Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Wet Kidical Mass Indeed...

Some have said that Sacramentans don't bike in the rain, but this morning we proved those naysayers wrong. We had between 40 and 50 intrepid souls out braving the elements, including thunder and lightning during the ride itself. Well done, Sac families. Well done.

For those of you who made it out for the ride please upload your photos to our Flickr Group at so the rest of the world can see that every day is a good day for a family bike ride.

That said, I'm glad we cancelled the race & obstacle course events since it's now hailing pretty hard. Thanks again for coming out, folks.

Sunny During the Ride? says that the 10:00am ride will be the only sunny hour or two today. Take advantage and come out for a great ride! See you soon...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Wet Kidical Mass: come at 10am for the ride!

So it looks like it’ll be raining tonight and through tomorrow, which means that while the event will still happen, plans will be modified somewhat. Please bundle up the little ones (and yourselves) in layers with a waterproof something on top.

The 10:00am ride will remain unchanged, but the 9:00am bike decorating will be paired down to only the most waterproof of items. Also, given the wet road it wouldn’t be a great idea to do an obstacle course or sloooowwww race at 11:00am, so those exciting new events will have to wait until next time. We’ll be at 51st & M St. at 9:00am for decorating and socializing, but if you want to minimize you and your family’s time in the damp just come at 10:00 for the ride. Once we’re moving the kids will have a blast. We’ll be doing it Portland style.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Counting Down & Mother Nature

With three days until the big event everything is looking good...except perhaps the sky. There is currently a 50% chance of rain on Sunday and a projected high of 64 degrees. (Rain in mid-May? Whowouldathought?) Personally, I’m betting that there will be a sprinkle or two but not a downpour, but don’t quote me.

While we’ll be out enjoying the morning and invite you to join us, if getting a little soggy with your little one(s) isn’t your idea of a good time we certainly understand. The next Kidical Mass event will probably be in the Fall, with a more low-key ride perhaps sometime in the Summer. But for those of your adventuresome types, here’s a review of the plan:

We’ll be blocking off car traffic on 51st St. between M St. & L St. from 9:00am through noon.

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  • 9:00am – Bike Decorating (some decorations are conveniently waterproof).
  • 10:00am – The Ride. There will be two loops:

    • Wee Ones’ Route - a short loop on M St. from 51st to 48th, then up 48th St., right on K St., then right on 51st St. Youngsters can take as many loops as they’d like.
    • Bigger Kids’ Route - a longer loop on M St. from 51st to 33rd St. & back to 51st, which is about two-and-a-half miles total.

  • 11:00ish - Post Events

    • Sidewalk Bicycle Art (this could be extra rainbowy if it sprinkles).
    • Sloooowwwwwwww Race - Who can get from start to finish the slowest without falling over?
    • Obstacle Course – A small loop on the blocked-off street with ramps and turns. Who’s the fastest kid around?

As a last note, while we are certainly spoiled with great weather here in Sacramento, many of the top bicycle towns tend to be soggy places (Portland & Amsterdam come to mind). Bikes, like kids, are quite versatile machines.

Hope to see you on Sunday.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

People are talking...

The Internet is abuzz with talk of Sunday's Kidical Mass!

- (Linked off of the front page of today's

- EcoVelo

- Sacramento Tweed

- May Is Bike Month Calendar

- News 10's East Sacramento page

- Sacramento 365

- Sacramento Blog

Sunday, May 1, 2011

From the Marketing Dept.

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for...

It's the Spring 2011 Sacramento Kidical Mass Flyer!!!

As with last Fall's event, feel free to download, print, photocopy, and share with 200 of your closest friends. Especially if they're younger than 10 years old.

kidical mass flyer 2011 Spring