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Geocache-themed Kidical Mass planned for Sunday

May. 23, 2013 @ 11:50 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Kidical Mass is sponsoring a geocache-themed family bicycle ride Sunday, May 26.

Anyone interested is asked to meet up at the Ritter Park fountain at 4 p.m. for the family friendly ride that will be centered around the GPS-treasure hunting called geocaching.

Organizer Stacy Bisker says participants will divide up into teams, gather maps, pencils and caching supplies, and get a pre-ride briefing before setting out on the hunt.

The ride will wrap up at Ritter with a hike over the hill to picnic.

Kidical Mass is a legal, safe and fun bike ride for kids, kids at heart and their families. The first ride was held in April 2008 in Eugene, Ore., and has now spread to more than two dozen communities throughout North America and beyond.

The rides are meant to be family-friendly bike rides through a community, which generally meet at a park and end near another fun spot (park, ice cream shop, pool, or special event). Each community figures out the type of ride, routes, locations and events that work best for their area families.

There are currently 27 cities in the United States and Canada hosting Kidical Mass including Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, San Diego and Denver.

Huntington Kidical Mass is a community bicycle ride which Bisker began last year. She is a bicycling advocate and writes her own cycling blog called "A Simple Six."

Past rides have included a ride to Harris Riverfront Park, where riders toured the Nina and Pinta replica ships docked at the riverfront, a Christmas lights bicycle ride, as well as rides through Highlawn, the Southside and Ritter Park.

The rides let families become more familiar with biking on roadways in their neighborhoods, Bisker said. The rides normally have a Huntington Police Department escort and give riders a chance to use the bicycle lanes in downtown and utilize both the roads and trails along the PATH or Paul Ambrose Trail for Health.

For more information, check out Bisker's blog at www.asimplesix.com/kidicalmass and check out Huntington Kidical Mass on Facebook. For more info about Kidical Mass, go online at www.kidicalmass.org.