So long, winter! Hellooooooo, spring!

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Meet at 10:30am, ride at 11:00am
Start: UW Quad
End: PUBLIC Bikes Capitol Hill
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Madi’s cell: (206) 612-4970, if you need help locating the Quad or locating us within the Quad, or are running a tad late.


Let’s gather amidst the gorgeous cherry blossoms in the UW Quad–right here:

Keep an eye on the @uwcherryblossom Twitter to monitor the status of the bloom as their timing depends on the weather, but we’re meeting here rain or shine, bloom or bust! We’ll traipse around the trees starting at 10:30 a.m., taking photos and dinging our bike bells at blushing brides (ooh, maybe we should make bingo cards for common sights during cherry blossom time at the Quad: wedding parties, musicians in trees, unicycles, dogs in costumes…).

At 11:00 a.m. we’ll set off for PUBLIC Bikes on Capitol Hill (501 E Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122) via our favorite route through the I-5 Colonnade and Melrose Promenade. It’s 4.1 miles, here’s the route.

At PUBLIC we’ll ooh and aah at the pretty bikes (especially those in springy colors) and see tons of great gear and accessories. And we’ll enjoy pastries and refreshments courtesy of PUBLIC!

Our visit to Public Bikes is part of their Spring Into Gear multi-day event–in addition to our ride on the 20th, there’s a free basic maintenance course on the 24th!

Fun fact: PUBLIC is in the space that used to house Black Coffee Co-op. Critical Lass biked here two years ago after checking out the Broadway Cycle Track when it was brand new! Lots of photos of our route in the recap post.

Note: this is a one-way ride, but we can coordinate groups heading back if you want to go back to the Quad, or check with the ride leader for route advice to any other destination in Seattle.

About Critical Lass
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…). Read more about Critical Lass.

This ride is a Cascade Bicycle Club Free Group Rides and all participants are required to wear a bicycle helmet and sign a waiver.