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Kidical Mass Rides with Safe Routes to School Tucson
February 20, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC+0
With perfect temperatures and clear skies, Living Streets Alliance and El Grupo Youth Cycling invite Tucsonans of all ages to get out and ride this spring, by hosting multiple family-friendly “Kidical Mass” community bike rides. On Saturday, February 20th, the duo will host their second Kidical Mass ride of the year and will meet at Blenman Elementary School, 1695 N. Country Club Road at 12:00 PM.
The following Kidical Mass ride will take place on Saturday, March 20th at 12:00 PM at Pueblo Gardens Elementary School, 2210 E. 33rd St. Both Pueblo Gardens Elementary and Blenman Elementary School are focus schools of the Safe Routes to School Tucson program, now in its second year of encouraging children and their families to discover the benefits of biking and walking as daily routine. Both rides are suitable for people of all abilities and ages, and are open to everyone across town and not just the students who attend these schools.
Kidical Mass is a national grassroots movement designed to provide organized and fun family bike rides through city streets, highlighting routes that connect neighborhoods to work, school and local businesses. This spring, El Grupo Youth Cycling teammates will lead the group rides along routes that are safe and easy, showing how simple it can be to travel to common destinations by bike.
During the rides, parents are asked to take responsibility for their children to help ensure the safety of the group. 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. At the end of the ride, Tucson’s very own Isabella’s Ice Cream will await all riders with a free scoop of ice-cream.
The first Kidical Mass of 2016 was held on January 9th as part of Beyond Tucson, with over 75 riders exploring downtown’s historic barrios. As part of the event, roughly 150 youth helmets were distributed to encourage safe riding habits.
Living Streets Alliance (LSA) is Tucson’s non-profit organization advocating for safe, comfortable streets for everyone. The mission of Living Streets Alliance 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 to active modes of transportation in the region through outreach, education, advocacy and research.
Visit http://www.livingstreetsalliance.org/ for more info.