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:

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

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