May is Ride A Bike Month – Bike Kirkland
May 4, 2018 (Fri) – Free Basics of Bike Commuting Class
Location: Chainline Brewing, 503 6th St S, Kirkland, WA 98033
Leading up to Bike Everywhere day on May 18th, Kirkland Bicycle is partnering with Chainline Brewing to offer FREE community education classes. These events are intended to promote and support new and returning bike riders in and round Kirkland neighborhoods.
“Basics of Bike Commuting” will highlight the essentials required to commute to work or school in the PNW. We’ll also discuss the popularity of E-bikes and what they offer compared to traditional means. This will be an event geared for novice and experienced riders alike. We will also discuss ideas to get more children riding to school whenever possible. The following is a general outline of what will be covered:
- Essential, season-specific apparel. (Summer vs. winter gear)
- Best ways to keep warm and dry.
- Features and benefits of E-bikes
- Accessories for the ride. (Backpacks, panniers, lighting, bells, phone cases, etc.)
- Having the right tires for your commute.
- Making sure the bike is ready to roll! Discuss the importance of a safety check.
May 11, 2018 (Fri) – Free Bicycle Maintenance Class for Families and Commuters
Location: Kirkland Bike Shop, 208 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033
Time: 7-9 pm
This maintenance class will cover several topics from good maintenance habits at home, tackling flat repairs like a pro and knowing when to anticipate when your bicycle needs more in-depth service. This is a demonstration-style event, so no need to bring your own bike, Kirkland Bike Shop has tons! Stop by for a drink courtesy of Chainline Brewing (as well as non-alcoholic refreshments) and get professional feedback on essential maintenance issues. Topics covered will include:
- Drivetrain maintenance. How to clean and lube at home, and when to bring it in for a deep clean.
- Pre-ride safety inspection. (Easy for the kiddos too!)
- Detailed inspection. Identify worn tires, brake pads, chains, gears, cables, etc.
- Essential repair kits and tools for the ride.
- Discussion of tire options. (Pressure, wide vs. narrow, tubeless or not, black wall or tan, etc.)
- Time for Q&A to answer specific or advanced issues.
May 13, 2018 (Sun) – Finn Hill Family Bike Ride
Location: Big Finn Hill Park
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Join this family-friendly event on Mother’s Day. There will be a bike safety check, kids bike swap, and an easy roll around the neighborhood on low-speed, low-traffic residential streets. Email Faith DeBolt for more information:
It will start and end at the picnic shelter and playground area at Big Finn Hill Park.
The first hour (~1-2) will be for a kids bike swap and bike safety check, the second hour (~2-3) will be the ride, the third hour (~3-4) will be for picnicking, socializing and playing back at the park.
The ride will be an easy mostly flat roll of 3-4 miles mostly on low-speed, low-traffic residential streets. The plan is to roll from the park past Thoreau Elementary across 84th onto NE138th then head south on residential streets to Finn Hill Middle School then double back to head north and west to QFC shopping center again via residential streets then double back to get back to the park.
The pace of the ride will be that of about a competent 7-8 year old rider on a regular two-wheeler bike (no training wheels). Younger riders on their own bikes can stay at the park with parents to roll around.
The idea with the bike swap is that families can bring bikes their kids have outgrown to trade with other families who have the right size bikes.
For more information: visit finnhillalliance.org/2018/04/finn-hill-family-bike-ride-may-13/ or Email Faith DeBolt.
May 18, 2018 (Fri) – Bike Everywhere Day Celebration Station Locations in Kirkland!
All around the region, there will be celebration stations where bikers normally commute. Bicyclists can stop by any or all locations to receive refreshments, swag and bike related information. Each station is sponsored by a variety of hosts and will have different giveaways at each location. In Kirkland, you can find Celebration Stations at the following points:
Marina Park Pavilion
Open from 6 – 9 am
Cross Kirkland Corridor at the Google Campus
Open from 8:30 – 10:30 am
Evergreen Point Park & Ride – 520 Bridge Trail
Open from 6 – 9 am
Kirkland Greenways Bridle Trails Shopping Center – Pagliacci Pizza
Open from 7 – 10 am
Chainline Brewery on the Cross Kirkland Corridor
Open from 4 – 6 pm
May 18, 2018 (Fri) – Bike Kirkland Participants
In this brand new event, the community of Kirkland is encouraged to ride their bikes to participating businesses to enjoy a free treat or treasure.
- Cafe Ladro, 104 Central Way, Kirkland, WA 98033
- 25% of food and drink
- Just Poke, 117 Kirkland Ave #117, Kirkland, WA 98033
- 11014 120th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033
- 1$ off pints
- 115 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033
- Free mini scones and samples of cold brew tea or kombucha
- 121 3rd Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033
- 264 Central Way, Kirkland, WA 98033
- Enter in to a raffle to win a Protec Extreme Orb Massage Ball, or an Everyday Athlete Race Hat.
- 15% purchase
- 9733 NE 117th Ln, Kirkland, WA 98034
- Choice of: egg roll, gyoza or fresh watermelon punch