Kidical Mass is back for 2015
Often called the family bike happening, Kidical Mass is a venue for parents to teach their kids how to ride safely. If you have ever wanted to ride your bike in a parade with kids of all ages, this is the perfect chance to make it happen. No matter your age, the ride is a blast for everyone! The more the merrier as we introduce the next generation to the joy of bicycles.
How Does It Work?
Children of all ages ride side by side with their families during this monthly event to learn important bicycle safety skills in a fun, festive way. By teaching safe riding skills to children we can create a safer community of riders in the future. As we ride as a group we spread smiles and bicycle love to everyone we pass. Since the program began in 2010, over 900 people have participated in these family-focused events.
Where Do We Ride?
This year we have two different routes: Themed rides to The Mission and Blues Baseball rides to Sinsheimer Park. All rides begin at Mitchell Park in SLO for a brief safety talk before we start the group ride.
Themed rides (May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6) meet at Mitchell Park in SLO for a brief safety talk before we head up the Bike Boulevard (Morro St) then back downtown, ending in Mission Plaza.
What’s with the themes?
Having a theme is a great excuse to dress up and have even more fun! Costumes aren’t required but they are heartily encouraged. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! This year we teamed up with members of the bike community to help choose themes and act as hosts for each ride. Here are this year’s themes:
May 7th: Superheroes (Thanks to hosts Jonathan Roberts, Kim Lisagor Bisheff, Michelle Shoresman and PJ!)
June 4th: Red (Thanks to hosts Tom DiSanto and Heidi Harmon!)
July 2nd: Stars and Stripes (Thanks to host Tim Wilkinson!)
August 6th: Green and Foil (Thanks to host Dan Kallal!)
Blues Baseball rides (May 31, June 21) meet at Mitchell Park in SLO for a brief safety talk before we ride as a group on the Railroad Safety Trail to Sinsheimer Park Baseball Stadium to attend a Blues Baseball game. This ride is perfect for kids who have mastered the traditional Kidical Mass ride and are ready for the additional challenge of riding up and down the Jennifer Street Bridge on a ride almost 2 miles long. Please plan accordingly. On May 31st, thanks to the SLO County Air Pollution Control District and Rideshare, the first 200 adults who arrive by bicycle receive free tickets to the game (Kids get in to Blues Baseball games for free). While these Blues rides don’t have an official theme, we’re looking forward to seeing how everyone gets creative with your costume choices!
Route Maps for Kidical Mass rides to The Mission are available here: http://bit.ly/KidicalMission
Route Maps for Kidical Mass rides to Blues Games are available here: https://bit.ly/KidicalBlues
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Special hearty thanks to our two fabulous Kidical Mass sponsors, Rahman Law and Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. Their generous support helps us teach and inspire future generations of SLO County bicycle riders!
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