Weekend Guide: Historic Seattle Bike Tour, Orange Bike Parade, Reading on Melrose + more

Here’s a look at some of the bikey stuff going on this weekend. Did I miss anything? Add it in the comments below. And, of course, add it to our events calendar.

Orange Bike Parade Sunday in Seward Park

Registration starts at 10:15 a.m. and benefits Seattle Children’s.


The Orange Bike Parade is a FUN family friendly event raising money for Seattle Children’s hospital by riding wheels through Seward Park.

Kids events include the decoration of bikes, face painting, crafts and games. There will be great prizes for the highest fundraiser and the biggest team and a B.Y.O picnic will be held after the race (there will be hot dogs available too).
Event Timeline:
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM:    Registration, there is time to:
                                                    * Put on your Orange Bike Parade T-shirt
                                                    * Decorate your bike (or other ride) in ORANGE
                                                    * Have your face painted (only for the adventures among us)
11 AM:                             Start of the parade
12:30 PM:                        Picnic & games / playground
1:00 PM:                          Award/Closing ceremonies
1:30 PM:                          Closure

Historic Seattle Bike Tour

1900-era bike map. Image from SDOT (via Cascade)

Join Bill Thorness for a bike tour of Seattle history Saturday. The ride, one of Cascade’s daily rides, leaves Denny Park at 10 a.m.

From Cascade:

This leisurely-paced loop will start at Denny Park in Seattle, and use some of the same 120-year-old routes connecting Lake Union to Lake Washington that were used way back when. The ride will include Volunteer Park, which has a 100-year-old conservatory and a statue of William Henry Seward, who was instrumental in the U.S. purchasing Alaska, and an historic cycling display at the top of the old water tower. Be prepared for a couple of good climbs, and to be rewarded with a coffee or pastry break midpoint. Bill’s informative ride will be an awesome way to spend a Saturday morning.

Free bike maintenance class at Ballard Library

In Seattle, our public libraries host free bike repair classes.

How cool is that?

The classes — Ballard Oct. 6 at noon, Rainier Beach Oct. 13 at noon and Douglass-Truth Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. — will be taught by the Bikery, a volunteer-run bike co-op located at 14th and Main. They are part of the Library’s October Urban Self-Reliance program.

More details from SPL’s Shelf Talk Blog.

Spokespeople rides from Wallingford to Ravenna

A fantastic ride for beginners or people who have not been on a bike for years. Slow and welcoming.


Ride from Wallingford Playfield on the first Saturday of every month.

Time: 2PM to 4PM

Place: 4219 Wallingford Ave N
(south end of Wallingford Playfield at 42nd and Densmore)

2008 Dates: March 1st, April 5th, May 3rd, June 7th, July 5th, Aug 2nd, Sept 6th, Oct 4th, Nov 1st, Dec 6th

All levels of experience welcome! From first-time urban cyclists through expert commuters.

Reading on the Melrose Promenade

6 p.m. Saturday.

Details and RSVP:

Sunset Reading on the Melrose Promenade

What’s a better backdrop for a reading by some of Seattle’s most talented writers than the Space Needle, the Olympic Mountains, and the setting sun?

Join us this Saturday at 6pm as Brian McGuigan, Katie Ogle, and Elizabeth Cooperman perform selected pieces of writing. We’ll be meeting at one of Melrose’s most scenic spots, at the foot of the East Republican Street Stairs.

MTS Greenway Fall Ride

Unfortunately, registration for this Sunday ride has ended (but it sounds fun!). Details:

Come join other bikers and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust for a fall bike ride on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail.

On October 6 we’ll be organizing a bike ride in the Snoqualmie Valley to see the fall colors and do some pumpkin picking. We’ll be arranging a shuttle to take participants from Jubilee Farm, in Carnation, to the start of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail in Duvall. Participants will bike back along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail to Jubilee Farm for a post-ride BBQ and pumpkin picking. This ride includes beautiful fall color views, a chance to see salmon in the Snoqualmie River, and a crossing of the suspension bridge at Tolt MacDonald Park. Registration is required and costs $30, to cover the cost of the shuttle and BBQ. I hope you will be able to join us!

For registration and more information visit our http://mtsgreenway.org/explore-the-greenway/trips/.

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