It’s the second annual Kidical Massive!
Kidical Mass groups all over the world are holding a ride on Sat. Sep. 17th! We’ll be riding at 3:30 (start at Stuart Smith Park on 4th Street) to the Ames Public Library, where we’ll have our own bike-themed story time organized by the awesome children’s librarians. Come ride with us!
So far there are rides taking places in all of these cities:
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
East Lansing, Michigan
Salt Lake City, Utah
Providence, Rhode Island
Walnut Creek, California
Stockholm, Sweden, Europe
Sale, Manchester, England
Following Tuesday’s Safe Routes to School Community Meeting, we sent the following email to everyone who attended:
Dear neighbors and friends,
Again, thanks to those of you who were able to attend the Safe Routes to School meeting at Ames Public Library.
It is a beginning. We have a lot of work to be done. After our Tuesday evening meeting, I followed up with Sandra Looft (Kidical Mass) and Sarah Cady (Ames Bicycle Coalition) and we decided to focus on three items that came up on Tuesday evening that have potential for more immediate results.
1. Look into the crossguard issues–how to get more cross guards and keep them placed in key locations consistently.
Talk to the police who organize this and look at how some other communities nearby have good outcomes.
2. Find a solution–temporary at best, for getting kids across Duff Ave. at 20th St. safely from east to west and west to east. It will be great when there are more major infrastructure changes made. For now, it just seems that some sort of safe crossing there is reasonable and necessary.
3. Find parents at the elementary schools to get involved with the “walking school bus” concept. Start with this and build up to biking to school safely. Get teachers and PTO on board too.
Any and all suggestions and hands-on support are welcomed! For me, it’s all about making Ames a better community for all of us.
Ames Bicycle Coalition
Ames Kidical Mass
October 5th is International Walk/Bike to School Day! More to come!
Since we posted our June update, we’ve hosted a number of really fun bike rides, you can see photos and ride updates on our FB page as well as on Twitter.
Another thing we’ve been working on in collaboration with the Ames Bicycle Coalition has been our Safe Routes to School initiative. We want to see more kids biking and walking to school in Ames. To that end, we’re doing a number of things and YOU can get involved:
- organizing “walking school busses” to Ames schools (one already goes daily to Meeker)
- working with the city to improve infrastructure and make walking, crossing busy roads, sharing a lane when biking, etc, more SAFE and possible
- collaborating with the schools to encourage kids to stay active, healthy, and engaged in their communities
If you want to play a role in this, please contact us! We’re always looking for volunteers. You can email our Kidical Mass organizers, Sandra and Elizabeth, at:
rmlooft [at] gmail.com & ewentzel [at] gmail.com
If you want to learn more about Safe Routes to School as we’re applying it to Ames, listen to our interview on KHOI.
Find us on FACEBOOK and TWITTER for regular updates and news!
We had a great time riding to Summerfest in Campustown in June. Instead of our usual post with photos, we have a short video from June’s ride. Take a look at what you can expect if you come out to ride with us: it’s on our Facebook page!
Updates on future rides and events are always posted on Facebook and Twitter !
We are ready for another season of fun rides! Join us for the 2016 Ames Kidical Mass rides. Our rides are FREE, friendly, and family-oriented. We ride at a pace that accommodates cyclists of all ages and skill levels and we end at family-friendly destinations such as parks, the Ames downtown farmer’s market, coffee shops, etc. The goal is to get families and kids out and riding. We want everyone to feel comfortable taking the road and navigating Ames by bicycle.
This year we want to coordinate our rides with some of the fun events all over Ames thus the schedule will vary a bit. Many rides will begin at Brookside but not all. Check FB for updates too. Mark your calendars for the following Kidical Mass rides:
Saturday 5/14/16 10:00 Brookside to TBA
Saturday 6/4/16 there will be 3 rides!! all starting at 2:30pm with final destination Campustown for SummerFest event with many activities for kids on bikes:
1. Bandshell Park, 2. Ames Middle school and 3. Moore Park as starting locations
Monday 7/4/16 Ride in the 4th of July Parade–start time TBA
Saturday 8/6/16 10:00 Brookside Park to Downtown Farmers Market
Saturday 8/20/16 Back to school ride Brookside to Meeker Elementary School
Saturday 9/17/16 10:00 Brookside to TBA
Saturday 10/29/16 10:00 Brookside to Wheatsfield. Halloween Ride.Cancelled!
Questions about our rides? Learn more about them on our ABOUT page. Check out additional family cycling sites and blogs HERE and find us on Facebook for up-to-date information on each month’s ride.
Happy Hallowe’en cyclists!!
We had a great ride this morning! Costumes, cool fall weather, a park stop, and cider + treats at Wheatsfield Cooperative! Thanks to everyone who came out for it. While it was a bit chilly, the fun ride and great company more than made up for it.
Even though we had planned on this being our last ride of the year, everyone today agreed that we’re just not ready to stop riding yet so there might be one more ride this year: a holiday Jingle Bell ride! More costumes, lights, bells, & hot chocolate. So if you missed out on today’s ride, join us next time. Ride details to come!
Our July ride is a special Bikes and Firetrucks ride! join us on Saturday July 25th at 10am at the Brookside Park Firetruck. We’ll ride to the Ames Firestation (Burnett & 13th) where we’ll receive a tour of the station. Come meet local families who bike while enjoying a tour of our fire department’s headquarter station!
We ride at a leisurely pace and everyone is welcome to join us – the young as well as the young at heart!
(Please RSVP on our event page so that we can know how large our group will be for the tour).
June’s bike ride was perfect. We met at Brookside Park at 10am (the usual) and rode to the Ames Downtown Farmers’ Market as our final destination. Our group included bike trailers, a tandem pulling a Weehoo, a second Weehoo, several adults, kids riding on their own, and a police officer on bike! Thank you again to our wonderful Ames PD for allowing an office to join us and a huge thank you to Officer Schieffer for riding with us and providing all of the kids on our ride (and at the farmer’s market) with cool police badge stickers.
Next month’s ride is scheduled for Sat. July 25th with a start at 10am at Brookside Park. Next month’s destination is yet to be determined so if you have great ideas to share, please leave a comment here or on our Facebook page.
In other news – we’ve made some updates to this site and if you’ve always been curious who the organizers are behind Kidical Mass, take a look at our “who we are” page to get to know us. We organize these rides and events simply because we’re passionate about cycling and making Ames a fun and cool place to live. If you’d like to volunteer your time, we’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment here or on Facebook or tweet at us @AmesKidicalMass. (That’s right, we’re now on Twitter!)
See you in July! Happy cycling!
Our May ride was our first ride of the 2015 season and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day or a better destination. Our group met at Bandshell Park and rode through the Historic Old Town neighborhood on to the Roosevelt Neighborhood, finally ending at Brookside Park. It was a leisurely ride with quite a few kids riding on their own. And for the first time since starting these community rides – we had an officer from the Ames Police Department accompany us by bike! Thank you, office Cole! And a thanks to the Ames PD for supporting local events and providing an enthusiastic and encouraging presence. We hope to see more officers on bikes join our group rides in the coming months.
As for our destination – we rode to the Ames Progressive Picnic hosted by the newly-formed Ames Progressive Alliance. There was food, live music by the talented musician Paul Doffing (also an avid cyclist – check out his Freedom from Fuel Tour!), and a lively conversation about local issues and positive change. And a vintage Ames pedicab!
A huge thank you to the Ames Bicycle Coalition for collaborating with us on May’s ride and reaching out to the Ames PD and being generally awesome to work with! We’re so excited for this coming summer and the rides to come. Our goal remains to make Ames a more safe, fun, green, and enjoyable place to live. Which means more bike rides, more collaborations, more events, and more general awareness about the importance of bike infrastructure and sustainable transportation. And parks and playgrounds and people who care about living in places surrounded by those things. If that’s you – come out and join us for June’s ride!
NEXT RIDE: Saturday June 27th, 10am start at Brookside Park, final stop: Ames Main Street Farmer’s Market