Summer Streets, ‘kidical mass’ this Friday

Friday is the annual “Bike to Work Day” and it’s the first-ever “kidical mass” event, which also coincides with the Ballard Summer Streets event. Families with bike riders of all ages and experience levels will meet at Bergen Place Park at 5:30 p.m. and take off down Ballard Ave at 6 p.m. to the Burke-Gilman Trail at Fred Meyer. They’ll follow the trail through Fremont and Wallingford to Gasworks. You can sign up for Kidical Mass here.


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Grubby Ballard
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Grubby Ballard

Will they be dragging drivers from their cars and beating them senseless?

chopper_74
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chopper_74

gotta train em' young ;-)

park player
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park player

yeah! Last month's summer street event in Greenwood was pretty fun.
Don't know if the folks around here can relax enough to enjoy.
Hope people don't infringe on other people's comfort zone and make them feel guilty for paying taxes and stuff.

Trix
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Trix

Well, if everyone plays nice it'll be a fun event. I have a feeling this will become an angry driver vs angry biker rant fest, though.

park player
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park player

the link to ballard summer streets appears to be broken.
is there anything else planned for Friday other than the bike ride?

Grubby Ballard
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Grubby Ballard

Well hopefully these guys will show up and keep the Kidcycles in line:

http://www.hirethings.co.nz/photo/image/4190/la

Julian
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Wow – the Geeky Swedes are psychic! I was about to send you an email telling you about our ride. Thanks!!

The name is a play on words. That is all. We're all about being fun, safe, legal, and courteous. But my 2 year is pretty feisty these days, so I can't guarantee no fisticuffs. But it won't be toddler on driver, I promise you.

I ride with young kids every day around Ballard. If you've seen the big black Dutch bike with the horsey head, or the blue “bucket bike”, that's us. I've found drivers to be generally more delighted than angry. And since we have no plans to intentionally disrupt their commute, I hope they'll feel that way about the ride!

Please see our general info about the Kidical Mass (http://www.totcycle.com/kidicalmass), FAQ (http://totcycle.com/kidicalmass-faq/), or specific about this Friday's ride if you'd like to learn more (http://totcycle.com/blog/kidical-mass-seattles-

Lots of cool kid-carrying bikes will be present, if you're “bike-curious” about riding with young kids this summer …

Julian
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2 corrected links:
Ballard Summer Streets – http://www.seattlecan.org/summerstreets/ballard
Kidical Mass May 15th Details – http://totcycle.com/blog/kidical-mass-seattles-

Mc7
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Mc7

Poor choice of play on words considering critical mass is nothing more than a bunch of thugs on bikes

Grubby Ballard
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Grubby Ballard

Come on, give them a break, I think comparing Critical Mass with a bunch of 3 year olds is perfect!

Julian
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Critical Mass is a lot of things in a lot of cities. And sometimes thugs are on bikes, sometimes they drive cars. But it sure would be nice if this comment thread didn't get all Seattle PI Soundoff crankypants-y on the cars vs bikes theme. Call me an optimist.

squid
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We've fixed the Summer Streets link and added the “kidical mass” link. Sorry we forgot that!

Gurple
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Oh, wow. THANK YOU, Geeky Swedes, for posting this! I'll be biking to work on Friday, and now I'll make darn sure I'm back home before a giant mass of kids and parents floods Ballard Ave and the Burke-Gilman.

This sounds like a great event for the kids and their families, but I would love to know why the organizers are choosing to put a large number of children on the trail on the biggest bike commute day of the year. It sounds like a recipe for disaster to me, but I'm no kind of expert — Julian, do you expect a lot of trouble between kids on bikes and a lot of bikers who are maybe commuting for the first time that day?

park player
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park player

gurple, do you think that lots of people will still be commuting at 6 pm?

Julian
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Realistically we probably won't hit the trail until about 6:30, I believe. Things aren't that bad around 6 either, which is when I ride home. The main congestion is UW/Wallingford, and I don't think we'll hit that, unless it's a gorgeous day.

And I'd be happy to have the “problem” of a a gorgeous day, great Kidical Mass turnout, and lots of people on bikes in general!

But hey, I hear you. I got so grumpy about the trail congestion during the first days of nice weather last month that I worried that my bad attitude was single-handedly resp0nsible for bringing back the rain. But I'm over myself. Lots of folks on bikes is a net good. If my daughter can be expected to share, then we winter bike commuters can too.

Gurple
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Well, maybe not, on a Friday. I guess the commute peters out a bit earlier then. I probably would have been.

Best of luck! I hope there's a singular lack of kid-commuter bike-frame interaction!

Gurple
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Oh, also, I probably wasn't too clear — it's the Bike to Work Day first-time crowd I'm concerned about. I don't know what effect BtW Day has on the timing of the commute — whether it pushes it earlier and later than usual — but it does bump up the numbers, and I definitely think there will be a lot of people on the trail who have less control over their bikes that day than the daily commuter crowd does.

Ballard_Sucks_Now
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Ballard_Sucks_Now

“do you think that lots of people will still be commuting at 6 pm?”

park player, it's obvious you have no experience with commutes around the Seattle area.

Yes, 6 pm on a Friday is right smack in the heart of the commute. Ask one of your friends who has a job.

Ballard_Sucks_Now
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Ballard_Sucks_Now

What part of this doesn't sound like a recipe for disaster:

Large numbers of kids and families on bikes will mass at Bergen Place, then ride “along the Burke-Gilman Trail” to Fred Meyer at 6 pm on a Friday.

Have the brilliant planners behind this event ever tried riding a bike from Bergen Place to Fred Meyer? Are they aware that “Burke-Gilman Trail” at that point is little more than the city streets, with small or non-existant shoulders, and that those same streets are usually gridlocked with frustrated commuters at 6 pm on a Friday, and riding this route is dicey even for experienced cyclists under the best of conditions?

Oh…mabe they're looking to get the event on the local news? Seems like a good bet!

Gurple
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Clearly, Julian is an experienced bike commuter who knows exactly what that part of the Burke-Gilman Lack of Trail is like in that area at that time of day. He just has very different expectations about what's going to happen when a large group of kids hits that area during a uniquely busy bike commute day than you or I do. For the sake of the families involved, I hope he's right and we're wrong.

Ballard_Sucks_Now
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Ballard_Sucks_Now

I hope so, too….since even on a “normal” day I fear for my loved ones who ride their bike through that route – it's a pretty dangerous stretch of road.

Corbeau
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Corbeau

If Critical Mass are thugs what does that make motorists? Last I checked it was car drivers, not cyclists, who killed over 40,000 people last year. That's more than the Taliban and Al Qaeda combined!! Way to go motorists! Keep driving with your heads up your rectums!

park player
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park player

Oh come on Ballard sucker. Breathe deep and be prepared to have fun in a park for a change.
I know it is a heavy task to be the neighborhood curmudgeon.
By 6 pm Friday even 1-5 is calmed down.
Don't know how long you have been round here – and how much experience you have in the work a day world. In general commutes in the Seattle region, though hectic at times, are pretty calm.
Sorry to make you feel guilty because my friends have jobs.

LisaG
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LisaG

Is Kidical Mass ANY relation to the thug-infiltrated Critical Mass, some of whom INTENTIONALLY tried to terrify my preschooler by trapping him in the middle of the crosswalk and then acting like they were going to run over him?

LisaG
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LisaG

“Last I checked it was car drivers, not cyclists, who killed over 40,000 people last year”

– Um, not for wont of trying, however. If your bikes weighed two tons and were combined with that attitude, you'd be hard to distinguish, perhaps, from Hutus and Tutsis…