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Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 in Events, Pierce County | 0 comments

Cycle Tacoma Parkways to Defiance on Sept. 22

Tacoma’s waterfront will be awash with cyclists and pedestrians on Sunday, Sept. 22, for the Downtown to Defiance: Sunday Parkways event from 8 a.m. to noon. It will be a great time to explore Tacoma, cycling from the 30-year-old Tacoma Dome to the jewel that is Point Defiance Park. Along the way, you’ll experience seven miles of waterfront that includes a number of parks.

Ruston waterfront

The Ruston waterfront will be enhanced by the opening of a new bike trail up to Point Defiance Park.

D Street will be closed from the Dome to the Thea Foss Waterway, as will Dock Street, half of Schuster Parkway and half of Ruston Way. Also, the road through Point Defiance Park will be closed, although there will still be access to the zoo and other park facilities.

The ride will utilize the Point Ruston Waterwalk and the new interim trail that will finally connect Ruston Way to Point Defiance.

Two organized rides, 25 and 45 miles long, will be led by the Tacoma Wheelmen’s Bicycle Club. They’ll leave the Dome at 8 a.m.

Also at 8 a.m. there will be a procession to celebrate the event. At parks along the way, you can learn about nature and sea life, stop for some stretching, decorate your bike, create some chalk art, and enjoy music, games and refreshments.

There’s also a Point to Point ride for kids with Kidical Mass at 11 a.m. beginning at Point Defiance Park and heading down to the Point Ruston playground. Arrive early for helmet decorating.

Museum of Glass

At the Museum of Glass, visitors can sit in the hot shop gallery and watch art glass being blown.

Stick around for a visit to Tacoma’s revitalized downtown, which has much to offer, including the Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Art Museum. Or continue your ride from Point Defiance on bike lanes or the Scott Pierson Trail out to the Narrows bridges.

All in all, the event is a great excuse to spend a Sunday in Tacoma.



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