"Ride Like A Girl" Beginners Roll Along the Columbia (10-mi Marine Dr Bike Path)

 This is the last of our First-timers and "Nervous Nellies" series that started in July. If you are an experienced rider, you are welcome to join us but be aware this will be a slow and easy pace. If it sounds too slow, consider riding with other Meetups, such as: Women on Wheels, Out Spoke'n, or Num Bunz. Also remember Portland Bureau of Transportation's "Women on Bikes" and Shift2Bikes.

Marine Drive Bike Path Along the Columbia - 10 miles (plan 2 hours)

Be ready to ride at 9:00am! Please come early enough to be ready at 9:00. I usually need 15-20 minutes to get myself ready after arriving at a ride start point, but you may like more or less time.

About the Ride: When I started riding for recreation this was a favorite route that I rode over and again for its simplicity, ease, and beauty. This is a paved multi-use trail (bike, pedestrians, but no vehicles) along the Oregon side of the Columbia River. Let me emphasize that we will not be riding on Marine Drive, but on the path beside it. After five miles, we will take a break turn around and head back. We willl take our time, ride together and no one will be left behind.

Meeting Point: Gravel Parking Lot at the back of Pacific Power Boats (Enter on NE 33rd Ave). Do not park in the paved area of the lot but at the back gravel area. Also, please consider carpooling to this location; the lot has limited space. There is some road side parking available. Carpooling will reduce the issue!

The Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2251348 is our route, created with an online tool called "Ride With GPS". I will usually post a link to the route so you can see where were are riding, zoom in for details, view the specs (distance, elevation gain, etc.), view the cue sheet (a turn-by-turn street guide of directions).


  • Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement for all NW Butts on Bikes rides. This is one of the basic (and simple) ways we protect ourselves from injury. Please don't forget your helmet! For instructions for fitting a bike helmet click here.
  • Bring a right-size spare tube. If you get a flat, we can probably help, but you need to supply the tube!
  • Your bike must be in in good working order. If you're not sure, stop by a local bike shop and ask a mechanic to look it over for safety and basic ridability. Anything more technical than a flat and you may need to walk the route or call someone for help. Let's do our best to avoid those scenarios by having your bike in good shape!
  • Cell phone Never go on a ride without one!
  • No ear buds, please.

Strongly recommended:

  • riding/cycling gloves helps keep a good grip in spite of perspiration; protects your hands from blistering, and protects your skin in the unlikely event of a fall.
  • sun/riding glasses (protection yourself from the sun and little flying bugs that can wreck your vision in an instant!)
  • Water: Remember to bring your bottle. There is no water fountain at the start.

Restrooms: none

Weather Policy: This ride will only cancel for heavy rain. Light showers are no big deal, especially for such a short ride. Consider wearing a light wind breaker type jacket if showers are in the forecast. (I can't tell you how many times that days with showers in the forecast turned out to be dry and beautiful.)

Ride Leaders: Carolyn Jen & TBA. For questions send email to [masked] or call[masked]

Pace and Terrain: This is a beginner ride which means we'll take it easy with a pace of 8-12 mph. This is a comfortable riding speed for new riders and true beginners. Using the scale below, this is very flat path that I would rate as A2. We will walk our bikes across Marine Drive at one spot.

Ride Difficulty Scale For Road Rides

Flatland Windless Cruising Pace:

  • A 12 & Under
  • B 13-14 MPH
  • C 15-16 MPH
  • D 17-18 MPH
  • E 19-20 MPH
  • F 21-23 MPH

Terrain/Climbing Rating:

  • 1 = Flat
  • 2 = Flat/Rolling
  • 3 = Rolling
  • 4 = Rolling / Hilly
  • 5 = Hilly
  • 6 = Hilly Mountainous
  • 7= Mountainous

Ride Like A Girl is a subgroup of Northwest Butts on Bikes Meetup group. It is a beginner cycling group for women who want to improve their cycling and bike safety skills. For more information, contact Carolyn at [masked].

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  • Susie

    Carolyn, I had a great time on today's ride and thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience. I am looking forward to the next ride!

    August 13, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    Thank you, Petra, for helping to lead the team today. Your help, tips and suggestions were terrific!

    August 13, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    Be sure to check out the photos, Everyone. Good job today!!!

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great, great, came home ready to go again... Thanks for your patience and good riding lesson....

    August 13, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    Feeling great today - let's ride!

    August 13, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    I just sent you all an email about our ride tomorrow. Please be sure to read it.

    August 12, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    Great to see so many new faces! Looking forward to meeting you all. Please note that there is not a restroom on the route.

    August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm ready. New helmet, bike rack and close to home !

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new at riding, exciting to get Rollin'

    July 24, 2013

    • Carolyn J.

      Welcome Barb. You will like this ride!

      August 4, 2013

  • Yong H.

    : )

    July 24, 2013

  • chris

    Carolyn, I signed up for this one and now can't attend. I'm not sure how to un sign up. Sorry for the confusion. Chris

    June 22, 2013

    • Carolyn J.

      Click the RSVP BUTTON again and change the Yes to No

      June 23, 2013

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