Critical Manners, an alternative to Critical Mass, had its first official run in San Francisco in 2007. Unfortunately, the organized community bicycle ride, which encourages two-wheeled commuting and harmony with motorists, didn't quite catch on nationwide. However, you can rediscover the importance of bike safety, fitness and the reduction of carbon emissions as Family Bicycles (7140 Wornall, 816-268-1757) hosts weekly beginner's bike rides on Mondays through the end of October. The rides start in the parking lot at 6:30 p.m., when Theresa Van Ackeren leads a group on hourlong, nine-mile rides through Waldo, Brookside and Prairie Village at a leisurely pace that's meant to acquaint riders with traffic protocol. All skill levels are welcome, including children with 24-inch or larger wheels. The ride is free, but you need a helmet and lights. The ride may be canceled in bad weather, so call ahead if it's raining.
Mondays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: April 5. Continues through Oct. 25, 2010