April showers Spokespeople Rides and News

Hello Spokespeople!

Our Monthly Ride

Read more about our April 5th ride on Meetup or Facebook!

There are so many new, comfortable family-friendly rides for all ages and all abilities–many of these rides are on greenways, or soon-to-be greenways! And spring is here!

We welcome new S.L.O.W. rides for Senior Ladies on Wheels, Easy Rides, monthly Kidical Mass rides for families, Critical Lass Rides for women who want a fun social ride, and so many others!

We’ll try to keep these rides up-to-date and posted on the Spokespeople calendar.

Please note Spokespeople Wallingford rides now start at noon.

Saturday, April 5th at noon join UW Active Transportation Specialist Ted Sweeney and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Executive Director Cathy Tuttle on a ride to and from Wallingford to the UW campus to see what’s been happening on campus and off to make bicycling easier, safer, and more convenient.

Most of our ride will be along greenways (safe healthy streets) proposed by Greenways groups in Wallingford and the U-District and multi-use trails including the Burke Gilman Trail. While this is a short 5-mile loop ride, there are hills that we’ll take slowly. We hope you can join us!

All Wallingford Spokespeople rides meet at the south end of Wallingford Playfield at N. 42nd and Densmore and ride on greenways whenever possible to an adjacent urban center. New riders welcome! Please arrive by 11:45 if you are new to riding in groups or need help adjusting your helmet or your bike. All ages and skill levels welcome! All rides are on the road with traffic, and include expert commuters who accompany us to offer encouragement and model good road riding techniques. FAMILIES WELCOME!

Please Contact Ride Leader Cathy Tuttle (206) 713-5869 with any questions. We’ll stop frequently and should be back at the starting point by 3 pm at the latest, and likely earlier.

See more ride details and subscribe to our monthly blog at www.Spokespeople.us.

See our calendar for more details on these April-May easy rides and safe streets events.

  • April 2: Seattle Bike Advisory Board. Downtown. 6-8pm.
  • April 3: Walkable Washington Symposium. Downtown. 9a-4p.
  • April 4: Elly Blue in Tacoma. Tacoma. 2 events.
  • April 5: Seattle Neighborhood Summit. Seattle Center 9a-1p.
  • April 5: Spokespeople Rides to UW Campus. 12-2pm.
  • April 6: Pop-Up Greenway Celebration. Columbia City. 11a-3p.
  • April 6: Kidical Mass goes to the Moisture Festival. Wallingford 12-4pm.
  • April 7: Comprehensive Plan Open House. Loyal Heights. 5:30-7:30pm.
  • April 7: Public Hearing on Parks Funding. City Hall. 6pm.
  • April 8: Comprehensive Plan Open House. Northgate. 6-8pm.
  • April 8: Groundswell NW hosts Mayor Murray. Ballard. 6:30pm.
  • April 8: Cycling Wisdom by Women, for Women. Downtown. 7-9pm.
  • April 9: Comprehensive Plan Open House. Delridge. 6-8pm.
  • April 9: Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board. Downtown. 6-8pm.
  • April 10: WSDOT presentation on SR520. Montlake. 6:30pm.
  • April 14: Seattle Council discusses Bike Master Plan. Downtown 2pm.
  • April 14: Comprehensive Plan Open House. Central. 6-8pm.
  • April 15: Comprehensive Plan Open House. Rainier. 6-8pm.
  • April 15: Traffic Lab Wonkathon. Pioneer Square. 6-8:30pm.
  • April 16: PSRC Ped/Bike Committee. Downtown. 1-2:30pm.
  • April 16: SDOT Director Search. City Hall. 2-4pm.
  • April 17: Ballard Greenways monthly meeting. 7:30pm.
  • April 19: Critical Lass goes to Skye. Greenwood. 11a-2p.
  • April 19: SLOW Ride to Central Greenways. Central 4pm.
  • April 22: Queen Anne Greenways Monthly meeting. 6pm.
  • April 22: Earth Day.
  • April 22: VOTE on keeping METRO buses going strong.
  • April 24: Rainier Valley Greenways monthly meeting. Columbia City. 6:30-8:30pm.
  • April 26: Stairway Spring Clean. Citywide all day Earth Day event.
  • April 26: Silly Hilly. Central/Capitol Hill/Montlake. 2-5pm.
  • May 3: Spokespeople Rides to Food Banks. 12-2pm.
  • May 3-4: Jane’s Walks. International walk event. All day.

You might want to follow events through:
www.meetup.com/cascaderides
www.SeattleGreenways.org
www.familybike.org/kidical-mass-seattle
www.seattlecriticallass.wordpress.com
www.Spokespeople.us

Check out these outstanding bike rides in April!

  • April 5: Spokespeople Rides to UW Campus. 12-2pm.
  • April 6: Kidical Mass goes to the Moisture Festival. Wallingford 12-4pm.
  • April 19: Critical Lass goes to Skye Nursery. Greenwood. 11a-2p.
  • April 19: SLOW Ride to Central Greenways. Central 4pm.
  • April 26: Silly Hilly. Central/Capitol Hill/Montlake. 2-5pm.

A little more bikey news

Our own Family Biking Blogger @FamilyRide Madi and Merlin Rainwater, S.L.O.W. Rides leader will be featured at the Cycling Wisdom by Women, for Women at the downtown REI flagship store on April 8, 7-9pm.

Let’s find a new Seattle Department of Transportation director who understands how to make our streets safe and healthy places for people. Here is a vimeo explaining why streets need to be planned for people. Here is a survey and meetings you can answer about choosing the next director.

Bikeyface is a great cartoonist who has summed up almost everything you need to know about why we need great infrastructure for biking. In this multi-panel cartoon called “If I owned the road.”

Boston Doctors are now Prescribing Bike-Share Memberships, offering low-income residents struggling with obesity an annual Hubway bike share membership for the low price of $5.

Add this to your “must-have” apps 10 Words or Less of Biking Wisdom. You can add your own pithy reasons for why you like or dislike biking in a certain location.

You can support the work of the safe streets advocacy work of Greenways with colorful bumper stickers available only at www.Ibrakeforpeople.com.

We’ll try to keep rides and events of interest to Spokespeople posted on our calendar.

Happy Biking and Keep Pedaling!

Cathy Tuttle (206)713-5869
Spokespeople on Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

J.C. Olmsted was here: Spokespeople rides in March

Hello Spokespeople!

Our Monthly Ride

Read more about our March 1 ride on Meetup or Facebook!

There are so many new, comfortable family-friendly rides for all ages and all abilities. And so many of these rides are on greenways, or soon-to-be greenways! And spring is coming!

We welcome new S.L.O.W. rides for Senior Ladies on Wheels, Easy Rides, monthly Kidical Mass rides for families, Critical Lass Rides for women who want a fun social ride, and so many others!

We’ll try to keep these rides up-to-date and posted on the Spokespeople calendar.

Saturday, March 1 at noon join Architectural Historian Michael Herschensohn and me, Cathy Tuttle, on a ride to and from Wallingford to the UW campus to see how John Charles Olmsted’s plan for the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exhibition has evolved over the last 100+ years, including the buildings around the fountain beginning at the Stalinist Red Square, Barnet Newman Obelisk and George Washington Statue. A real-time THEN and NOW ride.

Michael Herschensohn, Ph.D., is the President of the Queen Anne Historical Society and former Director of the Museum of History and Industry.

Most of our ride will be along greenways (safe healthy streets) proposed by Greenways groups in Wallingford and the U-District. While it is a short 5-mile loop ride, there are hills that we’ll take slowly. We hope you can join us!

All Wallingford Spokespeople rides begin and end at the south end of Wallingford Playfield at N. 42nd and Densmore and ride on greenways whenever possible to an adjacent urban center. New riders welcome! Please arrive by 11:45 if you are new to riding in groups or need help adjusting your helmet or your bike. All ages and skill levels welcome! All rides are on the road with traffic, and include expert commuters who accompany us to offer encouragement and model good road riding techniques. FAMILIES WELCOME!

Please Contact Ride Leader Cathy Tuttle 206-713-5869 with any questions. We’ll stop frequently and should be back at the starting point by 3 pm at the latest.

See more ride details and subscribe to our monthly blog at www.Spokespeople.us. Please note Spokespeople Wallingford rides now and forevermore start at noon.

Distance: 5 miles
Pace: Easy [Under 10mph]
Terrain: Rolling
Regroup: Stay together
Weather Cancels?: No rain cancellation

See our calendar for more details on these March-April easy rides and events.

  • Feb 27: Transportation Lobby Day. Olympia www.wabikes.org
  • Feb 27: Women on Wheels. Greenlake. 6:30-9:30.
  • March 1: Kidical Mass Rides to Bike Expo. Ballard Locks to Smith Cove. 9am.
  • March 1-2: Cascade Bicycle Club Bike Expo. Smith Cove/Magnolia.
  • March 1: Spokespeople Rides: J.C. Olmsted was here. 12-3p.
  • March 2: Critical Lass to Bike Expo. South Lake Union to Smith Cove. 9:30am
  • March 2: S.L.O.W. Ride to Bike Expo. I-90 to Smith Cove. 10:30am
  • March 5: Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board. City Hall 6-8pm.
  • March 6: Parks Legacy Public Hearing. Miller. 6-9pm.
  • March 11: Accessible Pedestrian Signals. Free Webinar. 11a-1p.
  • March 12: Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board. City Hall 6-8pm.
  • March 13: Lake City Greenways SDOT Public Meeting 6-7:30pm.
  • March 17: Think Green!
  • March 19: PSRC Pedestrian Bike Committee. Downtown. 1-2:30pm.
  • March 20: Ballard Greenways SDOT Public Meeting 6-7:30pm.
  • March 23: Bike Works Benefit Auction. Downtown 4:30-9pm.
  • March 28: Lake City Traffic Safety Corridor Launch 3:30-5:30pm
  • April 3: Feet First Walkable Washington Symposium. Downtown 9a-4p
  • April 5: Seattle Neighborhood Summit. Seattle Center 9a-1p.
  • April 26: Seattle Stairway Spring Cleaning Day. Sign up w Feet First.

You might want to follow events through:
www.meetup.com/cascaderides
www.SeattleGreenways.org
www.familybike.org/kidical-mass-seattle
www.seattlecriticallass.wordpress.com
www.Spokespeople.us

A little more bikey news

We want safe streets everywhere. We want to maintain our streets, increase transit, improve sidewalks, and we’re willing to pay for it! Full Washington State report. Let’s pass a transportation bill that meets our needs please!

Our own Family Biking Blogger, Spokespeople friend @FamilyRide Madi, recounts how she backed into the life of fabulous bike mom & blogger: On Writing & Riding: Family Ride

As if we need more great reasons to move to Portland, here comes an “Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland” that states: “Transportation infrastructure must be built to human scale, developed with universal design principles (above and beyond required minimum accessibility standards), and must ultimately lead to safe, healthy, efficient, and well-maintained systems.”

Another great reason to support neighborhood greenways–healthy air when you walk and bike! UW professors create a compelling graphic of where to bike if you want to breathe healthy air.

Add this to your “must-have” apps 10 Words or Less of Biking Wisdom. You can add your own pithy reasons for why you like or dislike biking in a certain location.

New Mayor Ed Murray makes a bold commitment to get 75% of city commuters walking, biking, carpooling or using transit. In his State of the City, Mayor Murray said, “Cities are laboratories of bold persistent experimentation where creative ideas come from”. The Mayor also pledged support for Bike Share, Transit, climate change planning, comprehensive transportation planning.

You can support the work of the safe streets advocacy work of Greenways with colorful bumper stickers available only at www.Ibrakeforpeople.com.

We’ll try to keep rides and events of interest to Spokespeople posted on our calendar.

Happy Biking and Keep Pedaling!

Spokespeople Ride to Valentines and Roses February 1, 2014 at NOON

Hello Spokespeople!

Our Monthly Ride

Read more about our February ride on Meetup.com.

I think the big news at Spokespeople is that there are so many new, comfortable family-friendly rides for all ages and all abilities. And so many of these rides are on greenways, or soon-to-be greenways! In the past seven years of safe streets advocacy, I have never seen such a level of commitment and optimism!

We welcome new S.L.O.W. rides for Senior Ladies on Wheels, Easy Rides, monthly Kidical Mass rides for families, Critical Lass Rides for women who want a fun social ride, and so, so many others!

We’ll try to keep these rides up-to-date and posted on the Spokespeople calendar.

Please note Spokespeople Wallingford rides now and forevermore start at noon.

Saturday, February 1 at noon. Get ready for a sweet Valentine’s Day with a trip to Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden and then to Theo’s Chocolate in Fremont. Who knows, you might even see a rosebud, and for sure you can sample some sweet chocolate! Most of our ride will be along greenways (safe healthy streets) proposed by Greenways groups in Wallingford, Green Lake, and Fremont. While it is a short 5-mile loop ride, there are hills that we’ll take slowly. We hope you can join us!

All Wallingford Spokespeople rides meet at the south end of Wallingford Playfield at N. 42nd and Densmore and ride on greenways whenever possible to an adjacent urban center.

New riders welcome! Please arrive by 11:45 if you are new to riding in groups or need help adjusting your helmet or your bike. All ages and skill levels welcome! All rides are on the road with traffic, and include expert commuters who accompany us to offer encouragement and model good road riding techniques. FAMILIES WELCOME!

Please Contact Ride Leader Cathy Tuttle (206) 713-5869 with any questions.

We’ll stop frequently and should be back at the starting point by 3 pm at the latest.
See more ride details and subscribe to our monthly blog at www.Spokespeople.us.

Below is a picture of the start of last year’s ride to Theo’s chocolate and the Woodland Park Rose Garden.

A little more bikey news

We want safe streets everywhere. We want to maintain our streets, increase transit, improve sidewalks, and we’re willing to pay for it! Full Washington State report. Let’s pass a transportation bill that meets our needs please!

The 4 biggest SEATTLE greenway stories of 2013.

  1. Ballard, Beacon Hill, Delridge, 39th NE, and Wallingford Greenways (soon) open!
  2. City of Seattle (Mayor, Council, SDOT) invested $5 million in walking and biking safety improvements that local groups advocated for! And we maxed out the SDOT 2014 budget for greenway investments.
  3. The proposed Bike Master Plan update has 249.5 miles of greenways–95% came from Seattle Neighborhood Greenways crowd-sourced mapping.
  4. S.L.O.W. Rides, Critical Lass, Kidical Mass, and Spokespeople rides often travel now on current and future greenways.

Safe streets for our kids now! Bikes are a popular present for Christmas. And no doubt many kids are jumping with excitement about their new bicycles right now. However, very soon they will get wise to the nature of the world. Cartoonist bikeyface longs for a healthier biking environment, especially for kids.

You can support the work of the safe streets advocacy work of Greenways with these colorful bumper stickers available only at www.Ibrakeforpeople.com.

More Great Events and Rides

Women on Wheels. Gregg’s Greenlake Cycles is sponsoring this fun women-only event on Thursday, February 27 at 6:30pm. Free but RSVP highly recommended.

Kidical Mass February 9 Judkins Park Playground to the new Beacon Hill Greenway. Gather at 12:30 pm on Saturday February 9.

We’ll try to keep rides and events of interest to Spokespeople posted on our calendar.

Happy Biking and Keep Pedaling!