Our Monthly Ride
Saturday, February 2 is going to be a great day for a bike ride. We’re going to go on a fun ride this Saturday at 2 p.m. to the Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden and then to Theo’s Chocolate in Fremont as we get ready for a sweet Valentine’s Day.
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 7-mile ride, there are hills that we’ll take slowly. We’ll cancel the ride only in heavy rain, but not in the blustery weather that is predicted for Saturday. We hope you can join us!
Event pages for our February 2 Spokespeople Ride:
- Cascade Bike Club
- And our new monthly newsletter Blog! That you can SUBSCRIBE to by clicking here!
Our next ride is a NE Spokespeople Ride, again to Theo’s Chocolate in Fremont on February 16. Our March rides will visit the Bike Stores of Ballard, Fremont, and NE Seattle.
On our last Wallingford Spokespeople ride about 20 of us (children and adults) biked to the Little Free Libraries of Wallingford. Find photos from that ride attached and on our Facebook page and Blog.
Our ride leaders for this February ride are Spokespeople and Cascade Bike Club Certified Ride Leaders Michael Herschensohn, and Easy Ride Founder Cindy Riskin.
NEW SPOKESPEOPLE BABY!!
Spokespeople Leader Michael Snyder and his wife Kathi have a new baby! Welcome Lewis Michael Snyder!
Nuts and Bolts
Spokespeople Wallingford begins at the south end of Wallingford Playfield at 42nd and Densmore at 2 p.m. PLEASE come 15 minutes early if you are new to riding on the road, new to riding in groups, or if you need any help with adjusting your helmet or bike.
New riders are welcome–in fact, getting new riders comfortable with riding on the road is the reason we do our rides! Please also call a day in advance if you’d like to buy a good quality helmet from us for $15 and we’ll bring our sack of helmets. Helmets are required on all of our rides. If there is heavy rain, we won’t do the ride.
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. This is a Bike Smart Seattle ride. All ages and skill levels are welcome. All Spokespeople rides are led by Cascade Bicycle Club certified ride leaders.
If you want more information about this ride 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 (Wallingford Spokespeople)
- Michael Snyder (206)781-7221 msnyder[at]zserf.com (now on the Cascade Bike Club Board!)
- Michael Herschensohn (206)412-0702 mh982501[at]gmail.com (Queen Anne Magnolia Spokespeople)
- Stu Hennessey (206)938-3322 alkistu[at]hotmail.com (West Seattle Spokespeople)
- Al Miller NE Spokespeople (206)697-4603 amiller7x7[at]comcast.net
And our other leaders Cindy Riskin, Lee LeCroix, William Gerdes, Denny Kerr, Jim Mathieu, Norm Tjaden, Robin Randels, Mark Davison, Sander Lazar (Ravenna Bryant Spokespeople), Scott, Bill, and 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 20 super-active Greenways groups around Seattle.
Kirkland Greenways starts a group!
Spokespeople West Seattle organized a day of service near the West Seattle Bridge for Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday celebration. Photos here.
Finally! Beacon BIKES Greenway gets their first paint! In the spring of 2011, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways formed a coalition with Seattle Children’s Hospital, Wallingford Greenways, and Beacon BIKES. These are also the first three locations greenways have been installed in Seattle. Waiting for more!
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways actually taught something to Portland at their monthly Bicycle Brown Bag. We shared the creativity and smart solutions that have taken hold when we empower neighborhoods to reclaim their streets. We also shared the unique magic that is born when programs are invented and designed by community professionals bringing a diverse, multi-disciplinary perspective–public health, anthropology, and even biology and software user experience. Archival presentation video. Presentation deck.
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways received the 2012 Sustainable Seattle Award for Livable Urban Communities. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways started in August 2011 with three neighborhood groups in Beacon Hill, Bryant, and Wallingford, all with people eager to reclaim local streets as safe and healthy community places. There are now 20 community groups.
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways identifies, advocates for, and activates safe healthy residential streets for people of all ages. Greenways are generally one off of commercial streets and have low volumes of auto traffic and low speeds so that people feel safer when they walk and ride bicycles.
What makes a great Greenway? Five items: slow cars, few cars, easy crossings, useful signage, controlled intersections. Read more.
See our Greenways calendar for more details on these February events.
- Jan 31: Transportation Partnerships. U-District 5:30-7:30pm.
- Jan 31: Bridging the Gap Oversight Committee. City Hall 6-8pm.
- Jan 31: Bike Works Warehouse Open House. Columbia City 6:30-8:30pm.
- Jan 31: Last day to comment on Seattle Bike Master Plan Update.
- Feb 2: Spokespeople Rides to Roses & Chocolate. Wallingford 2-4pm.
- Feb 2: Children’s Hospital Greenway Open House. UW 10a-2pm.
- Feb 4: Dutch Street Infrastructure Meetup w Fred Young, Steve Durrant. Wallingford 6:30-8:30pm.
- Feb 6: 520 Bridge WSDOT Open House. Montlake 4:30-7:30pm.
- Feb 6: Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board. City Hall 6-8pm.
- Feb 6: Connecting Transportation and Land Use Town Hall. City Hall 6:30-8pm.
- Feb 7: Northeast District Council Greenways discussion. Wedgwood 7-9pm.
- Feb 8: Bike Love at Bike Alliance. Downtown 5:30-8pm.
- Feb 9: Feet First Stairway Walk Day. All over Seattle 10am-12pm.
- Feb 9: Family Biking for Beginners. Bike Works Columbia City 9:30am-12pm.
- Feb 10: Cascade Bike Swap. Seattle Center 10am-2pm.
- Feb 10: BYOB Bike Works Columbia City 1-4pm.
- Feb 12: Transportation Advocacy Day. Olympia.
- Feb 13: Capitol Hill Station Great City Brownbag. Downtown 12-1:30pm.
- Feb 13: Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board. City Hall 6-8pm.
- Feb 13: Maple Leaf Greenways Monthly meeting Maple Leaf Grill 7:30pm.
- Feb 15: Economics of Bicycling. PSU Livestream lecture 12-1pm.
- Feb 16: Kidical Mass. Bike Works Columbia City 11a-2pm.
- Feb 16: Spokespeople NE Rides to Theo’s in Fremont. 1-3pm.
- Feb 19: West Seattle SDOT Greenway Open House. 6:30-8:30pm.
- Feb 20: Driving Deaths Down: Proven Countermeasures that Work. Webinar 11am-12pm.
- Feb 20: PSRC Pedestrian Bicycle Advisory Board. Downtown 1-3pm.
- Feb 20: Rainier Valley Greenways Columbia City meeting. 6:30-8pm.
- Feb 21: Lake City Greenways GIANT community meeting. 6:30-8pm.
- Feb 21: Rainier Valley Greenways Rainier Beach meeting. 6:30-8pm.
- Feb 21: Ballard Greenways Monthly Meeting. 7:30pm.
- Feb 23: Core Greenways Organizers Monthly Meeting. Time place tbd.
- Feb 26: Queen Anne Greenways Monthly Meeting. 6:30-8pm.
- Feb 28: Women on Wheels. Green Lake 6:30-9:30pm.
- March 1: Puget Sound Bike Share Great City Brownbag. Downtown 12-1:30pm.
- March 2: Spokespeople Rides Wallingford. 2-4pm.
There is much more at www.SeattleGreenways.org!
Note: We’ve had a huge amount of success getting greenways projects off the ground in neighborhoods all over Seattle in 2012 with funds from Neighborhood Street Funds, Neighborhood Matching Fund, Safe Routes to School, King County In Motion, Neighborhood Project Funds, Bridging the Gap, Climate Action Now, National Park Service. You can support our good work 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.
- Check out Totcycle for Family Rides and Bike Works for even more Easy and Family Rides!
- NE Seattle Rides to Theo’s in Fremont 2/16/13 1pm.
- Kidical Mass Ride Bike Works Columbia City 2/16/13 11am.
- Gasworks Park to Ballard Locks and Farmer’s Market Cascade Ride with John Reardon 3/3/13.
Policy events for safer walking and biking are listed on the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways calendar as well as lots of fun walks and rides.
What can we learn from Dutch street design? Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Meetup Feb 4 6:30pm Doors open at 6pm. Wallingford. With more than 25% of all trips nationwide by bicycle, the Dutch must be doing something right. Innovative design, continuous networks and high quality facilities make cycling in the Netherlands safe, convenient and efficient. Fred Young will lead us through a visual tour of Dutch cycling infrastructure, share insights of the transportation experts he met and show how cycling is a part of daily life in the Netherlands. Steve Durrant will act as Keynote Listener during the talk. Facebook event page.
Transportation Advocacy Day in Olympia Feb 12. Lobby your state representatives for more funding and legislation to support active transportation!
Bicycle Urbanism June 19-22. Hold the date (and register!) for this international symposium in our own backyard!
You and Your Bike
Kids and Families and Everyday Biking
- FamilyRide blogger writes a love letter to Spokespeople Rides! Thanks Madi–we love you too!
- Seattle Department of Transportation funded 29 mini-grants in 2013 for Safe Routes to School–everything from Walking School Buses, to Bike Rodeos, new crosswalks, an after school bike club, and a visit from the Undriving Station.
- Be aware of opening car doors as a driver, as a passenger, and especially as a person riding in traffic in the “door zone”. Bekka Wright, aka Bikeyface, explains more.
- A great cartoon with advice for what clothing to wear in the winter and wet weather.
- Elly Blue’s latest book, Everyday Bicycling, demystifies using a bicycle for transportation. Clear, clever, readable. Thank you Elly!
Use City Bikes as Transportation
Safety for People Who Walk & Bike
Be Super Safe Campaign happening during the dark Seattle winter.
Advocating for Safe Healthy Streets
- Cascade Bike Club survey suggests there is no “war on cars”. Hurray!
- Neighborhood Safe Speeds Bill (aka 20 is Plenty) is making its way quickly through approval in Olympia. Great work Bicycle Alliance of Washington! Bike Alliance has a good step-by-step instruction guide for writing to encourage your local legislator to vote for the Neighborhood Safe Streets bill.
- The SR520 Campaign has brought together a coalition of Madison, Montlake, and Central Greenways groups, Cascade Bike Club, and many individuals and community groups who want to support safe healthy access in the Montlake area for people who walk and bike when the 520 Bridge is finally constructed. Seattle City Council will likely vote on Feb 4 or Feb 11 on a Resolution to help make sure pedestrian and bicycle links are included in the SR520 project.
- Take a look at great on-going bike week wrap-ups at Seattle Bike Blog.
- Think about the Bike Master Plan Update as two kinds of streets: All Ages and Expert/Black Diamond.
- How cities all over the world have transformed into safe healthy places with Cycling for Everyone–John Pucher.
- The most impassioned plea for that speed limit I’ve ever read. “The day I hit a child at 20mph–and realised the speed limit must be cut.“
- Cathy Tuttle, Director of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, speaks with Diane Horn about Seattle’s neighborhood greenways on a half-hour segment of KEXP Mind Over Matters–dedicated residential streets where bicycles, pedestrians and neighbors’ safety are given priority.
- Follow what is happening on your Safe Healthy Streets with Seattle Police Department’s Tweet by Beat.
- “Cyclists, you have an image problem.” A humorous and accurate assessment from a UK blogger of how to advocate for safe healthy streets. (Hint, leave the spandex at home).
Reclaiming our Streets as Green and Thriving Places for People
- How Bicycling Is Transforming Business. Cities across the U.S. discover that good biking attracts great jobs and top talent to their communities.
- Small business, freight, & development leaders support safe healthy streets in Portland.
- Any local company [and city] that doesn’t include biking in its fabric ‘is making a mistake’ says Portland blogger.
- Reliable transit and safe healthy streets give a boost to business according to the latest research in American cities.
- A wonderful discussion of how people move around in cities.
- For all businesses except grocery stores, bikers out-consumed drivers over the course of a month. True, they often spent less per visit. But cyclists and pedestrians in particular made more frequent trips (by their own estimation) to these restaurants, bars and convenience stores, and those receipts added up.
- We won’t get more women on bikes until we have environments that cater to them: Women want things like more, better cycling infrastructure, supportive communities of cyclists that look like them, and for cycling for transportation overall to be a safer, more convenient experience.
- A beautiful reminder that streets are places for people. “I am here” days feel like a bet against the reigning cults of productivity and connectivity, the sense that everything must be optimized and efficient and that you must always be “on” and available. They are a challenge to the transactional quality that can, without resistance, define cities like this. They question the notion that digital intimacy is the same as intimacy. They defy the research suggesting that it gets harder to make friends the further you get from school days.
Engineering Safe Healthy Streets in Seattle
- Most of Seattle think tank’s Sightline top 2012 stories were on getting around cities with love, safety, & fun.
Engineering Safe Healthy Streets in other cities
- The biggest mistake cities make is to allow themselves to be designed by director of Public Works, says planner Jeff Speck. The director of public works, he or she is making decisions every single day about the width of streets, the presence of parking, the question of bike lanes. And he’s doing it in response to the complaints he’s hearing. But if you satisfy those complaints you wreck the city. A typical public works director doesn’t think about “What kind of city do we want to be?” They think about what people complain about, and it’s almost always traffic and parking. “I started working with a lot of mayors. The best contributor to a thriving place was street life: walkability. The one thing we’ve learned without any doubt, is the more room you give the car the more room they will take and that will wreck cities. Optimizing any of these practical considerations–sewers, parking, vehicle capacity–almost always makes a city less walkable. In more effective cities there’s a mayor who sees she’s more or less the chief designer of the city. Charleston’s mayor, Joseph Riley, woke up one morning, slapped his head and said, “Oh my God, I am the chief designer of my city. I need to start making decisions that make my city more beautiful and functional in a more holistic way.”
- Dutch street planning truly empowers people of all ages and abilities.
- How the percentage of commute trips changed between 2006 to 2011 in cities all over America on this highly-interactive map graphic.
- Protected Bikeways are far safer than just paint. Even white posts make a big difference.
- Portland has lowered the speed on 70 miles of their residential greenways to 20 mph, a safe speed for people who walk, bike, and drive in the same shared roadway. We’re planning to do the same in Washington State (and Seattle) soon as well!
What’s the best way to improve safety for people who walk & bike?
A surprisingly simple solution according to noted Active Transporation Professor John Pucher:
“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.”
Way To Go Walk Bike Ride. The City of Seattle is eager to have you participate in their contest to reduce drive alone car trips and walk, bike, and ride transit more often. Learn more and sign up for prizes here. (We’re excited about WBR pedestrian walking maps too!)
And a final note…
President and Michelle Obama take their Inaugural walk on a DC protected bike lane
Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.