FRUMPs: North Loop of Lake Washington via 520 from Matthews Beach
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Please note: During COVID-19 restrictions, all Free Group Rides are limited in the number of allowed participants. Registration for the ride (using the red “Register Now” button above) is REQUIRED to participate. If you decide not to ride, please click the red "Cancel My Registration" button above so that an additional spot will be made available to another.
Face coverings (for mouth and nose) are required when the group makes extended stops. Face coverings are recommended for the duration of the ride. Please bring personal hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and tissues for use at rest stops.
We will observe current social distancing guidelines when off the bike, and strive to maintain at least 10-12ft separation between riders when on the bike.
We will ride sourh on the Burke-Gilman Trail(BGT) and then east on the 520 bike trail to Redmond. We will stop in Redmond for a quick lunch at the QFC located just east of the Sammamish River Trail(SRT). The QFC is located at 15800 Redmond Way. We will be at QFC for about 30 minutes. The ride continues on the SRT until it becomes the BGT continuing onto Mathews Beach where we started. Helmets and a functioning bicycle are required.
Ride start: Please arrive 20 minutes before the start of the ride. Check in with the ride leader to be checked off on the liability waiver. We will have the safety briefing before leaving on the ride. Water and restrooms are available at the start location.
Route: Come have fun and enjoy this social bike ride along the the trails around the north end of Lake Washington. Restrooms available at Log Boom Park in Lake Forest Park, Wilmot Gateway Park in Woodinville and at the QFC in Redmond if needed. The terrain is flat except for the 520 trail.
Fenders: If the roads are wet, please come equipped with fenders long enough to keep the person riding behind you dry.
Parking: Free parking at Matthews Beach parking lot.
Pace: The pace is moderate at 14 to 15 mph. 15 mph is the speed limit on most of the trail system.
Mechanical: Be prepared if you have a mechanical problem e.g. flat tire. Bring a spare tube, tools, patch kit, pump and skills to fix flats, and have a mobile phone and a plan for rescue in case your bike fails.
Cue sheets: No cue sheets will be provided. This is a stay together ride all on well marked trails. We will re-group after the climbs on the 520 trail.
Register - Please RSVP by clicking on the red "Register Now" button under the ride title above as pre-registration is required.
Weather cancellation: The listed phone number will not be answered on the day of the ride. If "Showers cancel" conditions exist on ride day, I will not go to the start. In that case, I'll post a ride-canceled message in the Comments block below, not later than two hours prior to start time. Ice or frost/snow that makes driving to the start unwise also will cancel. If the weather looks iffy, check here before leaving for the ride.
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