Family Rides – Finger Lakes Cycling Club

Join us for a ride with your kids and share your love of cycling!   Sign up to the FLCC listserv or check the event postings for updates.

Mondays 4:30pm, East Hill Rec Path (Check back in the Spring of 2013 for the status of this ride):  Meet at 9 Pheasant Lane for an extended ride at 4:30pm or meet at the Pew Trail parking lot at the base of Snyder Hill Rd. at 4:40pm for a shorter ride with less climbing.  We’ll ride the trail along Honness to the East Hill Rec Path out to Game Farm Rd. and back, approx. 8 miles round-trip.  For those starting at 9 Pheasant, we’ll ride through the Eastern Heights neighborhood.  Parent/guardian & helmets are required for all kids.  This route has a steep hill, street crossings and a short distance of on-road riding along Maple Ave.  Parents are responsible for ensuring that their child crosses safely & stays to the right.  This weekly ride will continue until the end of the school year.

Farmer’s Market Rides, Saturdays (Check back in the Spring of 2013 for the status of this ride): Armin and his boys will be leading a weekly ride from their house on the Northside of Ithaca through the Fall Creek neighborhood to the Farmer’s Market via the wonderful newly opened section of the Waterfront Trail. The route takes less-travelled roads through Fall Creek (Yates, Utica, Falls and Tioga streets), then on Lake St. to the start of the Waterfront Trail by the Youth Bureau, which runs along the lakeshore and over the bridges to the golf course. They’ll spend up to an hour at the Farmer’s Market, enjoying snacks and the sights, and then return more or less the same way. Armin’s boys are 8 and 11 years old, and this ride is giving them a good opportunity to learn the rules of the road and discover the pleasures of group rides.  When Phase 2 of the Waterfront Trail gets completed, maybe the ride will be expanded all the way to Cass Park!  Helmets & parental supervision are required.  Contact Armin or check the listserv for schedule updates.

Day and Time: Saturdays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm throughout the spring and summer, weather permitting
Starting and Ending Location: 114 Monroe St., Ithaca (yellow house with red trim on the corner of First and Monroe Streets). There’s plenty of on-street parking
Distance: 7.6 miles
Route map:

List members are welcome to announce their own rides too by sending a message out to the listserv. For example, if you know you are going to ride around Cass Park next Friday afternoon with a 7-year old on her own bike, or even would like to organize an overnight tour to a state park, just send a message over the list to invite others.

Cycling with other families makes it more fun for both the adults and the kids!

FamBike Email List

The email list is used by people interested in family rides to announce or inquire about rides that are being organized. To propose a new ride, ask about an existing one, cancel one because of inclement weather, etc., the email list will reach all those interested in the topic (so, please subscribe if you are interested!). Go to the list’s general info page and follow the instructions for subscribing. (The list is run on the club’s web server and has absolutely no availability for spammers or other illegitimate users of your information.)