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Kidical Mass rises from grave with ‘ThrilleRide’

Posted by on October 15th, 2010 at 10:55 am

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Kidical Mass in downtown Portland in June 2008.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Kidical Mass rides again! And what better way to make a comeback than a ride to a mass performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller a week before Halloween?!

The popular event (with the catchy name) that started in Eugene and came to Portland via the BTA for the first time in June of 2008, has been resurrected by Portlander Katie Proctor.

The ride will take place on Saturday, October 23rd and will coincide with Thrill The World PDX, a mass zombie dance that will happen in Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. “Come as a zombie or in your Halloween costume, and come prepared to dance!” says Katie.

Katie, a self-described “Portland mom and bike geek,” sees Kidical Mass as much more than just another ride…

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“Family biking needs real support in Portland — having supportive shops like Clever Cycles is an important piece of the puzzle, but I think genuinely kid-friendly events that let kids get excited about getting around by bike, and let parents check out each other’s family-hauling rigs, chat about barriers to riding more, etc., are needed.”

I rode the first Portland Kidical Mass, in downtown, with my girls and then another one in North Portland a few months later. We had a great time and I strongly encourage any and all biking families to give it a try. If any group needs support and advice from the community, it’s people who ride with kids.

The ThrilleRide meets at 2:45 on October 23rd at the intersection of SW Park & SW Mill. More details at the KidicalMassPDX website.

— Get lots of tips and learn more by browsing through our Family Biking story archives and see photos from past Kidical Mass rides below..

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*Children* riding to a performance of a song by none other than Michael Jackson…hmmm….


Red Five– Raising dead theme aside, I don’t think the King of Pop himself will be there.


Super fun!

I hope someone makes a documentary of this for Filmed by Bike!!! Deadline for entries is 1/20/2011 and we’ll be offering more info at our Best of the Worst (What not to do) event on November 6.


I watched the PDX video from last year and at the end they showcase some of the wonderful zombies. I’m thinking though, I’m going to prep my kids (8 and 5) regarding the blood and gore. I think being daytime will help minimize the scare factor, but some of the getups are pretty gruesome!

My daughter’s (8) class has been learning the dance as part of PE. She and many classmates are planning to participate on Saturday.