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Getting Ready to Ride-North #2: Mill Creek Loop (Leisurely)
KEEPING RIDERS SAFE
- Advance registration required. If you decide not to ride, please click Cancel My Registration below to open space for others. (How to cancel)
- Attendance at the pre-ride safety briefing is required to participate in the ride.
- All participants must follow Wash. state guidance on masking, distancing and vaccination for indoor and outdoor activities.
- If you have tested positive for COVID or have been exposed to someone with COVID, follow the CDC quarantine and isolation guidelines. In general, if you have COVID or are displaying COVID symptoms, you should not participate in group rides.
- Some rides stop at indoor venues. All riders should have face coverings available in case a business or public transit requires their use.
- A CPSC certified helmet is required to be worn to participate.
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If you are new, please read our newcomer information.
Are you new to bicycling, or just been off your bike for a while? Is 2023 your year to get active, begin commuting, take part in the Free Group Rides, or maybe even tackle your first century (100-mile ride), the STP, or another personal challenge? Are you a bit unsure about your biking capabilities, riding in groups, or cycling during winter? If so, then the Getting Ready to Ride Series (GR2R) is for you.
GR2R is an early season, eight-week progressive series that adds a bit of elevation gain, distance or technical difficulty each week. GR2R rides are free and open to anyone. All rides will be led by Cascade Ride Leaders, experienced volunteers who enjoy riding, know the rules of the road, how to ride safely, and the know some exceptional routes to use.
During the GR2R North Series, we will primarily explore Snohomish County (often with great views) and take advantage of some of the trails, less traveled country roads and neighborhood streets. These will be social, stay-together rides with waits at the top of hills and at all critical turns, along with some photo-op stops.
For this week:
We will start this week at Tambark Park in Bothell then ride through Mill Creek, Silver Lake, and North Creek. We will be riding on suburban streets. There is a portable restroom at the start, and we will stop at Buffalo Park, mile 9.7, where there are restrooms and water. This week we have a few more hills.
Please be ready to ride at 10:00. We will start with a required safety briefing and roll out when that’s done. If you miss the briefing, you will not be able to ride with the group. If you cannot make the ride, please unregister so that someone else may participate. Bring water and any food you may want. Also, be sure to bring a spare tube as well as the tools and knowledge to fix a flat (see link below) – someone will stay with you while you fix a flat. If the roads are wet, please have fenders or plan on riding at the end of the line. If you want a cue sheet, you will need to print one for yourself from the route link below.
Ride Cancellation: In addition to steady rain, ice/snow or other hazardous conditions may cause a ride to be canceled. If a ride is canceled, a notice will be posted in the Comments section below, by 8:00 AM on the day of the ride You will also receive an email or if there are any comments such as change of route. If a cancellation notice is posted, the ride leaders will not be at the start.
We hope you can join us!
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Restrooms at Tambark Park
I pre-rode the route today just to check everything out. The restrooms at our starting point on the west side of Tambark Creek Park are closed for the winter. However, restrooms on the east side of the park just south of the soccer field is open and has water. It is just a couple of minutes by bicycle to the east side of the park. The restrooms at Buffalo Park (mile 9.7) are open and have water.