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Get on Your Bike in Kirkland
If you are new, please read our newcomer information.
Been off the bike for a while? Bought a bike and not yet confident riding? Time to take advantage of nicer weather to get riding for health, fitness or just fun! Here is your opportunity to develop riding skills, become more familiar with your bike and feel confident riding in a group.
We start and finish at the Chainline Brewing Company in Kirkland, next door to the Google Campus and on the Cross Kirkland Corridor. This route goes south on Lake Washington Boulevard to the 520 Trail exiting at 84th Avenue NE to continue south through Bellevue and Beaux Arts. After a short reststop at Enatai Beach Park, the route goes east through the Mercer Slough, turns north through Bellevue to NE12th St where it crosses over i-405 before turning north to climb up 116th Ave NE. The return to the start is via the NE 60th St pedestrian bridge. Please park at the far south end of the parking lot. Arrive 20 minutes before the published start time to ready your bike and check in. Restrooms will be at Houghton Beach Park at the 1.2 mile mark. It is recommended that you bring a snack to eat mid-ride. After the ride, join us at the brewery for a beverage and more conversation about biking
This is a social ride with experienced ride leaders to grow your confidence with group riding. It is free and open to everyone. The route (follow Map and Elevation Profile link) consists of trails and bike-friendly streets with easy to moderate climbs so you can practice shifting gears. Everyone will ride the hills at their own pace and we always regroup at the top and before any turns so you need not be concerned about being left behind.
"Leisurely Pace" is 10-12 mph on flat surface without any headwind. We will go slower on hills and with a headwind and faster going downhill. Average walking speed is around 3 mph, so we be 3-4 times faster!. If you aren't sure about your pace, please join us anyway, but study the route and bring a printed the cue sheet with you. We can help you read the cue sheet if you need to return to the start early.
You should dress appropriately for the weather, but you do not need spandex or other specialized bike gear. All you need is a working bike and a helmet. If you haven't ridden your bike for quite some time, please do a ABC Check (link below) or take it to your local bike shop a few days prior to the ride date. We will go over hand signals and what we say during the ride to keep ourselves safe.
Register - Please sign an e-waiver by clicking on the “Register Now” button at the top of this page (right below the ride title) and enter your information. If you cannot make the ride, you do not need to unregister.
Weather - If there is a significant chance of showers or more severe weather forecasted for the route area the ride may be canceled. Ride cancellation will be announced in the comments section at least two hours before start time and the ride leaders will not be at the start.
If you have questions, please contact the Ride Leaders.