Friday, May 10, 2013

Next Kidical Mass Ride: Saturday, June 1, 2013: Farmers Market and Get Jazzed for Big Joe Burrell Day!

Hey, our next ride is coming up on June 1!

What about, in honor and celebration of Jazz Fest in Burlington, we end our ride at...

Big Joe Burrell Day!

That would be the free jazz concerts happening at City Hall Park from 12:00 until 5:00 (but most of us won't hang out that long, as we need to get back for naptime!

Here's the lineup:

Sofia Rei
Originally from Buenos Aires, Sofía Rei has been called “one of the most versatile and in-demand singers on the New York music scene” (All About Jazz) She’s collaborated with countless jazz greats, including Bobby McFerrin and won the Independent Music Award® for World Beat Album in 2010. Singing in Spanish, English or Portuguese, Sofía’s voice haunts even as it uplifts.

Uri Gurvich
A powerful musician, Israeli-via-New York saxophonist Uri Gurvich has been called “a new major voice in jazz” (All Music). A critically acclaimed bandleader and composer, Gurvich is a fixture on New York’s progressive jazz scene and released his second album, BabEl, in April on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records.

The Boston Horns
The Boston Horns are Beantown black belts who pump out an intoxicating mix of funk, jazz, and soul. The world-class party outfit has toured around the world and appeared on stage with Tower of Power, Susan Tedeschi, Los Lobos, Maceo Paker, the Del Fuegos, and Barrence Whitfield, among many others.

But Matt, the bike path doesn't go to City Hall Park! Are we going to have to ride on the streets?  

Yeah, at least some. But I've been looking around at Kidical Mass rides all around the world, and many of them use and even celebrate riding on streets, even when those streets have no bike lanes or other infrastructure! Bike paths are great, but our communities are never going to have the resources necessary to build bike lanes everywhere. It's up to us to help our kids learn how to ride safely and effectively- even when there isn't a bike path to do it on.

So that said, here's the route:

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That's about seven miles.

You can meet us at South Burlington High School at 10:00 if you like, or feel free to catch us on our way.

We'll stop and wait at the Forest Service building on Spear Street until 10:20, then continue to Shaw's by Shelburne Road and wait there to pick up anybody who wants to join the train at 10:30. One more stop by the parking lot at Oakledge at 10:50 to catch anybody who wants to meet us there.

Then onward! Things don't get cranking at the park until 12, so we'll be there in plenty of time if even we take it slow or if anybody wants to make a caffeine stop at Maglianero. The Burlington Farmers Market will be going on as well, so there will be plenty of food opportunities!

See you there. Email me at, comment on this blog post, or find us on Facebook or twitter for any questions!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A little more on "riding to the ride."

Yesterday when I posted about this Saturday's Kidical Mass ride, I mentioned that anybody coming from South Burlington by bike might want to catch me and Austen as we go by. Here's our route:

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 Google says it's 30 minutes but it will probably take us closer to an hour to do, so I'll be over by SBHS at about 8:00 (right by the driveway onto Dorset Street).

I'd encourage others who are coming to the ride from other directions to consider buddying up and riding together as well!