Monthly Archives: July, 2014

Swim Center Kidical Mass Ride Goes Swimmingly

The Swim Center was the perfect place to meet for Rockville Kidical Mass’s second ride, as the weather was quite sticky!

We took a leisurely 1.5 mile ride around the neighborhood surrounding the Swim and Fitness Center. The town maintains some very handy multi-use trails that connect the Swim Center with nearby residential streets, as well as the skate park, basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball fields and playgrounds in Welsh park.

Kidical Mass Rockville Swim Center ride

This time around, we had twelve riders, with four kids on bikes and one in a trailer. While one of our little riders wasn’t quite ready to venture out on the street, we appreciate her and her mom’s willingness to try something new. We know that children are all at different levels of comfort riding on the street and completely understand if a kid needs to go very slow or even drop out. The Kidical Mass rides are meant to build confidence by riding in a group, not force kids into a situation they aren’t ready for. If you aren’t sure if your kid is ready or not, we invite you to come and see how your child reacts. Even if you can’t ride with us at the moment, you are always welcome back for future rides!

We also had the pleasure of having a family travel all the way from Washington D.C.! They hadn’t been able to make the D.C. rides, so they thought they’d visit us up in the suburbs. If you can’t make our rides or just want more family biking opportunities, check out our sister groups in Gaithersburg, D.C., Arlington, Falls Church, Alexandria and if you want to make a day trip of it, Baltimore. If you have older kids capable of riding longer distances (8-15 miles) or have some adult biking time, be sure to see the Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee’s Meetup group, webpage and Facebook group.

We wrapped up the ride with orange and raspberry ice pops, slurping down the cold goodness to beat the heat. We hope everyone had a great time and enjoyed riding with us.

Our next Kidical Mass ride is on Saturday, August 9 at 10 AM. We’ll be meeting at the Croyden Creek Nature Center to ride to Rock Creek Park and back. Hope to see you there!

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Join Us this Saturday for Pedaling, Popsicles and Pools!

Are you ready for summer? Like it or not, summer is here, so join us for the second Rockville Kidical Mass bicycle ride this Saturday! We’ll be meeting at 10 AM in front of the indoor entrance to the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center (355 Martins Lane). The ride will be a munchkin-friendly 1.5 miles on off-road, multi-use paths and quiet residential streets. We’ll pass the baseball fields and Skate Park, where we can watch the older kids show off. We’ll end the ride back at the Swim Center with popsicles for everyone. If you want to stick around for swimming, day passes are $6 for adult residents, $5 for kid residents, $7 for adult non-residents and $6 for kid non-residents.
As always, riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome.  We will be going at the pace of the slowest rider.  Rain at the start will cancel the ride, but wet pavement will not.  Helmets are required for everyone and lots of water is highly recommended. We would love and appreciate it if you RSVP on our Meetup page for the ride.
We hope to see you this Saturday on two wheels!