This is the weekend for a bike ride and music event that aims to draw together cancer survivors, cyclists and community members to raise money for cancer research.
The weekend-long ride Obliteride events kick off Friday night with a party and music at Gas Works Park.
Saturday four bike rides will leave Magnuson Park and cycle 25, 50, 100 or 180 miles through Seattle, the East-side and Tacoma area.
Riders pay a registration fee of $100 to $150 and commit to raise $1,000 to $1,975 by Oct. 1. Obliteride organizers expect thousands of people to participate in the events this weekend and say all the money raised will go to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The goal is $2.5 million.
The kick-off celebration for riders starts Friday evening and features a performance by Michael Franti & Spearhead. All rides leave 7:30 a.m. Saturday from Seattle’s Magnuson Park.
The Seattle Department of Transportation does not expect traffic to snarl as a result of the ride, spokesperson Peg Nielsen said. Police will hold traffic for 600 riders leaving Magnuson at 65th Street and Sand Point Way early Saturday morning when traffic is light.
While the riders will cause some drivers to slow down, “we don’t anticipate any big deal, traffic-wise,” she said.
More information at obliteride.org.