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!

Family Biking 101

This Thursday night, 7-9:30, your friendly KM Arlington founder, Gillian, will be part of a panel for FAMILY BIKING 101, with BikeArlington​ and an instructor from WABA. All are welcome - Please come and pass this along to any friends who may be interested in biking with kids of any age. Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd (at George Mason)

Thursday, March 19, 7:00-9:30 p.m. “Family Biking 101”
Come to learn about cycling safety and gear, family-friendly routes and
strategies for supporting beginning riders as well as local shops and
organizations that support cycling. Panel includes Gillian Burgess of Kidical Mass Arlington, Erin Potter from Bike Arlington, and Dan Redmond from WABA

Email HolisticMomsArlAlex@gmail.com or check blog or Facebook page for details HolisticMomsArlAlex.blogspot.com & facebook.com/HMNArlingtonVA

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

CANCELED: Kidical on Parade


Update 2/15 8:30pm: the parade has been canceled which means our ride is canceled too. Stay warm.

It's time for Kidical Mass to strut our stuff, and throw out some sweets along the way! In honor of George Washington's Birthday, Kidical Mass Arlington is teaming up with Kidical Mass Alexandria to roll in the George Washington Parade in Old Town. As a bonus, we've been invited to grab a bite after the parade with the wonderful cyclists of Alexandria (the BPAC, Spokeswomen and KM ALX).

When:  Monday, February 16, 2015 PARADE starts at 1 pm 

Meet: You get two options:
 - meet KM Arlington folks at the intersection of the Four Mile Run and Mount Vernon Trails at NOON
- meet the whole group in Old Town on Gibbon St middle of the block East of Pitt Street at 12:30pm; we are the last float in Division 2

Parking: I would recommend parking in Arlington (because I don't know anything about parking in Old Town). You can park for free in Crystal City, then ride down the Mt Vernon Trail or park on Eads Street and ride down the Four Mile Run Trail. Either will bring you to the Arlington meetup point.

End: District Taco in Old Town

Route:http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6976867 


The organizers would like help getting a head count. If you can, please sign-up on their meet-up page.

Note: The route will be very flat (once we leave Arlington), but longer than normal, if you're riding from Arlington and back. Please check the weather -- it looks like it will be clear but VERY cold, and we'll be outside for a LONG time.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Kidically Icey Skatey: 1/18/15 4pm Pentagon Row


That's right, we're doing a January ride in honor of ice, delayed openings and snow days! The forecast for Sunday looks acceptable (high of 50!), so we're going to ride -- meeting at 4pm at the Pentagon Row Starbucks. After a little time to grab a toasty beverage and chat, we'll roll out (4:15pm) and around the awesomely flat neighborhood of Aurora Highlands, coming back to Pentagon Row in time for a little ice skating and/or an early dinner.

 
When:  Sunday, January 18, 2015 4pm (roll out 4:15pm)


Parking: Street parking (should be free on Sunday); surface lot at Pentagon Row (free for the first hour); garage under Pentagon Row (not free, but I believe Harris Teeter validates for an hour, if you need groceries)

Metro: Pentagon and Pentagon City stations are a short ride away. Bikes are allowed on MetroRail on the weekends! Bikes are always allowed on MetroBus, and a lot of bus lines come in to Pentagon.

End: Pentagon Row Ice Skating Rink (basically the same place as the start)


We'll roll out and (almost) immediately enjoy Arlington's new protected bike lanes (on Hayes and Eads). Then we'll turn into the neighborhood and enjoy the mostly flat neighborhood streets of Aurora Highlands, brushing by the very cool playgrounds and sprayground of Virginia Highlands Park (where we can dream of summer)... 

After the ride, families are encouraged to enjoy ice skating at the rink, or to join together for dinner - there are plenty of options in Pentagon Row.

The ride itself will take place before sunset, but if you're planning on riding home after, you'll probably need lights. Given weather reports, we expect the road to be ice and snow free, but please keep an eye out and be sure to dress appropriately (we might need rain gear). This page will be updated in the case of inclement weather.

Happy Winter!



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Hains Point 100 gets Kidical: this SUNDAY, 12/21 10am

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 third year, the HP100 is getting kidical: We will keep track of miles ridden by families (and you get miles for each person on your bike – 1 kid = twice the miles!) and together we’ll look to hit the 100 mile mark! 

This isn't a typical Kidical Mass ride -- there will be lots of other riders -- but if you come for the roll out, we'll gather the family riders who would like to stick together and do a lap or two as a group. The fun continues all day, and any time you do a kidical loop will count for our kidical total!

The center of the action is 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. There are no hills. There are 3 stop signs. There are two lanes, most of the way has one way traffic.  And, 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 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, and to donate to WABA’s Women & Bikes.  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).
 

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

When:  Sunday, December 21, 2014, meet 9:30am, roll out and picture 10am (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 and possibly wet. Don't forget to bundle up!
Happy Holidays!