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Get On Your Bike: Ravenna UW Nature Loop
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.
Enjoy local nature as we climb from Gas Works through Wallingford, corner Green Lake, cycle around and through Ravenna Park, explore Talaris and the Union Bay Natural Area, returning via the Burke Gilman Trail. Detailed route information is at the link below. Get out and celebrate warm summer evenings in Seattle, while cycling with other friendly riders. NOTE: We will be biking on 2 packed gravel trails; with included instruction, these can be cycled slowly and safely with any bike including road bikes with thinner tires.
This is a social ride with an experienced ride leader to grow your confidence with group riding. It is free and open to everyone. The route consists of trails and bike-friendly streets with some 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 don't worry 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. If you aren't sure about your pace, please join us anyway, but study the route and bring a printed copy of the cue sheet with you. We can help you read the cue sheet if you need to return to the start early. Carrying an ORCA card is another good option.
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.
The ride will begin at 6:30 pm (at the east end of the Gas Works parking lot), so please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to ready your bike, sign the waiver and meet other riders. Or you may pre-sign the waiver online by clicking on the Register button above, under the ride title, checking the Waiver Signature box, and saving registration. Registering requires being signed in to your CBC account. There is a restroom at the start and near the midpoint.
I hope to see you at Gas Works!