Our Monthly Ride
Saturday, May 4 is going to be a great day for a bike ride. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen! We’ll be going from Wallingford to nearby Ballard bike shops. We’ll be able to see and test out hauling bikes, e-bikes, and maybe even ride the seven-person Dutch Conference Bike.
Before going another further with newsletter, I want to let you know some sad news. My husband, Cascade and Spokespeople Ride Leader and financial backer, and good friend to many of you, died last Monday, April 22. Seattle Times Columnist Jerry Large wrote a lovely memorial article about David. http://seattletimes.
Last month, UW Transportation Analyst David Amiton generously led two Spokespeople tours to see UW plans and gleaming new bicycle facilities on campus. http://www.washington.
As summer approaches we’ll be hosting even more great events.
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Our May 4 ride: It’s a whole new world of bicycles built for two, or four, or more! All Spokespeople rides meet at the south end of Wallingford Playfield at 42nd & Densmore and ride on greenways whenever possible (www.SeattleGreenways.org) to an adjacent urban center. New riders welcome! Please come by 1:45 if you are new to riding in groups or if you need help with adjusting your helmet or 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. http://www.cascade.org/EandR/
Our ride leader for our May 4 ride is Spokespeople and Cascade Bike Club Certified Ride Leader Michael Snyder.
Nuts and Bolts on Spokespeople Rides
What if it rains?
Only heavy rain will cancel Spokespeople rides. We’ll decide two hours prior on the day of the ride. Give a call if you plan to come, it is drizzly, and you aren’t sure if the ride is on. Likely we will ride!
Expert commuters, please join us. We need you! As our rides grow larger, we welcome good bicyclists like you who can offer encouragement and model good road riding techniques for new, returning and reluctant cyclists. All ages and abilities are welcome. All Spokespeople rides are led by Cascade Bicycle Club certified ride leaders.
If you want more information about rides or about Spokespeople, please contact us!
Keep happy and keep pedaling!
Our Fantastic Spokespeople Ride Leaders:
- Cathy Tuttle (206)547-9569/(206)713-6269 cathy.tuttle[at]gmail.com (
- Michael Snyder (206)781-7221 msnyder[
at]zserf.com (Ballard Spokespeople and the Cascade Bike Club Board)
- Madi Carlson (206)612-4970 madidotcom[at]gmail.com
- Michael Herschensohn (206)412-0702
mh982501[at]gmail.com (Queen Anne Spokespeople)
- Stu Hennessey (206)938-3322
alkistu[at]hotmail.com (West Seattle Spokespeople)
- Al Miller NE Spokespeople (206)697-4603
amiller7x7[at]comcast.net (NE Spokespeople)
And our other leaders Cindy Riskin, Lee LeCroix, William Gerdes, Denny Kerr, Jim Mathieu, Norm Tjaden, Robin Randels, Madi Carlson, Mark Davison, Sander Lazar (Ravenna Bryant Spokespeople), Scott, Bill, and even more people who help out whenever you can. Thank you.
You can now easily join Seattle Neighborhood Greenways on-line. Sign up today and find out if you live in one of the 21 super-active Greenways groups around Seattle.
Ballard Greenways first 2-mile stretch getting closer to implementation http://www.ballardnewstribune.
See the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways calendar for more details on these May events.
• May 1: May is Bike to Work / Bike to School Month.
• May 1: Rainier Valley Greenways meeting. Columbia City 6:30-8:30pm.
• May 1: Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board. City Hall 6-8pm.
• May 1: Rainier Valley Greenways Columbia City meeting 6:30-8:30pm.
• May 1: NE 75th Community Meeting #3. Roosevelt. 7-9pm.
• May 2: Cascade Bike Club Breakfast. Downtown 7:30-8:30am.
• May 2: Safe Routes to School Advocacy Free Webinar 11a-12p.
• May 4: Jane’s Walks. Series of Urban Design discussion walks citywide.
• May 4: Streets + Beets. Fundraising Ride. Beacon Central. 9:30am
• May 4: Family Bike Expo & Roll Call. South Lake Union Park 10a-2p.
• May 4: Everyday Biking Seminar. Montlake 2-4pm.
• May 4: Spokespeople Rides Wallingford to Ballard 2-4pm.
• May 5: Jane’s Walks. Series of Urban Design discussion walks citywide.
• May 5: Bicycle Sundays Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6p.
• May 5: Getting around by bike seminar. Beacon Hill 2-4pm.
• May 7: Othello Community Forum. 6-8pm.
• May 7: Seattle City Council Town Hall on Climate Change. U-District 6-8pm.
• May 8: Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board. City Hall 6-8pm.
• May 8: Rainier Beach Greenways meeting. 6:30-8:30pm.
• May 8: Happiness & Urban Design. Queen Anne 7-9pm.
• May 8: Maple Leaf Greenways monthly meeting 7:30pm.
• May 10: Practice Ride with bagels. Northgate to downtown 7:45am.
• May 11: Woody Lane Opening w CM Tom Rasmussen. Arboretum 9am.
• May 11: Kirkland Greenways Ride 10am.
• May 11: Bike Maintenance for Teens. Capitol Hill 12-2pm.
• May 11: Basic Bike Maintenance. Columbia City 2-4pm.
• May 12: Bicycle Sundays Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6p.
• May 12: Everyday Biking Seminar. NE Library 2-4pm.
• May 13: National Bike to Work Week.
• May 13: Measuring Greenways Performance. Ballard 7:30pm.
• May 16: Safe Routes to School Advocacy Free Webinar 11a-12p.
• May 16: Ballard Greenways monthly meeting 7:30pm.
• May 19: Bicycle Sundays Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6p.
• May 19: West Seattle Costumed Bike Parade 1pm.
• May 19: Basic Bike Maintenance. NE Library 2-4pm.
• May 22: Greenway Happy Hour. Beacon Hill 5:30pm.
• May 23: PSRC Pedestrian Bicycle Advisory Board. Downtown 10a-12p.
• May 25: Basic Bike Maintance class. Ballard Library 12-2pm.
• May 25: Getting there by bike seminar. New Holly Library 12-2pm.
• May 25: African American Community Walks. Central 5-7pm.
• May 24-27: Folklife Festival.
• June 1: Coffee with the Sallys (Bagshaw & Clark). U-District 9-10:30am.
• June 1: Spokespeople Wallingford Rides to beautiful views and trees 2-4pm.
You can support our good work on Greenways through our fiscal sponsor Seattle Parks Foundation when you specify “Seattle Neighborhood Greenways”.
Other Easy Rides We Recommend
- Cascade Daily Rides. Search for “Easy” or “Leisurely” rides.
- Seattle Public Library is hosting a great series of FREE bike repair and everyday transportation cycling classes at various locations throughout Seattle during the month of March. http://www.spl.org/
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- Check out Totcycle for Family Rides and Bike Works for even more Easy and Family Rides!
- May 4: Family Bike Expo & Roll Call. Bring your own bike or come and try out new cargo bikes. South Lake Union Park 10a-2pm https://www.facebook.
- May 5: Bicycle Sundays start up for a long series of rides on Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6p.
- May 10: Northgate to downtown practice ride. 7:45am.
- May 11: Kirkland Greenways ride 10am.
You and Your Bike
Kids and Families and Everyday Biking
- Mayor McGinn updates the School Road Safety Initiative. “Getting to school by walking and biking is fun – and research shows it improves children’s grades, keeps them fit, and happier during the school day. Let’s do more to protect our kids and give them the freedom to safely walk or bike to school,” said Cathy Tuttle, director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/
- At least 29% of rush-hour traffic is cars with children being driven to school, but 50% of kids would like to bike to school. http://www.guardian.co.uk/
environment/bike-blog/2013/ apr/12/children-cycling- school-run
Use City Bikes as Transportation
Safety for People Who Walk & Bike
Advocating for Safe Healthy Livable Streets
- We are ready for a transportation hierarchy that puts people first in our plans, in funding, in practice. http://
westseattlebikeconnections. org/2013/04/14/ped-bikes- transit-freight-cars/
- After 3 long years, Neighborhood Safe Streets aka 20 is plenty bill passes in Washington State. Allows local governments to more easily create 20 mph zones in residential neighborhoods. http://apps.leg.wa.gov/
- Following the pedestrian tragedy and memorial walk in NE 75th, city follows up with three community meetings. https://www.facebook.com/
- A pedestrian fatality highlights difficulties for crossing Sound Transit line in Rainier Beach. http://seattletimes.com/html/
- This safe streets tool collects ‘near-miss’ crash data (without relying on injuries, fatalities, and hospital records to fix bad streets). People’s stories, meanwhile, could come in handy for transportation advocates trying to argue the case for infrastructure improvements. www.crashstories.org http://www.theatlanticcities.
com/commute/2013/04/mapping- near-misses-car-crashes-no- one-ever-sees/5329/
- New York City builds an active transportation lobby “with teeth”. “Candidates can’t be legitimately pro-growth without being pro-complete streets. They’re a vital economic engine.” Candidates need to realize – as they never have in the past – people who want safer streets help them get elected. “As much as improvements to the public realm like pedestrian plazas, bike lanes, and slow zones make our streets safer, they also make, very clearly, for good politics,” says McClure, adding that that street improvements appeal to both liberals and pro-business conservatives who like their effect on real estate values. http://www.theatlanticcities.
com/politics/2013/04/building- bike-and-pedestrian-lobby- teeth/5414/
- “Sacrificing environmental priorities on the altar of the automobile” is the way one pundit describes the Washington State Transportation Bill under review. http://daily.sightline.org/
2013/04/19/house- transportation-bill-cars- first/
- Follow bike news at the Cascade Bike Club Blog http://blog.cascade.org
- Take a look at great on-going bike week wrap-ups at Seattle Bike Blog.
- And the Pedestrian “walk around the news” at Feet First.
Safe Streets Education, Encouragement, and Enforcement
- “Sex, Neuroscience and Walkable Urbanism”: Jeffrey Tumlin’s lecture on happiness, public health, and new research on safe healthy streets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Engineering Safe Healthy Streets
- 13 smart steps to making bicycling irresistible: #1: Dedicate space for low-stress bicycling. To make bicycling a way of life for a large share of the population—not just committed cyclists—it’s crucial to offer riders a sense of protection from traffic on busy streets … Commuter bicycling in NYC more than doubled between 2006 and 2010 while crash rates have decreased on the re-engineered roadways. http://www.americabikes.org/
- Woonerfs are a Dutch word for “Living Streets” for people, streets that slow traffic speeds to walking speed. Santa Monica CA is experimenting with this relatively low cost option ($427,000) to developing safe healthy streets without sidewalks. http://nelsonnygaard.com/
- Aspen, CO is exploring residential speed zones of 14 mph. Might this be a solution for the 30%+ of Seattle communities without sidewalks? http://www.aspentimes.com/
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- London’s Mayor pledges to invest $1.3 BILLION to build cycletracks & “Quietways” to connect suburban and central London neighborhoods. http://www.streetsblog.org/
2013/03/08/in-watershed- moment-london-unveils- ambitious-bike-plan/
Safe Streets build Livable Communities
“Maybe the problem isn’t how we design roads but how we design communities. Planners put schools and shopping on big arterial roads that are designed to be high-speed thoroughfares for long-distance drivers and commuters. They fail to create connected grids for local activities. The result is wide, inhospitable roads with monster intersections, multiple turning lanes, and dizzying traffic levels – and then we call the engineers idiots because they can’t figure out how to get the pedestrians safely through this environment.” http://dc.streetsblog.org/
Many commuters see cycling as a form of exercise, not convenient transport, and cities are still being built around automobiles. Americans often perceive cyclists as extreme athletes. Many advocates for cycling in the U.S. are intense cyclists, and risk scaring off casual bike riders. “It’s like having race walkers doing the talking for pedestrians,” he said. “It’s great that they love cycling, but it’s not a very effective marketing technique.”
That view of biking as exercise, instead of transport, fuels the concern that cyclists will arrive at the office sweaty, without a way to clean off. A common fix by American workplaces that want to encourage cycling is to install showers. http://www.businessinsider.
A whole YouTube channel devoted to cycling in the Netherlands. Dream on! http://www.youtube.com/user/
San Francisco ‘Bike Ballet’ creator says, “climate change is a huge thing. I hope we start tolerating the use of bikes in our cities and using more public transportation…. I think as we get more and more bikes in our cities, we need to develop a tolerance of high and low technology and of different kinds of pacing. Some people just go slower than others depending on what kind of transportation they use.” www.theatlanticcities.com/
Beautiful, playful city art space enlivens Montreal and lets adults swing and make music http://www.theatlanticcities.
What’s the best way to improve safety for people who walk & bike?
- “Motor vehicles impose the most serious traffic dangers to cyclists,” explains Pucher.
“You’ve got to reduce motor vehicles speeds on shared roadways and provide physical separation of cyclists from motor vehicle traffic on arterials. You also have to restrict car use by implementing car-free zones, traffic-calmed residential neighborhoods, and lowering car speeds on city streets. This is crucial to increasing both cyclist and pedestrian safety.”
And a final note…
Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.