice cream. We at Kidical Mass Arlington are here to oblige: this Saturday, July 18th, we'll meet at the sprayground at Drew and ride down to Shirlington, where we'll enjoy some ice cream (ok, frozen yogurt).

Once again, we're exploring a new part of town. The route isn't very long, and starts with a longish uphill, but then is basically all down hill after the first half mile. We'll mostly ride on neighborhood streets, and all crossings of major streets are at stop lights. We will be on the both the W&OD and Four Mile Run Trails for a few segments. The route back to the start is pretty easy - uphill but not too steep.

When: Saturday, July 18, 2015 12:15pm (roll out 12:30pm - come early to splash. The sprayground opens at noon, and we're planning to be there even earlier with a picnic)

Meet: Drew Elementary Sprayground - 23rd Street South and South Kenmore Street

Parking: At the school (which is also the community center).

End: Yogi Castle Shirlington - S Campbell Ave just west of South Quincy Street.

Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8776186

(route back to the start - http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9243332)

As always, all are welcome. Hope to see you there, and don't forget the sunscreen!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Daddy Kidical 2015! Sunday, June 21st 5:15pm Rosslyn Highlands Park

It's time again to celebrate the Dads, and what better way than with a Kidical Mass Arlington ride! We'll meet at 5:15pm at Rosslyn Highlands Park, explore the flatter and quieter parts of Rosslyn. We'll look for the trail head of a secret (to me at least) hiking trail. Then we'll cruise down to Heavy Seas Alehouse, and those who wish can stick around for dinner with the peleton.

The route is a new one for Kidical Mass Arlington, in a new part of town (whoo-hoo!) and is on the short side. There are a few ups and downs, but nothing too steep. All crossings of major streets are at stop lights. We will be on the Custis Trail for a few segments. The route back to the start for those who go to dinner involves a short, steep hill, but we'll stop at the top of the hill so those not joining us for dinner don't have to go down and up again.

When: Sunday, June 21, 2015 5:15pm (roll out 5:30pm - come early to play!)

Meet: Rosslyn Highlands Park -- 18th St N between Quinn and Oak

Parking: On the surrounding residential streets.

End: Heavy Seas Alehouse - N Oak and 18th St N

Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8101197

Hope to see you there, and Happy Father's Day!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Kidically Bike Month! This SATURDAY, May 16 5:30pm Hayes Park

Happy Bike Month! We hope you're enjoying the weather and the fun out on two (or three) wheels. Our next ride is this Saturday (one day after Bike to Work Day, which will be awesome). We're going to start this ride at Hayes Park* -- come early, bring a picnic and enjoy this great park in what promises to be some amazing weather. We'll roll out (shortly after) 5:30pm and meander through the neighborhoods of Virginia Square, Ashton Heights and Clarendon, ending at the Clarendon Metro. Join us after for ice cream at Larry's!

The route is on the short side, and is pretty much as flat as they come in Arlington. All crossings of major streets are at stop lights. This route is great for beginners. The route back from the Metro stop to the park is short well signed, and involves one hill that's on the steep-side.

When: Saturday, May 16, 2015 5:30pm (roll out 5:45pm - come early to play and picnic!)

Meet: Hayes Park - North Lincoln Street between 14th Street North and I-66, Arlington

Parking: On the surrounding residential streets.

End: Clarendon Metro, Wilson Blvd and North Highland Street - join us for ice cream at Larry's after

Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7303321http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7303321

Hope to see you there!

*If you were with us last month, you may be thinking "Hayes Park, that sounds familiar". Yep, we're back in my neighborhood, because I just had a baby (a boy, Milo, we're all doing great) and we're playing dealer's choice for another month. Over the summer, we will spread out the rides over more of Arlington. If you have requests or suggestions, please let me know in comments, or facebook, or twitter...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kidically SPRING this SATURDAY, April 18 4:30pm Maywood Park [NOTE DATE CHANGE}

It's Spring! It's Spring! Time to ditch those winter coats, those dark, dark mornings, those heavy gloves. And it's time to ride bikes.

The weather has been gorgeous, and this Saturday promises to continue the trend. Kidical Mass Arlington will take the opportunity to venture through two new (to us) historic neighborhoods: Maywood and Cherrydale! We'll meet at Maywood Park, and ride around one of Arlington's few historic districts - Maywood. We'll cruise down to the Custis Trail (one of the few flat sections) and over to Hayes Park. After a short break to enjoy the park, we'll hop back on the bikes, and circle through Cherrydale, back through Maywood, and back to a little hidden trail through Thrifton Hills Park. Those that wish can join us at the Lyon Village shopping center for dinner (probably at BGR).

The route is on the short side, but has some notable downhill stretches -- please double check your brakes! The route back from the shopping center to the park is short but straight uphill.

When: Saturday, April 18, 2015 4:30pm (roll out 4:35pm - come early to play!)

Meet: Maywood Park -- 22nd Street North between Irving and Kenmore, Arlington

Parking: On the surrounding residential streets.

End: Lyon Village Shopping Center -- Lee Highway and Spout Run Parkway (don't worry - we don't bike on those roads to get there or to get back - about 1/4 mile from the start, via an uphill trail)

Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7303361

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Scheduling, scheduling, scheduling

Image result for calendar clip artSpring is here! Time to schedule up for the prime season! 

First up, a few events coming up:
Saturday, May 2, 2015: Phoenix Derby - a fun, unique event (a bike race in a parking garage) that benefits the awesome non-profit, Phoenix Bikes. Kids races for ages 11 & under around 2pm.

Saturday & Sunday, June 13 & 14, 2015: Air Force Cycling Classic --  Both the Saturday race in Clarendon and the Sunday race in Crystal City feature the Ethan Klancnik Memorial Kids Race for kids under 9 to support Tay-Sachs Awareness and Prevention (in partnership with a local Clarendon family who lost a child to a rare genetic disease). Both are around noon, just before the pro races.

And now for Kidical Mass Arlington's schedule! We're generally riding on the third weekend of the month, and will mix in both Saturdays and Sundays

Here is the tentative schedule:

Sunday, April 19
Saturday, May 16
Sunday, June 27*
Saturday, July 18
Sunday, August 23**
Saturday, September 19
Sunday, October 17: Halloween ride (should we push this to the next weekend?)

If you have any ideas or requests for any of these rides - start/end location, neighborhood, even time of day or theme, just let me know (comments; kidicalmassarl AT gmail DOT com). If you're interested in leading a ride, definitely email. You may have noticed that Gillian, who leads these rides, is increasingly pregnant. It would be VERY helpful to have a backup ride leader for the April 19 ride, and probably the May ride as well.

* Note June is the 4th weekend of the month

** Note August is also the 4th weekend of the month

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Kidically Irish

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! In honor of the luck of the Irish and the return of spring, Kidical Mass Arlington will ride on Saturday, March 21, 2015. We'll meet at Penrose Park, ride around the beautiful neighborhoods of Penrose and Arlington Heights, and end up at The Celtic House. Those that want to can join us for lunch and a belated St Patrick's Day celebration. The route is on the short side, and mostly flat to ease us all in to another beautiful Spring season of riding!

When: Saturday, March 21, 2015 11:00am (roll out 11:15am - come early with to play!)

Meet: Penrose Park -- 6th Street South & South Wayne Street, Arlington

Parking: On the surrounding residential streets.

End: The Celtic House -- South Barton Street and Columbia Pike. (about 4 blocks from the start)

Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7221114

Remember to double check the weather -- it shouldn't be cold, but it might be cool. Especially the little ones not peddling might need extra bundling.

Hope to see you there!