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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!

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A Great First Season of Kidical Mass Rockville, Plus A Family Biking Town Hall!

Kidical Mass Rockville’s first season of rides wrapped up last weekend with our Fleece and Tweed joint ride with Kidical Mass Gaithersburg. Though the weather was brisk, the leaders of both rides and their kids met up for a short one-mile jaunt. Winding through the Kentlands with kids in tow, we ended our ride at the Saturday Gaithersburg Farmers Market.

Overall, the season was a great start to our Kidical Mass Rockville program. We held five different rides in a variety of neighborhoods, with only the October ride canceled because of weather. We rode to one of our favorite ice cream shops, ate popsicles at the pool, started and ended at Croyden Creek Nature Center, and explored the Twinbrook neighborhood. Along the way, we climbed hills we didn’t think we could, tackled riding on quiet streets, and went further than we imagined. Most importantly, we had a lot of fun! Thank you to all of the families that participated in this year’s Kidical Mass rides and the enthusiasm for biking you shared with your children.

But family biking isn’t quite over for the season. While our rides are done, the Washington Area Bicyclists’ Association is running a Future of Family Biking Town Hall on December 14 from 1-3 PM. If you ride with your kids, they want to hear from you! We’d love to see you there.

Kidical Mass Rockville will be starting up again next spring. The Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee has a whole slew of activities for Bike Month in May, so we hope to start the season off right.

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!

Join us this Saturday for the launch of Kidical Mass Rockville!

Join us this Saturday, June 14, for the launch of Kidical Mass Rockville!  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.  We may also stop at the park across the street from Carmen’s if there is interest. 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. 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.

We hope to make this a great launch, so please come and bring your kids and friends!  Also, congratulations to our Virginia neighbors and their successful launch of Falls Church Kidical Mass, which had more than 30 people show up to their inaugural ride.

With so many family biking events – six different Kidical Mass series in the D.C. area alone! – we are really showing that it is possible to make our cities bike and kid friendly.