4th Cambridge Bow Tie Ride
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Frequently Asked Questions
Where will it begin and end? The ride begins and ends at the Lechmere Canal Park, which is located along the canal behind the CambridgeSide Galleria Mall next to the Sears store. The ride will pass through the traditional starting point at the Cambridge Common about fifteen minutes after the start.
What if I want to drive or take public transit to the start? The CambridgeSide Galleria Mall is offering free parking for people bringing their bikes by car. Vouchers will be issued at the start of the ride. You can take your bike with you on the Red Line to the Kendall Square T Stop (no restrictions on Sunday) and ride a couple of minutes to Lechmere Canal Park. Cambridge buses are also equipped with bike racks. Click here for more information about bikes on the T.
Who is running the event? The Cambridge Bicycle Committee with the help of the Cambridge Police Bicycle Patrol Unit, the Cambridge Community Development Department and the Cambridge Public Health Department. Additional support is provided by CambridgeSide Galleria and Whole Foods Market.
Do I need to register? There is no registration, just show up and enjoy!
How much does it cost? It's free.
Is this a ride for children? While the ride is not fast, it might be a bit long for young riders. Young children who aren't used to riding distances would fare best on a trail-a-bike (and the youngest in seats or trailers). Anyone under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Is it suitable for adult beginner cyclists? Yes, if they are in sufficient physical health to safely travel at an average speed of about 8 miles an hour for an extended length of time. It is of course possible to only stay with the ride for a portion of the trip and head back at one's own time and pace.
How long is the ride? How long will it take? The route is just under 15 miles long, will travel at about 8 mph and include one rest stop, which adds up to about 2 hours.
How difficult will the route be? Mostly flat and easy.
Will there be a police escort? Yes, the Cambridge Police Department's Bike Patrol will be with us the entire way. Riders are expected to stay with the group and follow the instructions of the Bicycle Patrol officers.
Where will we ride? Check out the map, which will be posted to this site the day before the ride.
What if I'm late? You can try to catch the ride along the route using the map.
What if I get a flat tire? Riders should ensure that bikes are in good working order before the day of the ride. There will be a mechanic along on the ride for minor emergencies. The route does pass near several local bicycle repair shops.
What about the weather? Heavy rain will cancel the ride. There is no rain date. If the weather looks doubtful, check cambridgebikes.org. An announcement will also be sent to the ride email list (sign up on this web site's home page).
Will there be public toilets? There will be facilities available at Lechmere Canal (CambridgeSide Galleria Mall), and Russell Field.
Are helmets required? Helmets are required by law for children 16 years old and younger and recommended for everyone.
What are the rules?
Email info [at] cambridgebikes [dot] org for more information.