Hold on to your helmets folks, because here comes Kidical Mass! Come join us for a mobile celebration of family cycling this summer ...
Kidical Mass is a fun, safe, easy-going, and law-abiding family bike ride for kids of all ages. It started last year in Eugene, Oregon, and has since spread to other bikey burgs.
I've decided to stop being envious of Portland and other bike-friendlier cities, and to help nurture a community of family cyclists here in Seattle. The group rides will include a nice mix of experienced cycling families, and folks just getting started. We hope to educate bike-curious parents about ways to bicycle with children, help kids learn to ride safely in the city, and increase the visibility of family biking on Seattle streets. Kids are traffic too! All manner of bikes and high-occupancy velos are welcome.
We're currently planning our first ride on May 15th, and hope to continue them on a monthly basis, along various routes. Kidical Mass rides usually involve some mix of calm streets and bike trails, and ideally culminate in treats and park adventures.
We are aiming for some non-confrontational public visibility, since we feel that the more people see happy families out there biking, the more will join in on the general family cycling fun, and the safer we'll all be.
We'll have informal ride leaders and "sweepers", will travel slowly making sure no one is left behind, and will obey traffic signs and laws. We won't "cork" intersections, and aim to be courteous to other traffic.
But most of all, we'll have fun. And ding our bells a lot. And generally whoop it up. Stay tuned for details on our first ride!
If you'd like to use our signup form, it'll help us plan Kidical Mass rides, and we'll send you ride announcements. We promise not to abuse your contact information. Or you can follow us on Twitter for updates.
A brief disclaimer: These rides will be informal gatherings of family cyclists. We won't be testing anyone's proficiency or asking you to fill out any waivers. While the spirit of our rides is to be looking out for one another, you are ultimately responsible for deciding what's safe and appropriate for you and your family.
Big thanks to Shane Rhodes in Eugene, who manages the Safe Routes to School program there, and who started Kidical Mass in April 2008. He's been very supportive in getting things started up here. Thanks as well to Paul Adkins, who created the Kidical Mass logo above.
I made some edits here to emphasize the law-abiding, courteous nature of the ride. Certain "focus groups" are having a lot of trouble with the play on words here and Critical Mass associations :) ...