The Santa Claus Ride

No Drop
Family Friendly
Rides suitable for cyclists who are new to the sport (or who have not been on a bike for some years), family-friendly rides or any riders that feel a need for some mentoring. Note: please note that minors under the age of 16 cannot participate in rides unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Families with children should, in any event, confirm with the ride leader ahead of time that the ride will be suitable for their needs.

Targeted towards riders who have a few years in the saddle, who have developed some riding confidence and fitness and feel ready to move to the next level. Could attract more experienced riders who are looking for a relaxed or less aggressive ride.

Limited to experienced riders with superior bike handling skills and who are comfortable with a fast pace (probably including single and/or double pace-line riding) and/or hilly terrain, and the possibility of heavily trafficked roads. Advanced rides are less likely to be "no-drop" unless identified as such.
Expected Turnout
15 - 50 riders
10 - 20
Average Speed
10 - 12
Flat to rolling
Sunday, 24 Dec, 2017
1:00 PM
Niles S
Response rate: 
Response time:
33 minutes
Ho ho ho!  Spend Christmas Eve afternoon on your bike, as we ride through a variety of urban neighborhoods and spread some holiday cheer.  Led by Santa (who resembles Rick Byrnes), we'll bring along a Christmas carol sound system, and stop and visit with folks along the way, finding out who's been naughty or nice, and make some folks' holiday special.  Santa may be warm and kind, emphasizing the need to be kind and do good deeds, or he may be a joke-cracking smart ass - who knows?   Dress in the holiday spirit, decorate your bike?, and bring an assortment of inexpensive gifts to hand out to random people we meet along the route.  Everyone loves Santa!   This is a no-drop social ride - expect to ride 20 miles max in 2 hours.

Start at Tamale House East, 1707 E 6th Street (entrance on 5th Street), where we'll also gather for post-ride refreshment.  Don't hog restaurant parking - street parking is available in surrounding blocks.

Ride may be cancelled if temp is below 45 deg F or there is high chance of rain - if questionable check this website 2 hours before ride or text 512-626-5212
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We envision Central Texas as a place where everyone recognizes and embraces the benefits of cycling, whether they ride or not, and where cycling is a common aspect of daily life for ... moreeveryone. Central Texas has a comprehensive bicycle network enabling people in the region to comfortably, safely and efficiently use a bike for transportation and recreation. Bicycling supports the community as a whole by: increasing roadway capacity and user mobility; strengthening the economy and household affordability; improving the environment; and promoting an active, healthy lifestyle.

Our Mission
Bike Austin improves quality of life for all of Austin and Central Texas by growing bicycling as a form of transportation, exercise, and recreation.

Guiding Principles
We believe that…

Bicycling should be safe and accessible.
Bicycling positively transforms our community.
Bicycling benefits all people, whether they bicycle or not.
Bicycling is an integral part of a multi-modal transportation system. 

Through our work, we pledge to…

Respect each other and enjoy the activities we do together.
Partner and collaborate with public servants, government agencies, and members to accomplish our shared goals.
Strive to engage diverse populations, particularly across lines of gender, age, income, race, ethnicity, and capability.
Be conscious of social equity issues in transportation
Support all people who bicycle, whether new to bicycling or experienced.
Ensure tangible and measurable progress.
Be strategic with our political capital and challenge the status quo.
Advocacy Group, Education Group
Fun ride. Hope you make this an annual event!
John K
Thanks to Rick Byrnes (Santa), John Karwoski (Sound guy / DJ), and Camp Gladiator (loan of sound equipment) for a memorable afternoon of riding and celebrating... We handed out dozens of treats to appreciative East Austin residents.


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