13 May – CycloFemme Ride 2012

Are you ladies getting a little tired of the same ol’ beer-guzzling, foul-mouthing, gas-passing, machismo-laden bike rides we’ve grown accustomed to here in Jacksonville?

Sure, the masculine rides have their charm. A certain je ne sais quoi, if you will. But we need a ride that keeps the ladies in mind. Especially for Mother’s Day!

This ride will be leisurely and social, and summer dresses and gardening hats will be making appearances. All rider types and ages are welcome, and even the gentlemen are welcome too. But they must dress like gentlemen and be on their very best behavior. That means no cursing, body odor, or fart jokes.

I do hope all the ladies will enjoy the route I have planned!

Date: Sunday, May 13th 2012.

Time and Location: Meet at Memorial Park in Riverside at 11:30am. We launch from there at 12:00pm.

Route: From Memorial Park, we’ll meander our way through the nicer parts of Riverside and Avondale and we’ll stop at Biscottis in Avondale for a slightly early lunch. We’re hoping to reach Biscottis between 12:30 and 1:00. After lunch and/or coffee, we’ll continue our way southwest through Avondale. Then we’ll ride the “S” curve of St. John’s Avenue down to St. John’s Flower Market where we’ll make a pit stop and I’ll buy all the ladies and mommies a flower. Then we’ll make our way through some neighborhoods, pass through Stinson Park, across the Ortega Bridge (yay, they finally opened it!), and we’ll stop at Bettes Park with some of the best views of the city scape for all you photo op folks. Or we can stop at Stinson Park, depending on whichever park people prefer.

The Ortega Bridge parks (Stinson and Bettes) will be our mid point. After that, we’ll make our way back to Riverside, possibly taking a slightly different route with one stop for a bathroom break, and our ending point will be the Cummer Museum. The Cummer closes at 5:00pm on Sunday’s so I believe we’ll make it there with plenty of time to spare for those who’d like to check out the new exhibit and walk around their gorgeous gardens. The Cummer also boasts one of the nicest views of our city on the river front.

The ride will be under 5 miles one way, so figure you’ll be riding about 10 miles total. Start at Memorial Park. Along the way to our mid point there will be 2 rest stops (Biscottis and the flower shop), then stop at the mid point (Bettes Park), and 1 rest stop for a bathroom break going back. The end point will be the Cummer.

Find out more about Biscottis here: http://www.biscottis.net/home.php

Check out what’s on display at the Cummer: http://www.cummer.org/

For more information about Cyclo Femme and Girl Bike Love, visit http://cyclofem.me/

Host: Jenny Kubicki of the JBC

RSVP: to Jenny Kubicki, jaxbikecoalition@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!