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


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:

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!