Family Biking

Family Biking: Join Kidical Mass for a weekend camping trip to Oxbow Park

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on June 18th, 2019 at 9:20 am

Kidical Mass PDX rides to camp, 2014.
(Photo: Andy Schmidt)

Who doesn’t love a last-minute weekend adventure? We’ve got a few spots left for our annual Kidical Mass PDX family group camping trip this weekend and we’d love to have you come along. There are even still some scholarships available (email kmasspdx[at]gmail[dot]com for scholarship information). Keep reading for all the details!
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In front, in back, or at your side? Where should kids ride?

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on May 28th, 2019 at 9:46 am

Other than getting confused by Fortnite references, I love riding side by side.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

Front, back, side by side — these are all good ways to ride with kids! Different circumstances might call for different positioning during each ride, but I’m curious which configuration is your favorite and why. Non-family bikers, you can play, too, and share your preference(s) for riding with another adult.
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Family Biking: We all fall down

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on May 21st, 2019 at 10:48 am

Staged photo of a bike crash.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

Last week I took the corner into my backyard too slowly, caught my front wheel on a flagstone, and slowly tipped sideways against the side of my house. As time slowed down and/or my brain sped up in the heat of the moment, I thought about my crashes of years past.
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Feeling the strength of moms on Mother’s Day

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on May 14th, 2019 at 10:36 am

We were all smiles for Mother’s Day.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

After re-reading my last year’s post On the exhaustion of motherhood and why I want to bike with other families on Mother’s Day I realize this is a tiring time of year for me. Despite the too little sleep and too much stress, thanks to my bike I still feel now as I did back when my kids were little: capable, strong, and free.[Read more…]

Grab the kiddos and get ready for the Gorge Pedal

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on May 7th, 2019 at 8:11 am

Biking with kids in the Columbia River Gorge.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

As much as I love Portland proper and could happily spend all my days right here, I adore visiting the Columbia River Gorge — the waterfalls, the mighty Columbia, the trees, the flowers, the expansive views!
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No school on Bike to School Day, let’s rally with ‘Red for Ed’ instead

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on April 30th, 2019 at 10:21 am

Celebrating Walk to School Day earlier this school year.
(Photo: Madi Carlson)

National Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 8th. Here in Oregon that falls on the May 8th Day of Action, a teacher walkout that has led to a decision to close Portland Public Schools.[Read more…]

300 people turned out for the annual Kidical Mass Easter Ride!

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on April 23rd, 2019 at 9:41 am

Kidical Mass PDX Co-director Sara Cowling Davidson prepares to lead the ride.
Photos: Madi Carlson

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With the Easter bunny hopping onto the scene so has arrived biking season! Like myself, you may feel that biking season never closed to begin with, but I still like celebrating the first big Kidical Mass PDX kids-of-all-ages family bike ride of the year on Easter. Also, with Pedalpalooza rides appearing hourly and Sunday Parkways details filtering in, bikey things really are picking up all of a sudden.

Our “season opener” was the biggest one yet with about 300 participants. We enjoyed cool but dry weather and had a wonderful egg hunt at the end. We even made the local TV news! Scroll down for some fun photos and the video coverage from KOIN… [Read more…]

Family Biking: Join us for the annual Kidical Mass Easter Ride

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on April 16th, 2019 at 9:40 am

We had such a great time last year! Let’s do it again.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Flowers are blooming, the rain feels a bit warmer, and bike shops are off their winter schedules. That means Kidical Mass PDX is back, too! Our “season” typically starts on Easter Sunday with our annual Kidical Mass PDX Easter Ride and Egg Hunt:
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Family Biking: Here’s how to bike to the cherry trees in Waterfront Park

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on April 2nd, 2019 at 9:58 am

Visiting the cherry blossoms by bike on Sunday.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

On Sunday, my boys and I had the same idea as a lot of other Portlanders: visit the cherry blossoms in the Japanese American Historical Plaza. Then while biking home I realized Waterfront Park is incredibly family-friendly to reach by bike from the deepish southeast these days.
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Review: Surly’s ‘Big Easy’ smooths out family biking and cargo-hauling

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on March 26th, 2019 at 8:32 am

I usually dread posing for professional photos, but Jonathan insisted… and it was actually fun!
(Photos: Peter Newlands/PHN Photography)

After sharing my initial impressions two weeks ago, I’m ready to share a full review of Surly’s new Big Easy electric cargo bike (retail price $5,000).

I rode the bike for two and a half weeks and found myself enamored with it. Read on as I delve into the wonders of the e-assist, the useful accessories, what I’d add to make it perfect, and what I like to change.[Read more…]