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March 1, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ride gathers at 10am – location TBA.
Kidical Mass – In partnership with Living Streets Alliance
Kidical Mass is a legal, safe and FUN bike ride for kids, kids at heart, and their families. The first ride in the U.S. was held in April 2008 in Eugene, Oregon and has now spread to over a dozen communities throughout North America and beyond. The rides are meant to be family friendly bike rides through a community and to highlight routes that connect us to other parts of our community.
Kidical Mass rides in Tucson will host rides that connect the community to parks, schools, and local businesses. Our goal is to show people how easy it is to get to these destinations by bike and emphasize the importance of supporting local business.
All types of bikes, trailers, trail-a-bikes, Xtracycles, longtails, bakfiets, Long Johns, tandems, folders, trikes, and whatever rolls are welcome! We celebrate the fact that Kids are Traffic Too and aim for family fun on vehicles that don’t hurt the future and encourage healthy, active lifestyles.
Are helmets required?
Yes. By law in Arizona all children 18 and under must wear a helmet, and the ride leaders strongly encourage all riders to wear helmets. A limited number of free helmets will be on hand for those who need them and will be fit by El Grupo Youth Cyclists who have been trained in bicycle safety workshops. Helmets are provided by the Pima Association of Governments and the City of Tucson.
What if I have more than one kid to keep track of on the ride?
Ride leaders encourage all parents to take responsibility for all young cyclists so you should feel comfortable in knowing there are many eyes and ears on the road helping out. We sometimes have volunteers to ride with us who do not have kids as well as a ride ‘sweeper’ who stays in the back of the pack. However, you should still be very aware of your own child’s location and behavior as you are ultimately responsible for your child’s safety.
Speaking of ‘liability’, is there a waiver to sign?
Not having them keeps it a little less formal. We are organizing a meeting spot and a fun event at the end but when we ride “together” each family is responsible for their kids and surroundings (stop at all stops, ride with traffic, stay to the right, and no swerving).
Will my kid get left behind?
No. We have a ride ‘sweeper’ who stays in the back of the group to make sure no one is left. Volunteers are on hand to help out with mechanical troubles or flats. Also, the ride leader will stop as many times as necessary to make sure the group stays together since it’s safer and more fun that way! Since we are not stopping traffic or blocking traffic this may mean it’s the slowest ride you’ll ever take- but it makes it more fun and festive!