Islanders take heed: two two-wheeled events coming up

Islanders will need an extra measure of caution and patience this weekend, as two-wheeled vehicles descend on Vashon for two annual rides on Saturday and Sunday.

Bicycles

The first, Vashon’s 11th annual Passport2Pain (P2P) ride will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10, which an estimated 300 bicyclists — 80% of them coming from off-island — participating.

The bike ride — a fundraiser organized by Vashon Rowing Club to support club scholarships as well as three other Vashon nonprofits — will start from Jensen Point from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Drivers are likely to encounter P2P cyclists on rarely traveled, narrow roads at any point, and at several intersections along the main highway. More than 70 volunteers will staff 19 checkpoints along the course as well as the start/finish area at Jenson Point Park on the Burton Peninsula.

Signs marking the course will appear the Thursday evening and Friday before the race and will be removed after the race. Markings on the roads will be made of non-toxic chalk and disposable paper. Learn more about the event at Passport2Pain.org. Questions? Contact colbyatwood@comcast.net.

Motorcycles

Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts (VME) will hold a ride on Vashon on Sunday, Sept. 11 — an annual tradition going back many years.

Islanders can stop to ogle the bikes parked in town on the morning of Sept. 11, but should take extra caution on roadways during the day, and plan ahead to accommodate for extra ferry traffic as cyclists come and go throughout the day.

The VME is a club for vintage motorcycle collectors and enthusiasts. Founded in 1982, the club is dedicated to the promotion of motorcycle safety and awareness, as well as the preservation, restoration, and enjoyment of classic motorcycles from the past and present.

Learn more at vmemc.org.