By Stephen Haynes, photos courtesy of the SLO County Bicycle Coalition
The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the term “Kidical Mass” is an aggro group of elementary school kids finger wagging drivers as they congest the streets of metropolitan USA.. This vision, however, couldn’t be further from the truth.
Kidical Mass is a fun, safe, law abiding way to get more kids, parents, caregivers and neighborhood cyclists on the road, having a good time.
A typical Kidical Mass ride starts at a park, or other centrally located place and ends one to four miles later at an ice cream parlor or, somewhere similar, to reinforce the happiness of the event. Ride leaders go at an easy pace and a sweeper makes sure no one gets left behind. Helmets are required in most states for children under the age of 16 and adults are encouraged to wear them as well as a way of teaching the youngsters safe practices by example.
Started in Eugene Oregon in 2008, Kidical Mass has taken off in popularity and is enjoyed in many cities throughout the US and around the world. Whether you are a parent looking to do some riding with your children in a safe, supported environment, or a cyclist searching for a way to connect with your neighbors, Kidical Mass is worth exploring. If you don’t have a ride in your community, think of starting one! For more information check out www.kidicalmass.org.