Monday, June 15, 2015

Daddy Kidical 2015! Sunday, June 21st 5:15pm Rosslyn Highlands Park

It's time again to celebrate the Dads, and what better way than with a Kidical Mass Arlington ride! We'll meet at 5:15pm at Rosslyn Highlands Park, explore the flatter and quieter parts of Rosslyn. We'll look for the trail head of a secret (to me at least) hiking trail. Then we'll cruise down to Heavy Seas Alehouse, and those who wish can stick around for dinner with the peleton.

The route is a new one for Kidical Mass Arlington, in a new part of town (whoo-hoo!) and is on the short side. There are a few ups and downs, but nothing too steep. All crossings of major streets are at stop lights. We will be on the Custis Trail for a few segments. The route back to the start for those who go to dinner involves a short, steep hill, but we'll stop at the top of the hill so those not joining us for dinner don't have to go down and up again.

When: Sunday, June 21, 2015 5:15pm (roll out 5:30pm - come early to play!)

Meet: Rosslyn Highlands Park -- 18th St N between Quinn and Oak

Parking: On the surrounding residential streets.

End: Heavy Seas Alehouse - N Oak and 18th St N

Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/8101197

Hope to see you there, and Happy Father's Day!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Kidically Bike Month! This SATURDAY, May 16 5:30pm Hayes Park

Happy Bike Month! We hope you're enjoying the weather and the fun out on two (or three) wheels. Our next ride is this Saturday (one day after Bike to Work Day, which will be awesome). We're going to start this ride at Hayes Park* -- come early, bring a picnic and enjoy this great park in what promises to be some amazing weather. We'll roll out (shortly after) 5:30pm and meander through the neighborhoods of Virginia Square, Ashton Heights and Clarendon, ending at the Clarendon Metro. Join us after for ice cream at Larry's!





The route is on the short side, and is pretty much as flat as they come in Arlington. All crossings of major streets are at stop lights. This route is great for beginners. The route back from the Metro stop to the park is short well signed, and involves one hill that's on the steep-side.

When: Saturday, May 16, 2015 5:30pm (roll out 5:45pm - come early to play and picnic!)

Meet: Hayes Park - North Lincoln Street between 14th Street North and I-66, Arlington

Parking: On the surrounding residential streets.

End: Clarendon Metro, Wilson Blvd and North Highland Street - join us for ice cream at Larry's after

Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7303321http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7303321

Hope to see you there!

*If you were with us last month, you may be thinking "Hayes Park, that sounds familiar". Yep, we're back in my neighborhood, because I just had a baby (a boy, Milo, we're all doing great) and we're playing dealer's choice for another month. Over the summer, we will spread out the rides over more of Arlington. If you have requests or suggestions, please let me know in comments, or facebook, or twitter...


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.