Monday, May 23, 2016

Here comes the sun! May 2016 ride

Rain, rain, go away, come again... once a week or so, but mostly at night to keep our gardens happy.

That's right, we have LESS THAN A 50% CHANCE of rain Saturday morning (hey, we take what we can get). This month's Kidical Mass Arlington ride will take advantage of the warmer temps and (hopefully) the break in the moisture to explore the wilds of the Barcroft neighborhood.

When: Saturday, May 28, 2016. Meet at 10:00am (we'll play at the playground for a few minutes, aim to roll out a little after 10:15am)
Meet: Arlington Hall West Park playground.
End: That shopping center with the Outback at N Park St and 1st St N.

Parking is easy at the park and on the neighborhood streets. The ride back from shopping center to the park is an easy 1/2(ish) mile. All are welcome.

The Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13922983.


We'll meet at the Park's playground (south of the parking lot -- note NO bathrooms or water there). Then we'll meander through the new-to-Kidical-Mass neighborhood of Barcroft, past the Elementary School, then visit a little familiar ground in Arlington Forest. We'll end at the shopping center at N Park St and 1st St N (with the Outback you can see from Rte 50). Some of us will stay for an early lunch at one of the restaurants in the shopping center (choices are Outback, Crystal Thai, Brick's Pizza) -- if anyone wants to reach out to one of those to ask for a discount, comment below (or on Facebook or email, etc).

The ride should be moderate for Kidical Mass -- a bit over 3 miles with some hills (none steep). The route has a lot of zig zags and loops, leaving open the possibility of a shorter, gentler route for slower riders. If you would like to lead that, comment below (or on Facebook or email, etc).

Monday, April 18, 2016

Sugar, spice and everything nice: April 2016 ride

It's SPRING!  Time to enjoy the mild weather and the sweet life in Arlington.
Sugar Shack Donuts
When: Sunday, April 24. Meet at 4:30pm
Meet: Walter Reed Community Center,
End: Sugar Shack, 1014 S Glebe Rd, 22204

Parking is easy at the community center. The ride back from Sugar Shack to the community center is an easy 1/2 mile. All are welcome.

The Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13191873 .


We'll meet at the playground at the community center (where there are restrooms and water). Then we'll ride around some new-to-Kidical-Mass streets in Arlington's lovely Columbia Heights, then visit some familiar ground in Penrose, Arlington Heights and Douglas Park. We'll end at Sugar Shack on Glebe. Some of us may head over to one of the restaurants on the Pike to complete the backwards dinner.


The ride should be on the easy side -- 3 miles, no steep hills.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

KIDICAL MASS ARLINGTON 2016 {draft} SCHEDULE

Let's get out our calendars and plan some rides!



How does 4th weekend of the month sound to everyone? We could keep the tradition of switch up between Saturday and Sunday, and the schedule could look something like this:


Sunday, April 24
Saturday, May 28
Sunday, June 26
Saturday, July 23
Sunday, August 26
Saturday, September 17: KIDICAL MASSIVE
Sunday, October 23



Programming! We welcome on thoughts/suggestions/requests for rides. Any areas of Arlington we should ride through? Favorite ice cream spots to try? Particular events we should ride to?  Other ideas?

 Post any thoughts/concerns/suggestions for the dates, ride themes, locations, etc in the comments below!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

My First KidicalMass Ride

Image result for my firstIt's SPRING.  Let's shake off winter, and roll out. This month's ride is particularly slow, flat and short -- perfect for first timers (including first time kids on their own bikes!). We'll roll around Lyon Park and Ashton Heights, and end at a beer garden! All are welcome.  

When: Saturday, March 12.  Meet at 5pm
Meet: Henry Clay Park, 3011 7th St N
End: Sehkraft, 925 Garfield St N

Parking is easy on neighborhood streets around the park.

The Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12529292.  This ride is designed for kids to ride on their own bikes, though of course all are welcome.  After leaving Clay Park, we will go for a short ride through Ashton Heights and then end at Sehcraft to celebrate the return of warm weather riding.





Thursday, December 10, 2015

HOLIDAY LIGHTS, Featuring 60+ degrees in December!!!!

Have you seen the forecast? I, for one, am loving the Holiday Spirit with a dose of 60+ degrees!!!! This calls for a HOLIDAY LIGHTS RIDE with Kidical Mass Arlington!



Christmas Lights: Arlington House Makes Top National List
When: Saturday, December 12, 4:45pm (roll out at 5pm)
Meet: Key Elementary Key Blvd & N Veitch
End:  Westover Beer Garden Washington Blvd between N McKinley and N Longfellow
Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11436013 (I hear there's a good house up on 24th, which we can head up to via this route if we're feeling up to it. I haven't reconned this route and it's a bit longer.)


We'll meet at the playground at Key Elementary (come early to play) and we'll roll out by 5pm. We'll wind around Lyon Village, Virginia Square, Cherrydale, Waycroft/Woodlawn to end up at Westover Beer Garden

NOTE: This is a longer and hillier than our normal rides (5 miles, 275 ft or so of climbing) but worth it. We'll be riding in the evening, so bring lights. This ride isn't recommended for beginner kids riding their own bikes.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween Ride: Sunday, November 1

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 loves extending it into November! We're partnering up with Kidical Mass Arlington and FreshBikes again to have a little after party that promises to be fun for all!

We'll meet at FreshBikes Arlington, in Ballston, where families can come early to stock up on everything they need for their bikes and make sure they are adequately lit for the night's festivities. Then we will bike off through the Virginia Square and Ashton Heights neighborhoods! We'll see some of the spookiest decorated houses in Arlington, and return to FreshBikes, where we'll be treated to a family-friendly party with hot beverages and candy!








When: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Meet: 4:15pm - FreshBikes Arlington - Wilson Blvd & Quincy Street North (roll out 4:30pm)
Parking: Plenty in the FreshBikes parking lot
Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/6224091

The route is fairly flat and easy. 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!

Monday, September 28, 2015

[UPDATED! New Date and Time!] Next ride: Arlington Fun Ride Family Ride - 10/4 12pm

[Update: Due to the approaching weather, the Arlington Fun Ride has been postponed, so we are similarly pushing back the date and time of the Kidical Mass Ride.  Please see below for the new details]

Kidical Massive was massively awesome -- thanks to all who came out, and especially to BikeArlington and KidicalMassDC for helping to make it happen.

For our next ride, Kidical Mass Arlington teams up with the Arlington Fun Ride on this Saturday, October 3, Sunday, October 4 for a super-extra special Family Ride.

When: Sunday, October 4
Meet: 12:00pm - Crystal City - 18th Street and Crystal Drive
Parking: All over Crystal City (garages and on-street)
Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3379060

Yes, this is our third year teaming up with the Fun Ride! We'll start in Crystal City, after the intrepid souls doing the full Arlington Fun Ride leave for the (long and hilly) Arlington loop.  After a safety briefing, we'll roll out along the streets of Crystal City, then through the new and amazing Long Bridge Park.  We'll bump over the "developing" pavement of Long Bridge Drive and head into the Pentagon Reservation on Boundary Channel.  After a jaunt over the Connector Road, through the Pentagon Parking Lot tunnel, we'll ride beside Pentagon City Mall.  After riding through Aurora Highlands, we'll join the festivities in Crystal City celebrating the Arlington Fun Ride and Phoenix Bikes. And, just like last year, we'll have a police escort! Amazing!

Registration for the Fun Ride is encouraged! (though not mandatory -- your fee does get you a cool t-shirt and goes to support Phoenix Bikes).

The entire ride is 3.5 miles and flat (only 102 total feet of going up).  It's a perfect ride for anyone new to group riding (with or without kids).


Interested in a double, but maybe not a full Arlington loop + kidical ride? This year, if you preregister, you can start at any of the Fun Ride's 4 pit stops, and ride from there to Crystal City, which means you can choose to ride 16 miles, 12 miles, 8 miles or 4 miles (or just our 3 miles Kidical Mass ride).

Hope to see y'all there!