Kidical Mass Keeps The Cycling Momentum Going

February 4, 2013

On Saturday, Feb.  9. Tucsonans of all ages and abilities are invited to gather at 10 a.m. at the Mercado San Agustín, 100 S. Avenida del Convento, for the first of two in a series of kid-friendly, safe, and fun “Kidical Mass” bicycle rides exploring area neighborhoods.

IMG_0740The route will include a tour of Manzo Elementary School located in Barrio Hollywood, recently recognized as one of only two top green schools in the US.

A second Kidical Mass ride will take place Saturday, March 23 at Catalina Park, South 4th Avenue and East 2nd Street, at 10:00 am and will feature a cruise down Tucson’s newest bicycle amenity– the Fourth Avenue/Fontana Bicycle Boulevard.

Kidical Mass is put on by the Living Streets Alliance and El Grupo Youth Cycling

These rides come just after the success of Ride On, Tucson!, a free, Downtown bicycling event hosted by “Grey’s Anatomy” star Patrick Dempsey and pro-cyclist Tom Danielson, which saw more than 1,000 riders – many of them families. The Kidical Mass ride leads up to Cyclovia Tucson’s two car-free events on April 7 and April 28.

Kidical Mass rides are family-friendly, law-abiding rides designed to bring families together to cycle safely as a group. Ride leaders and sweepers are present to assist in making sure no one is left behind, but all parents are asked to take responsibility for their children on the road for the safety of all.

Participants are encouraged to bring their helmets, however a limited supply of children’s helmets will be provided for free courtesy of the City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.

Families can also decorate their bikes in advance for increased visibility and for fun. All kids will receive stickers, temporary “Kidical Mass Tucson” tattoos, and a cool treat at the conclusion of the ride.

Kidical Mass is hosted by the local non-profit organization, Living Streets Alliance whose mission is to “promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling, socializing, and play.” LSA is improving access for active modes of transportation in the region through outreach, education, advocacy and research.