Upcoming: Critical Lass cycles through the seasons

Saturday, September 24, 2016
10:00 a.m.
(1100 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103)
Facebook RSVP

Whoa, summer sure disappeared suddenly. Let’s celebrate the changing of the seasons…and all four seasons (cool & rainy | warm & rainy | brisk & rainy | cold & rainy) as we ramp up for bicycling through increasingly short and cold days. We’ll see what we can do about arranging some rain so you can test out any new rain gear, but right now the forecast is looking pretty nice, bummer.

Our ride will start from Solsticio (SUMMER) along the Burke-Gilman Trail in Fremont at 10:00am. Go early if you want coffee or breakfast–they have a great breakfast! Organizers will be there for eating and hanging at 9:30am.

Our ride will be be a 14-mile loop (in the shape of an American Goldfinch because it’s our state bird, it’s a cheery sunshiny yellow, and it hangs out in our region year-round), hitting some spots that will evoke the four seasons.

Here’s our route.

We’ll end at Fremont Brewing, where there is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Our ride ends at this point, so we’ll be off the clock and on our own to hang out. Note: our ride is two days after the release party for Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale, a sure sign of FALL!

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 Ride and all participants are required to wear a bicycle helmet and sign a waiver.

Girls of Summer alley cat race coming June 11th

2016_GoS_flyer_4webJust wanted to let you know about a super-fun event coming up, put on by our friends at Menstrual Monday (a monthly Seattle ride for women). Now, this is a race, but not all participants are there for competitive reasons. It’s also a fun ride around the city, either with a pre-arranged group of friends, or new friends met just before the word “Go!”

And there are always SOMANYPRIZES. Like, enough prizes for each participant. The checkpoints are great fun, too. Hope to see you there!

From the 6th Annual Girls of Summer 2016!!!!! page:

Menstrual Monday is pleased as punch to announce the SIXTH ANNUAL ALL-Girl Alley Cat, Girls of Summer! Save the date, we race on Saturday June 11th!

Join us for another year of miles, smiles, sweat, and laughter! Last year our number of racers swelled to 90 women who came together to celebrate bikes, the city, and each other.

As always, we will have prizes in fun and creative categories to encourage new or non-competitive riders (a MOUNTAIN of prizes, thanks to our incredible sponsors!). In the tradition of road racing we will have a Master’s category but this year it will be 45 and up. That means the first person age 45 and up will get a sweet prize.

Register at Gas Works Park starting at 2pm and race at 3pm sharp. Things to bring: map of Seattle, a lock, a pen, and a helmet.

If you are super supportive of getting more women enjoying bicycle adventures and want to help run a stop email menstrualmonday@gmail.com.

After party at The Boxcar. Awards 6:30 (ish). They will have $2 PBR specials for everyone. Plus there is Karaoke starting at 6. Who can say no to Karaoke? No one that’s who.

Want to get jazzed about the race or relive the good times last year? Check out our flickr group or read the 2015 race wrap-up.

Ride Recap: Seattle CycloFemme 2016

What an amazing day! 55 celebrants for CycloFemme in Seattle.


See all our photos in the Seattle CycloFemme 2016 Flickr album


Thanks to Public Bikes + Gear Seattle for greeting us at Cal Anderson Park with coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters and doughnuts from Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts!

Thanks to Detours for beautiful flowers from the Capitol Hill Broadway Farmers Market!


Thanks (again) to Public Bikes + Gear Seattle for the generous gift card to PCC Natural Markets and to Morgan Scherer of Familybike for collecting and carrying-by-bike all the picnic fixings.

Photo by Jack Tomkinson

Photo by Jack Tomkinson

Thanks to Pauh who took over bike portraiture while his adorable kids helped by climbing on him 😉


Thank you to each and every participant who joined us! This day wouldn’t have been nearly as special without you.


And big thanks to the entire CycloFemme Global Women’s Cycling Day movement. #weridetogether

CycloFemme is May 8, 2016!


Sunday, May 8, 2016
11:00 a.m.
Cal Anderson Park
(1635 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122)
Facebook event

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 four fabulous years ago.

Join Familybike Seattle, Critical Lass, Public Bikes + Gear Seattle, and Detours to celebrate women as the powerful forces we are in our families and communities! Let’s celebrate our commitment and choices in creating healthy, sustainable, stress-reducing, safe, community-building, congestion-free and enjoyable ways of living.

The ride starts at Cal Anderson Park (after coffee from Stumptown Roasters and doughnuts from Top Pot Doughnuts provided by PUBLIC! And flowers to brighten the surely-already-sunny day from local bicycle bag maker, Detours!). We’re riding to Madrona Beach via a scenic route alongside Volunteer Park, Interlaken, and the Arboretum. Ride with GPS link to route.

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. Encourage women to ride and they will change the world.

This ride is designed to be welcoming to those who identify as female, but open to all.

Per CycloFemme:
“At the core of CycloFemme are the women, children, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends who join us, support us and give this movement momentum. We ride together.”

From the About Critical Lass page: “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!”

Our CycloFemme ride is open to everyone because we wouldn’t dream of turning anyone away, BUT the focus is those who identify as female. BUT part two, it’s also a regular Kidical Mass ride at the same time and we want all non-female-identifying family bikers to feel completely welcome. Basically: come ride! And if you don’t identify as female, it’d be awesome if you could convince a friend who does identify as female to come out for the ride. This is a slow-paced social ride and a wonderful way to get back into bicycling.

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

Ride Recap: Critical Lass Celebrates Spring!

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!

Critical Lass Celebrates Spring!

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
Facebook event

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.

Upcoming: Critical Lass and Friends Ride to Candy Cane Lane 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015
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)
Route map, 3.8 miles
On Facebook? RSVP here

Candy Cane Lane

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 years’ Candy Cane Lane rides, rain does not cancel. We’ve enjoyed both wet and dry holiday rides in the past. Here’s a recap of 2013’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 back to Green Lake to Tacos Guaymas (6808 East Green Lake Way N, Seattle, WA 98115) to warm up and have snacks or a meal.

The more the merrier: bring your friends. We recommend any 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.

Ride Recap: Critical Lass Rides to The Bikery Bash

The Bikery Bash was a blast!

See photos from the Bikery Bash Photo Booth on their Facebook page.

Our route to the the event via Capitol Hill was great, but probably wouldn’t have worked as nicely in the opposite direction. Taking the lane on Boren and Rainier as a group of five (and even alone) worked fine in the downhill direction, but it wouldn’t have been so pleasant heading back up. While it’s legal to take to the sidewalk in Seattle, much of the east sidewalk of Boren was missing.

So heading back, some of us followed a knowledgeable group back to North Seattle using this flattish route through downtown. We’ll have to try it in the reverse direction to see how it feels for reaching The Bikery. Parts utilizing one-way streets will have to change, such as the very cool bus cut-through between Washington and Yesler.

Please read more about The Bikery and if you’re so moved, support their Indiegogo campaign: Building a Better Bikery.

Critical Lass Rides to The Bikery Bash

Our friends at non-profit community bike kitchen The Bikery are having an all-ages fundraising party, with tons of fun for a $5 entry fee. The party runs 7-10 and if you want to ride from North Seattle, head down with Critical Lass.

Meet at Fremont Brewing (1050 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103)
Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 5:30 p.m., we’ll depart at 6:15 p.m.
Facebook event for this Critical Lass ride
Facebook event for the Bikery Bash

Fremont Brewing has pretzels and apples, but you can bring food in with you if you’d like to eat a bit while we meet up and socialize before the ride.

Here’s our route. We’re excited to ride Broadway again. Remember when Critical Lass checked out the Broadway Cycletrack two years ago and was thwarted by a parked car? LOL. We expect this time to be smooth sailing. The Rainier Ave portion may be on the sidewalk depending on the size of our group and mood of traffic.

This is officially a one-way ride as our ride leader will stay until at least 10pm to help out at the event, but we can help coordinate groups heading back and give route advice to various parts of the city for after the event.

More Bikery Bash details from The Bikery:

What: FUNdraising party for The Bikery with music, food, beer, and fun!
When: Saturday, Oct 24th 7-10pm
Where: 843 Hiawatha Pl S, Seattle, WA, 98144 (Next door to The Bikery)
Why: Help us keep the doors open and keep serving the Seattle bike community

We are having a FUNdraising party and you’re invited! Saturday, October 24th from 7-10pm, please join us for music, bike fun, and refreshments at the Art Space Hiawatha Lofts (843 Hiawatha Pl S, Seattle, WA 98144). We’re proudly serving Peddler Brewing beer, Seattle Cider, and food from the Central Co-op. We’ll be rocking out with live music from Tape Stacks, Shredding, and perhaps a surprise guest. We’ll also raffle off exciting prizes, including a Raleigh bicycle, Bern helmets, Detours panniers, Zipcar memberships, Pronto Cycle Share passes, and more! Join us for this all-ages event (21+ to drink) and in the meantime, check out our IndieGogo fall fundraising campaign, Facebook event, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @BikerySeattle for updates!

Additional activities may include:

  • Track standing competition (byo bike)
  • Bike art station
  • Discount used bike parts for sale

So bring your friends, your bikes, your dancing shoes, and your giving spirit! Let’s party and help The Bikery continue to serve the needs of Seattle’s bicycling community. See you on the 24th!

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.”

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!”

Facebook event pages and Cascade calendar links, both with full ride info:
From Urban Surf/Gas Works Park:

From NAAM:

From Hugo House:

More about She Bikes Cascade: