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Weekend Guide: Star Wars Critical Mass, Urban Ag Tour, bike parades + more!

It goes without saying that you should probably spend your whole weekend on a bike. And hey, now that there are thousands of $1 bikes all over the city, you can’t use your bike’s flat tire as an excuse.

Here’s a quick look at just some of the bikey events happening this weekend. If you know of anything big that I’m missing, be sure to let us know in the comments below. And, of course, anyone can add events for free to Seattle Bike Blog’s Events Calendar.

You can also check out the FREE BIKE calendar for more bike events in the area through September 22. Perhaps this is the time to try your hand at organizing your own bike event.

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Safe Routes to School Bike Rodeo – Brighton Playfield 1–5 p.m.

Details from Bike Works:

Join Safe Routes to School and the BikeMobile for a free, family-friendly event to learn about Safe Routes to School and bike skills for kids of all ages.

There will be a Bike Rodeo, Music, Food and Scavenger Hunt on August 25th at Brighton Playfield! Safe Routes to School is kicking off the school year and helping families learn bike safety and skills and finding the safest routes to school.

The Seattle Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is hosting the
free, family-friendly celebrations for kids of all ages! There’s a bike rodeo with skills course, a helmet giveaway, free snacks, prizes, scavenger hunt, music, storytime with Seattle Public Libraries, bike mechanics, and more.

Safe Routes to School & Bike Rodeo
August 25th, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Brighton Playfield, 6000 39th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Critical Mass Awakens! – Westlake 6:30 p.m.

Critical Mass never died, but there has been renewed energy behind Seattle’s chapter of the monthly global bike ride in recent months. This evening, the ride is Star Wars Themed. Costumes are encouraged.

As always, meet 6:30 p.m. at Westlake on the last Friday of the month. Ride starts at 7.

Queer Gears Ride.2 Hellbent Brewery! ! – Ravenna Park 6:30 p.m.

Details from the facebook event:

welcome to queer gears!!

a cycling club for fags, femmes, & queers–our goal is to lead rides for those not frequently represented within the seattle cycling community. our rides will typically be on the shorter n slower side, with beer or food to socialize around.

meet up at the bottom of ravenna park by the softball field at 6:30, and ride out at 7! we’ll take the burke all the way north to hellbent brewery. will head back to the u district when folks feel like it. no one gets left behind!! probs maintain a chill pace of 10-13 mph? the route is about 12 miles round trip, with minimal hills (i don’t think like any?). v beginner friendly :)

don’t forget yr helmet & lights!! will do a lil safety speech before ride out. expect to be asked yr pronouns (but don’t feel pressure to share if u don’t want to!)


SLOW Ride to Gardens Galore – NAAM 11:40 a.m.

From Senior Ladies on Wheels:

Ride with Senior Ladies On Wheels (SLOW) to admire P-Patches and community gardens in Central Seattle and Capitol Hill. ALL RIDERS WELCOME, old, young, male, female and everything in between. There are several gentle climbs along this route, but don’t worry – if you want to get off and walk, we’ll walk with you! Starting at the Northwest African American Museum on the I-90 lid, we will follow the I-90 trail, neighborhood Greenways and other low-traffic streets. Along the way we’ll choose a spot to stop for lunch – bring a sack lunch or money to buy something to eat and/or share. The slowest rider sets the pace – don’t worry, we won’t hurry! Rain won’t cancel – but may lead to a shorter ride.

This is Cascade Bicycle Club Free Group Ride. It’s a social ride with experienced ride leaders to grow your confidence with group riding. It is free and open to everyone. The route consists of beautiful trails, a few low-traffic streets, and scenery.

“Easy Pace” is under 10 mph on flat surface without any headwind. Average walking speed is around 3 mph, so we will be about 3 times faster!. If you aren’t sure about your pace, please join us anyway. We will help you find your way back if you need to return to the start early. Carrying ORCA card is another good option.

Safe Routes to School Bike Rodeo – Greenwood Park 1–5 p.m.

Details from SDOT:

The Seattle Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is hosting a back to school event on August 26th at Greenwood Park!

Please spread the word to families in your network about this free, family-friendly celebration to learn about Safe Routes to School and bike skills for kids of all ages. There’s a bike rodeo with skills course, a helmet giveaway, free snacks, prizes, a scavenger hunt, music, storytime with Seattle Public Libraries, bike mechanics, and more!


Bicycle Sunday – Lake Washington Blvd 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Bicycle Sunday route, made via Google Maps.

Three miles of Lake Washington Blvd will go car-free 12 Sundays in 2017. It’s a great chance to experience of the most beautiful urban streets in the world without stressing about car traffic. Literally generations of Seattleites have learned to ride a bike during Bicycle Sunday, and this year will be no exception.

So bring the kids. Invite your friends who are nervous about getting back on a bike. And most of all, have fun in some much-needed sun.

The 2017 event dates are:

  • May 21 and 28
  • June 4, 25
  • July 2, 9, and 16
  • August 13, 20, 27
  • September 3 and 17

Ribbon cutting and bike parade – Eagle Staff Middle School 2 p.m.

From the event calendar:

Join our celebration of Safe Routes to School at the new schools on 90th

You are invited to join with the Licton Springs community, Licton-Haller and Greenwood-Phinney Greenways, and the students & staff of Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Licton Springs K-8, and Cascadia Elementary School in a gathering, ribbon cutting, and bike & walking parade to celebrate the new trail and improved Routes to School: Sunday Aug. 27 at 2:00 PM at the corner of N 92nd St. and Ashworth Ave. N, behind the new schools.

We’ll have a short ribbon cutting ceremony, then have a bike and walking parade from Ashworth & 92nd up the trail to Stone and to the new pedestrian signal at 92nd & Aurora, then return to the starting point and continue on the other new routes.

Be sure to decorate your bikes!



Bike Works presents: Layrinth – Columbia Park 8 p.m.

From Bike Works:

Bike Works presents a free Bike-In Movie.  Instead of a drive-In movie, we invite the community to bike in or walk in for this free showing of the classic film, Labyrinth, featuring David Bowie, in Columbia Park next to the PCC in Columbia City at 4721 Rainier Ave S. Seattle, WA 98118 on August 30th, 2017 at 8 pm.

The community is invited to join Bike Works for a free showing of the 1986 classic film, Labyrinth staring David Bowie! Walk, pedal, roll, or stroll your way to Columbia Park next to PCC in Columbia City and watch an outdoor movie with your neighbors for a special end of summer celebration.

The Bike Works Bike-In Movie has been a popular community event for the last 2 years and we are happy to bring it to the community again in 2017; this time moving it from our back lot to the beautiful Columbia Park.  Head to the Columbia City Farmers’ Market beforehand to pick up some snacks and then join us for the movie starting at 8 pm. Bring blankets, chairs, and snacks to Columbia Park – 4721 Rainier Ave S. Seattle, WA 98118.

Bike Works is an innovative nonprofit organization that has been serving SE Seattle’s Rainier Valley neighborhoods for 21 years.  Bike Works is centered on bicycles as a vehicle for change and combines youth development, community engagement, bicycle recycling and a bike shop to help build a resilient and healthy community.

This year’s Bike-In Movie is brought to you by the generous support of Arts in Parks by the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture. For more information about Bike Works or the Bike-In Movie please visit bikeworks.org or call Deb Salls, Executive Director, at 206.695.2522.

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One response to “Weekend Guide: Star Wars Critical Mass, Urban Ag Tour, bike parades + more!”

  1. Meg’s Dad

    WOW ! So much group/social biking to do, I’ve got bicycling envy here in Yakima. We are making progress and it is fun to watch yours too.

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