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Weekend Guide: Girls of Summer Alleycat, Kidical Mass to Seattle Children’s Livable Streets, public art opening + more

Here’s a look at some bikey stuff you can get into this weekend. See something missing? Let us know in the comments below. And, of course, you can always add events to our free bike events calendar.

Girls of Summer All-Girl Alleycat

GOS2014_flyer1For the fourth year, Menstrual Monday is hosting an all-girl alleycat Saturday. Girls of Summer celebrates “the best thing ever, GIRLS ON BIKES.”

Registration starts at 2 p.m. at Jose Rizal Park. Race starts at 3. $5.

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Announcing the Fourth Annual All-Girl Alleycat, Girls of Summer! Registration starts at 2pm at Jose Rizal Park, race starts at 3pm.

Once again, there will be an adventurous romp through the Seattle streets celebrating the best thing ever, GIRLS ON BIKES. In addition to prizes to the fastest riders, we will also have prizes in fun and creative categories to encourage new or non-competitive riders. To promote all ages riding together, inspired by traditional racing, we will have a master division (35 and up). This division will be self seating, aka you tell us if you want to be in it.

Did we mention the grand prize is a Raleigh Capri 2.0? That right a whole freaking bike.

The race will finish at the Twilight Exit with the after party sponsored by Verity Credit Union! Address is 2514 E Cherry St. Cool your wheels with a beverage on the patio, while remaining racers arrive, followed by awards and prizes. Friends and family, meet us there and show your support!

Seattle Children’s Livable Streets Celebration + Kidical Mass

10257055_638548799570692_6858382288166437539_oSeattle Children’s is has wrapped up work on a slew of new livable streets projects near their Laurelhurst campus, so it’s time to celebrate. Improvements include better crosswalks, protected bike lanes on Sand Point Way and a new trail connection to the Burke-Gilman.

The celebration includes a bike rodeo, tours of the improvements and more. It goes from 10 – 2 Saturday at the Seattle Children’s Transit Hub.

And since kids and families biking is a big part of the improvements, it only makes sense for Kidical Mass to ride to the party. They will meet at 10 near Husky Grind just off the Burke-Gilman near the University Bridge.

Details from Kidical Mass:

Let’s check out the new path from the Burke-Gilman Trail to Seattle Children’s Hospital and join the celebration!

Saturday, June 14th
10:00 a.m.
Plaza outside Husky Grind at Mercer Court

Just off the Burke-Gilman Trail, to the east of the Eastlake Bridge/The Wall of Death art installation, is Husky Grind at Mercer Court. Turn south off the Burke-Gilman Trail to find the little plaza outside Husky Grind to gather at 10:00 a.m. and head out by 10:20 a.m.

We’ll navigate the Burke-Gilman Trail detour through UW together on our way to the brand new path that connects Children’s Hospital to the trail.

Lots of fun stuff to do at the Livable Streets Celebration:

10:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Bike Rodeo for Kids – hosted by Cascade Bicycle Club:
At the Bike Rodeo, kids will have the opportunity to practice bike handling techniques such and “slalom” in a contained environment with teaching stations. As part of the bike rodeo, kids will also be taught riding skills such as “scanning” and “driveway rideout” in an effort to teach kids how to avoid the most common types of accidents. Bikes and helmets will be provided.

11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Free Helmet Fittings – hosted by Seattle Children’s Hospital:
Seattle Children’s is providing free helmets fit by an expert team of trained helmet fitters as well as educating families on the importance of correct bike helmet safety.

10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Bike walking tours of the new Burke-Gilman Trail Connection – hosted by Ridesavvy
1:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. – Bike To School Awards Ceremony – hosted by Cascade Bicycle Club and Seattle Children’s
Special parking for our family bikes!

Here’s our route (though the Burke-Gilman Trail detour may change slightly between map creation and event date!)

Note: This ride is led by a Cascade Bicycle Club ride leader. Helmets are required for every head on this ride.

Burke-Gilman Trail public art celebration in Bryant

BGT-art-work-June-14-image_06_09_14_5-RESIZEThe city will celebrate the opening of new public art pieces just off the Burke-Gilman Trail near the Metropolitan Market at 40th Ave NE.

The dedication of the works by Anna MacDonald starts at 3 p.m. The work was funded by SDOT’s 1% for Art.

Details from SDOT:

What: MacDonald’s new artwork, Reclamation, consists of three variations of one form that resides at two sites along the trail. Two bronze copies of the same tree-form, ALREADY and NOT YET, create an arc in space that is completed by the user’s imagination. Located 1/2 mile east, the original tree, REMAIN, feeds and shapes a pair of Red Alder saplings. RECLAMATION commemorates the origin and transformation of the Burke-Gilman Trail, engaging trail users in a conversation about coming and going, and about physical and spiritual regeneration. It represents the city’s commitment to establishing greenways and honors the volunteer efforts of those who care for the corridor’s native species year round.

When: 3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 14

Where: Burke-Gilman Playground Park, 5201 Sand Point Way NE, 98105. Artwork site is located near the corner of NE 52nd Pl and 40th Ave NE, next to the Metropolitan Market.

Chrome store opening party

IMG_0505Bike messenger inspired Chrome Industries now has a store in downtown Seattle at 1st and Seneca, and they’re ready to celebrate the grand opening Saturday.

The popular bag company, based in San Francisco, made its name making messenger bags. Now they want to drink beer with you and show off their Seattle digs.

The party goes from 7 – 11 p.m.


Come party for the grand opening of your new Seattle Chrome HUB! There will be a pinball tournament, music, tacos and beer of course. Meet the staff and drink beer with fellow bike and gear lovers in Seattle. LIVE YOUR CITY!

Bicycle Sunday

It’s Bicycle Sunday! It’s hard to get tired of car-free Lake Washington Boulevard north of Seward Park.

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One response to “Weekend Guide: Girls of Summer Alleycat, Kidical Mass to Seattle Children’s Livable Streets, public art opening + more”

  1. Jessica

    I did the alleycat race this weekend- my first bike race of any kind. For those like me who bike the same route to work and back all the time, this is a cool way to get to know other biking areas in the city.

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