Critical Lass is an inclusive ride for women-identified people who bike. We encourage both new and experienced riders to come along, street clothes welcome.

Saturday, March 25, 2016
11:00 a.m.
Pike Place Market
Route on Ride with GPS

Our friends at Peddler Brewing Company are turning four! Let’s bike over and celebrate with them. Their party runs 11 to 11, and we’re going to hit it early to beat the crowds and make it part of a leisurely loop around the city.

Here’s the Peddler Brewing 4-Year Anniversary Party Facebook event.
Here’s our Critical Lass to Peddler Anniversary Party Facebook event.

11:00 We start at Pike Place Market, right by Rachel the Pig

Our ride leader will be there by 10:30 if you want to leave your bike in safe hands and grab food, flowers, or crafts (check out the Market Directory). Many people lock their bikes on the rail by the information booth to the southeast of Rachel the Pig if you want to go even earlier–most merchants open at 10am, breakfast starts at 6am, and produce/seafood start flying overhead at 7am.

At 11am we’ll do our waiver signing and safety briefing, then hope to get a group picture with Rachel the Pig (rub Rachel’s snout and make a donation–she’s a real piggy bank!–for good luck) before we set off.

Our route is a 12-mile loop including the lovely Westlake Bikeway and Burke-Gilman Trail before our mid-way stop at Peddler’s Brewing Company and then a stroll through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (bikes must be walked through the locks) and the gorgeous Elliott Bay Trail on the way back down. We’ll officially end at the south tip of the Elliott Bay Trail to avoid the climb back up to Pike Place Market, but our ride leader will unofficially show you the flattest way to ride back up or point you towards the elevator (the other flattest way back up!) if you don’t want to remain at sea level.

Peddler Brewing Company
Critical Lass loves Peddler for its bike-friendliness, wonderful space, and it’s co-owned by a Haley, bike advocate and friend! We’ll stop in for about an hour to have a snack, but note: there won’t be a food truck until later in the day, but you’re welcome to bring food along and they keep a selection of tasty sandwiches at the brewery. We’ll bring some snacks for all, too. Also, it’s OK if you want to ditch the ride at Peddler rather than complete the loop, just let our ride leader know! UPDATE 3/20: Cycle Dogs (“100% vegan hot dogs transported by bicycle”) will be at Peddler 11am-4pm!

About Critical Lass
Critical Lass is an inclusive ride for women-identified people who bike. Rides are leisurely-paced (10-12 mph, though we’ll go as slow as needed to all stay together) social bicycle rides around Seattle lasting a few hours, with time for stopping to take photos and chat.

Our aim is to get more women-identified/trans Seattleites bicycling 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 want to bring kids or friend/partner who doesn’t qualify as a “lass” along, please do so! However, we do enjoy and experience a special energy and connection on our cis-male-free rides. We ask that children who cannot keep a 12 mph pace be bike-ily attached to parent or guardian (trailer, bike seat, trail-a-bike, tandem bike, you get the drift…). We sometimes have “Critical Lass and Friends” rides at which everyone is welcome.

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