Sunday, September 9, 2018

Kidical Massive 2018: Oak Grove Park to Kids' Movie Sing-A-Long

Oak Grove Park is one of the newest and coolest playgrounds in Arlington.  The children's movie sing-a-long is new to us and sounds like a super cool event.  After some serious recon, we've figured out a kidically friendly route to connect the two!

This Saturday, September 15, we'll meet at Oak Grove Park to play, then we'll ride through North Arlington, hitting up the Zachary Taylor Trail (or Donaldson Run Trail, depending on who you ask), ending with a bit of a climb up Military Road to end at the Church of the Covenant.  Those who wish can stay for the Children's Movie Sing-a-long (We'll also be a few blocks from Potomac Overlook Park).

It's also 2018 Kidical Massive - when kidical mass rides all over the world ride on the same day, making Family Biking international.

We'll "meet" at 3pm, but we won't roll out until 3:20p-ish, because it's a really great park.  There are NO bathrooms, so plan accordingly.  

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Meet: 3:00pm Oak Grove Park Quincy St N and 17th St N (we'll roll out from the 17th Street entrance about 3:20pm)
Parking: Neighborhood streets

The ride back to Oak Grove Park from Church of the Covenant is simple - head straight on Military, then turn right to stay on Military, which turns in Quincy and goes past Oak Grove.

The ride is 2.5 miles, but has some hills.  Nothing very steep or very long, but not our normal flat ride.  There are also some crossings where we'll need to be aware, and a very short stretch of sidewalk riding along Lee Highway.

All are welcome. Please help spread the word.

If there's a hurricane, of course we'll reschedule. We'll post here & on the Facebook event.

Monday, July 30, 2018

July 2018 - Rocky Run to ICE CREAM

Rocky Run Park is one of the best parks in Arlington, and it's time for Kidical Mass to head back there.  So this Saturday, we're going to hang out at the park for a while, ride around Clarendon and Ashton Heights, and end up at 
ICE CREAM (the Carvel beside Mario's in Virginia Square). 

We'll "meet" at 10am, but we won't roll out until 10:30am, because it's a really great park.  There are also water and bathrooms.  As an extra bonus, we'll ride through the cemetery, where there are few cars, and it's nice to let the kids go a little. We'll end at Mario's pizza/Carvel Ice Cream on Wilson Blvd (near Virginia Square), where families that want to can stay for ice cream.

When: Saturday, August 4, 2017
Meet: 10:00am Rocky Run Park - North Barton & Fairfax Drive
 (roll out 10:30am)
Parking: Neighborhood streets

The ride back to Rocky Run Park from Carvel is very easy:

The ride is planned for a hair less than 3 miles and it's pretty flat, especially once we've left Rocky Run.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June 2018: Kidical Mass Arlington Bikes 4 the Pike!

Happy June!  Arlington is a wonderful place to ride a bike in June... except in those places where it's not so wonderful.  Perhaps the worst place to ride a bike in Arlington is on Columbia Pike. And while there are bike boulevards that parallel part of the Pike, they are not entirely kidical-friendly (e.g. they don't have traffic lights to help you cross major roads, like Glebe), and they don't span the length of the Pike.  
Our friends at Sustainable Mobility for Arlington County want to change that: They are calling on Arlington to make the entire Pike-corridor bikeable (more details over here).  And to call attention to the issue, there's a ride - Bike4ThePike - this Saturday, June 23rd, leaving at 11:30am, to the West Columbia Pike Food Truck Party (FOOD TRUCKS!!!).  Kidical Mass Arlington is going to join them!

It's not your typical Kidical Mass ride -- yes, it's less than 2 miles, and not hilly.  But it's not on a safe-and-comfortable street.  We'll get our safety in numbers from riding with this big group.  Kids will need to stay close to their parents, and will need to stay to the right among the group.  All of our rides, including this one, are ride at your own risk. 

When: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Meet: 11:30am  Penrose Square, 2597 Columbia Pike

Parking: Neighborhood streets

Whether you join us or not, please sign #Bike4ThePike's petition.  Maybe one day, it will be safe enough to have a real Kidical Mass Arlington ride there. :-)

Friday, May 11, 2018

The *NOT* FAMILY BIKE CAMPING Ride-- May 27th, 2018 met Georgetown at 10am


Kidical Mass Arlington wanted to go BIKE CAMPING at Marsden Tract on the C&O canal on the Sunday night of Memorial Day weekend (leave 5/27, return 5/28) for our May ride. But the forecast calls for nasty thunderstorms, and there's no shelter out there.  So we're not camping, but we'll do the ride Sunday morning.  All are welcome. 

Planning over on our Facebook Page.


Meet up: Georgetown at 10am -- Fishmarket Square (corner of Grace & Potomac Streets). Parking is available on-street in Georgetown.  Look for metered spaces that are free on Sundays (all metered spaces are free on Memorial Day)

We'll ride for a while and make some stops- riding either to Chain Bridge or to whatever point we feel like it within the Beltway. Then we'll either part ways or ride back to Gtown together. We'll aim to be back in time to get everyone inside before thunderstorms start.

Pack lunch to eat during a stop. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April 2018 -- BIKE RODEO

Spring is coming... spring is coming... spring is coming (if we keep saying it, it must be true, right?)
This Saturday, the Arlington Women's Club is again hosting a Kidical Mass Arlington, Phoenix Bikes, Bike Arlington bike rodeo. All are welcome at the rodeo -- 10:00a-12:00p at 700 South Buchanan Street Arlington, VA. [No ride to the rodeo this year -- just come and enjoy the fun.]

Bring helmets and a bike for your kid, if you have one.  Bike Arlington will have balance bikes to borrow (but not helmets).

Kidical Mass families are invited to bring their own family riding set up to show others how we ride with kids on our bikes!

Also, Phoenix will be collecting bike donations at the rodeo. Bring those bikes that are collecting dust and their youth mechanics will fix them up and get them to a new home! 

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018 10am - noon

Where: Arlington Women's Club, 700 South Buchannon Street, 22204

Parking is easy at the park and on neighborhood streets. All are welcome. The rodeo is free.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Kidical HP100 - This Sunday, 12/17/17, 10:30-11am Mini-loops

The HP100 is an awesome, fun day-long festival ride around Hains Point to raise funds and awareness for WABA’s Women & Bicycles program. Now in its sixth year, the HP100 is getting kidical (again): We will have our own special roll out and mini-loop (WITH HANDUPS/STOP-AND-GRABS ON THE ROUTE!!!) 

This isn't a typical Kidical Mass ride -- there will be lots of other riders and we're just going to ride in a mini loop for about 30 minutes -- but it'll be a blast.  The fun continues all day, and you are welcome to ride the entire loop and do as much or as little as you'd like!

We'll start and ride near the tip of Hains Point, which conveniently has an awesome play structure and bathrooms. The Hains Point loop is a completely FLAT 3 mile loop, our mini-loop will be a completely flat 1/2 mile, with a bit of gravel. There are no hills. Plus, it’s got scenic views of the river, the harbor (LOTS OF BOATS) and the airport (PLANES). 

There is no registration fee for the ride, however riders are encouraged to donate to WABA's Women & Bikes.  There are lots of giveaways, raffles, donations and hand-ups the people have donated that will be part of the fun. So if you are participating in the festivities,riders are encouraged to sign-up on the HP100 site.  Details about the ride, sign-up and donate here:

There is parking near the start/finish– please park cars along the side of the main street, and not in the start/finish section (there are plenty of spots on the sides).

And stick around afterwards to check out and chat about the many family-friendly rigs that will be out there. And don't forget, there are active Kidical Mass rides all over the Washington area - come meet some of their regulars!

There will be lots of give-aways and treats. Come! Bring friends! Donate to WABA!

When:  Sunday, December 17, 2017, meet 10:15am, roll out 10:30am, mini loops until 11am (though the fun will continue all day, and you’re welcome to come down any time)
Start/finish: Hains Point – the tip (the bike symbol on this map)
Parking: Along the sides of Hains Point

PS. Sunday morning weather is looking to be cold-ish. Don't forget to bundle up!
Happy Holidays!