J.C. Olmsted was here: Spokespeople rides in March

Hello Spokespeople!

Our Monthly Ride

Read more about our March 1 ride on Meetup or Facebook!

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! And spring is coming!

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.

Saturday, March 1 at noon join Architectural Historian Michael Herschensohn and me, Cathy Tuttle, on a ride to and from Wallingford to the UW campus to see how John Charles Olmsted’s plan for the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exhibition has evolved over the last 100+ years, including the buildings around the fountain beginning at the Stalinist Red Square, Barnet Newman Obelisk and George Washington Statue. A real-time THEN and NOW ride.

Michael Herschensohn, Ph.D., is the President of the Queen Anne Historical Society and former Director of the Museum of History and Industry.

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 begin and end 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. Please note Spokespeople Wallingford rides now and forevermore start at noon.

Distance: 5 miles
Pace: Easy [Under 10mph]
Terrain: Rolling
Regroup: Stay together
Weather Cancels?: No rain cancellation

See our calendar for more details on these March-April easy rides and events.

  • Feb 27: Transportation Lobby Day. Olympia www.wabikes.org
  • Feb 27: Women on Wheels. Greenlake. 6:30-9:30.
  • March 1: Kidical Mass Rides to Bike Expo. Ballard Locks to Smith Cove. 9am.
  • March 1-2: Cascade Bicycle Club Bike Expo. Smith Cove/Magnolia.
  • March 1: Spokespeople Rides: J.C. Olmsted was here. 12-3p.
  • March 2: Critical Lass to Bike Expo. South Lake Union to Smith Cove. 9:30am
  • March 2: S.L.O.W. Ride to Bike Expo. I-90 to Smith Cove. 10:30am
  • March 5: Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board. City Hall 6-8pm.
  • March 6: Parks Legacy Public Hearing. Miller. 6-9pm.
  • March 11: Accessible Pedestrian Signals. Free Webinar. 11a-1p.
  • March 12: Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board. City Hall 6-8pm.
  • March 13: Lake City Greenways SDOT Public Meeting 6-7:30pm.
  • March 17: Think Green!
  • March 19: PSRC Pedestrian Bike Committee. Downtown. 1-2:30pm.
  • March 20: Ballard Greenways SDOT Public Meeting 6-7:30pm.
  • March 23: Bike Works Benefit Auction. Downtown 4:30-9pm.
  • March 28: Lake City Traffic Safety Corridor Launch 3:30-5:30pm
  • April 3: Feet First Walkable Washington Symposium. Downtown 9a-4p
  • April 5: Seattle Neighborhood Summit. Seattle Center 9a-1p.
  • April 26: Seattle Stairway Spring Cleaning Day. Sign up w Feet First.

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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!

Our own Family Biking Blogger, Spokespeople friend @FamilyRide Madi, recounts how she backed into the life of fabulous bike mom & blogger: On Writing & Riding: Family Ride

As if we need more great reasons to move to Portland, here comes an “Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland” that states: “Transportation infrastructure must be built to human scale, developed with universal design principles (above and beyond required minimum accessibility standards), and must ultimately lead to safe, healthy, efficient, and well-maintained systems.”

Another great reason to support neighborhood greenways–healthy air when you walk and bike! UW professors create a compelling graphic of where to bike if you want to breathe healthy air.

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.

New Mayor Ed Murray makes a bold commitment to get 75% of city commuters walking, biking, carpooling or using transit. In his State of the City, Mayor Murray said, “Cities are laboratories of bold persistent experimentation where creative ideas come from”. The Mayor also pledged support for Bike Share, Transit, climate change planning, comprehensive transportation planning.

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!

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