It's a 'Year of Yay!'
Our monthly ride showcases various businesses, organizations, sites and parts of town around a different theme each month. Kicking off at Whole Foods Market Easton at 10am every second Saturday, this no-drop FREE RIDE is 20-ish miles but rolls at a conversational pace and is appropriate for riders of all ages and skill levels. Check out the FAQs below!
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Q: HOW DO I KNOW I CAN DO IT?
A: We offer lots of support for riders of all ages and abilities. First-time riders and those with questions should arrive 15 minutes early (9:45am) for a quick presentation about the rules of the road and this ride!
Q: When are the rides?
A: All rides are the second Saturday of the month, beginning at 10am and ending by 2pm.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Year of Yay! rides are free for all participants. Participation in the rides is, however, exclusively reserved for members and first-time guests. Join now!
Q: How do I register? Can I just show up?
A: We strongly encourage pre-registration—it makes your day-of experience more pleasant, guarantees your exclusive button and your spot on the ride (we cap at 100 participants) and ensures you receive all ride-related communications. Day-of registrations begin at 9:30am.
Q: Where do the rides start and end?
A: During 2016, rides leave from and return to the Whole Foods Market Easton Gateway.
Q: What happens during the rides?
A: After a brief welcome at Whole Foods Market, we head out on the road and ride a casual few miles to our first destination. There we may receive a tour, explore on our own, shop, etc. for a while before heading back out for another few miles and similar stops. Then we return to Whole Foods Market, and those who are done depart from there. Often, a group of riders will stick around to share a meal and socialize in Whole Foods' cafe space. We hope you choose to hang out too!
Q: What should I bring with me?
A: The only essentials are your bike and helmet. Otherwise, bring anything you feel will make you more comfortable on the ride (e.g., phone, bottle of water, snacks, sunscreen, medicines, etc.), wear weather-appropriate clothing and come as you are. Bike locks are not necessary but may be useful. Keep in mind that we don't stop at places with food and water, so you'll need to plan accordingly.
Q: What happens if the weather is bad / WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
A: Our cancellation policy is that we do not cancel! Of the three times in six years we cancelled due to the threat of dangerous weather, twice nothing materialized. Going forward, regardless of the forecast, someone will be at Whole Foods Easton ready to ride with you. If necessary, we may delay our start or cut short our ride to accommodate passing storms. If weather is dangerous and persistent, we will forgo the ride to socialize and discuss all things bike in the Whole Foods cafe.
Q: What’s up with the buttons? Can I get a button for the rides I missed?
A: Each rider receives a button designed by a local artist to reflect that month’s theme. Buttons are exclusive to those who participate in the ride.
Q: Do I have to be a strong cyclist to participate?
A: Year of Yay! is designed to accommodate riders of all ages and abilities. Our pace is a casual 10–12mph, each ride features several stops for exploration and no one is ever left behind. You can do it!
Q: WHat happens if I get separated from the group?
A: Each Year of Yay! ride is lead by a volunteer who plans and helps organize the route. When we get a large group of riders, chances are likely that the group will get split up at a light or intersection. In that case, a secondary lead will step in to make sure the rest of the group gets to the destination. Each “lead” is accompanied by a “sweep” (a sweep is a volunteer who rides at the back of a group to make sure no one is left behind). Typically, there are three leads (including the primary lead) and three sweeps for each ride. Leads and sweeps will be introduced at the start of the ride. If for some reason you can’t complete the ride, someone will be available to lead you back to the start.