Spokespeople and Kidical Mass Go to Ballard Greenway Grand Opening Sat Sept 7

Hello Spokespeople!

Our Monthly Ride

Saturday, September 7, is going to be a great day for a ride! Don’t forget your sunscreen. We’ll meet on Densmore and 42nd in Wallingford and leave at 2 p.m. for the Grand Opening of the Ballard Greenway!

AND, we’ll be meeting up with Madi Carlson and her Kidical Mass group who also going to the Grand Opening of the Ballard Greenway. Madi’s shorter ride leaves at 1 p.m. from the new Ballard Library.

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All Spokespeople rides meet at the south end of Wallingford Playfield at 42nd & Densmore and ride on greenways whenever possible to an adjacent urban center. New riders welcome! Please come by 1:45 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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Other Events

See our calendar for more details on these September events.

  • Sept 1: Bicycle Sundays Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6pm.
  • Sept 4: Seattle Police SDOT Traffic training. NE Public Library 6:30-7:30pm.
  • Sept 7: Kidical Mass Ride to Ballard Greenway Opening. 1-4pm.
  • Sept 7: Ballard Greenway Grand Opening. 2-5pm.
  • Sept 7: Spokespeople Wallingford Rides Ballard Greenways Grand Opening 2-4pm.
  • Sept 11: Maple Leaf Greenways monthly meeting 7:30pm.
  • Sept 14: Ride Seattle Center to South Park Fiestas Patrias w the Mayor. 8:30a-3p.
  • Sept 14: Walk2More Tours. Various Beacon/Rainier Valley. 10a-12p.
  • Sept 14: Kirkland Greenways Bike Tour. 1-3pm.
  • Sept 15: Bicycle Sundays Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6p.
  • Sept 17: Rainier Valley Greenways Community Meeting. Bike Works Columbia City 6:30-8pm.
  • Sept 18: Walk & Roll. Seward Park 10-11am.
  • Sept 20: Park(ing) Day. Citywide exhibit/events. 9a-3p.
  • Sept 21: Lake City Greenways park restoration w goats. 10a-4p.
  • Sept 22: Designing for community health lecture. Downtown 10a-1p.
  • Sept 22: Bicycle Sundays Lake Washington Blvd. 10a-6p.
  • Sept 24: Queen Anne Greenways monthly meeting. 6:30-7:45pm.
  • Sept 25: Rainier Valley Greenways Community Ride audit. Columbia City 6-8pm.
  • Sept 26: Mayoral Forum on Public Space & Parks. Downtown 5:30-8pm.
  • Oct 1: October is Walk to Work and School Month.

October and November’s Spokespeople rides are so exciting! You need to get them on your calendar now!

Oct 5 Craftsman Homes of Ravenna Park. Join restoration architect Larry Johnson of TJP on a tour of historic homes. We’ll travel along Greenways in Wallingford and proposed Greenways in Northeast Seattle on an easy ride to the historic Ravenna Park neighborhood. Noted architectural historian, president of the Queen Anne Historical Society, and former MOHAI Director Michael Herschensohn will also join us and provide commentary.

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 is developing the tour with staff from Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture.

Spokespeople News September 2013

Many of the bits and pieces of news clips in this month’s newsletter are about how people around the world, in cities around the US, and in Seattle are waking up to the possibility of using streets as our largest and most flexible public space. People are beginning to question why we have given over 25 to 35% of every city to moving and parking cars, not people.

I believe strongly in the possibility of a city, indeed in the possibility of a world, filled with streets that are safe and pleasant for people happening soon.


Greenwood-Phinney Pop-Up Greenway is a creative way to try out greenways in your neighborhood

Bicycle improvements are happening quickly in Seattle!

We’re looking forward to a productive partnership with Cascade Bicycle Club’s new Executive Director Elizabeth Kiker! Thanks Joe Platzner, interim ED for your great support for bike advocacy!

Mt Baker stairway walk featured 8/30 Friday 6:35 & 8:35 AM on @KPLU 88.1 FM “Tourist in Your Own Town” segment. And did you know Seattle is blessed with over 650 stairways?

Seattle Help Wanted

Other areas

Riding a Bike

  • Bike Commuting Stats by the numbers.
  • The AMAZING INSPIRATIONAL Emily from Portland @1lessgmsuburban on a ride to raise money for ADHD writes: Before Sunday I had never biked more than 26 miles and never left the city of Portland except by plane. Haven’t seen the Pacific Ocean since I was 12. I’ve always wondered what my limits were, bikewise. Now I know: I can ride a 220 lb bike 63 miles a day and climb 3,000 feet. Not to brag or nuthin. Plus, I got to see the ocean! Yah, yah, I know… It’s a sound. Shaddup.
  • Creative use of bicycle-powered elevator–heavy going up, fun going down!

Bicycle Infrastructure

  • When a cyclist is hit by a car, a helmet may save their life BUT it’s not the helmet that causes the collision. Nor is it the LACK of a helmet that causes collisions when it happens to a cyclist without a helmet. The cause of the collision is usually the condition of the road and the actions or inattentiveness of the driver of the car. To even imply that the reason a cyclist who is HIT BY A CAR is hurt because they didn’t have a piece of plastic on their head is ABSURD. The issue here is the safety of our roads, NOT what we choose (or don’t choose) to wear.
  • “Women on a Roll” Showcases Power & Potential of Female Bicyclists
  • Widen Main Street? A community Had Other Ideas, and Thrived “If you build a place for cars, it will be a gathering place for cars. If it’s built for people, it will be a gathering place for people.”
  • No new roads. No new car parking. No new public debt. What it means to STOP building and start healing. Any city that wants to be financially strong and healthy needs to stop making investments that cost more over the long term to service and maintain than they generate in wealth. They need to stop accepting grant funding or “donated” infrastructure that they ultimately will not be able to sustain.
  • Take back your streets! @NACTO4cities Janette Sadik-Khan: Streets have been in suspended animation for 50 years. They haven’t changed because our streets have been seen as a way to get cars from point A to point B. Streets are cities most valuable resource. The NY City Transportation Department is the city’s largest real estate developer but we haven’t seen ourselves that way. The design guidance for cities is 50 years old, written for more rural America. The goal of cities is not about getting cars as fast as possible through the middle, it is to adapt to a complex series of ways of getting around A third of New Yorkers get around by walking, a third with transit, a third with cars, so we need a balanced approach to transportation. The new NACTO street design guide launching this September is a big permission slip for cities to use with their engineers to make changes they want to see but have not been formally written about.
  • The Shortest Distance Between Two Points Should be the Bike Route. To encourage cycling, bicycle routes should be as short as possible. Shorter routes require less effort and make cycling competitive with driving for a greater number of trips. Exposure to rain, heat, snow and cold is also less for shorter trips. Direct routes that avoid turns are more obvious.
  • Of course people want bike safety. But they want other things, too. When bike professionals make safety their only absolute value, they presume that physical safety is the most important value in people’s lives. And that assumption is demonstrably false. A restaurant doesn’t measure its success by the percentage of people who dine there without getting sick. It measures success by the number of people who come in the door, how much they pay and how often they return. A public transit line isn’t funded by the federal government based on its anticipated vehicle failure rate. It’s funded based on the number of people who are expected to use it. I’m not arguing that safety is unimportant. Obviously nonprofessionals are imperfect judges of whether a particular lane or intersection is safe, and cities must work carefully to design good, safe intersections with few bike-car conflicts.

Politics determines how investments are made in safe streets for people

Seattle is a leader in the Renaissance of family-biking

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 Club certified ride leaders.

Contact information

If you want more information about this ride 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 (Ballard Spokespeople and the Cascade Bike Club Board)
  • Madi Carlson (206) 612-4970 madidotcom[at]gmail.com
  • Michael Herschensohn (206)412-0702 mh982501[at]gmail.com (Queen Anne Spokespeople)
  • Stu Hennessey (206)938-3322 alkistu[at]hotmail.com (West Seattle Spokespeople)
  • Robin Randels (206) 446-7457 rkrandels[at]comcast.net
  • Al Miller (206)697-4603 amiller7x7[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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