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Join Us October 11th

We’re excited for this year’s Tweed Ride, which will take place at 10 a.m. at St. John and Gladstone Boulevard in the Historic Northeast on October 11th.

Pre-register online to reserve your spot and a handmade spokecard!

 

 

Thanks to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Museum Store for providing two awesome prizes for our riders. Also, we want to welcome Velo Vixens KC as partners to the event as well.

We have a few other partnerships in the works. Stay tuned!

We have some great partners on board for this year’s ride who are supplying some great prizes for our contests/raffle:

 

Velo +: Free Bike Tune Up and Bike Accessories

McCoy’s Public House: Gift Card

Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Association: Pendleton Heights Homes Tour Tickets

Big Rip Brewing: Beer lover’s merchandise

Mills Record Company:  Apparel and Music Bundle

Dewey Eyed Monsters: Bike Jewelry

Taddihogg Cycling Hats: Cycling Hats!

Big Time Cruisers: Bike-tastic merchandise

 

Thanks to Tara Tonsor of SEE{K} Design, all riders will receive handmade spoke cards. Hand-printed posters will also be available for sale.

 

If you are interested in becoming a partner, e-mail info@bikewalkkc.org.

 

Many of you might be concerned that you missed tweed ride this year. Not to worry. This year’s ride is scheduled for Saturday, October 5 at 10 a.m.  Mark your calendars, start shopping for tweed and get your bikes ready for the ride. More details to come.

Stay tuned and come back here for updates in the coming month!

We would very much like to update our Gallery page with photos from our most recent outing.  If you have a link to a photo sharing site please send it to tweedrideKC@gmail.com.  If you are willing to burn them to a disk or jump drive we would be glad to make arrangements to collect your photos in that manner as well.  Your jump drive will be returned just as soon as we have copied the images.

Based on the latest metrological data we believe there exists a very safe window of opportunity to proceed with the ride this morning.  Our event should conclude around 2:00 p.m.  The threat of severe weather is forecast for much later in the afternoon and evening.  Velocipede & Tweed Indeed – The Kansas City Tweed Ride will be held as originally planned and scheduled.

Come again another day, the  Tweed Riders want to play!

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout...

We’re keeping a close eye on the weather forecast.  While this is a rain or shine event we will not risk life or limb if the weather is extreme.  Regrettably, the park does not have a rain refund policy.  We may have to come up with an alternative date (and possibly a different starting location) should the storms prevail.

We will make a final determination and post it here no later than 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

Believe it or not, the date of the event was advanced by two weeks in the hope of having our ride while the flowering tree blossoms were are their peak.  Spring arrived much earlier than we ever expected as the air is fragrant with their scent already.  It just goes to show that you can’t second guess Mother Nature!

We’re adding an additional segment to the event this year.  Our plan is to take a short, and safe, route after the award ceremonies to continue our merriment with the option to imbibe in some liquid refreshments.  We have been in contact with the proprietor of Winslow’s BBQ in the River Market.  They have agreed to cordon off a section of their outdoor patio for our use as an after party. 

We’ve had several generous donations of prizes.  The list of donors continues to grow.  If you have an suitable item you would be willing to offer please contact us at tweedridekc@gmail.com.   Current donors include The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Chipman Design, Mark Alan Anderson, Re-Velo, Victorian Trading Co., Walz Caps, Ju-Ju Beads, TaddiHogg, BikeWalkKC, Winslow’s BBQ, Back Door Pottery, Local Pig Charcuterie with a few others still in the works.

We also are still in need of some judges for the contests.  Expertise and experience is not a requirement, we don’t want to be too stuffy about it.  After all, it is just for the fun of it.

Please be sure to come prepared for the event.  Have your picnic lunch packed and securely fastened to your bicycle.  It is also advisable to take a short “shake down cruise” on your ride to be sure that your togs don’t interfere with the proper operation of your bicycle.   There was that one young lass last year that got her skirt caught in the rear wheel…  Dreadfully embarrassing outcome, I dare say.

Please also be reminded that this is a benefit for BikeWalkKC.  We will be collecting a suggested $5.00 donation per rider.  Checks are welcome, no credit cards please.  We strongly encourage the wearing of a helmet during the actual ride.

Take a moment and review the “Frequently Asked Questions” on the web page just to refresh yourself with the event details.

The museum is graciously allowing us to use the back patio area for some refreshment tables and the front porch for our group photo.

Hi Mark,
Christopher asked me to communicate with you about our policy on pets on property. We do not allow animals on the property, aside from service animals. I know last year we had a few riders with dogs and I just don’t want them to be upset or surprised to be told that they can’t bring them inside the gates. We are very glad that you will be using the space and using the front of the museum for your annual photo and just want to make sure everything runs smoothly that day!
Thanks!
Rebecca Schroeder
Curator of Education
Kansas City Museum
3218 Gladstone Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64123
(816) 483-8300 ext. 1402

Parade details

Report at 9:45 a.m. to parade check-in at 31st Street and Broadway Boulevard – on foot or on bike (map: http://g.co/maps/cfp7j).

Our group is #83 in the Emerald Division and listed as “Bike Share KC”. We will be lining up on the east side of Broadway south of 31st Street. If you have problems finding us, please call Eric Rogers at 816-867-8048.

Please be prepared for a lot of standing/waiting until the parade starts at 11:00 a.m.

Feel free to bring snacks, water, games, and other diversions. However, no alcoholic beverages are allowed, and bringing them with you will get our entire group kicked out of the parade. Westport has plenty of places for a beverage after the parade, and some of us will likley gather afterward to celebrate.

Spectators
If you have friends and family looking for you in the parade, they can line up on Broadway anywhere between Linwood (33rd) and 43rd Street. The parade web site has more information at http://kcirishparade.com/category/parade.

Directions and parking

If you need to drive to the parade, we recommend parking in the Westport area and going north to 31st. It’s about a 20-25 minute walk or a 10 minute bike ride.

Transit

The MAX and #57 run on Main Street just east of Broadway, stopping at 31st Street and 43rd Streets – the beginning and end of the parade. The #51 that usually runs on Broadway will be diverted to Southwest Trafficway for most of the day.

KCATA bus reroute information: http://www.kcata.org/rider_bulletins/st_patricks_day_parade_reroutes/

Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 17th. We can’t wait to see how you decorate yourself, your bike, or your kids! However you are attired, be prepared for some great fun.