Exploring Northeast Portland Neighborhoods & Bikeways with Bicycle Safety & Law Clinic!
9:30am start from Grand Central Bakery (see address/link above)
About the Ride: This is a beginner's road ride but will have some challenge to it. We will be taking to the streets of NE Portland! The route is mostly flat, but we'll encounter a few "gentle ups" and "fun downs" (be prepared to practice using those low and high gears). Come and learn about "Portland Bikeways"; specially designed low-traffic roads for cyclists.
The Route: This is a 10-mile loop with an option for an additional 5 miles. Starting at Grand Central Bakery on NE Fremont, we'll ramble through the lovely Alameda neighborhood, cruise through Rose City Golf Course, get an extended view of the Hollywood District, including a stop at Grant Park and the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden. Continuing west to Irving Park and back to our starting point (that's 10). An additional 5 mile ramble is available for anyone who wants to continue. We'll head northwest to view the Thomas Autzen House (a historical site), and loop back alongside Wilshire Park and Rose City Cemetery.
Details at: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3095450
Lesson: Rules of the Road when Out and About Town! Our lesson will be given by Cynthia Newton, STCN Portland Trial Attorney and Bicycling Advocate!! You won't want to miss this informative session on safety tips and bicycle laws for cycling in the city and residential areas. And the great part is that we'll be able to practice what we learn when we are on our ride.
• Ensure your bike is in safe and good-working order before the ride. Even if it was working fine a year ago, if this is your first ride in a long time, take it to a bike shop and ask for a quick safety/operation check. This is usually free, takes just a few minutes, and helps us avoid mechanical issues on group rides.
• 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!
• Bring a right-size spare tube. If you get a flat, we can probably help, but you need to supply the tube!
• Cell phone Never go on a ride without one!
• No ear buds please
• 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: Available at the trailhead - just remember to bring your bottle.
Restrooms: yes, and all along the route
Ride Leaders: Carolyn [masked]
Pace and Terrain: This is a beginner ride with an easy pace of 10-14 mph. This is a comfortable riding speed for newer cyclists and beginners. It is relatively flat on paved roads in NE Portland. We will cross a few busy streets, making use of traffic signals. Using the scale below, I would rate as B2. For more information, contact Carolyn at [masked].
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
· 1 = Flat
· 2 = Flat/Rolling
· 3 = Rolling
· 4 = Rolling / Hilly
· 5 = Hilly
· 6 = Hilly Mountainous
· 7= Mountainous
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 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 [masked]