Kidical Mass Seattle!
UPDATE: Kidical Mass Seattle has outlasted my blogging and ride-leading stamina, and is now organized and promoted by the indefatigable Madi Carlson, bikemama extraordinaire. Get updates on familybike.org, and on the Seattle Family Biking facebook group.
Kidical Mass is a fun, safe, easy-going, and law-abiding family bike ride for kids of all ages. It started circa 2008 in Eugene, Oregon, and has since spread to other bikey burgs, like Seattle!
Our monthly group rides include a nice mix of experienced cyclists, 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.
Kidical Mass rides usually involve some mix of calm streets and bike trails, and ideally culminate in treats and park adventures. We do aim 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 have informal ride leaders and "sweepers", travel slowly making sure no one is left behind, and obey traffic signs and laws. We don't cork intersections, and are courteous to other traffic.
But most of all, we have fun! And ding our bells a lot. And generally whoop it up. See our Kidical Mass FAQ for more information.
A brief disclaimer: These rides will be informal gatherings of family cyclists. We won't be testing anyone's proficiency, and only some of our leaders bother with 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 helpful and supportive in getting things started up here. Thanks as well to Paul Adkins, who created the Kidical Mass logo above.