Helicopters! Fire trucks! Police trucks! Rocklands BBQ! Dogs! A ninja course! Bounce houses! Announcements with Police doing synchronized swimming! Arlington's Police/Fire/Sheriff Block Party has got it all. And Kidical Mass Arlington is going to ride to it! (And even if you don't ride with us, you should go. Details for the ride and Block Party here)

The route is short and simple, with one short, steep hill on a trail that is totally fine to walk up. We'll meet at 9:30am at the Learning Loop at the corner of Columbia Pike and the W&OD. We'll have at least 20 minutes for the kids to enjoy the learning loop, then we'll circle up and head up the W&OD and Four Mile Run trails, into Bluemont Park and then into the Arlington Forest neighborhood for a few blocks. We'll use the traffic light at Manchester Street to cross Route 50, and then will have a few more on-street blocks before arriving at the Block Party, arriving around 10:30am.

Once at the Block Party, you're free to enjoy the fun. We recommend the vehicles (of course), the Kid Zone (inside the school), and the wonderful free food (we're hoping to arrive early to avoid lines). From 11am-3pm, BikeArlington, PhoenixBikes, and the Arlington PAL Ambassadors will run a bike rodeo, giving the kiddos another change for biking fun. ACPD will also have a station where you can register your bike.

For those who want to ride back to the start, the return route is simply the reverse of the route we're taking.

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 9:30am

Meet: Glencarlyn Learning Loop; Columbia Pike and the W&OD Trail

Parking: Neighborhood streets (pro tip: try 9th Street South, north of Columbia Pike and west of S Buchanan St)

End: Kenmore Middle School; 200 S Carlin Springs Road 22204

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24582320

All are welcome. All of this is free. Hope to see you there!