The 2018 Emerald City Ride, a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to ride iconic scenic routes in Seattle traffic free, will take place on Sunday morning, April 8th. Cascade Bicycle Club (CBC) holds the event which is presented by Kaiser-Permanente.
OPBA Members Get A 10% Discount!
If you’re already a member, you’ve gotten a discount code to take advantage of a great offer: you get 10% off your registration fee and you get to add to your support of OPBA because we get a portion of the proceeds generated by our members taking part in the Emerald City Ride!
If you haven’t yet joined OPBA, sign up today and we’ll send you that discount code!
You can sign for either the “Full Ride” experience, which covers a 12-mile course over State Route 99, the Alaska Way Viaduct and back on the express lanes of Interstate 5 south, both of which are closed to all motorized vehicular traffic starting at 7 am. All cyclists must be off the I-5 South express lanes by 10 am. Online registration is $35 for CBC members, $40 for non-members. OPBA members get 10% off whether they’re CBC members or not.
Alternatively, you can register to ride the three-mile “Viaduct Experience,” out and back on SR99. For this, CBC members pay $20 while non-members pay $25. Use the discount code provided to OPBA members and you pay 10% less.
Youth from ages 1-12 can do the “Full Ride” for $20 if they’re CBC members or $25 if they aren’t. CBC youth can enjoy the Viaduct Experience for $5; non-members pay $10.
For day-of-event registration, there’s an additional $10 surcharge for adult registration. And you’ll still need the discount code to get your 10% discount as an OPBA member.
You can still get your rider packet mailed to you before the event, but it will cost you $5. Otherwise, just pick it up at the start line. If you want it mailed, please ensure that your mailing address is listed correctly on your online account to avoid any delays. If your packet was mailed and has not arrived by ride day, please check in at the registration booth at the start line and CBC staff will be able to look up your registration and get you a replacement bib, no problem.
Packets will also be available at the designated start line on the day of the event.
Day-of-ride registration, and paper forms
- Look for the green Cascade tent at the start line.
- Email [email protected] and request a Day-of registration to get a head start and fill out at home.
- Day-of registration is only available if the event does not sell out.
- Day-of registration includes a $10 surcharge over the online (13+) registration price.
New this year, the ride will start and end on E. Frontage Rd. S just west of Pyramid Alehouse. The Safeco Field parking garage will be open for off street parking. On-street parking is free on Sundays in most areas but please be aware that the area around the Stadium is high car prowl and take appropriate precautions if you choose to park on street (more info here and here).
If you’ve opted and paid for packet mailing, your packet will be mailed directly to your home. Look out for an envelope that says “Rider Packet” from Cascade. If you register after March 25 and did not pay for packet mailing your packet will be available at the start line day of the event beginning at 6 a.m. If you have problems with your packet or do not receive it in the mail you can go to the Cascade Bicycle Club booth from 6 to 9 a.m. the morning of the event for assistance.
Beat the time cuts
- 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Access to SR 99 Viaduct for 12-mile loop riders opens at 7 a.m. and closes to riders at 9 a.m. no exceptions.
- 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Access to SR 99 Viaduct for 3-mile out and back loop. All riders will need to be off the Viaduct by 11 a.m.
- 7:20 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Access to I-5 Express Lanes opens at 7:20 a.m. and closes to riders at 9:30 a.m. no exceptions. All riders need to be off I-5 Express Lanes by 10 a.m.
*These times are hard closures and cannot be changed, so please give yourself lots of extra time.
- 6 a.m. Pyramid Alehouse Start Line/Finish Line area with info booth, exhibitors and souvenir giveaways opens.
- 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Course open for 12-mile “full loop”riders to start.
- 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. Course open for 3-mile Viaduct riders to start.
- 9:30 a.m. Access to I-5 Express Lanes closed to riders.
- 10 a.m. Full 12-mile loop riders must be off I-5 Express Lanes.
- 9:30 a.m. Access to SR 99 Viaduct closed.
- 11 a.m. 3-mile out and back riders must be off Viaduct.
- 11 a.m. End of ride and all route support ends.
- 11:30 a.m. Finish Line closes.
- 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. After party at Pyramid Alehouse
Save gas and add some miles. Bike to the start! Check out the Seattle Bike Map to plan your route.
Parking available at Safeco Field Garage for $10 access from Edgar Marinez Dr. Onstreet parking is free on Sundays in most locations but please be aware that the area around the stadium is high car prowl and take appropriate precautions if you choose to park on street (more info here and here).
The event start line is very close to many bus lines.
Same as the Start Line – E. Frontage Rd. S – just west of the Pyramid Alehouse
After Party at Pyramid Breweries Seattle Alehouse
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Finish Line booths open
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Official After party at Pyramid Breweries Seattle Alehouse open