CycloFemme is a socially-driven grass-roots celebration of women on bikes. Our annual Mother’s Day ride unites riders, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or bicycle preference to share in the joy of cycling. We are of a growing community, for a growing community, and 100% volunteer-based.
Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Cal Anderson Park (1635 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122)
On the grassy field north of the play structure. Facebook event
There are over a hundred rides registered around the world and they’re all a little different. Our Seattle ride is a collaboration between Familybike and Critical Lass and is a combo Kidical Mass/Critical Lass ride.
But wait, there’s more! Our friends at PUBLIC Bikes Seattle are sponsoring the event and meeting us at the park (starting at 10:45 a.m.) with coffee from Stumptown Roasters and doughnuts from Top Pot Doughnuts! They’re also financing a picnic for us all at the end of the ride! Also, our friends at local bicycle bag company Detours will greet everyone with flowers up arrival.
And do you need a quick tune-up before the ride? Call PUBLIC now for this amazing deal:
- $35 standard tune up available for folks who participate in CycloFemme
- Must call the shop to schedule: (206) 973-2434
- Available through 5/6
- Show your RSVP on Facebook to receive the discount
If you’ve previously read the event details, you probably think we’re riding to Seward Park. Surprise: change of plans! Sadly, Seattle Parks and Rec didn’t make May 8th a Bicycle Sunday and it’s just not nice enough to ride to Seward without part of Lake Washington Blvd mostly closed to cars.
So instead we’re doing a loop–how convenient! We’ll start at Cal Anderson and end at Cal Anderson with a four-ish mile ride in between. Midpoint is Pratt Park where we take bicycle portraits and refill our water bottles (and I might have an additional surprise for you there!) I did some route testing today and I think this will be our route:
Open to any route-change suggestions if you see glaring problems. It’s not flat, but it’s not bad. And it’s just about all quiet streets and easy intersection crossings.
- Getting there: This is my favorite route to Cal Anderson Park. It’s the flattest-possible way, though if the kids are riding separately, I’ll probably stick to the sidewalk for the blocks of Eastlake. We’re going to leave from Wallingford at 9am and hopefully arrive to the park at 10am so there’s time to play and greet any early arrivers.
- Getting there part two: the new Capitol Hill Light Rail Station is right there! However, cargo bikes are more officially not allowed on board (we’ve all always known this, yet have also occasionally…and some families regularly utilized light rail with our big bikes during quiet times of day).
- We’ve had some questions about who is welcome to participate and I haven’t posted anything specific yet because I was figuring there would eventually be some verbiage from CycloFemme HQ I could use. No such luck, though there is this: “At the core of CycloFemme are the women, children, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends who join us, support us and give this movement momentum. We ride together.” And our About Critical Lass page: “We don’t want to create any barriers to your getting out there so if you need to bring kids or friend who does not qualify as a ‘lass’ along, please do so!” So this ride is open to everyone because we wouldn’t dream of turning anyone away, BUT the focus is those who identify as female. BUT part two, it’s also a regular Kidical Mass ride at the same time and we want all non-female-identifying family bikers to feel completely welcome. Feel free to suggest better language if you find this confusing! Basically: come ride! And if you don’t identify as female, it’d be awesome if you could convince a friend who does identify as female to come out for the ride. This is a slow-paced social ride and a wonderful way to get back into bicycling.