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



*NOT* FAMILY BIKE CAMPING


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.

Details:

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: www.HainsPoint100.com

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!

Monday, October 16, 2017

HALLOWEEN 2017!!!

Once again, Conte's Bike Shop thinks we're so awesome, they're throwing us a pizza party at the end of the ride!  If you could respond to the facebook event (https://goo.gl/ux1zjR)  so we know #s, that'd be great, but not necessary! 

It's that time of year again: time to put on your costume, light up your bike, and prepare to eat copious amounts of candy! Kidical Mass Arlington loves Halloween and this year we're partnering up with the Contes to celebrate! 

Similar to last year, we'll meet at Clay Park in Lyon Park, where families can come early to 
ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL WEATHER. Then we will bike off through the Ashton Heights neighborhood, enjoying the NEW STOP SIGN at Irving and Pershing! We'll continue through the spooky parts of Ashton Heights and Lyon Park, including through a cemetery and past some of the best Halloween decorations in Arlington Finally, we'll roll to Conte's Bike Shop on Wilson Boulevard, where we've been invited over for a pizza party! Arlington's family-friendly bike shop has invited us in to enjoy some pizza and drinks, and of course to visit their great shop! Thanks, Conte's, we can't wait!


When: Sunday, October 22, 2016
Meet: 5:00pm - 
Clay Park - North Highland Street and 7th Street North (roll out 5:15pm)
Parking: Neighborhood streets
Route: 
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26217631


The ride back to Clay Park from Conte's is very easy: 
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17384347 

The route is 3 miles and fairly flat.  We will be riding during dusk and it will be dark by the time you're riding home: be sure you're adequately lit and reflective!

Friday, September 22, 2017

September is the best month in Arlington, and a great month to ride a bike in Arlington. This Sunday evening, we'll meet at a park, and ride to dinner.

The route is not long and is pretty flat. Come early to play at Quincy Park -- it's really a great park.

When: Sunday, September 24, 2017, meet 4:45pm (roll out at 5pm)

Meet: Quincy Park -- 1021 N Quincy Street

Parking: Parking lot off of Quincy St or on the surrounding residential streets. (I recommend Nelson)

End: Gaijin Ramen - 3800 Lee Highway (dinner is optional, this is just where we'll ride to. If you're not into Ramen, there are some other restaurants in Cherrydale: Subway, Maneki Neko Express Thai/Sushi, House of Steep, Portobellos and Bistro 29)

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25491021

All are welcome. Hope to see you there!