Will you be pedaling across the bridges?
It's the family bike event of the year, the Bridge Pedal is here! With three route options - the 10 bridge (36 miles), the 8 bridge (24 miles) and the 6 bridge (14 miles), organizers estimate 20,000 participants to register. And don't forget the stride (5 mile walk that includes crossing the Broadway and Steel Bridges)! Start times begin at 7am (for the 10- or 8- bridge rides) and run until 9:30am (for the 6-bridge rides).
In previous years, the thousands and thousands of riders of all ages and levels have resulted in bottlenecks, accidents, and complaints. I know some families who are discouraged and even afraid to ride the event, opting to leave their bike riding to their daily commutes with or without kids. I know families (like ourselves) who keep coming back for more, even if the ride can be wrought with difficulties and some frustrations. The views and the thrills from up top of the Marquam and Fremont bridges just can't be beat!
Will you be riding? What are tips and tricks for the rest of the family riders?