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Kristin Kinnamon, board president for Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop, rides along the Ebey Waterfront Trail on Sept. 21.

 

Families rode along the Ebey Waterfront Trail as part of the High Tide Ride on Sept. 21 put on by the city of Marysville and local bicycling organizations.

The free guided rides along the trail brought families out to one of Marysville's newest trails in the downtown area and served as a way for families to get into bicycling.

"It went really great. We had a bunch of riders that went out at 11 a.m.," said Dave Hall, athletic coordinator with the city of Marysville's Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.

The B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County and the Sharing Wheels Community Bicycle Shop both helped to support the event to bring it to Marysville.

"It's just an opportunity to have a free, low-cost event for families to come out to," said Hall.

This was the first time Marysville had hosted an event like this.

B.I.K.E.S. Club members have hosted similar family rides in other communities.

"This year before the McClinchy Mile we did a family ride on the Centennial Trail and that went really well," said Bill Weber, a member of the B.I.KE.S. Club of Snohomish County.

Hall said he saw that family ride and wondered about doing something in Marysville as well.

"I was really intrigued with their McClinchy ride they did that was targeted at families and I thought 'well, what a cool thing to offer, let's duplicate that on the Ebey Waterfront Trail,'" he said.

At just four miles and with a pretty scenic route, the trail was nice for beginners and young family members as well.

"It's a good way to start," said Raquel Haunreiter, a member of the B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County.

"And that's what we're shooting for, you have to start somewhere," she said. "Even though it's fall, it's still an easy ride and fresh air opportunity."

The Ebey Waterfront Trail is built along the Qwuloolt Estuary, a recently restored estuary area near downtown Marysville.

"There are no hills, which makes it very family friendly," said Hall.

The ride was also short to provide an easy ride for newcomers and those that wanted to get into biking.

"With the group that was led there and back it took about half an hour," said Weber.

Haunreiter wanted to thank the city for bringing in the club into the event.

"It's really nice for Marysville to open up their doors for the bike community," she said.

Everett's Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop also helped with the event and hosts bicycle repair classes and other classes often, including on Oct. 9 and Nov. 13. More information on their website at sharingwheels.org.

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