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

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