I’m pleased to announce the 2014 dates for Critical Lass Edmonton and Edmonton Kidical Mass:
Sunday, June 15th, 1pm – Kidical Mass Bikeology ride, in Highlands meeting at Borden Park
Wednesday, June 25th, 7pm – Critical Lass, Bikeology edition, across the High Level Bridge to LIVINGbridge and a downtown patio – ride report here
Sunday, July 20th, 4pm (changed from 1pm to accommodate the Community Gardens Bike Tour!) – Critical Lass, #31DaysOfYEG splash park ride
Saturday, August 2nd, 1pm – Kidical Mass, at a splash park and playground (exact location TBA)
Sunday, August 31st, 1pm – Critical Lass, south-side tour de cafe to Under The High Wheel, Mikes Bike & Bean, and Cafe Bicyclette
Sunday, Sept 28th, 1pm – Critical Lass, leaf viewing river valley ride
Sunday, October 26th, 1pm – Hallowe’en Kidical Mass in costume
As the Facebook event pages are created, I’ll link them above. We may add dates as well, so watch this post, our Facebook groups (linked above), and the #yegbike hashtag on Twitter.
You also need to check out the new Family Biking Edmonton group on Facebook, Revolution Cycles’ womens’ ride tomorrow, and this year’s Bikeology Festival calendar for all the cool things happening in June, including EBC’s annual Bike To The Symphony next week.
I also suspect there will be a special Critical Mass ride today (always held last Friday of the month, meeting 5:30 pm at City Hall) to mark the tragic death of Wendee Hockney in a classic right-hook accident at an intersection many of us ride often as a marked bike route into downtown.
Quick reminder: bike thefts have been epidemic this spring! I have one friend whose bicycle was stolen within three days of purchase. Sadly, I think Edmonton might be turning into a two-lock town – check out Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ bike registry and review of proper locking technique.
Thanks to all who came out to our May 11th CycloFemme ride! (More info about CycloFemme here.)It was great to see you, if briefly. I was so disappointed to have to bail and take my daughter home – turned out she wasn’t feeling well (so overreacted to having trouble shifting gears), was running a fever by the time we got back to the car, and by evening everyone in my household was feeling under the weather. It sounds like everyone had a wonderful time riding down to Gracious Goods Cafe in Belgravia, socializing, then carrying on to get a preview of the gorgeous new Bikeworks South shop. New participant Tammie posted a ride report on her blog (Thanks Tammie! She’s fundraising for the ride supporting the Alberta Cancer Foundation, so if you don’t already have a friend riding, send a pledge her way.).
We also did an evening ride in early October, at which I learned that my daughter is absolutely terrified of heights. She was so excited to be riding with the grownups, and did great getting across the High Level Bridge – then melted down when she got to the other side, poor sweetheart, and we ended up taking the LRT home. Coreen wrote eloquently about how easily we forget these things can be scary when we don’t do them daily in her ride report – thanks, Coreen. We’ll make sure that we note when we’ll be crossing the High Level in our route info from now on, and plan some rides that don’t (like the July tour de bike cafe).