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Wheelmen club launches family-friendly, easy ride series

Posted by on June 27th, 2007 at 9:51 am

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The Portland Wheelmen Touring Club (PWTC) wants to encourage families and novice riders to explore local bike routes and get more comfortable on group rides.

They’ve teamed up with River City Bicycles to offer a series of short, slow-paced rides that are perfect for families and/or novice riders.

PWTC family ride coordinator Ann Morrow says,

“We are really trying to help parents get out and ride with their kids – for the usual variety of reasons. However, these rides are also good for riders who aren’t experienced riders or baby boomers who aren’t ready for 30 miles but want to ride again or anyone who just wants the security of riding in a group and learning about some of the bike paths around town.”

The ten guided rides vary in length from 8-12 miles and will take participants throughout the Metro area and beyond. They start on July 22nd and go through October 14th. Here’s a list of what they have planned:

  • July 22 – The End of the Springwater Trail
  • July 28 – Smith and Bybee Lakes
  • August 5 Columbia River Bike Path
  • August 11 – Springwater on the Willamette
  • August 25 – Willamette River Greenway Trail
  • September 9 – Marine Drive Bike Path
  • September 15 – Vancouver Lake/Columbia River
  • September 29 – Portland Downtown Loop
  • September 30 – Sauvie Island Loop & Pumpkin Patch
  • October 14 – Banks/Vernonia Bike Trail

For full details, times, and other tips, check out the Family Rides page on the PWTC website.

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  • Dave June 27, 2007 at 10:33 am

    I left Portland in 2001 and have yet to find a bike club as well run as the Portland Wheelmen.

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  • Mommy June 27, 2007 at 11:30 am

    ooh, ooh, this is for me! Great idea.

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  • vj June 27, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    There\’s definitely a need, esp. since Slug Velo is no more.

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  • peder horner June 27, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    Yes, the Wheelmen put on great rides. A favorite is the Multnomah Falls out and back from Troutdale.

    Also, is it just me, or is there an unbalanced number of photos of Scott Mizee on Bikeportland.org?

    Hmm… a NoPo Greenways conspiracy with BP, perhaps, perhaps! 😉

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  • Mommy June 27, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    Oh don\’t jump to conspiracy theories, maybe Jonathan has a crush on Scott.=)

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  • Cecil June 27, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    Now if they\’d just change their name to something more gender inclusive . . . .

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  • peder horner June 28, 2007 at 9:36 am


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  • e June 28, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    if they\’d wanted to be \”gender-inclusive\” (which they can\’t truly want to be, clearly) they would have changed the name long ago. simple logic.

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