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!

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