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Federal Way sponsors community bicycle ride

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on April 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm with 1 Comment »
April 6, 2011 5:26 pm

Federal Way will have the city’s first community bike ride April 17.

The 8.2-mile ride is open to all cyclists.

Cycling enthusiasts and the police department’s bike squad are joining together for the event, promoting safe bicycling in the city.

Riders will meet at 10 a.m. April 17 at the Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St. The route will include the BPA Trail and safe back roads and neighborhood streets, including a break at the Fred Meyer Shopping Center in Twin Lakes. Members of the police bike squad will help lead the ride.

Groups will be divided by riding pace into slow, medium and fast. The Sunday ride is intended for all ages, although children under 15 must be accompanied by parents or guardians. All participants must wear a helmet and sign a release form on the day of the event.

For more information, contact community center supervisor Doug Nelson at doug.nelson@cityoffederalway.com or 253-835-6930.

Here’s the press release:

First community bike ride set to hit the streets

Federal Way’s cycling enthusiasts and the Police Department’s Bike Squad are teaming up for the city’s first ever Community Bike Ride. The April 17 event is open to all interested cyclists and is designed to promote awareness of safe cycling in the city.

“Encouraging cycling in the city is all about finding a comfort level,” said Doug Nelson, Federal Way Community Center Supervisor, a daily bicycle commuter himself. “The Community Bike Ride is an opportunity for cyclists of all ages and ability levels to come together and discover safe routes and interesting destinations.”

Riders will gather at the Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St. on Sunday April 17th at 10 AM. The group will travel an 8.2 mile route, covering the BPA Trail and safe city streets and including a scheduled break at the Fred Meyer Shopping Center in Twin Lakes.

Members of the Police Department’s Bike Squad will help lead the Community Bike Ride
This will be a fun, casual ride with groups divided by pace into slow, medium and fast groups.

The ride is intended for all ages, though children under age 15 should be accompanied by
parents. All participants must wear a helmet and sign a release form on the day of the event.

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