Press Release: Cascade opens registration for Emerald Bike Ride presented by Kaiser Permanente
** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
Cascade Bicycle Club opens registration for Emerald Bike Ride presented by Kaiser Permanente to be held on Sunday, May 28.
The new once-in-a-lifetime route for Memorial Day weekend event gives bike riders exclusive access to the SR 520 bridge, I-5 Express Lanes AND NOW I-90 Express Lanes
SEATTLE, Wash. March 7, 2017 - Cascade Bicycle Club today announced details and opened registration for the new 24-mile Emerald Bike Ride presented by Kaiser Permanente to be held on Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May 28. Last year’s inaugural Emerald City Bike Ride gave people the chance to bike across the SR 520 bridge and the I-5 Express Lanes without vehicle traffic. The 2017 Emerald Bike Ride will build off of that amazing route, opening the I-90 Express Lanes to bike riders in addition to the 520 bridge and I-5 Express Lanes, all closed to vehicle traffic. This will be the largest city-streets bike ride in the region with 10,000 bicyclists. Last year’s ride sold out quickly at more than 7,000 registered riders.
“This year’s Emerald Bike Ride route is a once-in-a-lifetime biking opportunity,” said David Douglas, senior director of events at Cascade Bicycle Club. “Biking on the SR 520 bridge, I-5 Express Lanes and I-90 Express Lanes will likely never happen again, and we’re excited to give people the amazing opportunity to experience the region like never before.”
The updated route will include two options: the official 24-mile Emerald Bike Ride route and the 10-mile I-5 Experience Ride. The official 24-mile Emerald Bike Ride route will start at CenturyLink Field then head north on the I-5 Express Lanes, east on the SR 520 bridge, south through Medina and Bellevue, west on the I-90 Express Lanes, finishing up back at CenturyLink Field with the finish festival at Pyramid Brewing. The shorter 10-mile I-5 Experience Ride will be a north-to-south loop on the I-5 Express Lanes, starting and finishing at the same location.
Registration pricing is as follows:
Emerald Bike Ride Route (24-miles):
$30 - member*
$40 - non- member
Youth (ages 1-12)
$17 - member*
$27 - non-member
I-5 Experience (10 miles):
$20 - member*
$30 - non-member
Youth (ages 1-12)
$7 - member*
$17 - non-member
*People can sign up to be members at cascade.org/join. Membership makes the organization’s work possible.
Registered riders will receive a commemorative hat as a giveaway. Commemorative T-shirts will be available for purchase. Registration scholarships are also available. The Emerald Bike Ride is a Cascade fundraising event. Registration fees support Cascade’s education and advocacy programs, which help make bicycling safer and more accessible for kids, families and everyone else who wants to ride.
A special thanks to Cascade partners who are helping make this amazing event possible: Washington State Department of Transportation, Sound Transit, City of Seattle, City of Bellevue and City of Medina. For more information and details about the Emerald Bike Ride, visit cascade.org/emeraldbikeride.
About Cascade Bicycle Club
Cascade Bicycle Club, the nation’s largest statewide bicycle organization, is powered by over 17,000 members and 36 staff and serves bike riders of all ages and abilities throughout the Puget Sound region and across Washington state. With a mission to improve lives through bicycling, we deliver community and school-based education programs, grassroots organizing workshops, free group rides, world-class events and more. Learn more at cascade.org.
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