August 2014 Ride Details

This Saturday, August 30, 2014, Kidical Mass Philadelphia will ride from Fitler Square to Spruce Street Harbor Park.


We will meet at Fitler Square, starting around 10:30 AM. We will chat safety rules and fill out waivers and then roll out at 11:00 AM. We will take the Pine Street buffered bike lane all the way to Front Street, where we will take a left. When we get to Spruce Street, we are going to make a right up onto the sidewalk, dismount from our bikes, and walk to the park. There are cobblestones on Spruce Street so we will avoid any mishaps and make sure all of our riders make it to the park in one piece! It’s a 2.1 mile ride in total.

Here is the map

Here is our Facebook Event Page for RSVPing

If you need a bike, call Transport Cycles or Fairmount Bicycles to see what they have! Both shops rent cargo bikes!

If you are driving to the starting spot, you can easily get back on to Spruce Street (with buffered bike lane once you get past the cobblestones at Dock Street).

A few notes on safety:

Helmets are required.

-All children must be accompanied by an adult that is responsible for their riding and behavior during the ride.

Training wheels are not recommended due to street conditions. Independent kid riders are great: make sure they know road safety basics and are ready to listen closely and obey the rules of the road.

-Dena and Marni will lead the route.

-When we encounter vehicles blocking the bike lane (and we will!), we will “take the lane” to go around, when it is safe to do so.

-In general, we will not block intersections to go through red lights (“corking“): if our group gets split up, the front pack will stop and wait. On rare occasions, we may cork a street if there is no traffic coming or a car has offered to stop.


A few notes on Spruce Street Harbor Park:

-There is one bike rack that is not designed to fit anything except road bikes. Please bring locks so that you can sufficiently lock your wheels and bikes to each other. We will create our own bike locking area.

-There are food and beer available but you can also bring outside food in.

-There are a few tables but not many places to sit on blankets.

-There is a fountain that kids are allowed to wade into. We recommend bringing a change of clothes/towel.

Thank you to the Bike Coalition of Greater Philadelphia for their support!



Sponsor Highlight: R.E.Load Bags

R.E.Load Bags are custom messenger bags handmade in Philly! They’ve been around since the 1990s!


photo c/o RELoad Bags

Owned and operated by Roland Burns, R.E.Load is a household name in messenger bags. Their quality and craftsmanship is amazing. They have kept their manufacturing small and local: you can stop in the shop to check their goods out in person and see the whole operation! Many of their bags would make great diaper bags, kid bags, and family biking bags! Specifically the hip packs and totes!

Hopefully Roland and fam will be at one of our upcoming Kidical Mass rides, but in the meantime they are supporting our cause and also hitting the streets on their Bilenky cargo bike!

photo c/o RELoad instagram:

Thanks, RELoad for being awesome for the Philly cycling scene, and for embracing family biking and supporting Kidical Mass!

They will have a surprise on the day of the event, but if you’ve liked anything you’ve read here, you should definitely come!

Sponsor Highlight: Trophy Bikes

Trophy Bikes is an independent bike shop located on 2nd Street in Northern Liberties. They specialize in touring, commuter, and folding bikes. They are Philly’s largest Surly dealer and the area’s Brompton dealer!

Our favorite part about Trophy is the service manager: he’s my husband and a Kidical Mass dad!

Photo c/o

Trophy carries Strider bikes for the littlest rippers and a few kids’ bikes beyond that. They also carry kids’ helmets and can service any bike you bring in. The staff is friendly and there are 2 awesome women on staff. There is a bathroom with a place to change diapers! The shop dog, Rasta, is very kid-friendly. The hours are also family-friendly, with plenty of weekend hours and early/late hours! Open 7 Days | M-F 8-7 | Sat-Sun 10-5

For the families out there looking to get into bike camping or touring, this is the shop for you. Trophy offers free fix-a-flat classes, check here.

the strider race that Trophy put on in Liberty Lands park!

On the day of the event, Trophy will be represented with stickers and maybe a prize!

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

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.

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

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!