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Green Lane Project selects Seattle as new project city for protected bike lanes By Anne-Marije Rook, Communications Director
Great news! The PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project has just announced its selection of six new cities, including Seattle, to receive financial, strategic and technical assistance to install protected bike lanes. Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Seattle were chosen from more than 100 U.S. cities that submitted letters of interest for the program. Launched in 2012, the Green Lane Project works with cities to speed the installation of protected bike lanes around the country. Protected bike lanes are on-street lanes separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts that help organize the street and make riding a bike an appealing option for more people. “It was extremely difficult to narrow down our selection to just six cities; we are seeing an upsurge of interest in making bicycling stressfree on busy city streets,” said Mar-
tha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes Vice President of Local Innovation, in a statement. “The selected cities have ambitious goals and a vision for bicycling supported by their elected officials and communities. They are poised to get projects on the ground quickly and will serve as excellent examples for other interested cities.”
“The selected cities have ambitious goals and a vision for bicycling supported by their elected officials and communities.” In the first two years of the program, the Green Lane Project worked closely with other major U.S. cities – Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland, San Francisco
Protected bike lanes are separated from street traffic by curbs, parked cars, planters or posts.
and Washington, D.C. – to build protected bike lanes. Since then, the number of protected bike lanes on city streets nationwide has nearly doubled from 80 to 142, with more than half of all growth coming from the project’s six focus cities. The founding cities will continue as mentors to the new class while continuing to build their protected bike
lane networks with the momentum driven by the project. The Green Lane Project will officially begin collaboration with the new cities following a kickoff event and press conference in Indianapolis in late April. To learn more, visit greenlaneproject.org.
Former Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn and Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden to speak at Cascade’s Bike to Work Breakfast By Tarrell Wright, Development Director
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Coming up on Tuesday, May 6, the Bike to Work Breakfast is a gathering of more than 1,000 business leaders, elected officials and others who, like Cascade Bicycle Club, believe in the power of the bicycle. Jim Zorn was a star quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks who continued his football career coaching for various teams, including the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and our beloved Seahawks. He is also an avid mountain biker. Author and comedian Willie Weir will emcee the event, and Tilden and Zorn will take the podium to discuss the importance of teamwork. The Bike to Work Breakfast ben-
Tuesday, May 6, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Seattle Sheraton Hotel, Grand Ballroom
efits Cascade Bicycle Club’s Education Foundation, which provides education and advocacy programs aimed at getting kids on bikes and making our streets safer. The suggested minimum donation is $75. Gifts of $150 or more include a one-year family membership to Cascade Bicycle Club (a $60 value).
Reserve your seat or full table now at www.cascade.org/breakfast. Thanks to our sponsors: The Boeing Company, Group Health Cooperative, SvR Design Company, Stoel Rives LLP, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Lease Crutcher Lewis, Sound Transit, John Duggan Cycling Attorney and Forum One.
IN THIS ISSUE: Letters to the editor........................................................................pg. 4 Biking While Pregnant...................................................................pg. 5 New event ride..................................................................................pg. 8 September tours............................................................................ pg. 11
Lycra-Clad Middle Aged Guys: A Love Letter
From Germany to Seattle: Artistic cyclists bring fun and physicality to local schools
By Elizabeth Kiker, Executive Director
I love diversity, and I’m glad we’re talking about it. The Seattle Times article on Cascade Bicycle Club last month, while definitely filled with details we would love to clarify, was a great conversation starter for our club. We need more women riders, more cyclists of color and more people on bikes of all ages and abilities. At the same time, I think the discussions around diversity might have obscured how Cascade feels about the cyclists who ride STP, the cyclists who participate in our daily rides, the cyclists who volunteer for Cascade as they have done for years. You know who you are: the beloved men and women in Lycra! I started riding in cycling-specific gear when I began cycling again as an adult. For years, the only riding I did was long rides—and long rides are made better by gear. My 22-mile round-trip commute was infinitely more comfortable because of my gear. My cross-country journey was only survivable thanks to bike shorts and Chamois Butt’r. All the tours I’ve participated in are ones where I am proud to wear bike Lycra and join a crowd of smart, fun, charming people (with a preponderance of middle-aged men). I want more people to join us—and I don’t want to lose a single one of you.
by Khatsini Simani, Education Program Coordinator
Elizabeth and her dad bike touring in 2006
As Cascade continues to grow, we need to emphasize the strengths of each part of our organization, and be sure to be inclusive of everyone. We are who we are today because of the great work of the staff, volunteers and members who came before us and who made their vision a reality. When I talk about inclusion, I mean bringing more people into the fold. From the Lycra-clad weekend warrior to the broke college student riding her Craigslist bike to campus, we are your club. Join us on the journey! Best, Elizabeth
Women Bike: Cycling Wisdom by Women, for Women Tuesday, April 8, 7-9 p.m.
After a very successful panel discussion at the Seattle Bicycle Expo, “Cycling Wisdom by Women, for Women” will expand into an evening at REI Seattle. More panelists and more time will allow more opportunity to answer the questions you have about cycling. If you or women you know would like to cycle more or meet others who are doing the kind of cycling you are doing, please join us for this event on Tuesday, April 8, from 7 to 9 pm. We want to build a community where you can find rides and riding partners. We will help you build confidence and overcome your fears. We will share information on bike maintenance and riding skills classes to support you in your goal 2
to get out on your bike. There will also be lots of information about getting comfortable on the bike, bike fit, finding the right saddle and optimal clothing for the kind of biking that excites you! Come and join us, and bring your questions! We can help. Panel members (all women) share a passion for cycling at all levels, whether it’s exploring the neighborhood, riding with family and friends, world touring or racing. They all started somewhere and are eager to share their enthusiasm and insights. Panel Moderator: Gina Kavesh Panel Members: Jan Acuff, Madi Carlson, Windsor Lewis, Merlin Rainwater, Khatsini Simani, Kari Studley and Quanetta West
Amidst the excitement surrounding Seattle Bike Expo (shout out to our extraordinary volunteers and event staff!), our Education Department awaited the arrival of the artistic cyclists. Travel with me in time for a moment. It is noon at Roxhill Elementary and Corinna Hein, one of the three visiting cyclists from Germany, is explaining to students how her fixed gear bike is uniquely built to support her balance. This moment’s focus by students on the cyclist is a stark contrast to the undulating waves of “ooh’s and ahh’s” that occurred just moments before. Imagine 400 children cheering at the top of their lungs while Stefan Musu and Lukas Matla balance gracefully atop one another’s shoulders--no hands, all smiles. (Of course, we prefaced the performance with an “eyes, ears and mouth” helmet fit lesson and emphasized the importance of always wearing a helmet while riding.) Bringing the artistic cyclists to local elementary schools was a special opportunity that the Education Department was able to provide. Shannon Koller, Cascade’s Director of Education, and Peter Verbrugge, Event Director, worked together to coordinate three pre-Expo performances at Dearborn Park, Hawthorne and Roxhill Elementary Schools, as part of our Safe Routes to School grant work.
“The delivery is fueled primarily by P.E. teachers’ passion and dedication to bringing bicycle skills to their students.” Many of these schools receive bikes on a three-week rotation as part of our Basics of Bicycling program. If you aren’t familiar with Basics of Bicycling, it serves third, fourth and fifth grade students, providing them the opportunity to learn bicycle handling skills, rules of the road, safety tips and more during their physical education classes. Classes are taught by trained P.E. teachers with assistance from myself and Miranda, our Youth Programs Assistant. The middle school program builds upon Basics by providing more in-depth classroom instruction in the Edmonds School District. Cascade provides bikes, helmets and all necessary instructional supplies for these programs. The delivery is fueled primarily by the P.E. teachers’ passion and dedication to bringing bicycle skills to
Artistic cyclists Stefan Musu and Lukas Matla balance gracefully at the 2014 Seattle Bike Expo
their students. The bicycle is introduced (or reintroduced) as a vehicle and instrument of exercise and expression, and a responsibility. In this light, bringing the artistic cyclists to these local schools was about more than just wow factor. It was an opportunity for kids to experience people and art from across the world. It was a way of celebrating non-competitive physicality and, yes, showing how much fun bicycling can be. Looking ahead to the future, Cascade’s Education Department is finding ways to connect more communities to bike resources throughout the region, both on the web and through family-oriented events. Some of the current resources offered are Bike Rodeo kits, Bike to School resources and assistance and bicycle education programming, which is expanding and developing to meet an array of needs and wants in our communities. From the Education Department to Germany and to you at home, a big thank you for supporting our work! For more Education Department events and happenings, follow me on Twitter at @CascadeKhatsini. Happy riding!
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You Spoke, We Listened
Heard at the front desk
Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to our member survey sent out electronically in late 2013. By now, all your answers have been analyzed and every open-ended response was combed. We will be referring back to the survey all year long to better serve our members.
Dave Eggleston is a jack-of-all-trades who spends his days helping Cascade members and staff. Every month, he’ll spotlight one common issue he fields working the front desk. This month, several folks called Dave to say...
By Alan Van Vlack, Membership Manager
The most answered questions on the survey were, “What is the number one reason you joined Cascade Bicycle Club?” and “How would you describe your biking?” Most of the respondents say they joined for events, our advocacy efforts and our free group rides, and most respondents are fitness and recreational riders. The most answered open-ended question was, “What would you like to see in the Courier?” Common themes were accessing electronic versions of the Courier, a Courier in color, emphasis on regional stories and more features. And we listened! In recent issues (including this month’s), you may have noticed new features such as the “Commuter Corner” for commuting tips and “That’s Rando” regarding randonneuring. If you have not seen them yet, check them out on page 5! I highly recommend them. And,
the Courier is now in color! Additionally, you can find the Courier online. To find the latest electronic issue of the Courier, visit cascade. org/courier. Digital copies are even mobile-friendly. There are countless other interesting highlights, but mainly I wanted to let you all know that your responses are appreciated and we read them all. As I wrote earlier, we will be referring back to the member survey all year long, and I suspect you will hear more from me in the upcoming months. What if you did not complete the member survey? Or what if you did not receive it in your e-mail? No worries! You can still help. Log on at cascade.org and complete your profile information under “My Profile.” This will help us build a complete picture of Cascade’s diverse membership. Finally, we encourage and welcome submissions for the Courier. Be the ‘chains’ you want to see in the world! Thanks for reading, and most importantly, thanks for being a member!
Didn’t get to weigh in on the survey? You can still help! Log in at Cascade.org and fill in the information under “Public profile”
By Dave Eggleston, Front Desk Operative
“I didn’t get an email confirmation of my event order!” Cascade sends email confirmations for event registrations, but sometimes they get filtered by your email provider into the spam or junk folder. In any case, you can always check out the status of your orders by signing in to our site (www.cascade.org) which will take you to the “My Account” page. Click on the “Purchase History’’ button on that page and you’ll find a page with details of your Cascade account, including the latest order at the top of the list. If you see the event in your order list, you’re in! Any questions about this tip? Call us at (206) 522-3222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who’s missing from our board? You! You are reading the Courier, so you likely care about Cascade Bicycle Club (or know someone whodoes). Do you have the skills and desire to go one big step further? We’re looking for new board members, specifically with expertise in development and finance, to join the board in 2015. If you are committed to creating opportunities for everyone to ride bikes, have the abilities needed tocontribute to a well-functioning board and are willing to commit the time and energy to help guide a multifaceted not-for-profit organization, please consider board service. Prior leadership, management or board experience is greatly appreciated, though there is room for unique individuals without prior experience to contribute to a diverse and wide-thinking board. The board meets six times a year, has an annual retreat and a brief phone meeting in August. Cascade is both a direct services organization (we put on rides and events and have a strong education program) and an
advocacy organization (we endorse candidates and monitor city planning and project implementation). To ensure board members are familiar with all of Cascade’s operations, we request that board members volunteer at least once for a program that is outside their main interest in the club. Each board member is also expected to participate on at least one board committee. A board term runs for three calendar years, starting January 1 after election. The bylaws disallow serving for more than two consecutive terms, though there is no limit on the total number of board terms one can serve. If you are interested, please email your resume by June 2 to email@example.com. We will then send you a link to an online questionnaire that must be completed by June 6. Visit cascade.org/boardelections for more information on the application process. We look forward to hearing from you!
Special film premier “Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story” Friday, May 2, 7 p.m. Seattle REI, 222 Yale Ave N Advance tickets at Brownpapertickets.com
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THE COURIER CREW
Letters to the editor
Anne-Marije Rook, Editor
Thank you for the great February issue of the Courier. I was very encouraged to read the positive articles about bicycle commuting and about increasing the diversity of our community. As a bicycle commuter, I attempt to encourage others to reduce their carbon footprint, improve their health and connect with others through cycling in their neighborhood and beyond. I appreciate that Cascade is doing the same. — Jesse Williams Thank your for the great article about fat biking [in the February Courier]! Many businesses in Winthrop are busy sharing the article today on Facebook. It turned out really great. This winter has been perfect for fat biking! If you haven't tried it yourself I hope you can get over to Winthrop sometime to give it a try! — Kristen Smith Marketing Director Winthrop Chamber of Commerce F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!!!!!!!! I personally love the layout changes, but most importantly, LOVE the larger font size! Yes! Finally I can read it without my magnifying glass - please don't go back to small font size ever again. — Lila Meglio, Pasco, WA We want to hear from you! Email your letters to the editor to Anne-Marije Rook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local cyclist diagnosed with bi-pochondria By Chris Partridge, Communications Specialist
Doctors at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center have diagnosed the first recorded case of a disorder they call “Bicycle-related hypochondria” or “Bi-pochondria.” According to a report released by the center, sufferers become fixated on the idea that their bicycle is continually beset by imaginary hardships. On Monday, web developer Alex Gunderson of Wallingford became the first cyclist officially diagnosed with the disorder, but physicians suspect there are hundreds of bipochondriacs in the Puget Sound Region alone. Sources say Gunderson first began presenting symptoms in the fall after installing fenders on his commuter. “Do you hear that? That little thuk-thuk-thuk sound? Gotta be rubbing,” he complained to anyone who would listen. But despite Gunderson’s insistence, officemates, loved ones and a slew of bike mechanics couldn’t replicate any of the bike’s dozen or so supposed issues.
As winter rolled on, Gunderson’s obsession grew. “It would be three o’clock in the morning, and he’d be in the garage lubing his chain and muttering about grit,” said Gunderson’s spouse, Amanda. “And all he would talk about was how important it is to ‘shave grams,’ whatever that means.” Symptoms of bi-pochondria include:
• Persistent complaints of headwinds going both directions • Delusions of black ice in summer months • Imagined squeaks, hums and other rhythmic noises • Going on and on about the littlest stuff, like, all the time. Geez. If you or someone you love is suffering from bi-pochondria, please consult your bike mechanic immediately. * This is a work of satire and should not be taken seriously. The author of this piece is the biggest bi-pochondriac in the world.
Diane English and Chris Partridge, Editorial Assistants April contributors: Jeff Aken, Mary Collins, Kailey Duffy, Dave Eggleston, Susan Hiles, Elizabeth Kiker, Shannon Koller, Serena Lehman, Josh Miller, Chris Partridge, Joe Platzner, Anne-Marije Rook, Khatsini Simani, Eric Sundin, Alan Van Vlack, Alexa Volwiler, Stacey Williams, Tarrell Wright Layout by: Tom Eibling
We welcome your contributions! Got an inspiring story or a great photo? We welcome submissions. The editorial calendar is planned one month in advance. If you wish to contribute an article to a future issue, contact the editor as early as possible. Articles and photographic submissions are due by the 10th of the month prior to publication. Articles submitted after that will be considered on a space-available basis. All submissions are subject to editing for content and space. Queries can be emailed to: email@example.com.
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Commuter Corner: Biking While Pregnant By Serena Lehman, Director of Membership & Outreach
Biking for transportation and fun has been a large part of my life for many years. It was unusual for me to show up at work and not be on my trusty silver mixte. When I found out I was pregnant, I was terrified and thrilled. As an avid bicyclist, I was nervous that someone was going to tell me I had to stop riding. I made a promise to myself that I would continue to ride as long as I was able, assuming my doctor said it was okay and it felt good.
“With all the other emotional and physical changes that come with pregnancy, ￼ riding is one of the few things that makes me feel good and like myself.” I’ve been lucky in that as I approach my final month of pregnancy, it hasn’t been difficult until recently. Since finding out I was pregnant, I have biked pretty much
every day, and there have definitely been some lessons learned along the way. The first noticeable change was I had to ride slower—not because it was harder, but because my breathing had changed, and to be comfortable I had to slow down. Now eight months in, I still have to remind myself to go slow (but the extra weight I am lugging around helps with that). The second change was I became a much more cautious rider. After my balance shifted, I am not taking any chances. And frankly, this lowered the stress of my ride as well. As I entered the third trimester I realized that bicycling was by far easier for me than walking or most other activities. Walking has become painful and challenging. It was and still is important to me to stay active and bicycling is the best option. I have four weeks left until my due date and I plan on continuing to ride, but the same rules stand as at the beginning: I have to be able to ride, my doctor says it is okay and it feels good. I am still physically able, though there are days when I have numerous errands that I will occasionally drive. My doctor continues to encourage me to stay active by whatever means works for me. It generally feels comfortable. There is a hill that is steeper every day, and now my giant belly brushes my handlebar stem when I step off the bike. I hope to keep riding as long as possible. With all the other emotional and physical changes that come with pregnancy, riding is one of the few things that makes me feel good and like myself. In a year, look for me in the Central District or on the trail with a little one on a seat on the front of my bike. That part is going to be wonderful.
By Joe Platzner, Randonneur and Cascade board member
Last month in this corner, I gave a brief overview of randonneuring. If your curiosity is piqued, here are some thoughts on how to get started. Typically, people interested in randonneuring have ridden quite a few centuries and some harder hilly rides like RAMROD or the Death Ride. But that’s not a requirement. The shortest events are 100-200 kilometers long, and a rider should be comfortable with that level of challenge. If you’re not quite there yet, consider the Cascade Training Series and some supported events first. Randonneur events are quite a bit different from supported group rides, and these differences really add to the challenge. At the core of the sport is self-sufficiency; the desire to become self-sufficient is a requirement. More than any other group I’ve encountered, randonneurs are wonderfully supportive, but come prepared to be on your own. Riders carry everything they need with them and can only receive outside support at predetermined control points. In practice, this means one is probably carrying a couple of spare tubes, a spare tire, a patch kit, some other bits and a pretty comprehensive multi-tool. One also needs to bring along all the food, water, clothing and emergency gear to be self-sufficient. How much to bring obviously depends on the conditions and the risk you want to accept. One must pay attention to the conditions much more than on typical supported rides. Riding at night adds a bit of complication, as do remote or hilly courses. You just don’t head into the mountains at night with inadequate options. I almost did not finish the Cascade 1200 with hypothermia when I underestimated mountain weath-
A cue sheet mounted to the cockpit of a randonneur’s bike
er conditions, and that was during summer in the daytime! Navigation is key; there are no markings on the road on randonneur events. You will need to carry the official cue sheet, perhaps a GPS, and you’ll need to pay attention to the course as you ride. If you miss a turn, you won’t be the first person to get “bonus miles” going off course. One thing you probably won’t need to worry about is your bike. If you have a bike that you have been using for regular rides, then you have a perfectly good rando bike to get started. Sure, you can geek out on low-trail forks and generator lights later, but don’t let any of that prevent you from starting. You can sort that out as you see what works for others. And you may soon realize that pretty much everything well maintained works for randonneuring. You will need a way to carry your essentials, good lights, fenders (almost certainly) and a way to keep your cue sheet in front of you. Fancy can be nice, but your gear doesn’t need to be fancy. Correction: In last month’s article, I said Paris-Brest-Paris will occur next in 2014. PBP is not until 2015, so there’s time to get ready!
In Focus: Kirkland Policy Ride Kirkland is quickly becoming one of the Eastside’s best communities to explore by bike. More than 50 Kirkland community members did just that on the Kirkland Policy ride on February 28. Joined by Mayor Amy Walen and Councilmember Dave Asher, participants were able to learn more about potential neighborhood greenways, bike lanes, bike overpasses and the Cross Kirkland Corridor while riding city streets. The ride included small presentations that highlighted the need for safer bike routes to schools, a connected network of neighborhood greenways and the innumerable opportunities around the Cross Kirkland Corridor. Kirkland demonstrated its leadership and commitment to designing streets that are safe for all users when it was the first city in Washington to pass a Complete Streets Ordinance. The city of Kirkland shows no sign of relinquishing this leadership role as it continues to set a high bar for creating safe streets for all users. Kirkland policy riders including Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen and Cascade Bicycle Club Executive Director Elizabeth Kiker. Thanks to all who attended.
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Get your bike in ride-ready shape By Kailey Duffy, Community Programs Assistant
The days are longer and the sun is brighter. There’s no better time than now to brush the winter cobwebs off your bike and get ready to ride. Join Cascade Bicycle Club and volunteer mechanics for the first in a series of free Dust Off Days maintenance events. Volunteer mechanics will provide up to 20 minutes of free labor per bike, and they’ll diagnose any problems which cannot be addressed in the allotted time. While the tuneups are free, be sure to bring cash to purchase any necessary replacement parts. We’ll also have helmets for sale for just $15.
When: Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Where: Swedish Cultural Center 1920 Dexter Ave N., Seattle, WA 98109
The Mystical Bicycling Experience By Eric Sundin
On fall rides
“past thinning trees ablaze on wet roads glaced in sunlit lukewarm haze hills pumpingly paced slim tires splashing through leaves piling cyclists dashing on fall rides beguiling linger longingly fall’s last days lustrous, crisply tender under winter’s surreptitious gaze sun rays fading, slender” Cycling up steep hills
“breathing heavily wheezing thighs in pain handle bar grips squeezing stretching the chain” Wind in face
“observes the cyclist among ‘metal boxes on rubber’ some predatorily sleek, some overreach blubber: as so in love head over heels with their crisply gleaming well appointed ‘caves on wheels’ why aren’t drivers beaming? on cushy seat behind windshield might driving perhaps be in climate control congealed merely akin to watching tv: sealed off, stale behind chromed grill no wind in face, no crisp morning chill”
Bike Month is almost here By Mary Collins, Bike Month Coordinator
May is Bike Month, a national celebration of bicycling for transportation and the best time to start riding around town. With Bike Month just a few weeks away, now is the time to dust off your bicycle,
recruit a friend and start preparing for the bikey festivities ahead. Bike Month has something for everyone, whether you’re brand new to biking or a veteran cyclist, and this year’s event lineup is sure to inspire you and your friends to commute by bike. Cascade is bringing back favorites like the Commute Challenge and Bike to Work Day presented by F5, and we’re debuting new events like weekly bike happy hours, Bike to the Farmers’ Market Day, Bike to the Mariners Game and Shop by Bike Week.
How do you plan to celebrate National Bike Month? Here are some ideas: Before Bike Month • Take a free commuting class during April and May, visit an Energizer Station or go on a free group ride. • Encourage bicycling at your workplace or in your community using Cascade’s online DIY event tool kit. • April 26: Get your bike in shape! Dust Off Days offers free maintenance and parts for purchase.
All May Long • Attend weekly bike happy hours around Seattle and Bellevue. • Go anywhere! Bike to work, school, your local coffee shop, a farmers’ market, the library, the playground or to meet friends. • Ride in the Commute Challenge presented by F5 and invite a newbie along.
May 5 May 6
Roll from brewery to brewery on the Seattle Bike-n-Brews ride.
May 7 May 10
Ride with your child on Bike to School Day.
Attend the Bike to Work Breakfast to support Cascade’s Education Foundation.
Receive a free gift when you bike to the Mariners game, and get discount tickets at mariners.com/pugetsound.
Stop by a commute station (or two, or ten) on Bike to Work Day presented by F5, or host your own DIY station. Don’t miss ride ‘n’ rallies in Seattle and Everett.
Receive a special gift when you bike to the Ballard Farmers’ Market.
Pedal over to the UW Trail Party for music, bike fits, prizes and more.
Seattle retailers. To register your business for Shop by Bike Week, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 16 May 18 May 22
May 24-31 Shop by bike and enjoy bicyclist discounts at participating May 29
Party on at the Ballard Bike Street Party.
Cascade makes planning for Bike Month simple and easy! Visit www.cascade.org/bike-month for more information and a complete schedule.
Commute Challenge presented by F5 Form a team and recruit a friend. Ride your bike. Track your trips online. Earn prizes (and bragging rights). Repeat. Throughout Bike Month, challenge yourself to ride as much as possible, earn some recognition for your bike trips and inspire a newbie to try biking. Join thousands of other riders in this fun trip-tracking contest. Register at commutechallenge.cascade.org.
Take a free class Bike commuting is simple and easy, and instructors will teach you a few tips and tricks to help you feel confident and comfortable getting around on two wheels. No registration required, just bring yourself and a friend! Visit cascade.org/schedule-events for class listings www.cascade.org
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Bike to School Month
By Shannon Koller, Director of Education
We have a number of exciting developments with our Bike to School program:
May is National Bike Month, a time for people of all ages across the country to engage in active transportation through cycling. May is also National Bike to School Month, a time when kids power themselves to school each day, which we hope turns into a life-long habit! Biking to school is not only fun, it helps kids start the day ready to learn. Cascade Bicycle Club hosts friendly Bike to School competitions for elementary, middle and high school students. All month long, participants track the number of minutes they bike commute and earn prizes along the way. Wednesday, May 7 is Bike to School Day, an extra special celebration of pedal-powered kids.
• For the first time ever, we have Bike to School sponsors including Raleigh (who also donated three new bikes), Seattle Children’s Hospital and Clif Kids. • A middle school team challenge—the winning team gets an overnight bike trip! • The top high school rider will be awarded two bibs for the sold-out STP in July. • Kits for Bike to School leaders with banners, posters and healthy snacks • Seattle Children’s Hospital will be hosting a Bike to School celebration on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please contact Khatsini Simani (email@example.com) to register your school and reserve a Bike to School kit.
Get involved in Bike to Work Day By Kailey Duffy, Community Programs Assistant
Do you love riding your bicycle? Do you enjoy sharing that love with other people? If so, consider hosting a DIY Commute Station on Bike to Work Day presented by F5. May 16 marks National Bike to Work Day, an annual celebration of people on bikes. Do it Yourself (DIY) Commute Stations offer a great way for community members and businesses to better connect with their neighbors by having fun, encouraging cycling and spreading goodwill to those you encounter.
What we’re asking of you: • Plan a fantastic commuter station that encourages and inspires new bicycle commuters. • Seek out local vendors to donate food or beverages. • Provide an optional giveaway item to participants (discount coupons, energy bars, patch kits, etc). • Promote Bike Month (emails, posters, encouragement).
How we’ll support you:
• Provide a toolkit and support for running a successful station • Provide maps and other promotional materials
What’s in it for you:
• High-visibility opportunity to connect directly with local bicyclists • Demonstrated support for your community and bicycling If you’re interested in becoming a part of Bike to Work Day, email Kailey at Cmpa@cascadebicycleclub.org to RSVP. Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling
Come Ride With Us!
By Alexa Volwiler, Volunteer Ride Leader and Rides Committee Member
You may have heard of Cascade’s Free Group Rides program. When I first heard about it, I was a bit skeptical about joining a group ride, but one day I did—and I’ve been hooked ever since. Today, I am but one of many volunteers that make this program possible. The volunteer ride leaders work diligently to select routes that are well designed and safe, offer paces that meet the needs of riders and facilitate the group’s coordination for a fun ride. We work hard to ensure that all riders have a good experience. Whether your goal is to train for STP, RAMROD, a multi-day tour or your first organized event—or maybe to just go out for a ride with others for health and happiness— we have a ride for you! With more than 2,000 free group rides offered annually, there are a lot to choose from. As part of the program, we also offer some free training series and out-of-town events. Here are just a few examples:
Climbing Hills Eastside, Winter (CHEW) Series
This fun, challenging series is devoted to keeping you motivated during the winter months. Riders gather strength climbing some of our best hills on the Eastside. Riders come out of this series strong and ready for the spring riding season. Series runs from January to the end of March; paces steady to strenuous offered.
Cascade Advanced Training Series – Eastside (CATS – Eastside)
This series targets more advanced riders, those who have a goal to ride STP in one day, to ride RAMROD or to complete another challenging event ride. We are working hard to
New Cascade event ride!
put together routes off the beaten path that riders will find enjoyable but also challenging--the best of the Eastside! This series brings together the joys of group riding with the challenge of other self- guided series. Series runs from April to June; paces brisk and strenuous offered.
Walla Walla weekend getaway
For those of you looking for something new outside of our typical urban routes, consider joining us in Walla Walla the weekend of May 9-11. Aside from great riding, we have organized wine tastings and will have an opportunity to see the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede. Come experience the beauty of the Blue Mountains and spring wheat fields. Paces steady to strenuous offered. Midweek Eastside Evening Training Series (MEETS)
Riders looking to complement weekend riding with midweek training should consider joining us for MEETS. This series is offered every Wednesday evening from two start locations – Marymoor Park and South Bellevue Park and Ride. The goal is to get a good workout in less than two-and-a-half hours. Paces vary by location with steady to strenuous offered. Whatcom County getaway weekend
Explore the best Whatcom County has to offer by bike. We will travel up to Lynden, around Birch Bay, skirt along Galbraith Mountain, climb scenic Chuckanut Drive and pass Bellingham Bay. Of course, a tour of WWU and visiting the quaint local establishments is in store. For beer lovers, Boundary Bay Brewery is a must. Dates are August 9-10; paces steady to strenuous offered. For more rides, flip to page 9 or visit Cascade’s online calendar (cascade.org/calendar). Many are also cross-posted to Cascade’s Free Group Rides Meetup page. So come ride with us! You won’t meet a friendlier, more accepting group of cyclists.
Sunday, June 8
Due to the overwhelming popularity of our Seattle Bike-n-Brews ride, we have added a brand new event to this year’s ride roster: Seattle Bike-n-Brews El Norte! Bike-n-Brews El Norte is a relaxed, urban event for cyclists who enjoy flat city/trail riding and local craft beers. Last year’s inaugural event drew a truly eclectic mix of riders young and old, Lycra and jeans, fixies and carbon road bikes. The route for El Norte (Spanish for “the north”) begins and ends at scenic Myrtle Edwards Park near Downtown Seattle. Riders are taken on a 38-mile out-and-back course to Kenmore, using the Elliott Bay, Ship Canal and Burke-Gilman bike trails, and lightly traveled roads in between.
The mid-point rest stop will be at 192 Brewing Company in Kenmore. Riders can chill out with a refreshing beer or soda, and hot food will be available for purchase. The Myrtle Edwards Finish Line Festival overlooks beautiful Elliott Bay and features live music and beer from both Fremont Brewing and Peddler Brewing Companies! With their paid registration, riders receive two complimentary beverages. Plus, register by May 28 and get a free Bike-n-Brews t-shirt! With only 350 feet of total elevation gain and route options of 12, 38 or 48 miles, El Norte will be a blast for riders of all ability levels. So rally your friends and register today at cascade.org.
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FREE GROUP RIDES Monday, April 28 MUMPS: Head Up North 10 a.m., 55 mi from Tracy Owen Station/Log Boom Park, Kenmore; Ride Leader: Craig Mohn
EASY PACE (under 10 mph) Look on the Cascade Free Group Rides Calendar for Easy rides that have been posted after the Courier publication date.
STRENUOUS PACE (18-21 mph)
LEISURELY PACE (10-12 mph)
Saturday, April 5 Camano Island Loop 9:30 a.m., 55 mi from Heritage Park, Stanwood; Ride Leader(s): James Coliz
Friday, April 4 FRIDAY RIDERS: Go to Lake Forest Park 10 a.m., 25 mi from Gas Works Park, Seattle; Ride Leader(s): William Lemke Sunday, April 6 Sunday Crepes Ride 10 a.m., 33 mi from Gas Works Park, Seattle; Ride Leader(s): David Bordewick Tuesday, April 8 Afternoon Lite 1:15 p.m., 15 mi from Gas Works Park, Seattle; Ride Leader(s): William Lemke Friday, April 11 FRIDAY RIDERS: Tulip Pedal 10 a.m., 25 mi from Edgewater Park, Mount Vernon; Ride Leader(s): Jan Johnson Friday, April 18 FRIDAY RIDERS: To Cyclefab workshop 10 a.m., 25 mi from Gas Works Park, Seattle; Ride Leader(s): Norm Tjaden Friday, April 25 FRIDAY RIDERS: Ride to West Seattle 10 a.m., 33 mi from Gas Works Park, Seattle; Ride Leader(s): David Bordewick Saturday, April 26 SPOKES Flower Power 2014 Ride 10 a.m., 24 mi from Log Boom Park -Tracy Owen Station, Kenmore; Ride Leader(s): Michelle Burton, James “Bud” Hunt Sunday, May 4 Sunday Crepes Ride 9:30 a.m., 35 mi from Gas Works Park, Seattle; Ride Leader(s): David Bordewick
SUPER-STRENUOUS PACE (+22 mph)
Tuesday, April 8 TREATS: Mercer Lid to Issaquah 10 a.m., 35 mi from West I-90 Lid Park, Seattle; Ride Leader(s): Peter Hallson
Saturday, April 5 Camano Island Loop 9:30 a.m., 55 mi from Heritage Park, Stanwood ; Ride Leader(s): Rob Latino
Tuesday, April 15 TREATS: Annual Tulip Pedal 10 a.m., 25 mi from Edgewater Park, Mount Vernon; Ride Leader(s): Jan Johnson
Thursday, April 10 THUMPS: Home for Lunch 9:30 a.m., 30 mi from Leschi Starbucks, Seattle; Ride Leader(s): Mike Nelson
Tuesday, April 22 TREATS: To Kubota Garden 10 a.m., 25 mi from Gas Works Park, Seattle; Ride Leader(s): Norm Tjaden Tuesday, April 29 TREATS: Eastside Chilly Hilly 10 a.m., 26 mi from Sixty Acres Park/ Sammamish River Regional Park, Redmond; Ride Leader(s): Clarice Sackett
MODERATE PACE (14-16 mph) Thursday, April 3 MEETS: Marymoor, Thursday Edition 5:45 p.m., 25 mi from Marymoor Park, Redmond; Ride Leader(s): Peter Dunmore, Rick Wiltfong
Wednesday, April 8 Cycle Tuesdays 5:45 p.m., 35 mi from Gene Coulon Park, Renton; Ride Leader(s): Stephen Else, Russ Moul
Thursday, April 24 THUMPS: Home for Lunch 9:30 a.m., 30 mi from Leschi Starbucks, Seattle; Ride Leader(s): Mike Nelson Friday, April 25 FRUMPS: Sample Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Fircrest 10 a.m., 45 mi from War Memorial Park, Tacoma; Ride Leader(s): James Shedd
BRISK PACE (16-18 mph) Saturday, April 5 CATS Magnuson #3: Everett-Mukilteo Loop 9 a.m., 48 mi from Lynnwood Park & Ride, Lynnwood; Ride Leader(s): Gary Williams Camano Island Loop 9:30 a.m., 55 mi from Heritage Park, Stanwood; Ride Leader(s): Daniel Kelly
STEADY PACE (12-14 mph)
Wednesday, April 1 Cycle Tuesdays 5:45 p.m., 35 mi from Gene Coulon Park, Renton; Ride Leader(s): Stephen Else, Russ Moul
Tuesday, April 1 TREATS: Bothell & Burbs 10 a.m., 36 mi from Blyth Park, Bothell; Ride Leader(s): Chris Nelson
Monday, April 21 MUMPS: Head Up North 10 a.m., 55 mi from Tracy Owen Station/Log Boom Park, Kenmore; Ride Leader(s): Craig Mohn
Saturday, April 5 Camano Island Loop 9:30 a.m., 55 mi from Heritage Park, Stanwood; Ride Leader(s): Joni Griffis
Saturday, April 26 Meet the High Performance Cycling Team 9 a.m., 35 mi from Sam Smith Park, Seattle; Ride Leader: David Longdon
Wednesday, April 14 Cycle Tuesdays 5:45 p.m., 35 mi from Gene Coulon Park, Renton; Ride Leader(s): Stephen Else, Russ Moul Wednesday, April 22 Cycle Tuesdays 5:45 p.m., 35 mi from Gene Coulon Park, Renton; Ride Leader(s): Stephen Else, Russ Moul
Weather conditions may cancel the ride. Helmets are required on all rides. Earbuds/headphones are not allowed on any Cascade ride. All riders are required to sign a waiver form. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Riders are expected to be ready to ride at the time listed. Participants do not have to RSVP, simply show up to join the fun!
On Twitter? Tag your tweets and twitpics with #grouprides.
This is a sampling of this month’s rides.
For a complete listing, see cascade.org/calendar. For full details of the listed rides, see cascade.org/grouprides. This is also where you’ll find ride guidelines to help you select a ride that suits your style, skills and energy level.
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Summer camps at Cascade Bicycle Club By Josh Miller, Classes and Camps Coordinator
This summer Cascade is offering fun and exciting youth summer camps for three different age groups. These are week-long day camps running Monday-Friday in beautiful Magnuson Park beside Lake Washington. Wheelie Fun Camp is for 6-9-year-olds, Gearheads Camp is for 9-12-year-olds and Urban Riders Camp is for 11-15-year-olds. These camps take advantage of Magnuson Park’s amenities, as well as our close proximity to the BurkeGilman Trail and nearby destinations such as Matthews Beach Park. Summer is a time for fun and
also a time to continue your child’s learning and growth. Our camps focus on applied learning and developing critical thinking skills while having fun. We meet camp participants where they are and challenge and nurture them in ways suitable for their personalities and learning styles. Campers will learn and practice individual and group bicycling skills for recreational and transportation bike trips. If you have any questions about the camps, please contact our Classes and Camps Coordinator, Josh Miller, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cycle the green valleys of Northern Spain September 7 - 14, 2014
This year, our partners are offering some truly unforgettable international tours. Last month we profiled mountain biking the Annapurna Circuit, and this month we want to highlight the green valleys of Northern Spain, one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Foreign tourism is largely absent in the region, so touring on two wheels is a unique way to experience the authentic Spain as few others have. This tour features magnificent scenery with an emphasis on both the splendid inland sights and gorgeous coastal scenery. Enjoy a seafood meal or tapas with the locals in a typical Spanish village square. On
the tour, you’ll visit medieval towns and the architectural wonders of El Capricho by the famous architect Gaudí. Riders will have the opportunity to soak in local culture in quaint Spanish villages and tour the bustling markets with a mix of local farmers and mountaineers. The route involves some climbing through picturesque valleys, but the difficulty rating is moderate, so fit riders of all abilities should have little trouble with the route. The ride is supported with quality amenities, and no daily ride is longer than 43 miles. Plus, the tour includes twonight stopovers, so you can take your time and really experience the countryside. This seven day tour is a low-cost, high-quality option for those who have limited vacation time. Learn more about the Green Valleys Tour at cascade.org/international-tours. Viva Espana!
September 7 - 14, 2014 7-day tour 1125 Euros per rider
DATES FOR 2014 CAMPS ARE: Wheelie Fun Camps (6-9-year-olds)
6/30 - 7/3 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (no camp on July 4 holiday) 7/21 - 7/25 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 8/11 - 8/25 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Gearheads Camps (9-12-year-olds)
6/23 - 6/27 - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 7/14 - 7/18 - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 8/4 - 8/8 - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 8/25 - 8/29 - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Urban Riders Camps (11-15-year-olds)
7/7 - 7/11 - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 8/4 - 8/8 - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 8/18 - 8/22 - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Registration for camps is now open at cascade.org/camps 10
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Have an adventure this September By Stacey Williams, Rides Coordinator
Get out on the open road this September on two of our most breathtaking tours—southern Oregon and Wallowa & Hells Canyon. You’ll experience quiet backcountry, roaring rivers and some of our region’s most impressive natural beauty. Both of these tours are rated moderate difficulty and include standard support.
Southern Oregon Sept. 7 - 13, 2014
Ride on quiet roads with minimal traffic for most of this tour. Tour highlights include Mill Falls on the Rogue River, the majestic Crater Lake, Ashland, the historic town of Jacksonville and the opportunity to raft on the Rogue River on the rest day. This tour includes eight nights lodging with accommodations ranging from the historic Prospect Hotel, Mazama Village (at the south entrance of Crater Lake) and Galice Resort, an idyllic spot on the Rogue River. The tour starts in Canyonville, approximately 430 miles south of Seattle. Daily ride distances vary
2014 Bike Expo Photo Contest Winners By Susan Hiles, Expo Photo Contest Coordinator
from 43 miles to 83 miles (don’t worry--there’s plenty of downhills that day). Wallowa and Hells Cayon Sept. 22 – 27, 2014
Explore the stunning beauty of eastern Oregon, where cowboy country and wilderness meet the deepest canyon in the United States. Enjoy bucolic back roads, countless miles of car-free riding, gorgeous landscapes and memorable off-bike activities. Be sure to bring walking shoes to enjoy the art and bronze works in Joseph, the hiking trails on Mt. Howard, a walk in Hells Canyon (after your jet boat ride) and the Oregon Trail interpretive center. Bring your swimsuit for Wallowa Lake and, of course, your camera to capture it all! The lodging on this tour ranges from basic to above average. The start point for this tour is approximately 325 miles from Seattle.
People’s Choice Award-winning photo by Beth Hamilton
Not only was this year’s Kenmore Camera Photo Contest a huge success, but visitors, exhibitors and judges at the Seattle Bike Expo were treated to spectacular views of Puget Sound from the floor to ceiling windows at its Smith Cove Cruise Terminal venue. We had 109 excellent photos entered in the six categories, and our
judges this year--John Manuwal, Peggy Hanson and Tom Saknit-had their work cut out for them! This was Kenmore Camera’s sixth year sponsoring the photo contest, and they generously donated inhouse gift cards for the top three finishers in each category.
Black and White winning photo by Adam Dodge
Action winning photo by Mark Brumfield
Come and join us on one (or both) of these amazing end of season tours. For more detailed information, visit cascade.org/cascade-club-tours or email Stacey Williams at staceyw@ cascadebicycleclub.org.
This years winners are: People’s Choice
People & Places
1. Adam Dodge 2. Beth Hamilton 3. Tatyana Savchuk Honorable mention: Gary White, Helen Weismeyer
1. Mark Brumfield 2. Mark Brumfield 3. Susan Hiles Honorable mention: Sam Ruljancich Comedy
1. Thomas J Baker 2. Helen Weismeyer 3. Susan Hiles Honorable mention: Beth Hamilton, Carol Sheppard Still Life
1. Carla Gramlich 2. Christy Strand 3. Carol Sheppard Honorable mention: Brends Bellamy, Tatyana Savchunk
Black & White
1. Adam Dodge 2. Tatyana Savchuk 3. Carla Gramlich Honorable mention: Carla Gramlich, Sam Ruljancich Creative Digital
1. Carla Gramlich 2. Carla Gramlich 3. Carol Sheppard Honorable mention: George Cvekovich, Susan Hiles
Congratulations to all winners, and thank you to everyone who entered prints for this year’s contest. We hope to see you again next year! Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling
Creating healthy communities through bicycling in South Snohomish County By Jeff Aken, Principal Planner
How much has the rate of childhood obesity in Snohomish County increased over the last 10 years? Would you believe it’s as much as 18 percent? And only half of adults engage in regular physical activity. But thanks to a generous grant from the Verdant Health Commission, Cascade is continuing its work to make it easier to bike in South Snohomish County. Cascade hosted two policy workshops in late January and February about policy and infrastructure that create safe, comfortable and useful bike facilities. These free workshops gave the opportunity for city and county staff, elected officials and engaged citizens to learn from experts who have worked with innovative communities all over the country, helping them translate their vision for a healthy, bike- friendly community into a reality. The first workshop in January centered on infrastructure that attracts novice and new riders. Emerging bike facilities are increasingly focused on creating separation from traffic, given research by Jennifer Dill at Portland State University and polling by Cascade that shows 60 percent of people would like to ride more often but don’t feel comfortable riding next to traffic. Steve Durrant, from Alta Design and Planning led an interactive presentation on how communities around the country are implementing bike
facilities based on the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide. The workshop also included details for traffic engineers and planners about intersection design, durability of materials such as green paint and how protected bike lanes can be adjusted to an individual community’s context. The second workshop examined how the widely used concept of Level of Service can lead to incomplete streets that are neither safe nor comfortable for bikes (or pedestrians). Justin Resnick and Chris Breiland from Fehr and Peers presented on Multimodal Level of Service, which is a tool that helps communities improve mobility regardless of transportation mode. The workshop had plenty of examples of how this has worked around the region and concluded with the opportunity to design a variety of street types using a web-based tool called Streetmix. The time for change is now. In that spirit, the cities of Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds recently were awarded a $1.9 million grant from Verdant Health Commission to improve connections with new infrastructure, signage and education which will make it much easier for South Snohomish County residents to get out and ride a bike more often.
Training for the STP, RAW or another long-distance ride? Kick-start your training with the Flying Wheels Summer Century on May 31. Register at cascade.org/flying-wheels