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GET ON YOUR BIKE - Matthews Beach Seattle
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 nice 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 will ride north on the Burke-Gilman Trail(BGT) to Blyth Park just off the BGT near Bothell. Then take a break at the Park for about 15 minutes, use the restrooms if needed and return to Matthew's Beach. The terrain is flat. The pace is steady at 12-14 mph.
NOTE: Lights, front and back, are required. No cue sheets provided. Free parking at Matthew's Beach Parking lot. Arrive early to beat the sea gulls for a good parking spot.
Arrive 20 minutes before the published start time to ready your bike and check in.
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 is somewhat shorter than some of the other Get on Your Bike routes and consists of trail only riding with no climbs so you can practice shifting gears on relatively flat terrain. Everyone will ride together so you need not be concerned about being left behind.
"Steady Pace" is 12-14 mph on flat surface without any headwind. Note that, average walking speed is around 3 mph, so we will be about 4 times faster than walking. If you aren't sure about your pace, please join us anyway. If you need to return to the start early simply notify the ride leader. Carrying an ORCA card is another good option if you are concerned about being able to ride the entire distance.
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, water, 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. It is recommended that you bring a snack to eat mid-ride.
During the safety and ride briefing, 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 - Showers or more severe weather will cancel the ride. Ride cancellation will be announced in the comments section at least two hours before start time and the ride leader(s) will not be at the start.
If you have questions, please contact the Ride Leader.
Remember: **Lights, front and back, are required. **