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!
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.