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September Kidical MASSIVE Ride: Twinbrook

KidicalMassKingFarm

Our August Kidical Mass ride out of King Farm had a few firsts. In addition to kids and parents, we had a grandfather on the ride! It was also the first time I had seen a folding bike with a kid’s seat on the back. It was so much fun to see so much variety. We had 12 bicyclists in four families, plus our supporting volunteers. The kids had a great time at the playground at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park.

For our first fall ride, we’ll be meeting on September 17 at 10 AM at the Twinbrook Community Center. This time, we’ll be part of Kidical MASSIVE, an international celebration of family biking! The ride is 1.8 miles on a multi-use trail with a stop in the middle for the playground at Rockcrest Park. As always, we welcome families and kids on their parents’ bikes or their own. All adults must have their own bikes and accompany their children. RSVP on Bike Rockville’s Meetup group!

We hope to see you at Rockville’s cutest bike ride!

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August Kidical Mass Ride at King Farm

We had a great ride starting out from the Rockville Swim Center for July, with weather that wasn’t exactly cool, but not too hot at all for summer in the D.C. area! Thirteen parents, kids, and family biking enthusiasts joined us for a ramble around the nearby neighborhood.

2016 Swim Center ride

Our next ride is August 20 starting at the Safeway in King Farm. It will be 2.5 miles with a stop in the middle at the playground in Mattie J. T. Stepanek Park, a park created to celebrate a very special little boy. If you plan to join us, we’d love it if you’d RSVP at the Meetup site. We hope to see you there!

ABCs of Family Biking in D.C.

If you want to learn more about the ins and outs of family biking, be sure to check out the ABCs of Family Biking this Sunday! Hosted by the Washington Area Bicyclists Association, this event runs from 10 AM – 2 PM in D.C. at the Brookland Arts Plaza (on the Brookline Arts Walk between Monroe and Michigan St. NE, next to the Brookland Metro).

The ABCs of Family Biking will offer resources to area parents on family biking and give them the opportunity to test family biking equipment. There will be ASL interpretation available.

The day will include:
– Family bike demo area
– Community partner area
– Bike repair area provided by The Bike Rack
– Kids bike rodeo area
– Trail rides on the MBT
– Balance bike race for the little ones
– Donate outgrown and old bikes to Gearin’ Up

To RSVP, find the schedule, and learn more, see the WABA Facebook event. Hope to see you there!

September: Kidical Massive and Twinbrook Community Center

With the end of the summer, we’re starting to wind down, but Kidical Mass Rockville still has a few more rides! With Kidical Massive and our Twinbrook ride coming up, there’s lots to do.
Kidical Massive is a nationwide event on September 19 to help families come together to participate in Kidical Mass rides all on the same day. Unfortunately, Kidical Mass Rockville will not be having our ride in conjunction with Kidical Massive because our parent group, the Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee, also has a major ride on the same day. We didn’t want to overlap with the Carl Henn Memorial Ride , which remembers one of our city’s great bicycle advocates. However, our sister Kidical Mass Gaithersburg group is doing a Kidical Massive ride that we invite everyone to participate in. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for further details.
The following week, on September 26, Kidical Mass Rockville will be meeting at the Twinbrook Community Center at 10 AM. This two mile ride is completely on multi-use paths, although there is a steep hill at the beginning and end (which we can definitely walk if needed!). We will stop at Rockcrest Park in the middle, which has a large playground. RSVP on our Meetup page.

  We had a great time on our August ride to King Farm, so we hope to see you at one of the September rides!

July Kidical Mass Ride this Saturday at Rockville Swim Center!

Join us for the July Kidical Mass ride this Saturday at 10 AM at the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center! We’ll be riding 1.4 miles around the surrounding neighborhood on residential streets and multi-use paths. Check out this interactive Google Map for more details. We’ll be meeting and finishing at the indoor entrance of the Swim Center. Stick around afterwards for popsicles to beat the heat.

If you plan on going, we’d love it if you RSVP on our Meetup site so we have an estimated number of people. Hope to see you there!

Kidical Mass Rockville Swim Center ride

Our Swim Center ride last year!

The Season Starts off Right with Italian Ice

Kidical Mass Rockville kicked off the summer season with a cool, pleasant day for riding. We had a solid turnout of 14 people, with 3 kids on their own bikes and 3 along for the ride.

Children and adults gathered for the first Kidical Mass ride with bicycles in front of Thomas Farm Community Center

We also had our first family with a bakfiets! Bakfiets, also known as box bikes, are a special kind of cargo bike. One family was trying out Bullitt bikes, which are designed for hauling lots of stuff, including kids, while maintaining speed and maneuverability. Bakfiets are common in the Netherlands and Japan, which have a long tradition of family biking. The family had a great experience with them, saying the center of gravity was solid and the steering relatively easy.

As always, eating at Carmen’s Italian Ice was great, even though their soft serve machine was a bit fussy. But as wonderful as this local business is, they don’t have is a bike rack! Fortunately, the City of Rockville is running a grant program to give 10 bike racks away to local businesses. We gave the staff at Carmen’s information about the program, so if you come by on bike, let them know so they understand the demand. Similarly, if there’s any business you think needs a bike rack, please let them know about the program.

From Thomas Farm Community Center to Carmen’s and back, the group had a great time together. In fact, one of the kids said he wished it was longer!

Our next Kidical Mass ride will meet at the Rockville Swim Center and circle around the surrounding neighborhood. It will be 2 miles, using multi-use paths and residential streets. Learn more about our rides on our ride schedule page, the Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee’s Meetup group or the RBAC website. We hope you join us to make bicycling in Rockville cuter and even more family-friendly!

May is Bike Month and There’s Plenty to Do!

May is Bike Month! With the month is almost half-way over, there have been some great activities in Rockville with more to come. While Rockville Kidical Mass doesn’t launch until June, some of our regional sister rides do kick off this month.

Start of the Tour de Cookie

Bike Month started out with a tasty celebration in the form of the Tour de Cookie to benefit the Treehouse Child Assessment Center of Montgomery County. More than 500 cyclists – a 75% increase from last year – came out to eat homemade cookies and benefit a great cause. Family biking was very well-represented, with plenty of parents towing little ones in trailers and accompanying kids on their own bikes. Even the mayor participated, with her own team of riders!

To follow up, the next day, the Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee held our annual Bike Month kick-off ride to show off our local infrastructure. More than 40 riders saw as many highlights as we could fit in a six mile route.

Refurbished children's bicycles

Refurbished bikes for the awesome kids in the TERRIFIC Kids program!

Later that week, the City of Rockville, with the help of the new Rockville Bike Hub community bike shop, continued to support youth cycling through its TERRIFIC Kids program. First through third graders who complete six “responsible acts” can receive a free refurbished bicycle through the program. Along with the proclamation of May as Bike Month, the City Council meeting also congratulated the young recipients of the bicycles. However, the kids haven’t picked up their bikes quite yet. The Bike Hub is still looking for volunteers for this Sunday, May 17 at the King Farm Barns at Picard and Grand Champion from 10am-12noon and 1-3pm to help kids pick out their bicycles. Contact the Bike Hub though their Facebook page or Twitter to volunteer.

For the rest of Bike Month, there are two more Bike Rockville-supported events coming up. The nationwide Bike to Work Day is this Friday, May 15. With three stops in Rockville (two run by the city and one by JGB at Twinbrook) and weather predicted to be beautiful, we should have a great turnout. Be sure to register to get great swag and help Rockville beat Frederick in our annual Bike to Work Day showdown. The international Ride of Silence is on May 20 and honors all bicyclists that have been hurt or killed by motorists. The Rockville ride is especially in honor of Jamie Roberts, a Rockville native who was killed while riding across the country to raise money for cancer charities.

Because of the vast array of activities in May, the Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee generally doesn’t start its regular rides until June, including the Tuesday night rides, Millennium Trail rides, and Kidical Mass rides. However, that hasn’t stopped our sister rides from starting this month! Kidical Mass Gaithersburg had its first ride in the beginning of the month and Kidical Mass Arlington has its season launch ride this Saturday at 5:30 PM. Later this month, Kidical Mass D.C. is doing a “bike-to-storytime” ride with the D.C. Public Library on May 31 at 1:30 PM at the Petworth Library.

With all of the great events going on, there’s no reason not to ride!