Happy Birthday Kidical Mass!
It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing Kidical Mass rides for five years now. Then again, I can’t believe my daughter is turning four already either. Someone certainly shifted us into the big chainring and we are really flying now! Since we started doing the ride we’ve had hundreds of people come ride with us. We’ve had rides with as few as two families and some with dozens of families (and over a hundred people). We’ve only cancelled one ride because of rain/poor turn-out. We’ve had exciting adventures and mellow rambles. We’ve connected families and built community. We’ve grown advocates and inspired change. Most importantly we’ve gotten out there as families on bikes and had fun…and that’s just here in Eugene. The movement of family friendly rides has grown and now over a dozen communities hold regular Kidical Mass rides and “Family Biking” is a standard topic of discussion in the national bike movement.
We had a great ride in Eugene this past Saturday to celebrate our 5th year anniversary. The Birthday themed ride was attended by over 70 people, including at least 4 new families. After meeting at Monroe Park we rode downtown, over to the DeFazio bridge (and by the Earth Day celebration at EWEB Plaza), then back through downtown and out the Fern Ridge Path to the MacRhodes home in the Far West Neighborhood. The birthday celebration continued with traditional flare; balloons, pizza, ice cream, cupcakes, crazy kids, visiting parents, and even gifts (in the form of a raffle). Thanks to Arriving by Bike for some of the prizes!
We also had Cliff Etzel there taking some special “Family Bike Portraits“. Here’s a slideshow with a few of the families who joined us, ranging from those there from the beginning to brand new Kidical Mass families. Here’s to five more years of fun family bike rides!