Our Monthly Ride
Saturday, September 1 is going to be a great day for a bike ride. I’m excited to go with you to visit several Wallingford market production farms and serious vegetable & chicken farmers at the peak of the harvest season. Should be loads of fun.
Most of our ride will be along greenways (safe healthy streets). It is a short 5-mile ride but there are a few hills. We’ll cancel the ride only in heavy rain, but not in the bright sunshine that is predicted for Saturday! We hope you can join us!
Our ride leaders for this ride are Spokespeople and Cascade Bike Club Certified Ride Leaders Cathy Tuttle, Michael Herschensohn, and Michael Snyder.
Nuts & Bolts on Spokespeople Rides
You can see photos of past rides on Facebook.
Spokespeople Wallingford begins at the south end of Wallingford Playfield at 42nd and Densmore at 2 p.m. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE come 15 minutes early if you are new to riding on the road, new to riding in groups, or if you need any help with adjusting your helmet or bike.
New riders are welcome–in fact, getting new riders comfortable with riding on the road is the reason we do the rides! Please also call a day in advance if you’d like to buy a good quality helmet from us for $15 and we’ll bring our sack of helmets. Helmets are required on all of our rides. If there is heavy rain, we won’t do the ride.
What if it rains? Only heavy rain will cancel Spokespeople rides. We’ll decide by noon on the day of the ride. Give a call if you plan to come and don’t know if the ride is on.
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 Club certified ride leaders.
Contact information. If you want more information about rides or about Spokespeople, please contact us!
Keep happy and keep pedaling!
Our Fantastic Spokespeople Ride Leaders:
Cathy Tuttle (206)547-9569/ (206)713-6269 cathy.tuttle[at]gmail.com (Wallingford Spokespeople)
Michael Snyder (206)781-7221 msnyder[at]zserf.com (now on the Cascade Bike Club Board!)
Michael Herschensohn (206)412-0702 mh982501[at]gmail.com (Queen Anne Magnolia Spokespeople)
Stu Hennessey (206)938-3322 alkistu[at]hotmail.com (West Seattle Spokespeople)
Al Miller NE Spokespeople (206)697-4603 amiller7x7[at]comcast.net
And our other leaders Lee LeCroix, Denny Kerr, Jim Mathieu, Sander Lazar (Ravenna Bryant Spokespeople) and more people like Andrew, John, David, Cindy, Robin, Erika who help out whenever you can. Thank you.
Spokespeople rides from Wallingford on the 1st Saturday of every month (since March 2007) linking people through neighborhoods along secure bike routes article in Worldchanging on Spokespeople
You can now easily join Greenways online. Sign up today and find out if you live in one of the 19 super-active Greenways groups around Seattle.
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways www.SeattleGreenways.org advocates and activates safe healthy residential streets for people of all ages. Greenways are generally one off of main arterials with low volumes of auto traffic and low speeds where people who walk and ride bicycles feel safer and are given priority.
This report from our August 10-13 trip to Portland is a quick, gentle written intro to the idea of greenways.
- Sept 2: Bicycle Sunday. Lake Washington Boulevard. 10am-6pm.
- Sept 4: Last day to register for free Park(ing) Day on an arterial Sept 21. Citywide.
- Sept 5: NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Webinar. Free 12-1:30.
- Sept 5: Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board monthly meeting. City Hall. 6-8pm.
- Sept 5: Rainier Valley Greenways Kick-off. Rainier Beach Library. 6-7:30pm.
- Sept 9: Spokespeople Rides West Seattle. 11am-2pm.
- Sept 9: Pedal, Stretch & Breathe Bike Yoga. Capitol Hill. 5-7pm.
- Sept 6: I Bike SEA Kick-off. Downtown Nord Alley. 5:30-7:30pm.
- Sept 10-13: Pro Walk/Pro Bike. Long Beach, CA.
- Sept 12: Bike Counts. All over Seattle. 6:30-9am.
- Sept 12: Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board monthly meeting. City Hall. 6-8pm.
- Sept 12: Traffic Safety Meeting. Lake City Library. 6:30-8pm.
- Sept 13: Streetscape 2.0-Green Streets. Harbor Steps Downtown. 12-1pm.
- Sept 15: Touchstones Walking Tour of Rainier Valley. 11am-1pm.
- Sept 15: Kidical Mass Rainier Valley. 11am-2pm.
- Sept 19: Puget Sound Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Downtown. 1-2:30pm.
- Sept 21: Park(ing) Day all over Seattle.
- Sept 22: Bike Hour. 6-7pm.
- Sept 23: Bicycle Sunday. Lake Washington Boulevard. 10am-6pm.
- Oct 3: International Walk to School Day.
There is much more at www.SeattleGreenways.org!
Other Easy Rides We Recommend
- Bicycle Sundays most Summer weekends. 10am-6pm Lake Washington Boulevard.
Policy events for safer walking and biking are listed at the new Seattle Neighborhood Greenways calendar as well as lots of fun rides.
If you’d like to lead your own bike ride or walk on safe healthy streets, here is a great how-to guide by Ballard Greenways.
Calling out International Park(ing) Day on Sept 21 as particularly fine day for some street parties. You can register with SDOT by Sept 4 to be able to use arterial spaces, or just plan a party in your own parking space and reclaim the street!
You and Your Bike
Kids and Bikes
The San Fransico Biking Coalition published a useful Family Biking Guide.
Learning to commute by Bike
- Local Grist writer explains her thought processes as she learns to bike to work. She gives pretty good advice although it is unfortunate the article is illustrated by a woman on a bike not wearing a helmet.
- North Seattle women who want to learn to bike to work downtown are being recruited for friendly training in September by I Bike SEA.
City Bikes as Transportation
Safety for People Who Walk & Bike
Reclaiming our streets with art and culture
- Our friend Frosene has started hauling and selling baklava by bike in South Lake Union on her bike called Bikelava.
- Spokespeople Ride Leader and Queen Anne Greenways member Michael Herschensohn was featured in a Seattle Times article about biking to historic places in Queen Anne.
- What’s in a Sandbox? Dust flew when Northeast Seattle and Green Lake Greenways leader Paulo Nunes-Ueno tried to put a sandbox in his planting strip.
- Are there any Little Free Libraries on our Greenways yet? Plans at www.littlefreelibrary.org
Reclaiming our streets with engineering and enforcement
- Portland has lowered the speed on 70 miles of their residential greenways to 20 mph, a safe speed for people who walk, bike, and drive in the same shared roadway.
- “Our roads are not here for automobiles. Our roads are here for people to get around.” NYC Mayor Bloomberg made this statement as New York launches 20mph ‘slow zones’, one of thirteen to be in place in NYC by the end of next year. We are trying to pass “20 is Plenty” legislation in Washington State this year.
- The Seattle Design Commission strongly supports a 520 Portage Bay bike lane (we’d use it for Spokespeople rides for sure!) The idea was drafted by members of Central Greenways, Montlake Greenways, and Madison Park Greenways.
- Engineering Design Standards aren’t readable or exciting. These guidelines for Safe Routes to School Traffic Calming Measures are both.
- SDOT did a phone survey of people who bike, and people who don’t. It is interesting to read more about Who’s Riding Bikes in Seattle? Lots of surprises, including only 4 in 10 adults in Seattle have access to a working bike.
- How life is lived in Holland in the bike lane from birth to old age. “There is probably no bigger return on a municipal or state investment than a network of interconnecting and safe bicycle paths. Build them, and we bikers will come.”
- The Green Lane Project is transforming Chicago. New bike lanes are marked with bright green paint and separated from motor traffic by a series of plastic posts. This means bicyclists glide through the busy area in the safety of their own space on the road. Green lanes were discombobulating to the public when it first went in,” notes Alderman Margaret Laurino, chair of the city council’s Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee. “Business owners had questions. But now people understand it and we’re ready to do more.” Chicago plans 100 miles in the next few years.
- Even some of our great regional trails (Burke Gilman, Green Lake, Fremont Canal) can be less than optimal if multi-use means overuse. This cartoon illustrates what it means to reach capacity.
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.”
Way To Go Walk Bike Ride. The City of Seattle is eager to have you participate in their contest to reduce drive alone car trips and walk, bike, and ride transit more often. Learn more and sign up for prizes here. (We’re excited about WBR pedestrian walking maps too!)
Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.–H.G. Wells