Masses of kids cycling – what’s not to like?

Children riding at Kidical Mass North
Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage, giving children independence and freedom. Cycling UK head of campaigns Duncan Dollimore explains why if you think it’s important to pass on that joy to the next generation, you should join a Kidical Mass ride and help create local cycling revolutions

Bring your wheels, wear bright colours and a smile!

That’s the message on the webpage for Kidical Mass North. Cycling UK’s campaigns and policy manager in Scotland was so impressed when he went along to the Inverness Kidical Mass ride that we used his footage in our film for the 2022 council elections in Scotland.


Space for the next generation

But Kidical Mass isn’t just an Inverness or Scotland thing. It’s a worldwide movement with the motto ‘space for the next generation’, which aims to show that children should be able to ride in safety, and encourages everyone to take short journeys by cycling, walking or wheeling, rather than taking the car.

And what’s more, Kidical Mass could be coming to a place near you soon!

Kidical Mass near you

In May and September, Kidical Mass rides will be taking place across Europe, as families demand child and cycle friendly towns and cities.

Keep checking the map on the global Kidical Mass website to see where rides are taking place. If there isn’t a ride near you, it’s possible new events will be added and promoted on the Kidical Mass Facebook page

Or why not join forces with some local parents and create your own event? Experienced organisers have produced a great step-by-step guide on how to organise a Kidical Mass ride.

Not just for kids

Kidical Mass rides are designed to be inclusive for all ages and abilities, and highlight the need for safe separated routes for young and old alike. Whilst there’s a huge fun element to them, there’s also a serious message.

There can’t be many better ways to show politicians and councillors why safe infrastructure for cycling matters, than to take them along to a fun, vibrant, inclusive and engaging community Kidical Mass ride – showing them what’s possible.

Painting a picture for politicians

When you’re trying to explain why something’s important, and make a serious point, it’s easy to forget that pictures paint a thousand words. That’s why just turning up and taking part in a Kidical Mass ride sends a clear message, and really helps.

It’s a visual event, and politicians see that people are engaged and want safer streets, and it’s difficult for politicians to argue against or be negative about families and children enjoying a bike ride in a safe environment.

So, whether you think of yourself as a campaigner or not, if there’s a Kidical Mass ride near you next weekend, why not go along, enjoy the ride, and just by your presence you’ll help support the message that safe cycling infrastructure matters.

And if you’re up for it, you can always invite your local councillor along as well. My colleague Gwenda Owen wrote a guide for our election campaign on taking your candidates for a cycle ride, and how this enables them to see things from a fresh perspective, but the same principles apply to taking your elected councillor for a bike ride as well!

Getting more involved

You can help with that just by going along to a Kidical Mass ride or similar event, but if you’d like to find out more about how we could help you speak up for cycling, get in touch today to find out more about our Cycle Advocacy Network


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