Philadelphia’s Kidical Mass

It’s National Bike Month and we’re looking forward to the third annual Bike to School Day coming up this Wednesday. As we celebrate safe routes to school and smiling kids pedaling the neighborhood bike train, we know cycling takes us to many diverse destinations beyond the classroom. Thanks to incredible leaders in communities nationwide, the family biking movement is mobilizing parents to get their kids to school or soccer, pick up a gallon of milke, or just share quality time together — by bike. 

This week, we’re spotlighting some of the local leaders who are making National Bike Month — and every month! — a family affair. Today’s post is a sneak preview of from our May/June issue of American Bicyclist, from Dena Driscoll of Kidical Mass Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia branch of Kidical Mass (KMPHL) was founded in August 2012. The organization was born out of a desire to feel safer on Philadelphia streets with my son but has grown into a lively movement of Philadelphia families who are working together through rides and events to promote safe shared streets for all ages.

Philadelphia is home to a supportive bicycling community but as parents of young children (most of our little riders are under 8 years old, with an average age of 3 years old) and often transportation cyclists we may not fit in to many of the group rides that take place.