April's Kidical Mass started at the Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that provides riders with the tools and the help to fix their own bikes for a $5 donation. They also sell refurbished bikes and scavenge parts from broken bikes to sell inexpensively and help cover operating costs. It's a great resource for our bicycling community and one that I have sent many people over to from Practical Cycle but I'd never actually been to myself.
The manager, Mike, was fantastically flexible and welcoming. Family biking tends to run on its own schedule and Mike was able to tailor a tour that suit our kiddos' ages and attention spans perfectly.
Little Brother was especially enamoured with the giant puddle out front and was soaking within seconds. Luckily, I had the Bullitt with the cover so he stayed warm and dried quickly as we rode over to the Midtown Farmer's Market. We tried not to overwhelm SABA's bike valet, Kenny, with our giant bikes so we parked in the space next to him. He was kind enough to still keep an eye on our bikes as we corralled the kids and picked up tasty goodies and produce and listened to the local band playing. We even picked up a few additional riders and ran into another Mundo while we were there. It was funny to see that the parking space could hold enough bikes for 20 riders (we're a condensed group) with room to spare OR one truck.
Our final leg took us over to the McKinley playground. We had about 22 riders and the shady streets were easy to navigate. The wind and debris in the air was another story! I was choking almost the whole way. I love spring but it's one of the hardest seasons to ride through around our beautiful Tree City. I need to always remember my Buff so I can keep breathing.
I'm looking forward to May Is Bike Month and our month of Kidical Mass rides! Next Saturday, we're headed to Fairytale Town! I love our group of riders and getting the chance to catch up or meet others who are interested in bike riding with their kids.