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September Kidical MASSIVE Ride: Twinbrook

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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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July Kidical Mass Ride at Rockville Swim Center

The Kidical Mass biking season started with a sunny but small start last month at Thomas Farm Community Center. Nonetheless, the group had some amazing ice cream at Carmen’s Italian Ice.

This month, we’ll be meeting Saturday, July 16 at 10 AM at the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center, just outside the indoor pool entrance. 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.

Kidical Mass Rockville Swim Center ride

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!

2016 Ride Schedule and TERRIFIC Kids!

With the warm weather already showing up and spring approaching, the 2016 biking season is near!

To celebrate, the Ride Schedule page has been updated with the dates and locations of the 2016 rides. The first ride will be on June 18 at 10 AM. As per tradition, our first ride is going to start at Thomas Farm Community Center and ride to Carmen’s Italian Ice.

In other family biking news, the Rockville Bike Hub is supporting Rockville’s TERRIFIC Kids program! The TERRIFIC Kids program is open to all students enrolled in grades 1-5 in Rockville elementary schools. Kids can earn a bicycle by completing six or more responsible acts as described on the Rockville city website. The Bike Hub has partnered with the City to collect and refurbish donated, used bicycles and redistribute them to the children who receive the awards. The Bike Hub is actively searching for kid’s bikes to add to their supply. If you have a children’s bike that is not being used anymore, consider donating it to the Rockville Bike Hub to be part of this program. More information can be found at The Rockville Bike Hub’s website or by emailing rockvillebikehub@gmail.com.

Learn more about the TERRIFIC Kids program from this video from the City of Rockville:

 

Update: Twinbrook Ride on Saturday is Canceled

Sadly, the Kidical Mass ride at Twinbrook for this Saturday is canceled. The ride leader was injured and could not find a back-up. We apologize for the short notice and inconvenience.

August Kidical Mass at King Farm – Parks and Popsicles

Next Saturday August 15, join us at at 10 AM at the King Farm Village Center (403 Redland Blvd, Rockville, MD, in front of the Price Chopper).  The ride is 2.5 miles around the neighborhood on multi-use paths and quiet residential streets.  Check out this interactive Google map for more details.  We’ll be stopping in the middle at Mattie J. T. Stepanek Park for running around and popsicles!

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!

Unfortunately, our Swim Center ride in July didn’t work out to due to torrential rain. All Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee rides are canceled if it’s raining at the start and we’re especially careful with our little ones participating. We’re hoping the weather holds out for this month’s ride.

Kidical Mass Rockville Kick-Off – Ice Cream for All!

Join Rockville Kidical Mass for our first kick-off ride of the season on June 20! We’ll be meeting at the Thomas Farm Community Center (700 Fallsgrove Dr, Rockville) at 10 AM right near the bike rack. We’ll be riding to local favorite Carmen’s Italian Ice and back. To RSVP ahead of time (much welcomed), check out the Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee Meetup group.

The route is 1.5 miles each way and will use multi-use paths, quiet residential streets and a short distance on a bike lane. Check out the interactive Google Map of the ride. We welcome families with kids in trailers, bike seats, box-bikes, tag-a-longs and on their own two wheels! The pace will be at the speed of the slowest rider (probably about 6 mph), so don’t worry about being left behind. Be sure to bring helmets for everyone, water, spare tubes, ID card, and anything your kid needs.

We hope to make this a great launch for the season, so please come and bring your kids and friends. Family biking in the suburbs is not just possible, we’re making it straight-up fun!

September’s Kidical Mass is Almost Here!

With school back in full swing, September’s Rockville Kidical Mass is coming up! Come join us this Saturday at Twinbrook Community Center (12920 Twinbrook Parkway) for a laid-back two mile ride.

This time, we’ll be riding through beautiful Rockcrest Park, a long, narrow park through the neighborhood that has a great off-road path. The very beginning and end is steep – we’ll probably walk it – but the rest is flat. In the middle, we’ll take a short break at the playground at the end of the park before we turn around and head back to the community center.

We had a small turn-out for our last ride, but we did have an awesome young rider. On the ride out of Croyden Creek Nature Center, she did better than even she expected on the tough hills. We had a great time and it showed how we can often do more than we think we can.

As always, I’ll bring snacks if you bring water, helmets, your own bikes, a sense of fun, and of course, your favorite kids!

The ABCs of Family Cycling

If you aren’t going to make it to Rockville’s Tour de Cookie this Saturday, definitely check out The ABC’s of Family Biking in D.C., put on by our sister Kidical Mass D.C. group! This free event, like all of the Kidical Mass events, is celebrating the joy of biking with kids.  It’s focused on introducing local parents to the tools, skills, and equipment to help them bike with kids.

What

The event will offer:

  • A Show & Tell by area parents who bike with children of all ages
  • Bicycles and equipment available at local bike shops to help parents bike safely with their children
  • Free Youth Bike course with WABA instructors to teach basic riding skills to children.
  • Parents & Kids Riding class to help parents bike alongside their kids, either alone or in a “bike train” group.
  • Balance bike races for our youngest riders
  • A cargo bike obstacle course where interested parents can test demonstration bikes and experienced family cyclists can pits their skills against one another in the East Coast’s first-ever “Fiets of Parenthood” competition
  • The opportunity for parents to “Swap or Sell” their gently used family biking equipment
  • Free bike repair clinics from The Bike House

When: Saturday, May 3 from 11 AM – 2:00 PM

  • Show & Tell, Swap & Sell and Fiets of Parenthood course 11am – 1pm
  • Youth Bike Course 11am – 12:30pm (Kids’ bikes & helmets will be available, or bring your own! Parents must sign a waiver in order for kids to participate.)
  • Balance bike races at 11:30am
  • Parents & Kids biking class begins at 1:00pm (All participants are encouraged to bring their own bikes & helmets. All participants will be required to sign a waiver.)

Where: The parking lot behind Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan, 215 G Street NE, Washington, DC 20002. You can access the parking lot from either G Street or 2nd Street. The location is easily accessible from the Union Station Metro and Capital Bikeshare stations.
For more information about The ABC’s of Family Biking and Kidical Mass DC, check out the Kidical Mass DC webpage or e-mail Megan Odett, organizer, at KidicalMassDC AT gmail DOT com.

New Meetup Group!

The Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee just launched our Meetup page, Bike Rockville: Casual Riding in MoCo.  Come join to RSVP to and get reminders about our rides, including the Kidical Mass ones.  We hope to see you there!

Join us for May is Bike Month!

While our Kidical Mass rides won’t begin until June, there are plenty of ways to ride with the Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee in May for Bike Month!

The first ride is the Tour de Cookie, which is organized by and will benefit the Treehouse Child Assessment Center.  Both the long and short options feature stops at 10 different cookie stands.  RBAC will launch its own rides for the month with our Bike Month Kick-off Ride on May 4, where we invite members of the City Council along to experience the City’s bicycle infrastructure.  With the City, we’re supporting the Trailblazer’s Triangle Bike Tour, which is a 20 mile ride along the ICC, Matthew Hensen and Rock Creek Trail that starts and ends in Olney.

While none of these are geared towards children the way the Kidical Mass rides are, most of them are very family-friendly.  Check out and RSVP on the Event listings on our Facebook page to find out more.