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Our Monthly Ride

Saturday, November 2, is going to be a great day for a ride! We’ll ride even in the rain. It will be fun. We’ll meet on Densmore and 42nd in Wallingford and leave at 2 p.m. for what promises to be an excellent ride!

Nov 2 Oh Henry! Public Art you can see along the Burke Gilman Trail or nearby. From the Canal Street substation in Fremont to the Wall of Death in the U-District, we’ll show how public art is integrated into our daily lives and adds value without our necessarily knowing it is there. Architectural Historian Michael Herschensohn has developed an amazing behind the scenes tour with staff from Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture.

Ride details on the Cascade website.

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All Spokespeople rides meet at the south end of Wallingford Playfield at 42nd & Densmore and ride ongreenways whenever possible to an adjacent urban center. New riders welcome! Please come by1:45 if you are new to riding in groups or if you need help with adjusting your helmet or 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.

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Nov 2: Oh Henry! Spokespeople Rides to Public Art. Wallingford 2-4pm.

Nov 3: Kidical Mass Fall Colors in the Arboretum. 11a-2p.

Nov 7: S.L.O.W. Ride to Wing Luke Museum. Central. 11a-1p.

Nov 16: S.L.O.W. Ride to Wing Luke Museum. Central 11a-1p.

Nov 16: Spokespeople Art Exploration. NE Seattle. 1-4pm.

MORE Spokespeople Events

See our calendar for more details on these November events.

Nov 1: Transportation Choices Coalition. Downtown. 12-1pm.

Nov 2: Oh Henry! Spokespeople Rides to Public Art. Wallingford 2-4pm.

Nov 3: Kidical Mass Fall Colors in the Arboretum. 11a-2p.

Nov 5: VOTE.

Nov 6: NACTO Urban Design Guidelines free webinar.12-1pm.

Nov 6: 23rd Ave Corridor Greenway SDOT Meeting. Central 5:30-7:30pm.

Nov 6: Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board. City Hall 6-8pm.

Nov 7: S.L.O.W. Ride to Wing Luke Museum. Central. 11a-1p.

Nov 7: Hot Ideas to Cool Seattle workshop. Pioneer Square. 6-8pm.

Nov 7: Parks Legacy Public Hearing. Central. 6-8pm.

Nov 11: Measuring Greenways Performance. Ballard.6:30-8:30pm.

Nov 12: Lake City Crosswalk Safety Action. 4:30-5:30pm.

Nov 12: Traffic Safety Meeting. Delridge. 5:30-6:30pm.

Nov 13: Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board. City Hall 6-8pm.

Nov 14: Tunneling Toward a New State Route 99. UW 7-8:30pm.

Nov 16: S.L.O.W. Ride to Wing Luke Museum. Central 11a-1p.

Nov 16: Spokespeople Art Exploration. NE Seattle. 1-4pm.

Nov 17: Urban Wilderness Works Haiku Hike. Seward Park. 2-4:30pm.

Nov 19: Greenways technical book group. University.6-8pm.

Nov 20: Is there safety in numbers for walking & biking. Webinar. 12-1:15pm.

Nov 21: Seattle Parks Legacy Committee. 100 Dexter 6-8pm.

Nov 21: Ballard Greenways Community meeting.7:30pm.

Nov 25-8: Building Sustainable Communities workshop. Kelowna BC.

Nov 27: Regional Bike/Ped Advisory Committee. Downtown 10a-12p.

Spokespeople News November 2013

Halloween and biking

Next year we hope to have a few more streets that pass the “trick or treat test” thanks to greenways. Vancouver Planner Brent Toderian writes “Great neighbourhoods for trick-or-treating also tend to be great neighborhoods for families everyday: Tree-lined streets designed for walkers more than speeding cars.” Read more.

FamilyRide Madi writes, “Quite unintentionally, my kids’ Halloween costumes have mirrored improvements to Seattle bike infrastructure over the last few years.” You have got to see her photographs of her children as bike boxes and greenways!

Why we love Portland

Encouragement sign spotted on the crest of a hill in Portland. “You are almost at the top! You can do it!” We could use signs like these all over Seattle!

What happens when a city sets priorities for the city other than cars? Portland happens.

Author Jeff Speck gave a TED talk on some rules for building walkable, bikeable cities.

* Don’t bother building a biotech cluster, build a city people want to be in.

* The worst idea we’ve ever had is suburban sprawl. The automobile is an instrument of freedom – that has become a prison.

* 85% of the money we spend on driving leaves the local economy

* Young educated people are moving to Portland in droves.

* This healthcare crisis is a city design crisis. Inactivity born of our landscape.

* Living in a walkable neighborhood = quality of life and sustainability

* Numerous studies tie what you weigh to where you live.

* A good transportation lens considers economy, epidemiology, environmental.

While we are struggling with greenway costs in Seattle, we’ve seen that greenways can be inexpensive AND effective. Taking the Lane’s Elly Blue lays out why Portland’s entire All Ages & Abilities bike NETWORK costs LESSTHAN A MILE of freeway. Nice!

More Portland envy. New solar road markers light way for cyclists. This could work well to define pedestrian space on streets without sidewalks too.

Europe has reclaimed its streets with a thriving bike culture

Seattle is not Europe, but we can continue to be inspired by how the Europeans are building an amazing network of safe streets to bike on and seeing how that results in, surprise!, many people who choose to ride bicycles for everyday transportation.

In Almost Every European Country, Bikes Are Outselling New Cars says this NPR report. Is it a long-term trend or a reflection of recession?

Why is Denmark “World’s Happiest County“? Their government supports families, BIKING IS NORMAL, great health care, gender equality, shared mutual civic responsibility.

Groningen is a real – a bicycle city in the Netherlands we can all aspire to. Take 15 minutes with StreetFilms and be inspired. The people of Groningen decided to invest in infrastructure that removes conflicts. Bicycling becomes “a mode of transport that keeps you alive” and healthy.

A new movie called Bikes v. Cars: We are Many by the director Fredrik Gretten from Malmö, who made the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” One of the interviewees says, “This is not a war. This is a city.”

Seattle can become a City of Bikes too. We just need to work together to make it a reality. Another Streetfilms will inspire you! 10 minutes watching this video will allow you to understand how the citizens of Amsterdam got the bike city they wanted

Clever new Västtrafik advertisement makes you want to ride the bus in Scandinavia. And that’s the whole idea! What’s a bike equivalent ad?

Fascinating! How Walk Signal Men portrayed worldwide. They include people on horseback, carrying guns, holding hands. Incredible variety.

Protected bike lanes are sprouting up all over Seattle

Seattle is making foray’s into protected bike lanes, aka cycle tracks.

KPLU has a story about the new lanes on Linden and Broadway.

Driveways are the enemy of the protected bike lane, Michael Anderson writes on recent trip to Vancouver BC.

Re-envisioning streets can be easy, cheap and super successful for all. Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City Traffic Commissioner explains in this TED talk video “New York’s streets? Not so mean any more”. Many of the streets in New York’s bike system are protected bike lanes.

No wonder NYC seeing a surge in biking this fall! Street Films follows people using nearly 400 miles of protected bike lanes & greenways.

What’s new in Seattle?

Warm welcome to newly-elected Cascade Bicycle Club Board members who all support safe streets for all ages & abilities! Merlin, Jessica, Catherine, Daniel, Don and George — we look forward to working with you at Spokespeople!

Familyride’s Madi Carlson (our webmaster btw) continues to evolve and improve her storytelling skills, her narrative photographs, and her biking ability. Her photo essays read like the epics they are. Madi bikes to the Northgate Malltrying out a half dozen different routes. Madi finishes the grueling Portland Disaster Relief Trials Madirides in the rain. Go Madi go!

Feet First has proposed a Healthy School Boundaries idea. We support their idea of adding walkability into school boundary decisions!

What fun! Spokespeople friends Barbara and Madi took their kids on a Happy 6th Birthday Bicycle Party ride!

Nice blog post on our walkable bike-able greenways by Dan Reed at Greater Greater Washington.

Houston Tomorrow proposes greenways using Seattle Neighborhood Greenways as a their model. Isn’t it seriously great that cities everywhere are waking up to the transportation potential of greenways?

People from non-profit Greenways groups are going to many City hearings to get funding for safer streets. At a recent Seattle City Council meeting, neighborhood heroes from Ballard Greenways,Beacon BIKES, Montlake Greenways, Greenwood-Phinney Greenways, West Seattle Bike Connections, Wallingford Greenways, and talked about more about why safe streets are a priority for them, their families, and their neighborhoods.

Queen Anne Greenways made aStrategic Plan for safer streets. It is a great community model for other communities that want safer healthier streets.

Love keeping kids safe? Crossing guard jobs open now.Share with people looking for a job! Work outside & make a difference for Safe Routes to School. BFDay, Greenwood, Viewlands, Loyal Heights, Bryant, Olympic View, McDonald, Stevens, Blaine, Coe, Queen Anne, Montlake, Thurgood Marshall. 206-252-0907 Yvonne Carpenter Seattle Public Schools

Fast and effective Seattle Department of Transportation response following Greenways Vigil Walk with Madison Park Greenways The crossing between Wells Fargo and Starbucks got a pedestrian crossing sign and speedy and quality work on five interim safety solutions (new paint on the crosswalk, painted buffer, red curb, better parking signs and median pedestrian sign).

An in-depth report at Seattle Times by Mike Lindblom on the Washington State Transportation Listening session in Seattle “Read their lips: Pass new taxes”

Merlin Rainwater is leading S.L.O.W. rides (Senior Ladies On Wheels). Traveling on Central Seattle Greenways, she has taken groups to Little Free Libraries, museums, tiny parks, treasure trays & P-Patches. See more of Merlin’s rides in our calendar.

Could we make crowd-funded bike lanes and safe street crossings in Seattle like they are doing in Memphis? It is another approach to build safer streets.

Feet First released a candidate survey. The questions reveal how candidates see safe streets for all. Answers are available from Mayor McGinn, Ed Murray, Sally Bagshaw, Mike O’Brien and many more. There are good questions on Safe Routes to School, Safe Routes to Transit. Read the complete survey here.

Trunk Show of Nau clothing at elegant bicycle haberdashery Hub & Bespoke had a raffle that benefitted Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Thanks!

Bike Parking is a hot topic worldwide

Inventive Japanese kiosk stores 200 bicycles underground. We’ll need a few of these at new Sound Transit stations.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcZSU40RBrg

Portland just installed its 100th bike corral. Portland swapped 163 on-street car parking spaces for 1,644 bike spots! Bike corrals in Portland are really quite simple, elegant, effective and inexpensive: a set of big blue metal “staples” set two to three feet apart and protected from motorized vehicles by concrete blocks. It is WHERE the corrals are placed that is most interesting — in front of schools, shops, transit, and right next to crosswalks so that people walking have a bit more protection as they cross the street. Streetfilms even made a movie about the corrals.

Utrecht, NL models bike parking facility for 12,500 bikes. Imagine noise, size, smell of 12,500 cars. Imagine a quarter the fans arriving at Safeco field by bike. Another comparison — the contentious car parking garage slated for the Northgate Light Rail Station was for 400 motorized vehicles.

A few Spokespeople odds and ends

A new App we’ve been fooling around with. The Street Mix App tool can show you your street profile and help you to see if that sidewalk, tree, bus lane & cycletrack really can fit.

Spokespeople friend Adonia Lugo was recently hired to lead equity efforts at the Bike League. Adonia was the co-founder of LA’s City of Lights campaign reaching out to immigrant, day-laborer cyclists and the Biciculturesresearch network.

Strong Towns Charles Marohn talks about the value of transit, walking, biking. The biggest question: How will we pay for what we propose to build?

Two ways you can help with safer streets: Neighbors for Road Safety and Green Streets to Parks

Neighbors for Road Safety Be a good neighbor. Sign up now as a Neighbor for Road Safety.http://www.seattle.gov/besupersafe/nfrs/ Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) are launching a new community program to increase road safety in every corner of Seattle. Think of Neighbors for Road Safety program as a Master Gardener program for safer streets. We’ve been asked many questions about this new program. “Should just one person from my neighborhood sign up?” “What will I learn?” “What will I need to do?” The answers are: Yes, multiple people from your neighborhood could and should sign up. You will start to learn more about the complex art and science of road safety. And you will need to commit to help out a bit and share what you learn in whatever corner of Seattle you call your community.

With your help as an interested neighbor, you’ll learn more about critical road safety issues (it is a complex topic), you’ll learn how to communicate safety information, and you’ll get localized road safety information for your neighborhood. The expectation by the City is for you to be a local street safety champion in your neighborhood. As a “Master Roader” your name will be listed as a partner in this program when launched, you will receive localized information regarding road safety in your neighborhood, and you agree to help distribute this information to neighbors, in partnership with SDOT. We think this is a great way to further our mission of safer streets throughout Seattle.

Green Streets to Parks We all deserve safe and comfortable access to our public parks. It’s a sad fact however that people throughout Seattle are often separated from their favorite parks by dangerous roads and street crossings. Think about how difficult it is to cross the street to Woodland Park, Gasworks Park, even Green Lake.

We envision a Seattle parks system where our kids can safely bike to and through parks for fun or simply to get home. We envision a Seattle parks system where grandparents can safely walk to and through our parks as they enjoy staying active or to pick up a quart of milk from the grocery store. Do you share our vision? Then join us in creating equitable access to our park system! YOU can help: do your part to speak up for safe access to parks for all!

What: Tell your story about how you and your friends and family would like better access to your favorite park at the Parks Legacy Public Hearing.

When: Thursday, November 7th at 5:30 pm

Where: Miller Community Center330 19th Ave E

Contact: Gordon Padelford (206) 963-8547 or gordon <at>seattlegreenways.org to coordinate with a common message for Seattle Neighborhood Greenways to parks and to stay involved with this campaign of Green Streets to Parks.

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.”

Thank you Bicycle Alliance of Washington and Cascade Bicycle Club for your work on statewide bicycle transportation issues.

And a final note…

Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.?-H.G. Wells

Nuts and Bolts for Spokespeople Rides

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 Clubcertified ride leaders.

Contact information

If you want more information about this ride or aboutSpokespeople, please contact us!

Keep happy and keep pedaling!

Our Fantastic Spokespeople Ride Leaders:

• Cathy Tuttle(206)547-9569/(206)713-6269cathy.tuttle[at]gmail.com(Wallingford Spokespeople)

• Michael Herschensohn(206)412-0702mh982501[at]gmail.com(Queen Anne Spokespeople)

• Michael Snyder(206)781-7221msnyder[at]zserf.com(Ballard Spokespeople and the Cascade Bike Club Board)

• Madi Carlson (206) 612-4970madidotcom[at]gmail.com

• Merlin Rainwater(206) 769-6549merlinrain[at]gmail.com

• Stu Hennessey(206)938-3322alkistu[at]hotmail.com (West Seattle Spokespeople)

• Robin Randels (206) 446-7457rkrandels[at]comcast.net

• Al Miller (206)697-4603amiller7x7[at]comcast.net(NE Spokespeople)

And our other leaders Cindy Riskin, Lee LeCroix, William Gerdes, Denny Kerr, Jim Mathieu, Norm Tjaden, Mark Davison, Sander Lazar (Ravenna Bryant Spokespeople), Scott, Bill, and even more people who help out whenever you can. Thank you.


Spokespeople rides on the 1st Saturday of every month (since March 2007) linking people through neighborhoods along secure bike routes. Article in Worldchanging on Spokespeople.

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