We had a perfect Seattle March day for Critical Lass Celebrates Spring! on this first day of spring. (That means it rained…but not the whole time!)


See the complete Flickr photo album.

Our four-mile ride (route here) was was flattest, most pleasant way to climb up Capitol Hill from UW. We used 40th to leave campus, much of which is two-way protected bike lanes, separated from the car lanes with flexiposts. That took us under the University Bridge so we could U-turn and climb up to the bridge to get and Eastlake Avenue, for a few busy blocks before climbing one block of Hamlin up to quiet-yet-potholey Franklin.


From there, we introduced many of our riders to the path through the I-5 Colonnade mountain bike park:


and the Melrose Promenade:

Then a few blocks up Pine and we were there!


We received a warm welcome at Public Bikes Seattle with snacks and refreshments, not to mention coupons, a flat fix and wheel truing for one rider (Public Bikes might look like just a showroom, but there’s a full bike shop for all your repair needs, too!), and pleasant conversation out of the rain.




Our ride was part of Public Bikes’ “Spring into Gear” multi-day event. Coming up on Thursday, there’s a free basic maintenance course…
from Public Bikes + Gear Seattle – Spring Into Gear Facebook event:

Dust off that bike and get rolling! It’s time to #SpringIntoGear. Join us March 24th at 6 PM for a free basic maintenance course to get you ready to ride for Spring with our rock star mechanic Ryan.

He’ll go over basics such asfixing a flat, adjusting brakes and checking your headset, with time for Q&A. You’ll also enjoy brews from Peddler Brewing Company, a complimentary patch kit, and 30% off all full-priced service items, including tubes, pumps, chain lube, and more.

Can’t wait to see you!