Goals of Spokespeople
- Spokespeople will link neighbors with local business districts
- Spokespeople will support sustainable local economies along the spokes of the city.
- Spokespeople will bring together new and experienced urban cyclists
- Spokespeople will help to take some of the mystery out of using a bicycle for daily activities
- Spokespeople will showcase new and proposed urban bicycle improvements
- Spokespeople will follow the implementation of the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan
- Spokespeople will create opportunities for people to gather together in a fun, low carbon activity
- Spokespeople can enjoy a free, healthy, sustainable monthly city event
What will Cascade Bicycle Club contribute?
- Expertise in training leaders for community rides.
- Low cost helmets.
Spokespeople rides begin in three different neighborhoods:
- Wallingford at Wallingford Playfield on the corner of Densmore Ave N & N 42nd St.
- Northeast Seattle at 7744 35th Ave NE (Hunter Tree Farm)
- West Seattle at Alki Bike & Board (usually) 2606 California Ave SW
- Rides go in a round-trip loop each month to different nearby urban parks, local business, or other interesting urban place.
- Routes are planned using the City of Seattle bike maps and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways crowd-sourced maps.
- Activities often take place at the destinations, such as tour or a stop for refreshments.
- Routes may vary in length from three miles up to 10 miles and we will always travel slowly along the safest streets and least steep hills possible.
- Wallingford Spokespeople Rides on the first Saturday of every month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (since March 1, 2008)
- Northeast Seattle Spokespeople Rides on the third Saturday of every month starting at 1 p.m. (since January 21, 2011)
- West Seattle Spokespeople Rides are a little more sporadic but generally are on the first Sunday of every month (since May 2, 2010)
Who should ride with Spokespeople?
- All levels of experience from first-time urban cyclists through expert commuters
- All ages from families with infant carriers, children through senior cyclists
- All cycling reasons including exercise, environment, cost, convenience, and fun
What to expect
- Free/low cost bike helmets always available – no participation without helmets (call the ride leader in advance if you want to buy a helmet so we bring them!)
- Bike helmet, bike, and child seat adjustments
- Information on keeping tires with proper air pressure, finding adequate night lights, hauling groceries on bikes, riding in the rain, and related urban cycling skills
- Cascade Bicycle Club provides low cost helmets, and trains our Ride Leaders
- Bicycle Shops such as Alki Bike and Board support our rides
- Local businesses including Puget Consumers Coop have provided snacks for our riders
- Our rides are published monthly in the Cascade Courier and usually in the Seattle Times weekend section
Future of Spokespeople
- We will continue monthly bike rides from multiple locations and expand to other neighborhoods with trained ride leaders