Monday, September 30, 2013

Next Ride: 10/5 - Arlington Fun Ride!!!

Kidical Mass Arlington teams up with the Arlington Fun Ride for a super-extra special Family Ride

When: Saturday, October 5, 2013  (yes, that's THIS Saturday)
Meet: 10:00am - Crystal City - 18th Street and Crystal Drive

Something new and different: a SATURDAY morning 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.  Kidical Mass Arlington devotees may recognize our jaunt over the Connector Road, through the Pentagon Parking Lot tunnel, and beside Pentagon City Mall.  After riding through Aurora Highlands, we'll join the festivities in Crystal City celebrating the Arlington Fun Ride and Pheonix Bikes.

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

Hope to see y'all there!

BikeSwell: A Bike-umentary about the Development Biking in Arlington

 BikeArlington Presents: BikeSwell

Next Thursday (10/10) 7-9pm at the Arlington Drafthouse, BikeArlington is presenting a short documentary about bike advocacy in Arlington, with a panel discussion to follow (you may hear a bit about family biking over the course of the night).  You should come.  :-)

Tickets are free (suggested donation) and are running low.  More info and tickets:
BikeArlington, in partnership with the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee, presents the "bike-umentary" of the year:  BikeSwell - Smart Movement in Arlington, Virginia.  This film features local bike advocacy rock stars and highlights the triumphs and tribulations of making Arlington a premiere bicycle friendly community.  The feature presentation will be followed by a panel discussion so you can learn more from some of the people involved in Arlington's "Smart Movement":
  • Chris Eatough (Panel Moderator) - BikeArlington Program Manager
  • Jason Berry - Director, Gripped Films
  • Mark Blacknell - President of the Board, Washington Area Bicyclist Association
  • Gillian Burgess - Founder, KidicalMass Arlington
  • Edgar Gil Rico - League Certified Instructor, Hispanic Marketing Specialist
  • Jakob Wolf-Barnett - Chair, Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee

Harvest Ride was Awesome

Apologies for the tardiness of the post but,

The Harvest Ride was Awesome!

Thanks to everyone who came out and made it a success. 

This video (shot on the ride) pretty much captures the awesomeness of riding with your kids:

Here we have more pics from the day:

Here we have the route:

Huge thanks to Brendan and Pete for recording for posterity.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Harvest Ride: Sunday, September 15, 2013

Playgrounds!  Farmers Markets!  Bicycles!  What better way to celebrate the coming of fall.

When: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Meet: 10:30am - Alcova Heights Park - 8th St South & South Randolph Street

This Sunday we'll explore the leafy neighborhoods of South Arlington, biking past many treasured parks.  The most challenging hill on the route is right at the beginning (2.5% - we'll even have a way to join us at the top), then we'll enjoy mostly flat neighborhood streets.  All crossing of major streets will be at stop lights.  We'll end at the Columbia Pike Farmer's Market (probably around 11:15am), where you can pick up the best of the season from local farmers and artisans. 

After the Farmer's Market, it's an easy ride on the new Columbia Pike Bike Boulevards back to Alcova Park (here's the best route:  Your family may want to stay a while and enjoy lunch at one of the great restaurants in the area (Bangkok 54, Lost Dog and Maruko Sushi are favorites in our house).

Don't forget bags for the delicious produce, and panniers or some other way to get the goodies home!