Friday, June 27, 2014

Saturday, July 19: Popsicles and Playgrounds!

I'm delighted to share that thanks to the generous support of Wash Cycle Laundry, a new bike-based laundry-delivery service in DC (!), you can purchase Pleasant Pops at a discounted price of just $2 each. They'll be accompanying us on the ride with one of the nifty electric cargo trikes (!!!) that that use to pick up and delivery laundry.

For our last ride of the summer, we’ll cool off with refreshing gourmet popsicles from Pleasant Pops and then head up to the Petworth Playground to enjoy their splash park. This ride will offer a great chance to practice biking on all kinds of different streets and infrastructure--bike lanes, sharrows, and calm neighborhood streets.

We’ll meet early at 10:00am to beat the heat at the Columbia Heights plaza, across from GALA Hispanic Theater. From there, we’ll bike to Pleasant Pops in Adams Morgan, where you can buy a popsicle to cool you off (and a sandwich to eat later, if you’re so inclined) before we leave for the next leg -- a trip up to the Petworth Recreation Center and Splash Park -- a personal favorite of the Odett household!


Sunday, July 6: POOL PARTY!

Have you been on a waiting list for a membership at the PG Pool for approximately 87 years? Are you tired of sending your kids out into the yard with a hose to get their fill of water sports? If so, then rejoice, for Kidical Mass DC has the perfect bike ride for you!

All-around awesome mom Elizabeth has scored us a coveted pool party spot at the PG Pool (just over the line in Prince George’s County) for Sunday, July 6. Though there is normally a fee for non-members to attend parties at PG Pool, thanks to the generosity of BicycleSPACE’s yoga program, we are able to offer this party FREE to all Kidical Mass riders.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Saturday, May 31: Biketrain to the Tour de Fat!

Choo choo! Take the Kidical Mass Biketrain to Tour de Fat

Join us in a slow, easy, downhill cruise to the Tour de Fat, the biggest and craziest biking event of the year!
Photo of last year's Tour de Fat parade by Joe Flood
  • Date: Saturday, May 31
  • Time: 9:30am / 10:00am
  • Length: 4 miles (one way)
  • Difficulty: Easy! Downhill on the way in, almost completely straight route. 95% of cycling is done on a separated trail or in signed bike lanes.
  • Location:  Route is here

Thursday, April 3, 2014

ABCbike's 3rd birthday present: it's gonna be a movie star!

With The ABC's of Family Biking celebrating its third birthday, we've noticed some changes happening as it grows. This year it talks nonstop, it's almost potty-trained, and it has definite opinions on what it's going to wear.

Oh, and it doesn't want to take its afternoon nap. :-)

So what can you get a three-year-old family biking event that already has the coolest partners, the most loyal supporters, and the cutest photostream in the world?

Simple: you get it a documentary film.

That's right! We are partnering with Stone Soup Films to create a short documentary film about The ABC's of Family Biking. Stone Stone Soup Films has selected The ABC's of Family Biking as one of the subjects of its "Doc-in-a-Day" festival. We are so excited to work with them on this project!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Save the Date: the ABC's of Family Biking is May 3!

The ABC's of Family Biking will return for the third year on Saturday, May 3. We will once again be located in the parking lot of Capitol Hill Montessori School @ Logan at 3rd and G Streets, NE. Start time 11am, end time 1pm or 2pm, depending on how many new fun activities we have for you this year!

Stay tuned to learn more about ABCbike as we finalize our planning.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Saturday, October 26: Cider and Sliders!

Wrap up the 2013 Kidical Mass DC riding season with a nice easy ride on one of DC's cycling gems: the Metropolitan Branch Trail (our family's favorite place to ride in the whole city).  We'll start at Stanton Park on Capitol Hill (where last month's Cupcake Ride began) and ride through NoMa and Eckington to end at Chocolate City Brewery, where we'll enjoy complimentary apple cider (thanks, WABA!) and the option to eat tiny hamburgers from the DC Sliders Truck.

Moms and Dads who want to partake of more adult beverages can sample beers and purchase growlers from one of DC's best-known craft breweries. Apple cider is free for all riders, compliments of WABA's Women & Bicycles program.
  • When: Saturday, October 26, 2013. 11:30am - 12:30pm
  • Where: Meet at Stanton Park on Capitol Hill, bike to Chocolate City Brewery 
  • Distance: 2.8 miles
  • Difficulty: easy. As in peasy, for adults & kids.
  • Route map
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Questions? E-mail Megan Odett, Kidical Mass DC's organizer, at

Ride Recap: "Kidical Kupcake"

(With gratitude to Randall Myers, who is clearly much better than I am at coming up with clever titles.)

On Saturday, September 28, over 40 kids and adults met in Stanton Park on Capitol Hill to undertake a leisurely ride to Georgetown Waterfront Park and enjoy cupcakes from the world-famous Sprinkles Bakery. The girls led the charge all the way with ladies from ages 6 to 30 honing their traffic riding skills and setting some new personal records for distance. Randall Myers, a member of WABA's Board and the DC Bicycle Advisory Council, accompanied the ride and remarked that it was an eye-opening illustration of the challenges of biking with kids in the city. Afterwards, our riders consumed a heroic number of cupcakes from Kidical Mass DC organizer Megan Odett's kid-hauling cargo bike, temporarily converted to a cupcake delivery vehicle. A fabulous time was had by all.

See more ride pictures here. Photos by Ranpuba, who is the mostest bestest.