Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This Sunday, B is for...

The next Kidical Mass Arlington ride is brought to you by the letter B:
We'll meet in Buzz Bakery in Ballston and ride to the Bike Show & Tell by Arlington Public Schools (at Washington-Lee High School).

When: THIS SUNDAY (4/6/14) 11:15am (roll out 11:30am)
Meet: Buzz Bakery, Arlington 818 N Quincy St (note that the entrance is on Wilson)
End: Washington-Lee High School for the APS Bike Show & Tell
Route: Around Ashton Heights/Lyon Park - about 3 miles and nearly pancake flat!
Parking: free and easy at Arlington Central Library -- just a few blocks from both Buzz and W-L.

We'll meet up at Buzz Bakery in Arlington, which has delicious coffee and treats (in case you want to fuel up pre-ride).  From there, we'll roll around some familiar, safe neighborhood streets in Ashton Heights and Lyon Park, passing some amazing parks.  We'll roll by the Central Library and up to Washington-Lee High School, where everyone is encouraged to enjoy the Bike Show & Tell presented by Arlington Public Schools.

Spring is here! Time for more rides!

The sun is shining.  The weather is warm (finally!).  The flowers are blooming.

It's time to get back in the <Kidical Mass Arlington> saddle.  We'd like YOUR input on schedule and route planning for this year.  You can leave comments below, comment on our facebook page, or tweet us @kidicalmassarl.

The next ride will be to the APS Bike Show & Tell -- 3/6/14 11am meet:Buzz Bakery in Ballston (see here).

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy 2014! Great ride last night!

Thanks to everyone who came out last night.  We had a great time!

An especially HUGE thanks to Westover Beer Garden, who started us out with some delicious food (seriously, even with the limited menu, their food was AMAZING).
We took off from Westover and conquered some serious hills (for Kidical Mass rides) along 16th St N.  We saw lots of cute displays of Christmas lights (though we were disappointed by 1610 Abingdon, which had taken down their lights that day).  We used the trail to get over to Cherrydale, where we LOVED 1713 Quebec.  Then we  trekked into Lyon Village to enjoy the great display at Key Blvd & Irving.

We ended up at Northside Social, where WABA's Women & Bikes treated us to some treats to warm us up after the ride.  Thank you, WABA's Women & Bikes!

Happy 2014 to all!  If you'd like to help us plan more rides in the New Year, join the conversation on our facebook page.  We'll probably do a couple rides in the winter, then resume a monthly schedule in April or May.  All ride details will be posted here.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Start the New Year off right: Kidical Mass Arlington Holiday Lights/Resolutions Ride


Start 2014 off right with a Kidical Mass Arlington Holiday Lights / Resolutions Ride!

**UPDATE: Courtesy of WABA's Women & Bikes, the KM-A HL/R Ride will end in a bath of HOT CHOCOLATE! **

When: Wednesday, January 1, 2014, 5:30pm
Meet: Westover Beer Garden (Plenty of parking in the lot behind the shops)
End:  Northside Social
Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3787943

We'll roll out from Westover Beergarden at 5:30pm and head through some beautiful North Arlington neighborhoods to end up at Northside Social, where all will be treated to hot chocolate, courtesy of WABA's Women & Bikes.  Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3787943

NOTE: This is a bit longer and hillier than our normal rides (4 miles, 275 ft or so of climbing) but worth it. We'll be riding in the evening, so bring lights. It may be cold, so bundle up.  This ride isn't recommended for kids riding their own bikes for the first time.

FOOD! Wanna meet earlier at Westover Beergarden for some food and fun?  Make plans with us on the facebook page.

WEATHER: yes, it may be bad.  You can double check it on this site.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Forecast says 66F on 12/22?!?!? Enjoy it at the Hains Point 100!

Looking for a great way to enjoy the WARM weather on Sunday? The Hains Point 100 is going to be AWESOME! Lots of fun prizes. Come ride a lap or more and support WABA's Women & Bicycles Program!

Unfortunately, there won't be an official Kidical Mass ride, but I've heard lots of people planning to come with kids to watch and/or ride. There's a great playground right at the point. Please use our Facebook page to coordinate if you want to meet up with other Kidical Massers!


Monday, November 4, 2013

A very SWEET Halloween Ride

The Halloween Ride was great -- thanks to all who came out, and especially to our ride marshalls, photographers and amazing sponsor, FreshBikes.

I believe we have more pictures coming, but there are some great ones up here (thanks, Michael!):

I'll post here when I have more.

<We currently don't have any rides on the schedule, but I'll post on this blog once we plan more rides - there's been talk of a holiday lights ride, and of course, we'll be back next Spring.  If' you'd like to be part of the conversation, join us on Facebook.>

Monday, October 21, 2013

HALLOWEEN RIDE! Oct. 27 5:30pm Ballston

That's right, Kidical Mass Arlington keeps rolling on through the Fall!  Thanks to sponsorship from FreshBikes, we're having an AWESOME Halloween ride - with lots of treats.

When: Sunday, Oct. 27, 5:30pm
Meet (and finish): FreshBikes Arlington (3924 Wilson Blvd; Arlington, VA 22203)
(Plenty of parking in the lot).
Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3497262

Treats will abound this Sunday as we bike through Ashton Heights to discover the Halloween tricks of N. Jackson St, the spookiest street in Arlington.  This ride is a bit shorter than normal - only 2 miles - and very, very flat.  We'll be on neighborhood streets the entire way.  It'll be a great ride for beginners - either kids on their own bikes or adults who are new to group rides.  All are welcome!  Costumes are encouraged (just make sure you can bike in them)!

The fun continues once we return to FreshBikes: we'll have candy, juice and hot chocolate (assuming we can figure out some logistics ) for our own little Kidical Mass Arlington Halloween Party.  Come in costume and enjoy some time to mingle with fellow family bikers.

Note: this is an EVENING ride -- you should have lights on your bikes, especially if you're planning to bike home after the festivities.

Special thanks to FreshBikes for the treats!  Happy Halloween!