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Literary Cambridge By Bike

Saturday May 16th, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will it begin and end? The ride begins in the plaza between the high school and the library between Broadway and Cambridge streets. The ride will end at Riverside Press Park at Memorial Drive and River Street. People who wish to return to the starting point will be guided back by a Bicycle Committee member.

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 Works Department. Additional support is provided by Livable Streets and Whole Food Markets.

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 10 miles long, will travel at about 8 mph and include five stops of five to ten minutes each, which adds up to about 2 hours, not including the lunch stop at the end.

How difficult will the route be? Mostly flat and easy, although there are several small inclines, such as Fayerweather Street between Huron and Brattle, where those with multi-speed bikes might change gears.

How often will we stop? There will be five official stops and the occasional random pause to allow the group to pull together.

Will you be pointing out residences of living authors? Although many notable writers live in Cambridge, we respect their privacy. We aren't putting their homes on the map.

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? Steady rain will force a postponement to the May 17 rain date. If the weather looks doubtful, check 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? The Whole Food Market facilities across River Street from the Riverside Press Park will be available at the end of the ride.

Are helmets required? Helmets are required by law for children 16 years old and younger. The City of Cambridge endorses helmet use for all.

What are the rules?
1. Stay with the group and behind the leader.
2. The Cambridge Bicycle Patrol will be accompanying the group. Obey all police directives.
3. Stay to the RIGHT of any yellow center line on the road
4. We will ride as a group with the road open to traffic ahead of us and behind us. Please ride safely and courteously, and obey all police directives.

Will you be giving out freebies? There will be refreshments provided at the start and at the final stop, courtesy of Whole Food Markets.

Email info [at] cambridgebikes [dot] org for more information.

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