Saturday, October 27, 2018

November 2018: The Return of the Jr Park Ranger ride!


In early November, Kidical Mass Arlington will team up again with BikeArlington and the National Park Service and our riders will become Junior Park Rangers!!!

Kidical Mass Arlington is teaming up with BikeArlington to learn about the National Park in our backyard—The George Washington Memorial Parkway.  WalkArlington is also hosting a walk that will meet up at the end with the bike ride. National Parks Service Rangers will join both groups and share family-friendly information and neat activities. At the end of the event, everyone gets sworn in as Junior Rangers!


The event is free, but registration here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/junior-ranger-walk-or-ride-tickets-51460504755

We're going to ride around Arlington's own national park: the George Washington Memorial Park. This route hits the close-in highlights of the park that is lovingly called GW Parkway: We'll start at the Marine Corps War Memorial ("Iwo Jima"), then bike to the Netherlands Carillon. We'll then take trails to the Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove, and then ride on the Mt Vernon Trail back to Theodore Roosevelt Island. In a little twist to the normal Kidical Mass Arlington ride, we will stop at all of the parks!

And there's more! BikeArlington and NPS Park Rangers have organized some activities for us -- we'll do a few activities at each park. At the end of the ride, all of the riders will have earned Junior Park Ranger credentials for the GWMP and Roosevelt Island. Yay!

The route is on the longer side and hillier side for one of our rides, but there will be stops. The route is all on trail, though there are some places where we'll cross streets in crosswalks - we'll be careful there. We can expect the Mt Vernon Trail to be used by others, and we will be respectful to others, staying to the right and allowing others to pass. Kids on their own bikes must be able to follow directions well. Expect the whole ride to last 60-90 minutes. Bring snacks and water to last to the end.

After the ride, families may wish to spend more time on TR Island. The route back from TR Island to Iwo Jima is a little less than a mile, and involves a short, steep hill. Through Rosslyn, families may be more comfortable biking on the sidewalk.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018 9:30am (activities start at 9:30am!)

Meet: US Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) N Meade St & Arlington Blvd; Arlington

Parking: On the surrounding residential streets.

End: Theodore Roosevelt Island

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14922725

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/junior-ranger-walk-or-ride-tickets-51460504755

All are welcome. Hope to see you there!

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