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Corral your bike during Bloomsday
Corral your bike during Bloomsday

Anyone who's ever raced Bloomsday knows that getting downtown on race day takes some planning. The brave souls drive and park, the ones willing to put in more time on their feet use the STA bus shuttles. The Spokane Bicycle Club suggests riding your bike, they'll even watch it for free. 

For the last 14 years the Spokane Bicycle Club has offered a free bike corral for racers arriving by pedal. Riders can drop off their bicycles as well as warm-up gear, back packs and after race picnics. The club started the bike corral after seeing similar set ups at other events in both Portland and San Fransico. Last year, around 200 racers parked their bicycles in the corral. 

Apprehensive about adding a ride home after a 12k road race? Sally Phillips, of the Spokane Bicycle Club, says that riding a bike uses an entirely different muscle group than running and walking. Phillips wants racers to know that pedaling home is in many ways more pleasant than trekking another mile to your car or walking across downtown to the bus shuttle stops. 

The bike corral will be set up on the Central Meadow in Riverfront Park, just east of where the old YMCA building was. Riders are escorted into the corral and park their own bikes so that they can find it easier later. Four to five club members will be on hand to assist and watch the bikes throughout the morning. Riders will be given half of a two park ticket, the other half will be attached to their bicycle. 

Bicycles are not allowed on the Bloomsday course. Anyone with a bicycle is highly encouraged to use the bike corral because it eliminates congestion and hazards in other parts of the downtown area on race day. 

For more information visit http://www.spokanebicycleclub.org


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