Tomorrow morning I’ll be leading a number of my friends and neighbors on a Ring Around Raleigh bike ride using bike-friendly streets and greenways. It’s the same route my family has been riding over the past few weekends. I was inspired by a friend who posted about his ride around Raleigh and thought I’d try to do it, too.
My experiment proved easier than I expected. The streets taken are quiet neighborhood streets with little traffic and the vast majority of riding is along Raleigh’s beautiful greenways. It seems so easy and fun I thought I would help get the word out to my cyclist friends so they could begin riding it, too.
If you’d like to join us, be at Lions Park (1600-ish Bennett Street) at 8 AM Sunday morning. We’ll leave the park promptly at 8:15 AM and spend the next three hours or so working our way clockwise around the city. The weather’s shaping up to be great, too: with a sunny, breezy day and a high of only 84 degrees.
Hope to see you tomorrow at Lions Park!
- We’ll take Dennis Ave to Raleigh Boulevard where we’ll get on the Milburnie greenway heading east.
- We’ll turn right on Milburnie Ave. and then left onto N. Peartree Ln., being careful as we cross New Bern Ave.
- Once we pass Raleigh Country Club and get to Poole Rd, we’ll turn right and then cross Poole at the intersection of Beverly Dr.
- Near the end of Beverly Dr, we’ll turn right on to Little John Rd and then ride the Walnut Creek greenway.
- We’ll take the Walnut Creek greenway to the Rocky Branch greenway, stopping by Pullen Park (for a pit stop if needed).
- Rocky Branch will take us through N.C. State, after which we’ll follow Gorman Street up to Meredith College.
- We will stop by the Hillsborough Street Ben and Jerry’s if anyone wants a snack. 🙂
- From Meredith we take a fun downhill on the hills of House Creek greenway, taking us to Crabtree Valley Mall and Crabtree Creek greenway.
- We’ll ride a few more quiet neighborhood streets: Alleghany Drive to Pasquotank Dr to Hertford St. to Northhampton St., passing by Root Elementary.
- We’ll take another break at beautiful Lassiter Mill Falls park (one of Raleigh’s best-kept secrets) before returning to Crabtree Creek greenway.
- Crabtree Creek will lead us back to Raleigh Boulevard where we’ll return to Lions Park about 11 AM.