Sponsor Highlight: Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

Thanks to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia! They have taken us under their non-profit wing to provide insurance for our rides, and we are so grateful!

photo courtesy of bicyclecoalition.org

The Coalition works in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, doing research, working with the city on infrastructure, running the Cadence Cycling Foundation, building the Circuit, and acting as an educational entity for all people in the area. They recently released this report on the state of bicycling in Philadelphia.

On the day of the event, the Coalition will be on hand to do a safety obstacle course for the little riders!

Sponsor Highlight: Philly Pedals

Philly Pedals is The Hub of Cycling in Philadelphia.

Philly Pedals is a team of awesome bicyclists from Philly, working to promote a centralized community for all types of biking. They have a blog, an events calendar, and ongoing interviews and articles ranging from the Philly Pumptrack to mountain biking to commuting. We especially love Philly Pedals because their publisher and creative director are founding Kidical Mass parents!

Click the photo for some Philly Pedals articles by our own Kidical Mass organizer, Dena Driscoll!

Philly Pedals is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! They have held a few Instagram/Twitter contests which always lead to beautiful photos of all different types of cyclists around the Philly area! Their hashtag, #phillypedals, has quite the awesome feed!

On the day of the event, Philly Pedals will have some stickers and some cute kids to keep us company!

Thanks, Philly Pedals!

Sponsor Highlight: Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles

Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles is Philly’s premier cargo bike shop. They sell bikes from Brooklyn Bicycle Co., Torker, Pure Fix, Simcoe, Babboe, Gazelle, Xtracycle, Yuba, and Soma. They sell accessories from Brooks, Carradice, Green Guru, Basil, Yepp, Nutcase, Abus, and many other brands. They also sell a few local goods including AllOneWord cycling caps!

photo credit: Transport Cycles

Their shop bike is a yellow Larry vs Harry Bullitt equipped with a BionX electric assist system and a beautiful wooden box. You can rent it!

Kids love Firth & Wilson!

Kids love Firth & Wilson!

Beyond the equipment, the owners, Simon and David, are down to earth and friendly. They are both custom bike fabricators, and their knowledge is obvious without being pretentious. Their shop is family friendly (there is a bathroom and they are breastfeeding-friendly). They offer test rides on their variety of cargo bikes. And Simon is THE Brooks Saddles North American Service center, offering repairs and service.

Check them out!

933 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(267) 318-7285
info@transportcycle.com

Mon-Fri 10-6 Sat 10-5

On the day of the ABCs, Firth & Wilson will be on hand with their cargo bikes for test rides. They would love to answer any questions you may have and chat with you about options and pricing! Thank you for your continued support of Kidical Mass and family biking as a whole in Philadelphia, S and D!!

Sponsor Highlight: Nutcase Helmets!

Nutcase Helmets has signed on as one of our sponsors for the ABCs of Family Biking, September 2014 Edition!

photo courtesy of Nutcase Helmets

We are so grateful to Nutcase, as they have a history of supporting family biking in Philadelphia. Last year, at the Philadelphia Bike Expo ride, Lisa came out to meet us before the ride and handed out snacks and goodies. It was a perfect addition and personal touch that really meant a lot to us. One of our kids won a Nutcase helmet during the Expo for one of their giveaways!

Why do we love Nutcase helmets?

1) They are easy to buckle

There is NEVER any risk of pinching your kid’s sensitive chin skin with the buckle of the strap! The buckle is a magnet, which means your kid can learn how to buckle themselves at an early age, which means independence and freeing mom/dad up to other tasks to get out the door!

photo courtesy of Nutcase Helmets

2) They are easy to adjust

With two sets of padded inserts for maximum comfort through different stages, you can customize the helmet to your kids’ head. Once you dial in the padding (we recommend going to your local bike shop and having a pro fit your kid), you can adjust the dial in the back. Again, it’s an easy, on-the-head adjustment that is quick and painless. The result is a low fit on your kids’ forehead with maximum protection.

3) The earflaps!

The earflaps (sold separately) slide into the helmet and take the place of a hat. They keep your kids’ ears warm and protected from the wind, while still allowing a healthy air flow for exercise during cold weather. The pads are super soft.

photo courtesy of Nutcase Helmets

4) The designs!

There are such cute prints and designs on these helmets, with something to suit every style!

 

Thank you, Nutcase, for your continued support of family biking in Philly. You rock!

ABCs of Family Biking Philadelphia – September 2014

We would love to invite you to the ABCs of Family Biking Philadelphia, September 2014! We have a facebook event page set up for you to RSVP, follow along for sponsor information, and stay abreast of changes in time and a rain date. We can’t wait to see you there!
ABCs-of-family-biking

Thank you to our awesome sponsors (so far): The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Fairmount Bicycles, Philly Pedals, R.E.Load Bags, Nutcase Helmets, Trophy Bikes and Transport Cycles. If you’re interested in helping out or having a tent and table at the event, please contact us.

July 19th, 2014 Ride Details

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DATE: 07/19/2014 (Saturday)

TIME: Meet around 10:45 AM, Roll out promptly at 11:00

START: We are meeting at Fitler Square, Pine St between 23rd and 24th St

END: Seger Recreation Center : There is a small sprayground and a playground. Bring bathing suit and towel, sunscreen, water, and snack/lunch.

HELMETS, BELLS AND LIGHTS ARE STRONGLY SUGGESTED. Kids 12 and under are required by PA Law to wear helmets. The ride is know sponsored by  The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia: a waiver will be present to sign for yourself and your children.

ROUTE: 

To be determined, check back here or via Facebook

****ROUTE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/912478098767651/

FAQs:

  • What happens if there is bad weather?:  A light sprinkle we will ride, a down pour likely not. Please check back on the website and Facebook group.
  • I want to drive down, where can I park?: We suggest you park at the end of the route so you can easily reload bikes and kids at the end.
  • How fast do you go?: We go so slow, we could probably walk faster. No really this ride is at a slow rate, we wait for the group between lights/ stop signs.
  • Kids on Training Wheels?: We suggest if your child is on training wheels, biking on the city streets might not be the safest.
  • Can I come without a kid?: Yes, as long as you are pro safe streets and do not make us nervous you are welcome to come without children. Please remember though you are riding with children.
  • Can I come without an adult?: Sorry, at this time we require you come with an adult who is responsible for you.
  • Can I volunteer to help?: YES PLEASE. Email Us.

June 28th Ride Details

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DATE: 06/28/2014 (Saturday)

TIME: Meet around 11 AM, Roll out promptly at 11:30

START: We are meeting at Julian Abele Park, 22nd and Carpenter

END: Herron SPLASH Ground, 2nd and Reed (please remember kids bathing suits and towels)

HELMETS, BELLS AND LIGHTS ARE STRONGLY SUGGESTED. Kids 12 and under are required by PA Law to wear helmets. The ride is know sponsored by The Bicycle Coalition a waiver will be present to sign. 

ROUTE: 

Exit Park on 22nd Street

Right on Christian Street

Right on 3rd Street

Left on to Reed

2.3 miles to Herron Park

 

****ROUTE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/635752543146132/

 

 

FAQs:

What happens if there is bad weather?:  A light sprinkle we will ride, a down pour likely not? Please check back on the website and Facebook group.

I want to drive down, where can I park?: We suggest you park at the end of the route so you can easily reload bikes and kids at the end.

How fast do you go?: We go so slow, we could probably walk faster. No really this ride is at a slow rate, we wait for the group between lights/ stop signs.

Kids on Training Wheels?: We suggest if your child is on training wheels, biking on the city streets might not be the safest.

Can I come without a kid?: Yes, as long as you are pro safe streets and do not make us nervous you are welcome to come without children. Please remember though you are riding with children.

Can I come without an adult?: Sorry, at this time we require you come with an adult who is responsible for you.

Can I volunteer to help?: YES PLEASE. Email Us.