For September 8, let's have a picnic! About halfway through the ride, we can check out the Bette Davis picnic area and have a mini/early brunchette ... so bring some snacks for you plus one. (And somebody, please bring a frisbee!)
ABOUT THE RIDE: We will be riding on city streets for the first half mile or so; you need to be comfortable riding in Sunday morning traffic. We will cross one freeway entrance, and one freeway exit. While in Griffith Park, we will ride on Crystal Springs Drive and Zoo Drive. There will be a very short stretch of city street riding as we cross from Griffith Park to the LA River Bike Path. (On September 8, instead of entering the bike path, we will make a left turn at Riverside, then left into the picnic area.) When we exit the Bike Path at Los Feliz, we will ride on Los Feliz Boulevard back to the start. (If anyone is interested, we can extend the ride to the AV Farmer's Market and Kaldi (yum!) Coffee. This will add about a mile to the ride ... so let's say approximately 9 miles.)
PARKING: There is some street parking, but it's best to arrive early. Please be unpacked and ready to start the ride by 8:15, because we will take off at 8:30.
NOTE: There are no facilities at the start; so have everything you need with you (pumps, tools, snacks, sun screen, etc.). About 1.6 miles from the start, we will stop at the ranger station. There are also restrooms at the picnic area.
For everyone's enjoyment, riders should be able to: balance when stopping/starting and shifting gears (if you have them), when signaling for right/left turns and stops, and while riding with your head/shoulders turned; and observe traffic laws (stopping at stop signs, yielding to pedestrians, etc.).*
Anyone under 18 must wear a helmet and be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian; children under 10 must ride with parent/legal guardian in a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device.
Please also note that you do this ride at your own risk.
*IF YOU ARE BRAND NEW/RETURNING TO BICYCLING: There are truly great introductory workshops available through CICLE.org (www.cicle.org). I did several workshops earlier this year, and they helped my confidence/skills tremendously.
I think that's about it. Thanks!