Kidical Mass Gets Families on Two Wheels

By Shannon Brescher Shea, last updated 6/6/14 11:00am

These people want you to come out and ride! This is Bike Rockville at the Rockville Memorial Day parade, 2014. Now they're starting a new group ride called Kidical Mass.

Photo credit Bike Rockville  

While the minivan is considered the default vehicle for suburban moms, in many places around the world and increasingly in America, a bicycle is becoming the transport mode of choice. In Japan, the mamachari ("mom's bicycle") is the most common bike on the road. In Portland, OR, stores sell multiple types of cargo bikes that allow hauling goods and kids. And right here in the D.C. region, there are multiple community rides that encourage families to cycle together. In fact, the Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee is launching its own set of Kidical Mass rides this summer. The kick-off Rockville ride will be on June 14 at 10 AM at the Thomas Farm Community Center to Carmen's Italian Ice and back, with additional rides to follow into the fall on the second Saturday of each month.

Kidical Mass is a national movement with rides in 30 cities across the country and a few more in Canada. The rides are short, as flat as possible, on off-road paths or quiet roads, and most of all, fun! They encourage families with even the smallest of children to participate, whether that's using a trailer, a bike seat, a tag-along, a bakfiets (a type of cargo bike that's great for kids), or their own two wheels. In the D.C. area, Kidical Mass D.C launched in 2011, followed by a number of others in quick succession. Now, there are six different local rides, including Arlington, Falls Church, Alexandria, and Gaithersburg.

Rockville's Kidical Mass launch ride is bound to be fun, with a stop at the perennial favorite Carmen's Italian Ice. The ride is 3 miles in total and will use the Carl Henn Millennium Trail, low-traffic residential roads, and a short stint in a bicycle lane. From there, Rockville Kidical Mass will be meeting every second Saturday at 10 AM in July, August, and September.

In addition to the Kidical Mass rides, the Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee will be leading a number of other community rides throughout the summer. Check out the group's website, Facebook page or Meetup Group.

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