Three rides with She Bikes and friends bike to OSP for SAM Bike Night

Critical Lass regulars Madi, Robin, and Merlin are each leading rides for She Bikes Cascade to Thursday night’s BIKE NIGHT!

“BIKE NIGHT​​​: Beat the traffic, save the planet, improve your health, explore your community, rock some helmet hair, whatever your reasons, grab your friends and pedal on over for a night that celebrates bicycling in Seattle.”
http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/summer#aug27

This is a She Bikes and friends (everyone welcome!) event to Seattle Art Museum’s Bike Night at the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Bring your friends–the more the merrier–to this evening of music (Pony Time and the Wimps), craft (Bicycle inner tube art w/Janet Fagan, art tours, food trucks–Nosh, Raney Bros BBQ, and drinks from Taste at SAM.

Cycle Scouts, on hand from 6 to 8, look particularly awesome: “The Cycle Scouts are a legion of bicycle savvy mavens whose mission is to kindly encourage good bicycle behavior on the street. You might just be rewarded, if you behave!”
http://www.cyclescouts.com/

Facebook event pages and Cascade calendar links, both with full ride info:
From Urban Surf/Gas Works Park:
https://www.facebook.com/events/887327368024479/
http://www.cascade.org/node/22849

From NAAM:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1611290082460738/
http://www.cascade.org/node/22652

From Hugo House:
https://www.facebook.com/events/692448104217134/
http://www.cascade.org/node/22378

More about She Bikes Cascade:
http://www.cascade.org/explore/she-bikes-cascade

Time’s they are a-changin’

Two weeks ago, the founders of Seattle Critical Lass had a farewell brunch for one of our founders, Jennifer Litowski (second from the left) who is soon moving away from the Emerald City.

Before bringing Critical Lass to Seattle, Jennifer was part of Critical Lass Edmonton and the associated Loop-Frame Love blog. Without her passion for #womenbike and prior Critical Lass experience, Seattle Critical Lass would not exist. Thank you, Jennifer!

It occurs to me we’ve never formally introduced ourselves, so let’s do that now!

From left to right:
(And, by the way, we’re showing off our newly-applied CycloFemme temporary tattoos in the photo.)

But there’s more changin’ times to share!

Have you heard about Cascade Bicycle Club’s new She Bikes Cascade program? Now there are even more opportunities for women to get acquainted with bicycling in Seattle:

With a vision of bicycling for all, Cascade wants everyone to discover the joys, the empowerment, the practicality and the community of bicycling. And that’s why we’re excited to introduce She Bikes Cascade, a series of inclusive rides, classes, clinics and social events to encourage more women to discover the joys and benefits of biking.

There’s a She Bikes Cascade Facebook Group, too. Join up!

Does this mean Seattle Critical Lass is going away or getting swallowed up by She Bikes? No way! We’re all sister in cycling here; there’s room for countless women biking groups and events. There’s a bit of overlap between Seattle Critical Lass and She Bikes Cascade–and please let us know if you find any of this or anything else confusing. Seattle Critical Lass ride leaders are volunteer Cascade Bicycle Club Ride Leaders which means that in addition to posting our rides here, we post them to the Cascade Bicycle Club Free Group Rides calendar and Meetup too. We also tweet and post to Facebook all She Bike events in an effort to help them reach more #womenbike eyeballs. Ohmigosh, like the upcoming She Bikes–Camping Trip to Fay Bainbridge Park, June 20-21…how fun does that sound?!

So in a nutshell:
Jen, you’ll miss you!
Seattle Critical Lass–yay!
She Bikes Cascade–yay!
#WomenBike–yay!
Hope to see you all out on a bike ride soon!
– Madi

Critical Lass rides Ballard-Seattle Center-Ballard Loop (from coffee to ice cream to beer garden)

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Noon
Bergen Place Park
(5420 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107)
Facebook event page

Grab yourself a coffee before we ride: arrive early and pop across the street to Ballard Coffee Works or Cupcake Royale (we recommend the Cupcake Royale Hot Salty Mess for a dose of espresso and ice cream…though remember this is a social-paced ride and your legs might spin a little faster than normal if you consume something so magical).

Our route will take us along the Ballard Greenway, where we’ll point out the spot where for first time, two neighborhood greenways will connect later this year, then the Missing Link two-way bikeway, Burke-Gilman Trail, Fremont Bridge bike counter, Lake Union Park (where we can ride or run through the spray park if it’s too hot out), and the new Mercer green bike lanes.

We’ll take a short break at the Seattle Center for photos and hopefully find an outside ice cream vendor.

The second half of our loop will take us over the West Thomas Street Overpass and down the the beautiful waterfront and Elliott Bay Trail. We’ll walk our bikes through the Ballard Locks and our timing will probably be such that we’ll see and hear the concert of the dayEastside Modern Jazz Orchestra starts performing at 2pm.

Then onward to Peddler Brewing Company to hang in their NEW BEER GARDEN. It’s so lovely out back with seating, games, beer, and food trucks.

This is our full route, about 13 miles all together.

About Critical Lass
Critical Lass is an easy-paced, social bike ride for women.

Our aim is to get more Seattle women biking and we encourage both new and experienced riders to come along. 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! We ask that children be bike-ily attached to parent or guardian (trailer, bike seat, trail-a-bike, tandem bike, you get the drift…).

Critical Lass rides are Cascade Bicycle Club Free Group Rides and all participants are required to wear a bicycle helmet and sign a waiver.

CycloFemme is May 10!

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CycloFemme is coming up, as always on Mother’s Day! It’s also Seattle Critical Lass’ birthday; we held our first ride on the first CycloFemme three terrific years ago.

This year we’ll host multiple rides from North Seattle and South Seattle to meet at Lake Union Park for a picnic. Just bring yourself, we’ll bring the food! Rides will start between 2pm and 3pm to convene at the park at 4pm.

THE RIDES

Kidical Mass to Seattle CycloFemme (North)
from Ballard Library @ 2:30pm
Facebook event page

Kidical Mass to Seattle CycloFemme (South)
from Mount Baker Park @ 2:00pm
Facebook event page

SLOW Ride to Seattle CycloFemme
from Northwest African American Museum @ 2:30pm
Facebook event page
Cascade Bicycle Club ride calendar link

She Bikes to CycloFemme
from Cal Anderson Park Pronto Station @ 3:15pm
Cascade Bicycle Club ride calendar link

SHE BIKES – Renee’s Ride Series: #3 from Greenlake to South Lake Union Park Mother’s Day Picnic
from PCC Greenlake Village @ 2:00pm
Cascade Bicycle Club ride calendar link

And Facebook event page for the overall event.

Do you want to lead a separate ride to the event?
Email us and we’ll add your info to this page!

From CycloFemme:

CycloFemme is a Global Women’s Cycling Day created TO HONOR THE PAST and the emancipation of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, for the freedom to choose and the chance to wear pants. TO CELEBRATE THE PRESENT and the riders who keep it rolling, bringing women’s racing to the forefront, pushing the limits, breaking down barriers and sharing the love of the bike with everyone along the way. TO EMPOWER THE FUTURE of women in cycling and the opportunity for positive social change.

Critical Lass “Women’s Bike Month” Ride

We had a great Women’s Bike Month ride! Check out the Flickr album here.


Pronto Cycle Share has declared March as Seattle’s first Women’s Bike Month and we couldn’t be happier!

There are a bunch of great events all month long, including our ride on the 21st.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015
10:30 a.m.
Meet at Solsticio (1100 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103)
RSVP on the Facebook event page

We’ll meet outside Solsticio, along the Burke-Gilman Trail, at the bottom of Stone Way. Head over early if you need coffee, smoothie, or breakfast burrito before we hit the trail.

Our ride will take us along a bit of the Burke-Gilman Trail, across the Fremont Bridge (and past the bike counter!), along the Ship Canal Trail, through the scenic Westlake parking lots/soonish to have bike facilities, with a stop in Lake Union Park where we’ll all take quick spins on a Pronto Bike Share bike (fun!), and then we’ll ride along the AMAZING new improvements to Mercer Street to reach the Seattle Center.

Then it’s picnic time! Bring food or grab something to go from one of the many eateries in the Armory and we’ll sit on the lawn by the International Fountain.

As always, we PROMISE it won’t rain…but if it does, we’ll have an indoor picnic in the Armory. Also as always, we ride rain or shine!

Here’s our route:

If some people need to leave earlier than others, we’ll arrange for small groups heading back using a reverse of our route over. And feel free to ask for route advice to reach other parts of town after the ride…or for help getting to our starting point by bike.

For women driving to the start, there is a pay parking lot by Solsticio and free parking half a mile east at Gas Works Park (four-hour time limit).

About Critical Lass
Critical Lass is an easy-paced, social bike ride for women.

Our aim is to get more Seattle women biking and we encourage both new and experienced riders to come along. 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! We ask that children be bike-ily attached to parent or guardian (trailer, bike seat, trail-a-bike, tandem bike, you get the drift…).

Critical Lass rides are Cascade Bicycle Club Free Group Rides and all participants are required to wear a bicycle helmet and sign a waiver.

Upcoming: Critical Lass tour of new NE Seattle bike facilities, then Bike and Pike

Saturday, February 21, 2015
11:00 a.m.
Cowen Park Grocery
Facebook RSVP

Bike and Pike

Gather up outside Cowen Park Grocery (1217 NE Ravenna Blvd, Seattle, WA 98105) at 11 a.m. They open at 9:00 a.m. and serve brunch on weekends so go early if you plan to eat before our ride.

We’ll be riding a five-mile loop to check out some of the recent and soon-to-be bicycle facilities in the northeast:

  • NE 40th Street protected bike lanes into UW
  • The latest (though not the greatest) Burke-Gilman Trail detour through UW
  • Sign about the upcoming bicycle leaning rail at Burke-Gilman Trail/25th Avenue NE
  • Raised crosswalk currently being installed at Burke-Gilman Trail/30th Ave NE
  • Protected bike lane on Cowen Park Bridge

Then we’ll park our bikes at the big car-shaped bike corral in front of R+E Cycles (5627 University Way NE, Seattle, WA) for the 7th Annual Seattle Bike and Pike for “pizza, coffee, beer, bicycles, and a chance to converse one-on-one with some of Seattle’s cycling gurus.” Admission is free! Bike and Pike runs 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

About Critical Lass
Critical Lass is an easy-paced, social bike ride for women.

Our aim is to get more Seattle women biking and we encourage both new and experienced riders to come along. 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! We ask that children be bike-ily attached to parent or guardian (trailer, bike seat, trail-a-bike, tandem bike, you get the drift…).

Critical Lass rides are Cascade Bicycle Club Free Group Rides and all participants are required to wear a bicycle helmet and sign a waiver.

Ride Recap: #coffeeoutside with Critical Lass

Saturday, January 31st was a terrific day for #coffeeoutside at the beach! It was cold, but unlike many of our Seattle Critical Lass rides, we weren’t subjected to nonstop heavy rain.

See all the photos, including our bicycle portraits in the Flickr album.

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We started at Theo Chocolate, one of our favorite participating Bicycle Benefits businesses. Theo is conveniently kitty corner to FreeRange Cycles where a couple ride participants took care of bike business before we set out in a pack of 20.

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Our route from Fremont to Golden Gardens took us along the Burke-Gilman Trail and the Missing Link where we were very careful to steer clear of the train rails. We headed north to utilize the Ballard Greenway rather than ride along busy Market Street, but rather than hit the big uphill and ensuing big downhill, we suffered through one block of Market. Safety in numbers!

At the beach we set up camp stoves and enjoyed hot drink sand snacks.

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Here’s our route (ignore weird jog at 58th/15th–bikes can go straight through…and we should report an error to the Google maps team to correct that!):

Our second stop was Swift Industries, local bike-touring bag makers. They have a great selection of items in their store as well as a robust heater we stood near to thaw our hands and feet. Who knew January wasn’t the best month for hanging out at the beach for a couple hours? ;)

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Swift also offers clinics and other events. Here’s the schedule. Note the Human Error Sale coming up this Saturday!

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#coffeeoutside with Critical Lass

Coffee Outside with Critical Lass
Facebook RSVP

First of all, there is A LOT of bikey stuff going on Saturday, January 31st. We hope to see you for #coffeeoutside, but make sure you know of these other awesome events we’ll overlap with:

Our ride will start at the Theo Factory Retail Store (3400 Phinney Ave N) at 10:30 a.m. We’ll gather outside if the weather is decent and inside if it’s horrible.
(Note: there are free chocolate samples inside and Bicycle Benefits discounts.)
FreeRange Cycles is kitty corner to Theo’s and opens at 10:30 if you need any bike supplies.

Our ride will take us west on the Burke-Gilman Trail, through the Missing Link, then pick up the Burke-Gilman Trail to its end at Golden Gardens where we’ll enjoy our #coffeeoutside on the beach. We’ll also have tea, hot chocolate, and snacks. And cups for all. If you have a favorite thing to mix with boiling water, bring it!

Feel free to share bike touring/bike camping stories and maybe we’ll plot a Critical Lass summer bike camping trip, who knows?!

Then we’ll pedal back into Ballard proper for retail hours at “Seattle’s bicycle adventure headquarters” Swift Industries. No purchase necessary, but hang out and check out their great locally-made gear and ask Martina any bicycle adventure questions you may have.

If you’re up for more adventure, we’ll switch from #coffeeoutside to #sandwichesinside and #beerinside (neither of those is “a thing” but Critical Lass don’t care). We’ll head over to Alison’s Coastal Cafe & Bakery for sandwiches and if we’re still out at 4:00 p.m., migrate to Peddler’s Brewing.

The fine print:
As always, helmets are a must for every head on our rides.
Children are welcome. We recommend they ride in trailers, bike seats, or on attached trailer bikes. Please check out Kidical Mass for free-riding kids.

Upcoming: Critical Lass Holiday Ships Ride meets “Bike Happy Hour”

Ladies (and gents),

Join Seattle Critical Lass and Cascade Bicycle Club Decorate yourself and your bike in holiday lights and join our merry band at Peddler Brewing, 1514 NW Leary Way TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16. Come early at 6:00 to the Connect Ballard Team meeting and “Bike Happy Hour” to hear updates about the Missing Link and a safer Ballard Bridge.

DEPART from Peddler Brewing at 7:15 sharp and roll towards the Ballard Locks to—HEAR the CHOIR: Dickens Carolers and ENJOY the festive ambiance—before heading back towards Ballard’s classic bar Hattie’s Hat.*

PERFORMANCES: 8:10-8:30 Ballard Locks;
Leave the Locks at 8:30 ride to Hattie’s Hat, 5231 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Please note that Hattie’s Hat is where our ride officially ends.)

Please note: Children are welcome at Peddler Brewing before the ride (and they have a Corn-hole bean bag toss!) however, *Hattie’s Hat is “no minors” after 9PM.

As always, helmets are required for every head.

RSVP on Facebook
Cascade Bicycle Club calendar link

Upcoming: Critical Lass 2014 Ride to Candy Cane Lane

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Meet at 4:00 p.m., ride by 4:30 p.m.
Start Location: Fix Coffee (6900 East Green Lake Way N, Seattle, WA 98115)
See the route map
On Facebook? RSVP here

It’s that time of year! Bundle up and enjoy the festive lights of Candy Cane Lane. Meet at Fix Coffee (6900 East Greenlake Way N, Seattle WA)–outside if the weather is decent, inside the cafe if the weather is too cold or wet.

As with previous year’s Candy Cane Lane ride, rain does not cancel our ride. We’ve enjoyed both wet and dry holiday rides in the past Here’s a recap of last year’s ride.

Be sure your bike is equipped with lights and earn bonus points for extra lights and decor! We’ll create our own rolling holiday light display–the brighter and more colorful, the merrier.

After a circuit through Candy Cane Lane, we’ll make our way up to Vios Cafe in Ravenna (6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA) to warm up and have snacks or a meal.

The more the merrier: bring your friends and family. We recommend children ride in trailers, bike seats, or on attached trailer bikes.

We’ll meet at 4 p.m. while it’s still a bit light out and roll by 4:30.

There’s a food donation bin at the end of Candy Cane Lane–much more easily accessed by bike than car–so bring canned goods to drop off if you’ve got them.

As always, helmets are a must for every head on our rides.

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