Saturday, July 6, 2019

July 2019: Rocky Run to Dawson Terrace!

Arlington County has some amazing parks, and Kidical Mass is going ride between two of the best: we'll start at Rocky Run, and end at the newest playground, Dawson Terrace.  The ride will wind around Clarendon and Lyon Village a bit, and enjoy a lovely little hidden gem in of a street in North Highlands.  

We'll meet at 10am, but we won't roll out until 10:15am.  There are water and bathrooms.  We'll end at Dawson Terrace, with it's really cool new playground.  There's also a hiking trail, if people want to enjoy a little walk after the ride.

The ride is planned for a hair more than 3 miles and it's pretty flat, especially once we've left Rocky Run.  We cross all major streets at lights.

When: Sunday, July 14, 2019
Meet: 10:00am Rocky Run Park - North Barton & Fairfax Drive
 (roll out 10:15am)
Parking: Neighborhood streets

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30480282


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Gillian's Birthday Ride
 

Hi all! Grant Mandsager (Mr. KidicalMassArl) here. I'm taking over the June ride to celebrate Gillian's 40th birthday. I want to make it a huge, fun, rolling party - so invite your friends, neighbors, anyone and everyone on two wheels. In true KidicalMass style, the ride is 3.5 miles, doesn't climb any big hills and we will travel at a PARTY PACE slow enough for riders of all ages and abilities. 


WHEN: Saturday, June 8 10:00am

WHERE: Henry Clay Park, 3011 7th St N, Arlington, VA 22201
RIDE: The ride will be 3.5 miles through North Arlington, hitting some of our favorites, including the Quincy Street protected bike lane which Gillian has advocated tirelessly for, and (I think) a new (to us) trail!

The ride will end at Bon Air Park, where we will have set up a picnic birthday celebration. We will have hot dogs, burgers and veggie options on the grill and other food/drink. If you plan on joining us for the picnic, please email me at grant.mandsager@gmail.com so I can make sure we have enough food.

Monday, April 22, 2019

April 2019: Arlington Women's Club Bike Rodeo & Ride

Happy Spring!


It's time to shake out the winter stiffness, and get out on our bikes!

RODEO Saturday, April 27, the Arlington Women's Club is again hosting a Kidical Mass Arlington, Phoenix Bikes, Bike Arlington bike rodeo.  There will be stations to practice bike skills, Phoenix mechanics to check out bikes, and SNACKS!  Bring helmets and a bike for your kid, if you have one.  Bike Arlington will have balance bikes to borrow (bring helmets).

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 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.


RIDE At 11am, we will welcome spring with our first Kidical Mass Arlington ride of 2019! This will be short and sweet. We will start our safety talk around 11am, then ride around the neighbor as a group.  The route is only 2 miles long, fairly flat and easy.  We should be back by 11:45 at the latest.  Like all of our rides, kids must be accompanied by an adult.

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 11am

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29759464


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! 



Sunday, December 9, 2018

Kidical Hains Point 100: December 2018

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 seventh year, the HP100 is getting kidical (again): We will have our own special roll out and mini-loop (WITH SPECIAL KIDICAL HANDUPS/STOP-AND-GRABS ON THE ROUTE!!!) 

This isn't a typical Kidical Mass ride -- there will be lots of other riders doing a longer ride and we're just going to ride in a mini loop once -- 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).
 

Our mini-loop should end around the time of the first raffle prizes.  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 16, 2018, meet 10:30am, roll out 10:45am (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 warmer than its been, but still cold-ish. Don't forget to bundle up!
Happy Holidays!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

November 2018: The Return of the Jr Park Ranger ride!


In early November, Kidical Mass Arlington will team up again with BikeArlington and the National Park Service and our riders will become Junior Park Rangers!!!

Kidical Mass Arlington is teaming up with BikeArlington to learn about the National Park in our backyard—The George Washington Memorial Parkway.  WalkArlington is also hosting a walk that will meet up at the end with the bike ride. National Parks Service Rangers will join both groups and share family-friendly information and neat activities. At the end of the event, everyone gets sworn in as Junior Rangers!


The event is free, but registration here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/junior-ranger-walk-or-ride-tickets-51460504755

We're going to ride around Arlington's own national park: the George Washington Memorial Park. This route hits the close-in highlights of the park that is lovingly called GW Parkway: We'll start at the Marine Corps War Memorial ("Iwo Jima"), then bike to the Netherlands Carillon. We'll then take trails to the Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove, and then ride on the Mt Vernon Trail back to Theodore Roosevelt Island. In a little twist to the normal Kidical Mass Arlington ride, we will stop at all of the parks!

And there's more! BikeArlington and NPS Park Rangers have organized some activities for us -- we'll do a few activities at each park. At the end of the ride, all of the riders will have earned Junior Park Ranger credentials for the GWMP and Roosevelt Island. Yay!

The route is on the longer side and hillier side for one of our rides, but there will be stops. The route is all on trail, though there are some places where we'll cross streets in crosswalks - we'll be careful there. We can expect the Mt Vernon Trail to be used by others, and we will be respectful to others, staying to the right and allowing others to pass. Kids on their own bikes must be able to follow directions well. Expect the whole ride to last 60-90 minutes. Bring snacks and water to last to the end.

After the ride, families may wish to spend more time on TR Island. The route back from TR Island to Iwo Jima is a little less than a mile, and involves a short, steep hill. Through Rosslyn, families may be more comfortable biking on the sidewalk.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018 9:30am (activities start at 9:30am!)

Meet: US Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) N Meade St & Arlington Blvd; Arlington

Parking: On the surrounding residential streets.

End: Theodore Roosevelt Island

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14922725

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/junior-ranger-walk-or-ride-tickets-51460504755

All are welcome. Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Halloween 2018: October 28 4:00pm.Clay Park

**NOTE: DUE TO THE NOR'EASTER, WE WILL RIDE ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, MEETING AT 4PM**


It's ba-ack...: 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 again to celebrate! 

Conte's Bike Shop in Virginia Square is throwing us a pizza party at the end of the ride!  Please respond to the facebook event (https://bit.ly/2OnDKCh)https://bit.ly/2OnDKCh so we know numbers (it's ok to to add on last minute, but it's better if you RSVP)! 

Same as last year, we'll meet at Clay Park in Lyon Park, where families can come early to play. Then we will bike off through the Ashton Heights neighborhood. 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! Thanks, Conte's, we can't wait!


When: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Meet: 4:00pm - 
Clay Park - North Highland Street and 7th Street North (roll out 4:15pm)
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!