Charming Wallingford Gardens. Spokespeople Rides June 7!

Hello Spokespeople!

Our Monthly Ride

Read more about our June 7th ride on Meetup or Facebook!

June might be the very best time to see the lush and lovely gardens of Wallingford. We’ll visit postage-sized shade gardens, urban food gardens, odd varieties of peonies, maybe even a roof garden!

Most of our ride will be along greenways (safe healthy streets) proposed by Greenways groups in Wallingford and Green Lake. 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 2 pm at the latest.

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

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

  • June 1: Bicycle Sunday. Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6p.
  • June 1: Bicycle Sundae Alleycat. 12pm.
  • June 1: Kidical Mass.
  • June 2: Rainier Valley Greenways SDOT meeting. 6pm.
  • June 3: Northgate Pedestrian Bike bridge. 5:30pm.
  • June 3: Central Greenways meeting. 6pm.
  • June 4: U-District Greenways meeting. 6pm.
  • June 4: Bicycle Advisory Board. 6pm.
  • June 5: Licton Springs area greenways meeting. 6pm.
  • June 6: Transportation Choices meeting on Bike Plan. 12pm.
  • June 7: Goodwill & UW Police Bike Sales. 9am.
  • June 7: Spokespeople Rides Wallingford 12-2pm.
  • June 11: Pedestrian Advisory Board 6pm.
  • June 14: Livable Streets Celebration. Children’s Hospital 10a-2p.
  • June 15: Bicycle Sunday. Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6p.
  • June 14: Girls of Summer Alleycat. 2pm.
  • June 17: All Women’s Maintenance for everyday bike riders 6:30pm.
  • June 18: Calming Arterial Streets webinar. 11a-12:30p.
  • June 18: TrafficLab Green Light District. 5:30pm.
  • June 21: Solstice Parade. Fremont 12pm.
  • June 25: PSRC Bike-Ped Committee. 10a-12p.
  • June 27: SLOW Ride: Seven Vistas, Three Hills, No Sweat! 11am.
  • June 29: Bicycle Sunday. Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6p.
  • June 29: Bike-citement! Columbia City. 11a-3p.
  • July 6: Kidical Mass

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

Making a new place at the table for safer streets

As I’ve travelled around Seattle, I’ve been thinking a lot in the past week about safe and healthy streets. The work I do through Spokespeople, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Memorial Walks, and I brake for people is all about making streets safe for people to walk and bike on through better street engineering – as well as raising general public awareness so that we all keep looking out for each other.

I’ve seen wonderful changes in the past few years. The Seattle Department of Transportation and other local advocacy groups have embraced the vision of streets as safe and healthy places for people, not just places to move and store cars. It is exhilarating to be at the forefront of this movement for positive change.

Now it is time to set some more places at our table. I work with hundreds of people and dozens of groups all over Seattle. What is becoming ever more clear is the vast disparity between what is a safe and healthy street in a high income neighborhood and what is a safe and healthy street in communities of color and economic insecurity.

This isn’t to say we have safe and healthy streets in rich neighborhoods. Far from it! There are distracted drivers who fail to yield, insufficient crossing times, speeding cars, unprotected intersections along school walking routes, and far more carnage laid at the altar of easy motoring than we care to think about in all neighborhoods.

However, getting around by walking and biking is an order of magnitude more difficult in many of the communities where I spend a lot of my time. Safe and healthy streets take on new meanings with random violence, drive by shootings, and muddy pathways through places we fear walking at night.

We need to be proactive in supporting places where people cannot afford to drive or take the bus – places where people have no way to afford or store even a bicycle. Barb Chamberlain, Executive Director of Washington Bikes wrote a beautiful editorial about privilege and entitlement embedded in owning and using a bicycle.

We need to give first to places where children spend all day inside in front of a screen because their streets aren’t safe enough to walk to the park (see infographic Do all kids have safe places to be active?) We need to speak up for people in Seattle whose walkways are a muddy ditch, who have no sidewalks on their way to school, to the grocery, to the transit hub. Our best efforts must support people who live on fast-moving commercial streets lined with apartment buildings and no safe way to get across them (see local greenways leaders speak up for safe healthy streets in this video).

How can you help?

  • Put a play street in your neighborhood!
  • If you can afford the bikes, get your family riding bikes (two articles about FamilyRide Madi Carlson!) Actively Northwest: Health in Action and Seattle’s Child: All Aboard
  • Bike Works can help you find an affordable bike, and there are even bike sales this weekend by the UW Police and Goodwill!
  • Councilmember Sally Bagshaw published a handy guide of how you can “Take Back Your Street” with parties, play, and active events.
  • 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.
  • Report problems to the City with your street through Find it Fix it–graffiti, dumping, abandoned vehicles, broken lights, potholes. The City can’t fix it if they don’t know it’s broken.
  • Join your local Seattle Neighborhood Greenways group. Neighbors from Rainier Valley Greenways to Lake City Greenways are joining up all over the city to help make their streets safe and healthy places for people.

Happy Biking and Keep Pedaling!

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

Cranksgiving in May. Spokespeople Rides May 3!

Hello Spokespeople!

Our Monthly Ride

Read more about our May 3rd ride on Meetup or Facebook!

May is Bike to Work and Bike to School month–there are so many wonderful opportunities to be outside and riding your bicycle with friends this month.

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, May 3 at noon join FamilyWorks Family Resource Center and Food Bank Director Jake Weber and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Director Cathy Tuttle on a ride to and from Wallingford to the University Farmer’s Market. Learn how to pack the produce you buy on a bicycle. We’ll return with produce we buy in the U-District (bring money!) to give to the Wallingford Food Bank. Jake will give us a tour of the Food Bank when we return.

FamilyWorks serves north central Seattle people who are seeking a path to long-term resiliency and might not otherwise have access to healthy food or parenting- and life-skills resources.

The U District Farmers Market is part of a community-based, non-profit alliance of locally managed farmer’s markets that support local, organic businesses.

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 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 2 pm at the latest.

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

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

  • May 1: Start of Bike to Work and Bike to School Month!
  • May 3: Critical Lass to Pedaler’s Fair. Montlake 9:30a.
  • May 3: Pedaler’s Fair. Montlake 10a-6p.
  • May 3-4: Jane’s Walks. International walk event. All day.
  • May 4: Bicycle Sunday. Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6p.
  • May 4: Community Budget Priorities Conference. Seattle Center 11a-3p.
  • May 4: NE Greenways Route Exploration. Bryant 1:30-3:30pm.
  • May 4: Hidden Gardens Walk. Central 2-4 p.m.
  • May 4: Lake City Safe Routes to School Walk. 2-4pm.
  • May 4: Park My Viaduct Party. Greenwood 4-8pm.
  • May 5: Community Climate Forum on Moving the Needle. Downtown 5-7pm.
  • May 6: Westlake Action Team. Fremont 5:30pm.
  • May 6: Wedgwood Neighborhood Greenways SDOT Open House. 6:30-7:30pm.
  • May 7: Seattle Bike Advisory Board. Downtown. 6-8pm.
  • May 8: Community Budget Workshop on Transportation. Garfield HS 6-8p.
  • May 8: Downtown Policy Ride. 4:30-5:30pm.
  • May 9: Greenwood-Phinney Design Studio and Party. 6-9pm.
  • May 11: Bicycle Sunday. Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6p.
  • May 11: Critical Lass. Central District 12-3pm
  • May 12: Women’s Commute-”Her” Tips. Fremont 6-7:30p.
  • May 13: Pedestrian safety in Pinehurst SDOT community meeting. 3-4:30pm
  • May 14: Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board. Downtown. 6-8pm.
  • May 14: Pedestrian safety in Pinehurst SDOT community meeting. 6:30-8pm.
  • May 15: Rainier Valley Policy Ride. 4:30-5:30pm.
  • May 15: Ballard Greenways monthly meeting. 7:30pm.
  • May 18: Bicycle Sunday. Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6p.
  • May 18: Alki Summer Streets. West Seattle 11a-5p.
  • May 21: Webinar for Safe Routes to School.
  • May 21: Ride of Silence. 6:30-8:30pm.
  • May 27: Queen Anne Greenways Monthly meeting. 6:30pm.
  • May 28: PSRC Ped/Bike Committee. Downtown. 1-2:30pm.
  • May 29: Ballard Street Party. 4-8pm.
  • May 31: SLOW Ride to Hidden Gardens. Central 11a-2p.
  • June 1: Bicycle Sunday. Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6p.
  • June 2: Rainier Valley Greenways SDOT Open House. 6-7:30pm.

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 all ages and abilities bike rides in May!

  • May 3: Spokespeople Rides to the University Farmer’s Market 12-2pm.
  • May 3: Kidical Mass goes to Pedaler’s Fair Montlake. 9:30am
  • May 11: Critical Lass goes to Lake WA Blvd. 12-3pm.
  • May 18: Alki Summer Streets 11a-5p.
  • May 31: SLOW Ride to Hidden Gardens. Central 11a-2pm.
  • May 4, 11, 18: Lake WA Blvd Sunday Parkways 10a-6pm.

A little more bikey news

Bikeyface is a great cartoonist who has summed up why biking commuting as a woman is a challenge “Not asking for it.”

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways leaders speak up in a video about what they are looking for in the next Seattle Department of Transportation Director, who will be selected in the next few months. (Watch the full 15-minute version.)

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw published a handy guide of how you can “Take Back Your Street” with parties, play, and active events.

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.

The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan was voted on and passed unanimously through Seattle City Council. Now we need to implement the plan!

You can support the work of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways to advocate for and activate safe, family-friendly streets on Tuesday May 6 with the 24 hour Seattle GiveBIG.

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

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