Our Monthly Ride
May is Bike to Work and Bike to School month–there are so many wonderful opportunities to be outside and riding your bicycle with friends this month.
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, May 3 at noon join FamilyWorks Family Resource Center and Food Bank Director Jake Weber and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Director Cathy Tuttle on a ride to and from Wallingford to the University Farmer’s Market. Learn how to pack the produce you buy on a bicycle. We’ll return with produce we buy in the U-District (bring money!) to give to the Wallingford Food Bank. Jake will give us a tour of the Food Bank when we return.
FamilyWorks serves north central Seattle people who are seeking a path to long-term resiliency and might not otherwise have access to healthy food or parenting- and life-skills resources.
The U District Farmers Market is part of a community-based, non-profit alliance of locally managed farmer’s markets that support local, organic businesses.
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 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 May-June easy rides and safe streets events.
- May 1: Start of Bike to Work and Bike to School Month!
- May 3: Critical Lass to Pedaler’s Fair. Montlake 9:30a.
- May 3: Pedaler’s Fair. Montlake 10a-6p.
- May 3-4: Jane’s Walks. International walk event. All day.
- May 4: Bicycle Sunday. Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6p.
- May 4: Community Budget Priorities Conference. Seattle Center 11a-3p.
- May 4: NE Greenways Route Exploration. Bryant 1:30-3:30pm.
- May 4: Hidden Gardens Walk. Central 2-4 p.m.
- May 4: Lake City Safe Routes to School Walk. 2-4pm.
- May 4: Park My Viaduct Party. Greenwood 4-8pm.
- May 5: Community Climate Forum on Moving the Needle. Downtown 5-7pm.
- May 6: Westlake Action Team. Fremont 5:30pm.
- May 6: Wedgwood Neighborhood Greenways SDOT Open House. 6:30-7:30pm.
- May 7: Seattle Bike Advisory Board. Downtown. 6-8pm.
- May 8: Community Budget Workshop on Transportation. Garfield HS 6-8p.
- May 8: Downtown Policy Ride. 4:30-5:30pm.
- May 9: Greenwood-Phinney Design Studio and Party. 6-9pm.
- May 11: Bicycle Sunday. Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6p.
- May 11: Critical Lass. Central District 12-3pm
- May 12: Women’s Commute-”Her” Tips. Fremont 6-7:30p.
- May 13: Pedestrian safety in Pinehurst SDOT community meeting. 3-4:30pm
- May 14: Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board. Downtown. 6-8pm.
- May 14: Pedestrian safety in Pinehurst SDOT community meeting. 6:30-8pm.
- May 15: Rainier Valley Policy Ride. 4:30-5:30pm.
- May 15: Ballard Greenways monthly meeting. 7:30pm.
- May 18: Bicycle Sunday. Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6p.
- May 18: Alki Summer Streets. West Seattle 11a-5p.
- May 21: Webinar for Safe Routes to School.
- May 21: Ride of Silence. 6:30-8:30pm.
- May 27: Queen Anne Greenways Monthly meeting. 6:30pm.
- May 28: PSRC Ped/Bike Committee. Downtown. 1-2:30pm.
- May 29: Ballard Street Party. 4-8pm.
- May 31: SLOW Ride to Hidden Gardens. Central 11a-2p.
- June 1: Bicycle Sunday. Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6p.
- June 2: Rainier Valley Greenways SDOT Open House. 6-7:30pm.
Check out these outstanding all ages and abilities bike rides in May!
- May 3: Spokespeople Rides to the University Farmer’s Market 12-2pm.
- May 3: Kidical Mass goes to Pedaler’s Fair Montlake. 9:30am
- May 11: Critical Lass goes to Lake WA Blvd. 12-3pm.
- May 18: Alki Summer Streets 11a-5p.
- May 31: SLOW Ride to Hidden Gardens. Central 11a-2pm.
- May 4, 11, 18: Lake WA Blvd Sunday Parkways 10a-6pm.
A little more bikey news
Bikeyface is a great cartoonist who has summed up why biking commuting as a woman is a challenge “Not asking for it.”
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways leaders speak up in a video about what they are looking for in the next Seattle Department of Transportation Director, who will be selected in the next few months. (Watch the full 15-minute version.)
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.
The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan was voted on and passed unanimously through Seattle City Council. Now we need to implement the plan!
You can support the work of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways to advocate for and activate safe, family-friendly streets on Tuesday May 6 with the 24 hour Seattle GiveBIG.
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