Bike Concord member Ford Tivakul will lead a short family-friendly group ride tomorrow morning (Tuesday July 12) at 10am from Concord BART. Here are the details.
Speed: 8 to 10mph
Distance: ~12 miles, and is mostly flat.
Route: Meet at Concord BART Station, will take the Canal Trail to the Iron Horse Trail (will pass by Pleasant Hill near BART Station if someone gets tired) and continue on the IHT back to Todos Santos Plaza to arrive at the Farmers’ Market.
Bring: H2O, snacks, personal first aid, patch kits, xtra tubes, etc
*No one is left behind.
*Will make stops as needed.
*30% + chance of rain cancels ride, check weather till 9AM.
*Bring children w/helmets along in a child seat, trailer, co-pilot, or cargo bike!
*Part of ride is on streets.
If you have mechanical skills, please volunteer to join this ride and help with fixing flats, and/or doing bike safety checks before take off.
Families with kids are welcome on this ride. We’ll be keeping a very slow pace, and will be careful to observe trail etiquette such as staying to the right to leave room for oncoming traffic.
As the name of the Rails to Trails Conservancy suggests, many successful trail projects are the result of a former railroad right-of-way. We have a great example right here in Central Contra Costa: the Iron Horse Trail. We will take the route now familiar to many of you, riding down the IHT from Concord all the way to Danville for a final stop at the former rail depot which now houses the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. Not far from there is a Peet’s Coffee which is hugely popular with cyclists. If we make good time, the Danville Farmers’ Market will still be open for a little while after we arrive.
The ride will assemble at 10am at Keller House, where our friends at Monument Impact are based. Keller House is a couple of blocks from Concord BART, in case you are arriving from out of town. Thanks to generous funding from REI, we will have some snacks and other goodies for you, while supplies last.
From Keller House we will head west through residential streets to join the Monument Corridor Trail, which merges into the Iron Horse Trail at Monument Blvd.
At about the 6.2 mile mark, we’ll make a rest stop at Whole Foods in Walnut Creek. If this is as far as you want to go, it will be a convenient place to turn back.
Then we’ll get back on the trail and continue all the way to Danville, for a total distance of 12.5 miles. Here’s the ride route: https://goo.gl/maps/BeNQKn291Ju
We thought our evening ride last Friday Jan 29 would be a small group due to the rain, but we underestimated how much our community loves getting on its two wheels. Fifteen people rolled out from Pleasant Hill BART, and everybody got home safe and sound.
Here is the group right before departure, minus the photographer, Wilson Tai.