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.
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!
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!
Thank you to everyone who participated in and helped promote Kidical Mass Rockville’s launch on June 14! The ride had 6 families show up for a total of 17 people. We pedaled 1.5 miles each way to Carmen’s Italian Ice, where we enjoyed some sweet treats.
While the lure of ice cream was strong, our littlest riders were even more excited about being out on their bikes. I heard yells of, “This is awesome!” and “I love this” as we went along. They were even troopers going up a challenging hill, as one said, “We’re gonna have strong legs going up this hill!” I would especially like to recognize that the kids on their own bikes did an excellent job of demonstrating their on-road biking skills, by following the leader and acting predictably.
The other big shout-out is to Joe and Jennifer Allen, the leaders of our sister ride Kidical Mass Gaithersburg. They came out to show support and Joe acted as sweep for me. While several of our summer rides overlap, we plan on holding a joint costume ride with them in October.
But in the meantime, our next ride is only a few weeks away on July 12 at 10 AM. We’ll be starting and ending at the Rockville Swim Center, taking a leisurely pedal around the surrounding neighborhood using multi-use off road paths and quiet residential streets. This is a short one (about 1.5 miles) without any major road crossings, so it’s especially good for little kids on their own bikes. It’s probably going to be hot, so if you bring water, I’ll supply the popcicles!
If you need even more family riding goodness, the Washington DC Kidical Mass ride is having two rides this month, conveniently on the first and third Saturday of the month. Also, if you can make it on the second Saturday but not in the morning, Kidical Mass Gaitherburg is having their ride at 6:30 PM. In addition, check out Kidical Mass’s other nearby rides in Alexandria, Arlington and Falls Church.
Another revolution forward in our quest to make biking in Rockville cuter two wheels at a time!
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.