Spokespeople West Seattle
Spokespeople West Seattle has been leading safe and healthy community rides since May 2, 2010.
We usually start at Alki Bike and Board (2606 California Ave SW). Some of our rides start at Jack Block Park (2130 Harbor Ave SW), South Seattle Community College, or in White Center.
Spokespeople West Seattle rides to downtown Seattle in Pioneer square, on shopping trips and to farmer’s markets along Morgan and California, and has gone as far afield as Interbay P-patch and the U-District Portage Bay grange.
We travel mainly along slow residential streets, greenways, and dedicated bike trails. Spokespeople West Seattle also does a fitness ride series that may be challenging as a family-friendly ride, however, this will be noted in the ride descriptions. Spokespeople West Seattle is involved in bringing more safe healthy streets for all of us to ride on through West Seattle Greenways.
Please show up 15 minutes before the start of the ride to hear about safe riding, proper helmet fit, and bike function check. These “Easy” paced rides typically include a midway stop, and are approximately 10-15 +/- miles round trip. All rides include experienced bike commuters who accompany us to offer encouragement and model good road riding techniques.
November 2012 Join West Seattle Spokespeople and In Motion on a pleasant Sunday shopping trip from North Admiral in West Seattle to the Morgan Junction. Stopping at the West Seattle PCC, The Farmers Market, West Seattle Produce, West Seattle Nursery and Aarons Bike Repair. Great for Cargo Bikes, trailers or safe and secure bags, baskets and carrying devices. Alternative Neighborhood Greenways routes featured.
September 2012 A pleasant Sunday shopping trip from North Admiral in West Seattle to the Morgan Junction. Stopping at the West Seattle PCC, The Farmers Market, West Seattle Produce, West Seattle Nursery and Aarons Bike Repair. Great for Cargo Bikes, trailers or safe and secure bags, baskets and carrying devices. Alternative Neighborhood Greenways routes featured.
July 2012 Join Sustainable West Seattle and West Seattle Spokespeople for a ride and community forum on the West Seattle Greenways routes. After a short meeting reviewing the history and the progress of the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Project, ride with city council members Sally Bagshaw and Tom Rassmusen along the proposed routes.
May 2012 West Seattle Bike to Work Month beginners can benefit from this ride from north Admiral to the downtown Seattle center. What is the safest route? How long does it take? Can I really do this? All will be answered with the support of our caring Spokespeople ride leaders.
April 2012 West Seattle CoolMom presents the first “think outside the car” day-long family event. The day starts with a “kidical mass” ride from beautiful Lincoln Park in West Seattle and ends at the Westside School playground 2 miles away. There will be fun, food and music at the end of the ride including a bike rodeo by Cascade Bicycle Club, bike maintenance demos by Bikeworks and Undrivers Licenses being made. Coffee, juice and danish starts this ride with a route selected for quieter streets. Ride sponsors include CoolMom and West Seattle Spokespeople.
April 2012 DubSea Bikes is a group of White Center residents who have been working to bring more bicycle use to the White Center neighborhood. The abbreviation “W.C.” for White Center comprise the name DubSea. From White Center this ride will plunge us downhill to the seaside at Lincoln Park. We’ll follow the shoreline on a flat ride around the beach. After a short break at the Skylark, we’ll ride up the Longfellow Creek trail, avoiding a hard climb, all the way back to White Center where we will relax at Big Al’s Brewery.
March 2012 West Seattle to Portage Bay Grange in the U District. What a treat to have an honest to goodness grange in the middle of the city. A grange is traditionally a gathering place for farmers. In this case urban farmers. Early spring is perfect for a visit to the grange as the farming season is approaching. The baby chicks will be ready to go to their new homes. (be prepared to carry them on your bike cause you can’t resist) The ride will be a stay together 20 mile adventure through the downtown waterfront, Myrtle Edwards Park, Interbay, Fremont, U District, Eastlake, Downtown and back to West Seattle.
February 2012 Lights. Sunday February 12th. 6pm. “Light up the night tour”! Let’s put on a two wheel light show to draw attention to bicycle safety in Seattle. Meetup at Alaska Way and Broad St. on the water front with your lights a flashing and your brightest reflective clothing. We will light up the night with a ride through downtown waterfront, ID, Beacon Hill bike trail, SODO bike trail and 3rd Ave. Back to Broad St.
October 2011 Hills. The best way to get better at climbing hills is by climbing hills. Of course there is a lot of technique involved, so this ride is being offered to share some hill climbing techniques. We will ride varying degrees of West Seattle inclines and work on individual pacing, gear selection and technique. Ride leaves from Alki Bike and Board, 2606 California Ave SW in West Seattle at 11 a.m. sharp.
September 2011 Moving Planet Seattle. Every member of the Cascade Bicycle Club has the equipment and the ability to meet the goal of Bill McKibben’s 350.org. That goal is to reduce the carbon parts per million in the atmosphere to 350ppm. Join us as we move carbon free from West Seattle to South Lake Union to celebrate the efforts by a growing population to use what is in their means to reduce their carbon output. We will along the way see some of the new bicycle transportation features involving the viaduct replacement and perhaps discover some new low traffic route through the city to South Lake Union. Great Family ride!
July 2011 West Seattle Edible Garden Tour. This leisurely ride will take us into some or all of the gardens offered on this year’s tour to share information and the shear beauty of backyard (and frontyard) edible gardens of West Seattle. The ride length will be approximately 20 miles to be determined when the tour route information becomes available.
May 2011 Visit some of West Seattle’s urban agriculture sites: including stops at the Community Orchard of West Seattle and Puget Ridge Edible Park as well as many back/front yard gardens. Ride leaves promptly at 11am from the South Seattle Community College Horticulture Center, 6000 16th Ave SW, at the north end of the campus. Leisurely ride includes some dirt path surfaces along meandering creeks.
April 2011 West Seattle, North Admiral to Downtown. 11.5 miles round trip, easy pace with hills. If you live in West Seattle and work downtown, you might want to try bicycle commuting. This ride gives you a chance to tour the routes available and to prepare for daily rides to work and back. If you just like urban riding on Sunday mornings, this is also a good ride for you.
March 2011 Spokespeople West Seattle will be riding from the Admiral Business district to the Morgan Junction along the California Ave business corridor. The key is we will do it all and never ride along California Avenue.
October 2010 West Seattle, North Admiral to Downtown. 11.5 miles round trip, easy pace with hills. If you live in West Seattle and work downtown you might want to try Bicycle commuting. This ride gives you a chance to tour the routes available and be prepared for daily rides to work and back. If you just like Urban riding on Sunday mornings this is also a good ride for you. Join Spokespeople West Seattle as we explore the fun of daily commuting on a Sunday.
September 2010 Spokespeople West Seattle rides again to visit and shop at West Seattle’s newest farmers market at Highland Park. We will also be riding to the original West Seattle farmers market at the Alaska Junction and finish the 11.67 mile ride at the West Seattle PCC. Bring currency and safe and sturdy cargo carriers. Support your local Urban Farmers.
May 2010 Spokespeople West Seattle Inaugural Ride to the Farmer’s Market and shopping for tools at garage sales for the proposed Sustainable West Seattle Tool Library.