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April 9: The Romance of the Ride Around Washington April 19: Bicycle Film Series: Stars and Watercarriers May 20: An Evening with Phil Liggett & Paul Sherwen

APRIL 2013 / Vol. 43, No. 4

After many years of service, Chuck Ayers to step down as executive director of Cascade Bicycle Club

Join us for breakfast with the governor to benefit the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation Thursday, May 2 at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel


The following statement from Chuck Ayers was posted to the Cascade blog and sent to Club members via email on Thursday, March 14.



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very day when I come into the office or head out to meetings, I look around and reflect on how far Cascade Bicycle Club has come over the years. I think about how our amazing staff, volunteers, members, partners and sponsors have built not just an organization but a real movement. And through this movement we are making our streets safer for our children — which means they are safer for everyone. Truly, Cascade has never been as strong or in a better position in its history. Our membership recently crested 15,000. Our events are posting healthy numbers and selling out earlier than ever. Our education programs are touching people of all ages, from preschoolers on balance bikes to seniors on step-through bikes. Because of our advocacy and planning work, elected leaders are recognizing that their constituents care about bicycling, and thus these leaders are asking us what they can do to be effective in responding to the ever-growing chorus they hear. Our ridership is diversifying, and the region is seeing more people bicycling than ever before. If my commutes are any indication, we’re going to need significantly more bicycle infrastructure to keep up with

the demand often hidden from view on the Burke-Gilman Trail. Because of this and the fact that there is a bright future ahead for Cascade and our community, it is with mixed feelings that I share the news with you that I have decided to step down as executive director of the Club. Truly, I look at the above successes, at our bustling office, at our committed volunteers and staff, and I ask myself, “Is this the right time?” It is. And though this may be a surprise to you, I have been thinking about this transition for a while. Knowing I wouldn’t be at Cascade forever — although there have been times it’s felt like I might, it is important to me to leave the organization in a position of strength. That time has come. My kids, Jessica and Sam, are growing up and heading off to college. I see new and exciting challenges and opportunities ahead for them. Likewise, I want to believe that the same is true for me. While I am 100% committed to the success of Cascade and our mission, I feel I have given to Cascade what I can and that it is time for new leadership to carry on. It’s time for me to ride over the crest onto a new stretch of road and see what waits around the next turn. (And I do literally hope to ride many new stretches of roads and trails.) At the same time, this presents the organization with an opportunity. While I don’t know who the next executive director will be, I do know that new leadership can bring energy, providing a catalyst for more growth. Taking the handlebars and guiding this big machine won’t be easy, but given what we have built together and the great shape the Club is in, it won’t be impossible either. I want to thank all of you — especially the great staff and volunteers with whom I have gotten to work — for sixteen years of Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling. I believe we have; and I believe we will continue to do so. Some of us, like me, will do so in different capacities but with no less energy for building that future and real hope that we will do so. My last day will be April 12. Until then, continued on page 2

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e are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker for this year’s Bike to Work Breakfast will be Governor Jay Inslee. As a devoted rider of his bicycle to get to work and for fun, Governor Inslee has firsthand knowledge of the benefits of investments in bicycling and has demonstrated decades of leadership in creating a better community through bicycling. Governor Inslee has called for a 21st century transportation system that would include choices for transit, cyclists and pedestrians. He recognizes that all Washingtonians are better off when they invest in safe and convenient bicycling infrastructure as bicycling improves local economies, creates more jobs per dollar spent than any other type of transportation investment, and provides people with an affordable way to get around.  We expect a full house again this year, so reserve your seat today: Questions? Contact Tarrell Wright at (206)240-2235 or

Join Governor Jay Inslee at the 9th Annual Bike to Work Breakfast.

"The leadership shown by the governor can have a profound effect on bicycling as a healthier option to driving. As a governor, I will personally lead by example."

Joe Platzner named interim executive director by Daniel Weise, President of the Board of Directors


n behalf of the board of directors, I am pleased to announce that Joe Platzner has been appointed to the interim executive director position of the Cascade Bicycle Club. Joe was elected to the board in October 2012, and took his position in January 2013. He brings extensive leadership experience as well as a lifelong passion for cycling to the club. We are confident in his abilities to be an effective interim executive director. In April, Joe will start working alongside Chuck, assuming the full executive director role on Monday, April 15. Joe and the board have agreed on four main goals during the transition: • Execute our current commitments. Provide a seamless transition operationally. • Recruit the most capable, experienced and visionary ED for the club.

In This Issue Look Twice for Bikes..............................................2 Bikable South Snohomish County..........................2 Start a bike train...................................................3 Stars and Watercarriers..........................................3 Make tracks, bike to work....................................4 Come to Dust Off Days.........................................4 New April Classes....................................................4 Bike to School Month............................................5 BizCycle.....................................................................5

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Ensure that the permanent leader inherits the best possible operation. Have fun.

Welcome Joe Platzner to interim executive director role I’m flattered to have this opportunity. I owe much to Cascade. Cascade pulled me back into cycling with STP, and their work helped create much of the infrastructure I use every day. There are so many exciting projects we can bring to fruition where Cascade has helped lay the groundwork. In my neighborhood, for example, Cascade can influence game-changing projects with regional significance such as the BNSF corridor and the missing link in the mountains to sound greenway. I look forward to working with the staff, volunteers, and community partners to better understand the club’s operations and to continued on page 2

Family Biking is here.............................................5 April Rides...........................................................6-7 Expo photo contest winners..................................8 Welcome new staff.................................................9 Bikenomics...............................................................9 Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin..............................9 Cyclist of the month............................................10 2013 Bicycle Ambassadors...................................10 Ride Around Washington......................................11 Welcome New Members.......................................12

April 2013

Your participation is needed to build a more bikeable South Snohomish County

Look Twice for Bikes by Serena Lehman, Community Outreach Manager


pring’s fair weather inevitably brings an influx of new bicyclists out on the road. Many people have pulled their bicycles out after a long winter and are enthusiastic after a hiatus from riding. Now is as good of time as any for all of us to brush up on our skills as drivers of cars and as drivers of bicycles. In March, we unveiled a new roadway safety campaign, Look Twice for Bikes. Why Look Twice for Bikes? Some of the most common collisions between cars and bikes are preventable by the operators looking out for each other. Let’s look out for each other and make our communities safer. We created a reflective teal sticker for your car, your bike bags or wherever you’d like to send the message that you Look Twice for Bikes. It’s a similar format to the popular Give 3 Feet stickers. A bumper sticker on a car is an easy way to spread the word that you Look Twice for Bikes and to encourage other drivers to follow your lead. We also created a small window cling for inside a car. The cling is a reminder to vehicle occupants to look twice before opening the car door into traffic. Do you have young people in your household who are learning to drive? This may be a useful tool for reminding them to Look Twice for Bikes when they’re driving.

by Tessa Greegor, Principal Planner

A Key places to look twice? When: • Opening your car door • Making a turn • Approaching a crosswalk Visit for information about roadway positioning, roadway safety and courtesy and applicable traffic laws.

Look Twice for Bikes is easy to remember and to put into practice. Check out www. to get more information as well as find out how to get some stickers of your very own.

Chuck Ayers to step down continued from page 1

I’ll be wrapping things up and helping the board set up interim leadership. I’m not leaving Seattle, so even if I’m not in the second office on the right, I’ll still be out there on my bike. Please look for me and say hello. The following is from Daniel Weise, president of the board of directors: On behalf of my colleagues on the board, please join me in wishing Chuck all the best in his next chapter. His departure is truly a loss for the organization. Chuck has tremendous institutional wisdom and deep community networks. We welcome his continued involvement with Cascade in some capacity in the future. The board is committed to the programs

and activities in place, and to the strategic direction of the organization. Our job at this point is to celebrate Chuck’s achievements and to ensure organizational stability during the transition to a new executive director. I want to personally thank Chuck for all that he has done for Cascade, and for building it into the powerhouse that it is today. I hold nothing but admiration for his legacy, and I’m proud to have served on the board during his tenure. The organization has tremendous, dedicated staff and is well-positioned to bring a new person on board and to achieve even greater success in pursuit of our mission.


M.J. Kelly, Editor Diane English, Editorial Assistant; Susan Hiles, Photography; April contributors: Jenny Anderson, Chuck Ayers, Ryann Child, Mary Collins, Susan Hiles, Tessa Greegor, Liz Johnson, Serena Lehman, Hanna McFall, Robin Randels, Anne-Marije Rook, Peter Verbrugge, Daniel Weise The contents of this newspaper do not necessarily represent the views of the Club or any of its members. The views expressed are those of the individual contributors. Submissions guidelines: Article ideas should be discussed with the Editor in advance as the publication calendar is planned two months prior to publication. Final materials are due the first Tuesday of the month, though earlier is appreciated.  Articles submitted after that will be considered on a space-available basis. Queries can be emailed to. If you send text attachments, please format files as native MS Word files or .RTF. For line art please use an .eps format and for photos please use .jpg or .tiff format. The Courier is printed at 300 dpi, so a small 72 dpi photo will not reproduce. If you attach your name and phone number, I will do my best (conditions permitting) to discuss any major changes with you. All submissions are subject to editing for comprehension, grammar or space requirements. Please be concise!


s you may recall reading in the February Courier, Cascade was awarded funding through the Verdant Health Commission to build on the great work underway in South Snohomish County to establish bicycling as a safe and attractive transportation and recreation option for families, commuters and tourists alike. With the Commission’s support, over the next two years, Cascade will work with city planners, elected leaders, businesses and the community to lay the foundation for each jurisdiction to make bicycling available to people of all ages and abilities throughout South Snohomish County. We’ve officially kicked off our work in South Snohomish County, specifically in Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and Bothell. We’ve met with city staff to learn about the efforts in each jurisdiction to improve people’s ability to travel by bike, and we’ve been impressed with what we’ve learned. In Edmonds, for example, the City is working to create a safe bicycle route connecting from the Interurban Trail into the heart of downtown Edmonds with key projects underway to realize this connection. Meanwhile, among other bicycle projects, the city of Mountlake Terrace (recent adopters of a Complete Streets ordinance) is working to complete the Lakeview Trail, connecting to the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center and future light rail station. While progress is taking place, there’s still work to be done to realize the potential bicycling has to offer in communities like Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Bothell and Lynnwood. The first phase of our Verdant work is focused on building relationships with city staff, community organizations and the business community in addition to learning from the community about key barriers to bicycling and opportunities for improvement. So, if you live, work or play in South Snohomish County, we wanted to let you know about upcoming opportunities for you to get involved in helping to build a more bikeable community.

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First, in an effort to better understand the bicycling environment, we have launched an online survey to learn from you about barriers to bicycling, important bike routes and destinations, and the types of bicycle improvements that would encourage you to

bicycle more. If you have ten minutes, we’d love your insight:

BIKEABILITY TOURS & ADVOCACY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE In addition to the online survey, this summer we will be conducting community bikeability tours in Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood, offering family-friendly bike rides to evaluate existing bicycle routes and identify future opportunities for bicycle improvements. The bikeability tours will be followed by a discussion focused on bicycle infrastructure and opportunities to help advance bicycling as community members. The bikeability tours will provide a foundation for Cascade’s two-day Advocacy Leadership Institute offered this summer to community members in South Snohomish County interested in building bicycle advocacy skills. Stay tuned for additional information about each of these events.

POLICY WORKSHOPS We are also in the process of developing a workshop series focusing on bike-friendly transportation planning, policy and design for elected leaders, city staff, and community stakeholders, which will kick off this summer.

SUPPORTING EMPLOYERS And last but definitely not least, we are continuing our work with employers throughout South Snohomish County to elevate the importance of bicycle commuting as key to a better business and bottom line. If you work in South Snohomish County and would like your business to increase its level of support for bicycling, please respond to the survey linked above and contact Stephanie Frans, Cascade’s Commute Programs Manager: As we move forward with each element of our Verdant work, we want to emphasize the importance of community involvement in helping to advance bicycling in the communities of South Snohomish County. We have a number of exciting opportunities coming up this summer and hope you can be involved! We will provide additional information about events like the bikeability tours and our two-day Advocacy Leadership Institute through upcoming email communications.

Executive director search continued from page 1 help find the best leader we can. Cascade will have no problem attracting a fantastic group of candidates from which to choose. I suspect our most difficult task will be to choose from wonderful options. This is an interim full-time position; I’m not applying for the permanent position. I will be on leave from the boards of both Cascade and Bicycle Alliance of Washington while I’m on as ED. I expect to leave most big decisions to the next ED, but I will be fully engaged in the operations of the club, and one can expect changes as are usual with any transition. I’m looking forward to engaging with all of the staff; I’d welcome as many conversations as possible to be on bikes on coffee shop runs.

Executive director search process A search committee has been formed, comprised of deputy director Kathy McCabe, and board members George Durham, Mo McBroom, Joe Platzner, Charles Ruthford and Don Volta. Finding the best leader for Cascade is a significant responsibility. We will conduct a national search to attract the best talent possible. We expect to open the position for application within a few weeks. We will circulate it through all our communication channels, including the website, blog, Braking News, social media and Cascade Courier. Members who would like to recommend candidates for consideration should send information to

Vol. 43, No. 4

Interested in helping kids bike to school? Start a bike train in your neighborhood by Robin Randels, Classes Coordinator


ore communities are encouraging active transportation, such as walking and biking to school, as a way to reverse the trend of childhood obesity. “Bike trains” offer an active, social, healthy way for children to get to school – and it’s FUN, too! Hop on an existing bike train or start your own. This April, let the Cascade Bicycle Club be your conductor as we link up with two local experts – Maya Jacobs, founder and organizer of the Thornton Creek and Wedgewood Bike Trains, and Familybike maven, Morgan Scherer, to learn how to organize your neighborhood bike train. We will conduct two trainings – one in the north end, at Magnuson Park, and the other in the south end, graciously hosted by BikeWorks. Parents wishing to start a bike train will learn the basics of recruiting others, planning the route, rules, and group riding skills with children. Join us on April 7 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. when we’ll hear from Maya Jacobs

about organizing, route-planning and outreach. Then we’ll roll onto the playground with Morgan Scherer for skills practice, rules of the road and how to ride with children. The session finishes with a ride around the neighborhood where parents role-play as children, conductors and the caboose. Bring your bike and a helmet, dress for the weather and get onboard. On April 27, Morgan will be the lead engine with a session encompassing both Maya’s work as well as the on-bike activities.

Bike Training Workshop For Parents This Month

April 7, 1:30 - 4:30, at Cascade Bicycle Club, 7400 Sand Point Way NE Suite 101 S, Seattle, 98115 April 27, 1:30 to 4:30, at BikeWorks Program Classrooms and Offices 3715 S. Hudson Ave Suite #111 (Lower level) Seattle 98118

“Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling”

Bicycle Film Series presents:

Stars & Watercarriers Friday, April 19, 7 p.m. Seattle REI, 222 Yale Ave N, Seattle FREE


his month, the Bicycle Film Series presents another epic documentary by Jorgen Leth (director of “A Sunday in Hell”). This one follows the 1973 Giro d’Italia, but it’s not a story about the race—there are few clues to the general classification, time differentials, stage winners, or other facts. Instead, you get unforgettable images of Eddy Merckx, such as when he lets a hometown racer go off the front for a moment of glory then ferociously chases and passes him with a look that would give Lance Armstrong the shivers. And you get the “watercarriers”, aka the workers, whose images are perhaps more inspiring than Merckx’s—not to mention the somehow magical scene of glass bottles of water being opened with church keys and passed around the pack during the race. In his film commentary, Leth explains the fascination exerted by the great cycle races: “The most beautiful, most pathetic images cycling can give us involve extreme performances in classic terrain.” The action

literally emerges on the move and the riders readily assume the roles tradition and epic necessity allocate to them, with the central conflict between Belgian legend Eddy Merckx and the Spanish mountain specialist José Manuel Fuente. “Stars and Watercarriers” was created by a small film unit that used a vivid, documentary style to describe the race from close up and sometimes quite from within. The film consists of ten sections, each with a title such as “A road of pain” and “A peaceful day”; thus it alternates between dramatic and more peaceful passages, which Leth’s commentary leads the viewer through soberly, empathetically and humorously. Throughout the film Gunner Møller Pedersen’s music supports the dramatic and aesthetic aspects of the race and thus sets the mood. The music mimics the light tread of the mountain specialists when they are in focus and seems to indicate the beat as we watch the more powerful riders *Chosen as one of the top ten bicycle films of all time by Bicycling Magazine


April 2013

May is Bike Month!

Make Tracks, Bike to Work by Mary Collins, Bike Month Coordinator


pring is here, which means National Bike Month is just around the corner. You’re invited to join thousands of people and take part in this month-long celebration of two-wheeled transportation during May. Bike Month is a great time to ride your bike for the first time or the thousandth time, so dust off your wheels, tell your friends and prepare for what’s sure to be a fun-filled month of bike rides and events.

Register for the May 1-31 Commute Challenge, presented by Adobe

Come ride with us in the 2013 Commute Challenge presented by Adobe! The Commute Challenge is back and better than ever this year, featuring the same friendly trip-tracking competition as well as a host of sleek website upgrades to enhance your user experience. You can participate as a solo rider or form a team of coworkers, community members or friends. Challenge yourself and others to ride as much as possible during May—whether that’s as few as four trips or as many as a thousand miles—and have a blast doing it. If you or someone you know is new to riding, there is no better time to begin bike commuting. Sign up today, invite a friend or coworker join your team and let the fun begin.

Here’s what’s cool about the Commute Challenge: • • • •

Easy online trip logging tool Sleek calendar interface Simple registration process Team captains get a free T-shirt and free party • All riders get a free souvenir • Social media sharing capability • Blog feed with photo inspirations • All participants are eligible for prizes • Competing with your friends and coworkers is FUN Learn more and sign up for free at http://

Take a free Intro to Bike Commuting class

New to bike commuting? Attend a free class and bring a friend for a fun and informative introduction to riding around town. Downtown Bellevue April 23, 12- 1 p.m. Bellevue City Hall, Room 1E-112 450 110th Ave NE Southwest Seattle May 3, 12- 1 p.m. Dubsea Coffee 9910 8th Ave SW Edmonds May 7, 12-1 p.m. Frances Anderson Center 700 Main Street


Burien May 14, 6-7 p.m. Bicycles West 804 SW 151st Street Downtown Seattle April 24, 12-1 p.m. Seattle City Hall, Room 4090 600 4th Ave

Mark your calendars

The Bike Month calendar is bursting at the seams with great events aimed at encouraging and supporting riders during May. Here’s a sneak preview of the lineup: April 27 Receive free basic bike maintenance at Dust Off Days May 1-31 Participate in the Commute Challenge presented by Adobe May 2 Attend the Bike to Work Breakfast to support Cascade’s Education Foundation May 5 Ride in the Seattle Brews Cruise. Registration is limited—sign up today! May 8 Ride with your children on National Bike to School Day. Team captains are invited to the Captains Bash at Pike Brewery 5-8 p.m. May 10 Receive a gift from a roving prize patrol on Bellevue Bike Appreciation Day. Grab a free breakfast at Bikes & Bagels at McGraw Square from 7-9 a.m. May 17 Stop by a commute station (or two, or ten) on F5 Bike to Work Day and ride n’ rally with elected officials in Seattle and Everett May 23 Get your bike groove on at the UW Trail Party 4-7 p.m. May 31 (New date!) Celebrate the end of Bike Month at the Ballard Street Party from 4-7 p.m

When you step up, you make a difference in your community

A little effort from individuals like you goes a long way into making Bike Month a success. Here are few things you can do to get involved and make the most of Bike Month. First, form your Commute Challenge team and recruit a newbie to ride with you. Next, plan a D.I.Y. Bike to Work Day station on May 17 in your neighborhood or at your workplace to support riders and foster goodwill in your community. Third, ask your employer how he plans to promote Bike Month. Organize a breakfast or happy hour for bike commuters at your worksite during May, coordinate a bike commuting brownbag lunch to share tips and routes, or schedule an on-site commuting or maintenance class with Cascade’s certified instructors. Learn more at

Come to Dust Off Days for a bike tune-up by Liz Johnson, AmeriCorps Major Taylor Program Assistant


o you have a friend, co-worker or family member whose bike has sat neglected in the shed all winter? There’s no sense in leaving that bike unloved in a corner – bikes should be ridden! With the weather beginning to warm and (fingers crossed!) the wet season on its way out, what better time than now to drag that bike out of the shadows, dust off the cobwebs and lube the squeak out of that rusty chain? Join us at the Swedish Cultural Center on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for this bike tune-up, the first in a series of Dust Off Days, and just in time for Bike Month. Look for the new bright gold Cascade tents in the Swedish Cultural Center parking lot, 1920 Dexter Ave N in Seattle. Volunteer mechanics will be in attendance from Elliott Bay Bicycles and WRENCH

Bicycle Workshop. Mechanics will provide up to 20 minutes of free labor per bike, plus a diagnosis of those problems which cannot be addressed in the allotted time.

Bring some cash •

Replacement parts available at belowretail prices • Helmets on sale for $15 Bike donations for our Earn-a-Bike program are welcome Special thanks to the Swedish Cultural Center, Elliott Bay Bicycles and WRENCH Bicycle Workshop for helping us launch the first Dust Off Days!

New April classes: “Bike 4 Work and Play” and “Back 2 Basics of Bicycling” by Robin Randels, Classes Coordinator


f you’ve been meaning to take part in Bike Month or Bike to Work Day, Bike 4 Work and Play is the class that will get you ready to roll. It’s easy once you’ve learned the essentials: laws, where to ride in the road, how to carry your things, lock up strategies and the art of tidying up once you’ve arrived. Before you know it, you’ll be making trips to your yoga class, the park, grocery store, library and beyond! For those wishing to get started or who simply want to brush up on personal bike-riding skills, we have Back 2 Basics of Bicycling. If you already know how to balance and pedal but aren’t so sure about all of those gears or how to brake properly, join us for a day of “how to,” skills practice, and an instructional ride around Magnuson Park. Class size is small so you get plenty of personal attention. Don’t delay because this one fills fast. If you are already riding and want to learn more about riding with traffic, Urban Cycling Techniques will take you there. Come to an in-class session on Thursday evening,

April 25. Practice bike handling, hazard avoidance maneuvers and go for a ride on Saturday, April 27. Maintenance classes are a good thing any time of the year – and they help you save money too. No need to miss a shift on your next hill climb, let a flat tire slow you down or take a chance on brakes that don’t! Keep your bike in tip-top shape for maximum fun factor.


April 1

Chains and Derailleurs

April 9

Bike 4 Work and Play

April 16

Back 2 Basics of Bicycling

April 21

Brakes, Wheels and Tires

April 24

Urban Cycling Techniques April 25, 27 Register online at

Vol. 43, No. 4

Get in Gear for Bike to School Month Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 8 by Hanna McFall, AmeriCorps Community Programs Assistant and Lindsey Parker, AmeriCorps Youth Programs Assistant


pring is here, and what better way to embrace the longer daylight and warmer weather than by seeing kids throughout the region biking to school during May’s Bike Month? You and your kids can roll with thousands of other students across the country on Bike to School Day, May 8.

CALLING ALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS! Students sign up at their participating elementary schools and track their miles to and from school on a calendar during May. Volunteer parent and teacher coordinators will help with sign-ups, publicize the event at your school with posters and distribute prizes. That’s right, great prizes! From stickers and bike charms to red rear lights, you can also win a cool rubber bracelet on Bike to School Day. Don’t just log your trips to school, you can also count your round-trip errands by bike to the store, the library, music lessons, sports practice and more. By participating, you and your family can make a difference for your health and for the environment. Find more information on how to prepare for Bike Month on our website, www.cbcef. org, including ways to ride safely. Parents, you know your child and his or her route to school best, but in general young children are not prepared to ride on the street alone. Most elementary school children ride with their parents or another adult. We envision participation in Bike to School Month as a family project, one that may also introduce parents to the fun of cycling with their kids. Interested in organizing a Bike Train at your school? Don’t miss our Bike Training Workshop for parents. See article on page 3.

CALLING ALL MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLERS! High school students are invited to take the Bike to School Challenge! Students can register on the challenge website at In order to register, students must be in 6th to 12th grade and have a valid email address. After

registering, they can start logging trips online. After five trips, riders qualify for the competition. Each time they ride to school in May and log it online, they are entered into a drawing for tons of awesome prizes. Kids can compare rankings to other competitors, and see how their school measures up against others. They can even keep track of how much their teachers are riding on the Commute Challenge website. Some other prizes kids AND their middle or high school can earn include: Get in Gear T-shirt: Help organize Bike to School month at your school OR make five trips in the first two weeks of May, completing the trips between May 1 and 11. Golden Pedal award: If your school logs more trips than any other, a spectacular Golden Pedal Trophy will be awarded as congratulations for the achievement! There is an award for both middle and high schools, so make sure to ride plenty and get your friends on bikes too. Bike Blender party: The school with the largest number of riders on Bike to School Day, Wednesday, May 8, will win its very own Bike to School celebration party, complete with a bike-powered blender! Remember, someone from your school must send the total number of Bike to School Day riders to cmpa@cascadebicycleclub. org by the end of the Bike to School day in order to qualify. For the first four interested middle and high schools, Cascade Bicycle Club can host a bike blender party during the month of May. The school will be responsible for transportation of the bike blender, but Cascade will provide the materials and two Ambassadors to run the event. Email cmpa@ if interested. More information can be found on the Cascade Education Foundation website, under Bike to School you’re interested in helping to organize a Bike to School month at your school, please email Hanna at or Lindsey at

More businesses move through BizCycle certification by Ryann Child, AmeriCorps Commute Programs Assistant Novo Nordisk achieves bike-friendly gold Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company specializing in diabetes care, is BizCycle’s first gold level bicycle-friendly business. With 20 percent of employees bicycling to its South Lake Union facility, Novo Nordisk fully integrated bicycling into the workplace’s transportation demand management program. Commuters receive $100 to spend at REI for every month they bicycle, whereas parking costs $80. To further encourage employees to jump on a bicycle the office holds a bike clinic every spring, bringing together mechanics and spare parts for employees to fix up their bikes in time for warmer weather. For those year-round, all-weather commuters, the locker facility is equipped with a boot dryer—sometimes the devil’s in the details when it comes to the decision to bike to work or not. Novo Nordisk received an innovation credit for both the Spring Bike Clinic and the boot dryer, contributing to the workplace’s final total of 37 out of 50 possible credits. University of Washington is BizCycle’s first certified university One of the top employers in the state, the University of Washington’s Seattle campus has the challenge of promoting and supporting bicycling for faculty, staff and students— more than 68,000 people. The university’s bicycle program and its services are so wide-

spread that it’s getting its own brand: UW bikespace. Every rack, bicycle cage and locker on campus will receive a decal with the bikespace logo and contact information so that students and staff can easily contact transportation services. The decals also serve to identify each bicycle parking area by number, facilitating administration and maintenance while also sending a message to bicycle commuters that they are part of a larger network and bicycle community on campus. The bikespace branding initiative earned the university a programming and messaging innovation credit toward their overall silver level award. Anchor QEA, LLC is silver An environmental science and engineering firm with both a strong bicycle and sustainability culture, Anchor made a commitment to make bike commuting easy. When the firm moved into its downtown Seattle office, they requested the installation of a secure bicycle room as a term of the lease. Hats (and helmets) off to the impressive work these organizations have demonstrated to support and encourage bicycle commuting! Who will be the business to beat? Cascade will recognize BizCycle’s first round of certified workplaces at the Ninth Annual Bike to Work Breakfast on May 2.

Family Biking is here!


ould you like to ride with your kids? Learn what kids need to know or teach your child to ride a bike? Do you simply want to ride with other families? Cascade’s new Family Biking Program focuses on encouraging more families and kids to ride bikes. Wrangle the kids and roll on over to our four-part Family Biking Education Events at Magnuson Park. All events will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays in April, June and September.

April 7: Learn 2 Ride for All Ages

$10 per learner Parents, assist your child in learning the basics of how to ride a bike using our tried and true method. Or, if you never learned as a child, come learn yourself.

April 14 : Bike Feats-of-Skill for Kids and Grown-ups

$20 per family Our big bike rodeo is fun for all ages and has practical skills too! In addition to negotiating the “driveway ride out,” looking back while riding in a straight line, signaling and passing, we’ll have the “chicken dodge,” teeter-totter and flower slalom. Everybody plays – come out and show ‘em your excellent biking skills.

April 21: Family Biking Skills $20 per family Teach your kids to ride on safe streets. Children and parents learn key aspects of riding bikes to school or around town. Learn how children “see” traffic and what parents need to know according to a child’s age and development level.

April 28: Family Ride Free! Ride with other families, get to know one another, and have a blast!


June 2 Learn 2 Ride 4 All Ages $10 per learner June 9 Bike Feats-of-Skill for Kids and Grown-ups $20 per family June 16 Family Biking Skills $20 per family June 23 Family Ride Free!


Sept. 8 Learn 2 Ride 4 All Ages $10 per learner Sept. 15 Bike Feats-of-Skill for Kids and Grown-ups $20 per family Sept. 22 Family Biking Skills $20 per family Sept. 29 Family Ride Free!

Cascade’s Helmet Program Find us online Facebook: Twitter: Issuu: Blog: YouTube: Pinterest: “Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling”


eed a new helmet? Cascade sells helmets for $15 and also provides them for free* throughout the Puget Sound region to those in need. You can be fitted for a helmet at the Cascade office Monday throughFriday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by making an appointment with the Community Programs Assistant at (206) 957-6623 or emailing This month, the following organizations received helmet donations: • Leschi Elementary • The Little School • Harborview Pediatrics • Phinney Cooperativa Preescolar en Español *Funding for our free helmet program is generously provided by the Steve Sitcov Law Group.


April 2013

APRIL RIDES More daily rides are listed online at

Cascade Bicycle Club Ride Classification In order to pick the rides that suit your skills and energy level, use the following guidelines: • PACE: The speed on level ground without breaks: Easy: Under 10 mph Leisurely: 10-12 mph Steady: 12-14 mph Moderate: 14-16 mph Brisk: 16-18 mph Strenuous: 18-21 mph Super Strenuous: 22+ mph • TERRAIN: These descriptions should be considered in the context of the pace and length of the ride: Mostly Flat: Trails and/or mostly flat roads with a possible gentle upgrade Rolling: Climbs are short and easy, not too numerous. Some Hills: A few short steep hills, some moderate upgrades and/or longer gentle climbs. Hilly: Many true hills, but none outrageous.

Extremely Hilly: Steep & long climbs with grades >9% and/ or mountain passes Unlimited: “Out of category”; only for those very sure of their ability to climb any grade, any length at the advertised pace. Off Road: Significant unpaved sections. • MAP: Whether a map or cue sheet is provided. • REGROUP: None and Occasional regroup categories expect experienced riders who can fix their own mechanical problems and follow a map/cue sheet if they are separated. • RAIN: Weather conditions that cancel the ride. Helmets are required on all rides. When using a cell phone you must pull off the road/trail and STOP. Put away all earbuds/headphones/music devices before the ride starts.

Monday, April 1

Ride to lunch in Port Orchard via scenic route along Sinclair Inlet. Return will be via Long Lake. Park in the Lincoln Park north parking lot. We will be taking the 9:25 ferry to Southworth.

MUMPS: Head Up North 40-65 mi • Moderate • Brisk • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 10:00 a.m. • Tracy Owen Station/Logboom Park, Kenmore • Steady rain cancels • Craig Mohn, 425-8905234 cell, (texts preferred to VM) A fun loop ride in south Snohomish County with a food stop en route. Distance and pace may vary to suit weather conditions and group. The pace will be a fast Moderate; a Brisk pace group may be added if certified ride leader volunteers are available for both paces. Check with leader if weather appears questionable.

All riders are required to sign a waiver form. Rides are cancelled or are no longer considered Cascade rides in the event that the ride leader does not show up or does not

Saturday, April 6 SPOKESPEOPLE rides! To UW Cherry Blossoms & Self-Service Bike Stations

Wednesday, April 3

6 mi • Easy • Rolling • Map • Stay together 2:00 p.m. • Wallingford Playfield south end, N 42nd St & Densmore Ave N, • Steady rain cancels • Cathy Tuttle, 206-547-9569, 206713-6269, • Michael Herschensohn, 206-412-0702, mh982501@ Please join SPOKESPEOPLE as we learn about University of Washington’s bike self-repair stations, and future campus plans for bicycling. http:// and transportation/tip/bgtimprovement We’ll also stop at the cherry blossoms at the UW and enjoy a snack at the peak of their beauty! Our ride will feature David Amiton, Transportation Analyst for UW Commuter Services, who will chat about the repair stations, UW’s bicycle programs, and future efforts general improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians, bicycle connections, infrastructure, programs, and more. All Spokespeople rides meet at the south end of Wallingford Playfield at 42nd & Densmore, and ride on greenways whenever possible (www. 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. Please join us! All are welcome! FAMILIES WELCOME**

For a complete list of this month’s rides, see www.

Sunday, April 7

Tuesday, April 2 TREATS: Ride to Alki 35 mi • Steady • Some hills • No Map • Stay together • 10:00 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • David Bordewick, 425822-8546, Ride from Gas Works Park thru downtown Seattle to West Seattle and back. There will be a lunch stop in West Seattle. Return route will be along the Seattle waterfront.

Cycle Tuesdays 25-35 mi • Super strenuous • Some hills • No Map • Occasional regroup • 5:45 p.m. • Gene Coulon Park, next to Kidd Valley, Renton • Ice/snow cancels • Russell Moul, 206-2007314, 253-657-9568 • Pete Grey, 425-5580451, Year-round training rides for one day STP riders. Rides stress safety, cooperation and group riding skills. Fast pacelines with regroups from Renton to surrounding areas. Large turnout splits into multiple groups. No parking in Coulon parking lot.

Thursday, April 4 More Cycle Tuesdays 25-35 mi • Super strenuous • Some hills • No Map • Occasional regroup • 5:45 p.m. • Gene Coulon Park/Next to Kidd Valley, Renton • No rain cancellation • Tom Baker, 425-221-0631, • Brian Ohlemeier, 425-985-6980 cell Year-round training rides for one day STP riders. Rides stress safety, cooperation and group riding skills. Fast pacelines with regroups from Renton to surrounding areas. Large turnout splits into multiple groups. ** No parking in Coulon parking lot. Lights required.

Friday, April 5 FRUMPS: Tour de Port Orchard 35 mi • Moderate • Some hills • No Map • Occasional regroup • 9:00 a.m. • Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal, W. Seattle • Steady rain cancels • Michael Moreland, 206-439-9890


Sunday Crepes Ride 30 mi • Leisurely • Some hills • No Map • Stay together 9:30 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle Steady rain cancels David Bordewick, 425-822-8546, theborde@ Join us for a Swedish Pancake Breakfast at the Swedish Club on Dexter Ave. Afterwards we will engage in bicycle activity to burn off the consumed calories. Crepes Breakfast is $9.00, cash or check. Credit cards not accepted. Pouring rain will cancel the event. If in doubt, check with the Ride Leader.

Wine, Spice and Everything Nice 25 mi • Leisurely • Rolling • No Map • Stay together • 10:00 a.m. Northshore Athletic Fields Pkg Lot, Woodinville area • Steady rain cancels • Jeff Stewart, 206-356-6755, jeff@ This ride starts on the Sammamish River Trail (SRT), heading southeast thru Redmond/ Avondale, then north on Paradise Lake Rd to the Maltby Cafe where we will enjoy a cinnamon roll/

provide a waiver form for signatures of riders. Riders are expected to be ready to ride at the time listed (i.e. that’s not the time to drive into the parking lot with a full bladder and empty tires) and to ride in a safe, courteous, legal manner. Riders are expected to cooperate with the leader(s) and ride within the advertised pace. If unsure of your ability to keep up, try a slower level ride to get an idea of ride paces. For “Hilly” rides, consider choosing a pace down from your usual level. Unless indicated, it is not necessary to RSVP the ride leader to participate in a ride. Youth riders may also join regular club rides. Permission must be obtained from the ride leader at least 24 hours in advance for youth to join a regular club ride. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian OR must have parent/legal guardian sign a consent form designating a guardian for them on the ride; youth ages 16-17 may ride without a parent or guardian with advance permission of the ride leader AND a signed parental consent

form (available at which must be given to the ride leader at the start of the ride. Cascade does not sponsor or endorse any non-bicycling activities that people may participate in while on these rides. Each cyclist is responsible for his/her conduct and decisions while on a Cascade ride. Cascade membership and activities are open to anyone able and willing to participate in a safe, courteous and cooperative manner and in support of the purposes of the club. Ride information is also available at: Only Cascade certified ride leaders may post and lead Cascade Daily Rides. See Ride Leader Information on our website or email the Rides Chair at On Twitter? Tag your tweets and twitpics with #dailyrides.

coffee break the quick way on the covered back porch (“Maltby Café thru the Back Door”). We will then head back to Woodinville and the SRT. Optional stop afterwards at nearby Columbia Winery for Flat Pizza and wine tasting. Northshore Athletic Fields Pkg Lot is just east of the SRT on NE 145th (SR-202), and just west of WoodinvilleRedmond Rd (Hollywood District).

More Cycle Tuesdays

Spokespeople West Seattle ride to Interbay Garden 19.09 mi • Easy • Mostly flat • Map Online • Stay together • 11:00 a.m. • Jack Block Park, 2130 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle • No rain cancellation • Stu Hennessey, 206-938-3322, Spring is a great time to see what is going on at one of my favorite gardens, the Interbay Pea Patch. I always learn something new with every visit to Seattle’s oldest pea patch. Extensive use of bicycle paths along this 19+ mile loop. Bring something from your garden for lunch at the pea patch.

Monday, April 8 MUMPS: Head Up North See MUMPS, 4/1.

Tuesday, April 9 TREATS: Cycle Mercer Island to Issaquah 35 mi • Steady • Some hills • Map • Stay together • 10:00 a.m. • Mercer Island lid, west parking lot, Mercer Island • Steady rain cancels • Peter Hallson, 425-673-4816 Cycle to Issaquah via May Valley Rd, lunch at Starbucks/Safeway then return to Mercer Island via Newport Way. From eastbound I-90, take Exit 6, W Mercer Way; turn left; lid parking lot on left. From westbound I-90, take Exit 7; follow N. Mercer Way, becomes W Mercer Way; lid parking lot on right just before the on-ramp.

Cycle Tuesdays See Cycle Tuesdays, 4/2.

Wednesday, April 10 WRUMPS: KBR Loop ~40 • Steady • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 10:00 a.m. • Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland • Showers cancel • Don Volta, 425-828-0138, 425-503-7186, don.volta@ • Jane Volta, 425-8280138 A HILLY ride in and out of Kirkland with a lunch stop.

Thursday, April 11 THUMPS: Home for Lunch 20-35 mi • Moderate • Some hills • No Map • Stay together • 9:30 a.m. • Leschi Starbucks, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • Mike Nelson, 206-325-9068 Be home in time for lunch after some urban exploration. Fixies and single speed bikes welcome. Ride leader will be riding a single speed.

See More Cycle Tuesdays, 4/4.

Friday, April 12 FRUMPS In-City Ride 45/50 mi • Moderate • Hilly • Map • Frequent regroup • 9:30 a.m. • Leschi Starbucks, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • Howard Strickler, 206722-7664, 206-669-4917(cell) Great views of the city and neighborhoods to make one appreciate what a beautiful city we have. First part of ride is very hilly, going over Beacon Hill, then down to Airport Way and over to West Seattle, Lincoln Park, Alki, north on Alaska Way, Ship Canal Trail and back via the U of W and the Arboretum. We will regroup at the top of hills. Ride leader likes to move it on the flats to 16+ mph but slow on the hills. Stay together ride but is not easy and recommended that riders be in fairly good shape. We can stop for food at a couple of places at halfway point. Rain cancels. Carry extra inner tubes. Be prepared to depart at 9:30 sharp.

FRIDAY RIDERS: Go to Kubota Gardens ~32 mi • Leisurely • Some hills • No Map • Frequent regroup • 10:00 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • Bill Lemke, 206-284-2843 We’ll ride over Capitol and Beacon hills to the Chief Sealth Trail and return by Lake Washington. Bring a snack to eat at the gardens; there will be a coffee/snack stop on the way back. Senior and new/slower-paced riders welcome. We (I) will ride very slowly up the hills.

Saturday, April 13 Ninth Annual Ramrod Training Series: Ride #1 50-55 mi • Brisk • Super strenuous • Some hills • Map • No regroup • 9:30 a.m. • Ron Regis Park, 15250 149th Ave SE, Renton • Ice/ snow cancels • Per and Shana Sunde, 425-3921347 This series was created to assist riders in their preparation for RAMROD and other big summer rides. The self-paced rides will be held every Saturday starting on 4/13/13 through 7/20/13 (except for 7/6/13). The routes will increase in distance and elevation every two weeks. Starting locations will rotate every week or every two weeks with a new route used each week. All riders are welcome, but note, this ride does not regroup nor does it have a sweep. The routes are designed for the experienced rider who is comfortable following cue sheets and riding independently. We stress safe and cooperative riding. Weather: The decision to ride or cancel will be made from the starting location. Ride leaders will always be at the start of the ride. If the ride is officially canceled, cue sheets will still be available for those hearty souls that wish to train in any condition. Also, routes may be altered or shortened due to weather conditions. The routes will be available on Search for “RTS 2013” to find routes. Note: Each route will be posted at least one week before each ride. Ride leaders for this series are: Per Sunde, Shana Sunde, Grant McAlister, Francis Gan and

Vol. 43, No. 3

APRIL RIDES Paul Franks. Today’s route has 2,000-2,200 feet of climbing. From I-405 take Exit #4; go east on Maple Valley Hwy past the Maplewood Golf Course; park is on the left.

Sunday, April 14 For a complete list of this month’s rides, see www.

Monday, April 15 MUMPS: Head Up North See MUMPS, 4/1.

Tuesday, April 16 TREATS: Springtime on the Eastside ~40 mi • Steady • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 10:00 a.m. • Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland • Showers cancel • Jane Volta, 425828-0138 • Don Volta, 425-828-0138, 425503-7186, A HILLY ride in and out of Kirkland with a lunch stop.

Cycle Tuesdays See Cycle Tuesdays, 4/1.

Stairway to Heaven 10-15 mi • Moderate • Hilly • No Map • Stay together • 6:00 p.m. • Leschi Starbucks, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • Mike Nelson, 206-325-9068 Don’t let the pace or distance fool you-this will be a challenging ride. We’re going to explore some of the many street-end stairways in Seattle by riding to the bottom and carrying our bikes UP them! Flat shoes or cycling shoes with recessed cleats (mountain bike style) STRONGLY recommended since we’ll be on our feet much of the time. This will be a challenging, full body workout.

Wednesday, April 17 WRUMPS: Leschi/Issaquah/May Valley 47 mi • Steady • Some hills • Map Online • Occasional regroup • 9:30 a.m. • Parking lot south of Madrona Park on Lk Washington Blvd • Showers cancel • Loretta Goetsch, 206525-4714, Will cycle clockwise route to May Valley and return around south end of Lake Washington. Lunch at 31.4 miles into ride. Bring a snack.

Thursday, April 18 THUMPS: Home for Lunch See THUMPS, 4/11.

More Cycle Tuesdays See More Cycle Tuesdays, 4/4.

Friday, April 19 FRUMPS: Southern Exposure 55 mi • Moderate • Some hills • No Map • Stay together • 9:30 a.m. • Brannan Park, Auburn • Showers cancel • Jim Taylor, 253537-7356 cell, 206-979-1941 The ride will take us out the Green Valley Road from Auburn then up a steep climb as we head to Buckley for a lunch stop. From Buckley we go on into Orting and Sumner and back to Auburn. For directions to Brannan Park, check the website’s “Ride Start Points.” Call me to confirm the ride if the weather looks questionable. I will not go to the start point to cancel the ride.

FRIDAY RIDERS: Let’s look at the Tulips 14-20 mi • Leisurely • Mostly flat • Map • Frequent regroup • 10:00 a.m. • Edgewater Park, Mount Vernon • Showers cancel • Jan Johnson, 425-672-0617 Check your bike at least a day before; pump up your tires, check the brakes etc. We will view the tulip fields but not go into any location that requires a fee. A coffee stop in La Conner is also planned. (If the weather is really good you might also continue the ride unofficially without the leader for a full 35+ miles.) The regular route will

be led by the leader. Roads may be muddy and rough. We usually eat our full lunch at the end of the ride in Mt Vernon. Take Exit 226 from I-5 through downtown Mt Vernon; take either of the first two lefts after crossing the bridge, continue one block into the park.

Saturday, April 20 Ramrod Training Series: Ride #2 55-60 mi • Brisk • Super strenuous • Some hills • Map • No regroup • 9:30 a.m. • Ron Regis Park, 15250 149th Ave SE, Renton Ice/snow cancels • Per and Shana Sunde, 425392-1347 This series was created to assist riders in their preparation for RAMROD and other big summer rides. Please see Ramrod Training Series, Ride #1, 4/13 for very important details about these rides. Ride leaders for this series are: Per Sunde, Shana Sunde, Grant McAlister, Francis Gan and Paul Franks. Today’s route has 2,000-2,200 feet of climbing. From I-405 take Exit #4; go east on Maple Valley Hwy past the Maplewood Golf Course; park is on the left.

Sunday, April 21 Earth Day Green Ride 8 mi • Easy • Rolling • Map • Stay together Noon • Ballard Commons Park, 5701 22nd Ave NW, Seattle • No rain cancellation Cathy Tuttle, 206-547-9569, 206-713-6269, • Michael Snyder, 206781-7221, Tour Rainwise Gardens and Solarize NW Homes in Sustainable Ballard along Ballard Greenways. Join Spokespeople on a guided 8-mile tour starting at noon. Another family-friendly Kidical Mass 3-mile guided ride starts at 2 p.m. Self-guided tour maps available at the Ballard Commons Park. #SEAclovia. **www.*www.SeattleGreenways. org** SEAclovia**www.*. You can visit green sites in Ballard, get some healthy outdoor exercise, and still have time to visit the Ballard Farmers Market. Celebrate Earth Day Every Day!

Earth Day Kidical Mass Green Ride 3 mi • Easy • Rolling • Map • Stay together 2:00 p.m. • Ballard Commons Park, 5701 22nd Ave NW, Seattle • No rain cancellation Cathy Tuttle, 206-547-9569, 206-713-6269, • Michael Snyder, 206781-7221, Tour Rainwise Gardens and Solarize NW Homes in Sustainable Ballard along Ballard Greenways. Join Kidical Mass and Spokespeople on a guided 3-mile tour starting at 2 p.m.. Another longer 8-mile guided ride starts earlier at noon. Self-guided tour maps available at the Ballard Commons Park. You can visit green sites in Ballard, get some healthy outdoor exercise, and still have time to visit the Ballard Farmers Market. Celebrate Earth Day Every Day!

Monday, April 22 MUMPS: Head Up North See MUMPS, 4/1.

Tuesday, April 23 TREATS: Pedal around the Tulips 20-35 mi • Steady • Mostly flat • Map • Frequent regroup • 10:00 a.m. • Edgewater Park, Mount Vernon • Showers cancel • Jan Johnson, 425-672-0617 The day before pump up your tires and check your brakes if you have not been cycling lately. This winter has been warmer, so we will hope for many blooming fields. We will make stops to view the tulip fields but not go into any location that requires a fee. A coffee stop in La Conner is also planned. If the weather is good we will continue the ride for the full 35+ miles unless everyone wants a shorter route. Roads may be muddy and rough. Bring a snack as we usually eat our full lunch at the end of the ride. Take Exit 226 from I-5 through downtown Mt Vernon; take either of the first two lefts after crossing the bridge, continue one block into the park.

“Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling”

Cycle Tuesdays See Cycle Tuesdays, 4/2.

Wednesday, April 24 For a complete list of this month’s rides, see www.

Thursday, April 25 More Cycle Tuesdays See More Cycle Tuesdays, 4/4.

Friday, April 26 FRIDAY RIDERS: Ride to West Seattle 30 mi • Leisurely • Some hills • No Map • Stay together • 10:00 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • David Bordewick, 425-822-8546, Ride through Seattle to West Seattle. There will be a lunch stop in West Seattle. Return via Seattle waterfront. Senior & new/slower riders welcome. We will take the hills slowly and regroup as necessary.

FRUMPS: Kenmore to Snohomish 40-50 mi • Moderate • Hilly • No Map • Occasional regroup • 10:00 a.m. • Log Boom Park (Tracy Owen Station) Kenmore • Showers cancel • Dan Garretson, 425-9858570 We will ride from Kenmore to Snohomish for lunch. Route will depend on the weather.

Saturday, April 27 Meet the High Performance Cycling Team 30 mi • Brisk • Some hills • No Map • Frequent regroup • 9:00 a.m. • Sam Smith Park, Martin Luther King Way, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • Rob Snyder, 206-5237209, This ride is for cyclists interested in joining Cascade’s High Performance Cycling (HPC) Team. A description of the team can be found on the CBC HPC Team webpage (http://www., or at www. After a discussion about the team we’ll go for a ride. The route goes around the south end of Lake Washington at approximately 18 mph on the flats. If there is interest, there may be optional mileage and/or some team members may be available to meet for a post-ride coffee.

Ramrod Training Series: Ride #3 55-60 mi • Brisk • Super strenuous • Hilly • Map • None • 9:00 a.m. • Issaquah Valley Elementary, (555 NW Holly St, Issaquah) • Ice/snow cancels • Per and Shana Sunde, 425392-1347

This series was created to assist riders in their preparation for RAMROD and other big summer rides. Please see Ramrod Training Series, Ride #1, 4/13 for very important details regarding these rides. Ride leaders for this series are: Per Sunde, Shana Sunde, Grant McAlister, Francis Gan and Paul Franks. Today’s route has 2,600-3,000 feet of climbing. From I-90 take Exit #17 (Southbound) for 0.1 miles; turn right on NW Gilman Blvd for 0.2 miles; turn left on NW Juniper St for 0.2 miles; turn left on 5th Ave NW; school is straight ahead. NOTE: additional parking is available at the Issaquah School District Administrative Center next door.

Sunday, April 28 S.P.O.K.E.S. (Sunday Pedalers On Kinda Easy Streets) 3 Parks Ride ~30 mi • Leisurely • Hilly • Map • Frequent regroup • 10:00 a.m. • Cottage Lake Park, Woodinville • Steady rain cancels • Michelle Burton, 425-890-4936 cell • Jim Hunt, 425681-4640 cell We will start at Cottage Lake Park just west of Safeway on Woodinville Duvall Road and wend our way to 2 more parks in search of spring flowers, stopping on our way back for lunch. See ride on and cascade daily rides. E Woodinville-Duvall Rd and 188th NE. Cottage Lake Park has parking located directly off NE Woodinville-Duvall Road. Type in the following on Google Maps or Mapquest for directions: 18831 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd, Woodinville, WA 98077

Monday, April 29 MUMPS: Head Up North See MUMPS, 4/1.

Tuesday, April 30 TREATS: Redmond Ridge to Sultan Bakery 45 mi • Steady • Some hills • Map • Occasional regroup • 10:00 a.m. • QFC Redmond Ridge, 23475 NE Novelty Hill Road, Redmond • No rain cancellation • Clarice Sackett, 425-478-8306 We’ll ride across Redmond Ridge, along Snoqualmie River, across Tualco Valley, Ben Howard Road to lunch at Sultan Bakery, then back. Lunch stop at bakery or other options in Sultan. Restroom in QFC at start location. Use the NW corner of the parking lot. Questions: Clarice: 425-478-8306 (new riders--no need to RSVP, just come).

Cycle Tuesdays See Cycle Tuesdays, 4/2.

S.M.A.R.T Riding Is No Accident Stay alert

Move off Road Act like a Car Retain Space Tell Others Layers of Prevention 1. Bike Control - Don't fall or collide with others About half of cyclists' crashes are single rider falls. If you can skillfully control your bike, by starting, stopping, signaling and turning smoothly, you will not fall down all by yourself or run into other cyclists, cars, dogs and pedestrians.

2. Rule Observance - Don't cause traffic crashes

For adult cyclists about half of the car/bike crashes are caused by cyclists who make unsafe decisions. Follow traffic laws, obey signs and signals and use correct lanes for turns and through movements so you don't cause a collision.

3. Lane Positioning - Discourage driver's mistakes

Motorists' unsafe decisions cause about half of the car/bike crashes for adult cyclists. Know when to control the lane or when to share the lane. Use your lane position to tell drivers what you are doing and discourage them from making “right hooks,” left crosses or other bad movements.


April 2013

2013 Seattle Bicycle Expo photo contest by Susan Hiles, Photo Contest Coordinator


his year’s photo contest was a huge success. The contest area at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91offered a spectacular view due to the floor to ceiling windows that look out onto Puget Sound—we even had some periods of sun on Saturday. There were 64 excellent photos entered in the six categories and our judges this year, Mary Austin-Keller, Carol Sheppard, and Iris Dumuk, had their work cut out for them. Thank you to all who entered prints, and I would like to see many more entries in the 2014 photo contest. We are going to remind everyone earlier this year so you can all start taking bike-related photos over the summer with Expo in mind. This was Kenmore Camera’s fifth year sponsoring the photo contest. The prizes were in-house credit cards: $75 for first place (and People’s Choice); $50 for second place; and $25 for third place. Dave Guinn, a Kenmore Camera representative, was available both days to answer lots of “camera” questions. Kenmore Camera will be sponsoring our photo contest again in 2014, so start taking those bike photos now and be eligible to win some great prizes!! See you all at the 2014 Bike Expo! People’s Choice: Mark Stewart

2013 Seattle Bicycle Expo Photo Contest Winners People’s Choice: Mark Stewart Categories:

Hon. Mention

Hon. Mention

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

1. Action

Susan Hiles

Susan Hiles

Susan Hiles

Dennis Bratland

Dennis Bratland

2. Comedy

Mel Roberts

Christy Strand

Shane Bush

Susan Hiles

Susan Hiles

3. Still Life

Ann Lenssen

Christy Strand

Ann Lenssen

Karen Portzer

Robert Strauss

4. People & Places

Mel Roberts

Karen Portzer

Shane Bush

Karen Portzer

Dennis Bratland

5. Black & White

Mark Stewart

Ken Hankin

Mark Stewart

Susan Hiles

Shave Bush

6. Creative Digital

Sheila Gruner

Susan Hiles

Mel Roberts

Susan Hiles

Shane Bush


Vol. 43, No. 4

My first Ride Around Washington by Jenny Anderson, Club member


he Ride Around Washington (RAW) has always been on my “bucket list” of rides to do. All of my friends thought I was crazy to want to ride all day, sleep in a tent, then wake up the next morning just to do it all over again. Needing to cross the ride off my bucket list, I signed up solo. This was the first time my family didn’t worry about me riding all by myself – I would be in good hands with the Cascade crew. I boarded the bus with butterflies in my stomach and sat all the way in the back, saying a little prayer in hopes I could really do it. I stuck to my book for the first couple of hours, then decided I could be reading at home, and struck up a spirited conversation with my neighbors. All of whom had done the ride before. I asked for advice -- most of which entailed not over-thinking it all and just have some fun. The first night I made friends with a few of the “old-timers” who helped me out with a rock to pound in my stakes. I offered to carry the rock from site to site, if they reserved me a spot next to theirs. They agreed. From that point forward, we became fast friends. Finding new friends on RAW really is just as easy as that. The ride advertises guaranteed warm showers. Traveling along on the first day in 100+ degree temperatures, I questioned why warm showers would be valuable. After the first one, I no longer questioned the pure happiness a warm shower could bring. Be sure to pack a towel that dries easily. The ride is well supported with plenty of rest stops and support vehicles carrying cold water and supplies. You can even dress warmly for the cool mornings and leave your layers from one stop to the next. At the end of the day, your belongings are waiting at camp. The awesome support crew took care of all the planning needed each day to make sure all I had to do was enjoy my ride. I get lost easily. Getting lost in the middle of Washington was a huge concern going into the ride. Between the Dan Henrys, cue sheets, and newly introduced Garmin GPS tracking – there was no concern about heading into the wrong direction. All I needed to do was keep the wheels turning and enjoy the scenery. Oh, and the scenery. It was amazing! You can’t compare any travel to enjoying it via bike. Rolling through small towns, climbing through passes, and riding around lakes. It’s difficult to imagine a better day riding when enjoying the pure beauty of Washington state’s road less travelled. Each day back at camp, I was welcomed by one of the fantastic volunteers or staff members. Cold beverages were on hand, and my buddies had my spot reserved (although they never set-up my tent). Every night groups were social – I never felt alone and without

companionship. Asked if I would do RAW again? Absolutely! The challenge, route and camaraderie made it one of the best experiences of my life. What would I do differently? Bring a real fork, coffee mug and maybe a few less pairs of socks. OK, not less socks, but definitely a real fork and coffee mug. The 5ifteenth anniversary edition of the Ride Around Washington “Pines to Vines” will take place Aug. 3 through 10. Limited spaces still available. Sign up online today at


Ride Around Washington 2013: “Pines to Vines” Special Presentation Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. REI Seattle, 222 Yale Ave N Please join us for a special Best of RAW slideshow and informational meeting about this year’s 15th anniversary edition of the Ride Around Washington. Find out what it’s like to do a six-day ride around the state at a unique presentation featuring the stunning photography of one of RAW’s regular riders, Dan Hershman. Plus hear from the route managers directly on what to expect on this year’s fun adventure. Dan Hershman is a noted local photographer whose clients include the Washington State Department of Tourism, Getty Images and Oregon Public Television. He is also a contributing photographer to numerous books and publications on our region’s unique environment. Dan will share pictures taken on RAW 2006, (almost the same route as this year’s Pines to Vines ride), plus other memorable images of previous RAW events. You’ll also hear inside information from route co-manager Roger Salstrom on this year’s fabulous cross state north- south route; details of the nuts and bolts of RAW, including how to prepare and train for multi day events and what to expect over six days of riding the back roads of Washington. This talk will be hosted by Charles Ruthford (route manager and RAW emcee extraordinaire). Also RAW Committee members will be on hand to answer all your questions. This is a great event to attend whether you are on the fence about signing up or have already signed up and want the full skinny on the ride!


An evening with Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen Monday, May 29 At the Intiman Theater, Seattle Center Tickets: $40, reserved seating and $80 V.I.P. Reception Cascade members receive $5 discount V.I.P. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Doors open for show at 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. show-time Advance tickets available at


ascade Bicycle Club is very proud to present an evening with TWO of the true legends in television cycling; Phil Liggett, MBE, and Paul Sherwen. Phil is universally referred to simply as “The Voice of Cycling.” For those of us who watch cycling regularly, he is indeed considered royalty; one who is revered and whose voice transcends the sport itself. His broadcast partner for many of these years, Paul Sherwen, will be joining Phil onstage for one glorious evening you’ll not want to miss! Phil is a former amateur cyclist and active cycle advocate, and has worked as a television commentator since 1978. In addition to many bicycle events, he has covered eight summer and five winter Olympic Games for ITV, BBC, CBS and NBC. He has also worked on 37 Tour’s de France, not having been home to Hertfordshire, England, during the month of July since 1973! In June 2005, he became a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list, and in October 2007 he was given a Lifetime Achievement award by the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. Paul Sherwen is an expert cycling analyst for many of the largest cycling events in the world, including the Tour de France, Tour of California and USA ProCycling

Challenge. In 2012, he was an analyst for road and track cycling coverage at the 2012 London Olympics. Sherwen first covered the Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta and again in 2008 for the Beijing Games. He is one of the most well-known voices in cycling, providing analysis for NBC Sports Group’s coverage of various events including the Tour de France. In 2012, Sherwen called the epic three-week race for the 34th time. He worked as a cycling commentator for ABC Sports’ and ESPN’s coverage of the Tour de France from 1991 to 2000, and served as a cycling analyst for the NBC production of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. As a professional cyclist, Sherwen was a two-time British National Cycling champion in 1986 and 1987, participated in the Tour de France seven times and raced in all major European tours and one-day classics. Covering cycling for more than 150 days each year, he spends the remainder of his time at home in Uganda, Africa, with his wife, Katherine, and two children. Seventy-five lucky V.I.P. ticket buyers will get the chance to enjoy an intimate pre-show meet and greet party, complimentary wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, plus receive preferred front of the house seating for the show. For those wanting to spend even more upclose time with Phil, we invite you to “Ride with the Greats.” Enjoy a social-paced 25mile ride with Phil, followed by an intimate brunch with Phil and Paul (50 people max) on Tuesday, May 21, at 9 a.m. More on this event to follow at

Welcome new staff: Emily Kathrein


mily Kathrein joined the Cascade staff in March as our new Field Programs Manager. Emily brings an impressive history of success in organizing, both in college in Iowa and as the Youth Vote Director for Organizing for America, and we’re happy to have her. A true Midwesterner, Emily grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. She attended Iowa State University where she received her B.A. in Advertising and Art&Design, as well as a crash course in bicycle touring on RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa). After completing her first RAGBRAI, Emily took touring to the next level with a cross-country cycling trip to help raise money and awareness for affordable housing. The 4,000-mile ride from coast to coast is Emily’s biggest cycling accomplishment to date, but she has plans for more trips in the near future. Before Cascade, Emily worked as the Youth Vote Director with the Washington State Democratic Party. In her free time she loves to cook, run, draw, be on/in the water, see live music and try new foods. Welcome Emily!

“Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling”


April 2013

“When you’re biking, you’ve got a more intimate connection with the world you live in…it makes living more real. It makes me feel more alive.” Cyclist of the Month

Brian Bothomley by Anne-Marije Rook, Staff Writer Age: 66 Wheels: rebuilt Trek 8500 – “my urban assault vehicle” and a Trek 6500 with electric assist Occupation: Bike Ambassador


his biking season marks Brian Bothomley’s seventh year as a Bike Ambassador for Cascade Bicycle Club. In these past years he has seen the bicycle movement grow tremendously and he has helped fuel the movement by getting dozens of people out of their cars and into the saddle. Armed with knowledge, maps and safety brochures, Cascade Bicycle Club Ambassadors are experienced cyclists who are out in the community inspiring people to ride by informing them about safe riding, commuting options, bike infrastructure and the services that Cascade offers. “Being a Bike Ambassador suits me,” Brian said. “I like to ride my bike, and I like to talk to people; it’s a perfect match.” In 2005, less than a year into his early retirement, Brian applied to be a Bike Ambassador. Not because he was bored but rather due to his desire to bike more. Before his retirement, Brian bike commuted from Ballard to downtown, a 16-mile roundtrip, five days a week for 12 years. “When I retired, I noticed I wasn’t riding as much anymore,” he said. “Being a bike ambassador allowed me to do more biking. When I started, I was biking three times a week and talking to people all over the city.” Talking about bicycles comes easy to Brian as bikes have always been a part of his life. “I was born in ’47 in rural Wales. Bicycles were our mode of transportation,” Brian stated. “I had a paper route with a bicycle and saved up to buy a used Italian 10-speed road bike. That was my first addiction and realization that you don’t have to ask someone for a ride – you can just bike there. I remember taking days off from school and going on rides, exploring the woods.” Brian briefly diverted his love for bicycling when he discovered motorcycles but it wasn’t long before he came back to bicycling. In 1972, Brian moved to Oakland, Calif., to be with his wife at the time. “There, I found an old bike in a dumpster, put it together and started riding to work,” said Brian. “But it wasn’t [yet] an everyday thing.” After moving to Seattle, Brian rediscovered the joy of exploring the woods by bicycle when he got his first mountain bike in the 1980s. Later, while working at King County Metro, Brian made the switch to full-time bike commuter. “I participated in Bike to Work Day and discovered, ‘Oh boy, this is the way to go!’” Brian recalled. He bike-commuted every day until he retired in 2004. “I love the freedom,” said Brian. “There’s no waiting for the bus; you can go your own speed and route; and it’s just fun. It’s like being a kid again every day. When you’re biking, you’ve got a more in-


timate connection with the world you live in. You register the smells, make contact with people and it makes living more real. It makes me feel more alive. And for the past seven years, Brian has spread that passion in the community by hosting Energizers Stations, selling helmets and spreading information at farmers markets, health fairs, summer streets events and more. “I enjoy making a connection with people and being the go-to bike person,” said Brian. “There’s that little spark of interest I see in people. I inform them and then the following year, they’ll tell me how they’ve been commuting twice a week. It feels good to be a major part of the bicycling movement by being part of Cascade.” Brian said he continues to be inspired by the people he sees when he’s out in the community – from long-distance bike commuters to mothers carrying multiple kids and groceries on a cargo bike. “They’re not doing it for recognition or anything. It’s just a choice they’ve made and they are completely dedicated to that commitment. I find that inspiring,” said Brian. “It’s amazing to how [the bicycling movement] has grown. And there’s such a mix of people biking, from homeless people to riders on $5,000 road bikes.” In August 2012, Brian got the biggest scare of his life when he collapsed while biking home. His heart had stopped and he was found unresponsive by a woman who happened to be a nurse and was able to start reviving him. “She found me slumped over my handlebars, leaning against a wall with a purple face. She started CPR and called an ambulance. I was in the ICU unconscious for three days. My heart just stopped and I had fluid in my lungs. They thought I may not make it through the first night. ” Brian recounted. “The doctors still don’t know what happened exactly. I’ve been a vegan for 20 years and have always lived a healthy, active life.” “It’s damn scary,” Brian sighed. Brian is now on medication and has a monitor embedded in his skin. “It’s all balanced out now. I was briefly off the bike but it’s not stopping me,” stated Brian. “Biking makes me happy. Know a cyclist who deserves some special recognition? Nominate them for cyclist of the month! Send your ideas to Anne-Marije Rook at

Welcome to our 2013 Bicycle Ambassador team! Kelli Refer

Kelli rediscovered her love of bike riding after college when she moved back to her home state of Colorado. Most days in Denver are sunny and the terrain is really flat, so riding bikes there is particularly pleasant. When she decided to move to Seattle in 2009 she knew biking needed to remain an integral part of her life. So she kicked her bike into a low gear, bought a rain jacket and hasn’t stopped pedaling since. Riding to and from all the yoga classes Kelli teaches around town inspired her to write about the incredible connections between riding a bike and practicing yoga. Not only do both practices complement each other physically, but also connect people to the present moment. Her musings resulted in a book entitled “Pedal, Stretch, Breathe: The Yoga of Bicycling.” When not on her bike or yoga mat you can find Kelli stopping roadside to harvest whatever plant is in season, cooking in the kitchen or crafting something cute.

Polly Freeman

Polly has been a bike commuter for 30 years, 25 of those in Seattle. She is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for sustainability in her work and personal life. She worked for many years in public outreach for nonprofits and for King County and is an active volunteer on climate change and other environmental issues. She bikes with her kids whenever she can and helps promote walking and biking at their school. When not biking or working, Polly can be found hanging out with family and friends, reading, gardening, cooking, doing yoga, hiking and skiing.

Mike Buendia

From Orlando, Florida, to Erie, Pennsylvania, to Seattle, Washington, Mike Buendia has biked through many varied physical and social environments. In 2005 Mike began riding a bike on short trips around his neighborhood in Orlando in an attempt to shrink his carbon footprint. He quickly discovered however, that cycling had more to offer than just a lighter conscience, and it wasn’t long before he was riding more often than driving. In 2008 he sold his car and has been commuting exclusively by bike ever since. Mike feels he truly earned the title of “avid cyclist” while living in Erie, where his photo was featured in a full page article in the Erie Times for riding to work every day through the harsh lake-effect winter. Upon moving to Seattle, he discovered that thousands of people share his enthusiasm for riding, and was elated to see all the great resources the city and cycling community provide for safe, fun and convenient biking. Mike has been living in Seattle with his beloved wife and two cats for two and a half years and loves everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer. When off his bike, Mike tries to fill his time with the finer things in life: pizza, swimming, arts & crafts, music, hiking and dreaming of summertime. He has a B.A. in humanities from the University of Central Florida, aspires to visit the Grand Canyon, and loves the smell of tomato vines.

Khatsini Simani

At a young age, riding my bike was a way of exploring new parts of the city that were different than my own. Growing up in Rainier Valley, Khatsini was surrounded by diverse cultures and simultaneously acutely

aware of inequities that existed between her environment and surrounding neighborhoods. She developed a passion for writing, visual art and community building and outreach as ways of promoting positive change transcending their built environments through creativity. Khatsini rides the bus daily and enjoys helping teach people how to put their bikes on buses and plan their commutes. She is a recreational bike rider with goals to become more confident riding on the road and to help advocate for safer streets. Khatsini believe all people can enjoy cycling whether it’s for fun, improving their health, or social benefit. She looks forward to a future Seattle where on any given day, you can see people of diverse ages, cultures and regions of the city feeling safe and confident on their bikes. In addition to community outreach, Khatsini enjoys dancing, hip hop and creative writing, ice cream with hot fudge and studying architecture at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. She is excited to join the Cascade Bicycle Ambassadors this spring and summer.

Brian Bothomley

Brian was born in 1947 and grew up in mid-Wales, United Kingdom. He came to the USA in 1972 and has lived in California and Washington. Seattle captured him in 1975, and he has been here ever since. Brian has had many jobs since dropping out of art college in 1969, including being a weaver, a street musician (busker), a house painter and a gardener. He also worked in hospitals as an orderly and a surgical technician. Brian finally settled down as a transit operator with Metro Transit, where he drove the Monorail and the Waterfront Street Car and worked in the money counting center along with driving regular buses. He eventually became a computer network administrator with Metro in the early ‘90s and stayed there until retiring in 2004 from what was then King County/Metro. Brian commuted from Ballard to downtown by bicycle for more than 10 years and remains committed to bicycling as a non-polluting form of travel for commuting, shopping and recreational use. He is a vegan and an animal rights activist who loves hiking, walking his dog, drinking microbrews and listening to all types of music.

Stevie Roark

Stevie grew up (and once again) lives near the northeast corner of Lake Washington, in Kenmore. Stevie is returning for her second year as an ambassador for Cascade and has a particular interest in advocating for the suburban cyclist. Stevie attended the University of Montana, where she helped found the school’s first cycling and triathlon teams. When Stevie graduated she moved to Germany, and for two years biked to work every day, snow or shine. More recently Stevie worked as a tour guide with the local travel company, Bicycle Adventures. These work opportunities have shaped her perspective on what it means to be a “cyclist”: an all-encompassing, everybody’s welcome kind of gal. Stevie has an adorable 16-month-old son and a “mom bike” that she loves bringing to events to encourage parents of small children that biking with kids is safe, fun and possible! She looks forward to meeting more of our members this year and will do her best to represent our club.

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Haulin’ Colin: A Seattle metal shop specializing in pedal-powered creations by Anne-Marije Rook, Staff Writer Business: Haulin Colin Owner: Colin Stevens Industry: Metal fabrication


ith cargo and family biking growing in popularity, Colin Stevens of Haulin’ Colin is optimistic about the future of his business in custom pedal-powered creations. Specializing in bike trailers, custom bike frames, cargo-conversion, components and other custom metal fabrication, Colin says he’s plenty busy with “bike stuff.” “I eventually would like to have a product line and a steady workflow while still doing custom work. I’d also like to expand to where I have a few employees,” said Colin. “And all that might only be a year from now. We’re working toward it.” He’s come a long way since he first started playing with a welding tool eight years ago. “Years ago a friend of mine said, ’Hey, let’s buy a welder and learn how to weld things.’ So we did. I later got an apprenticeship with a frame builder and I slowly transitioned into doing this fulltime,” Colin said. Today, three years after obtaining a business license, Colin is perhaps best known in the Seattle cycling community for his heavy duty trailers. “Early on, when I was just playing with the welder in my backyard, I built myself a heavy duty trailer for hauling lumber, bike frames and metal,” said Colin, who lives a car-free lifestyle and bikes every day. “I thought it would be fun hauling things around by bicycle. It’s also just more practical to haul it by bike than it is to rent a truck or own a car and pay insurance.” This earned him the nickname “Haulin’ Colin”, which later would inspire his business. Built to last a lifetime, the Haulin’ Colin trailer measures 5 feet long and 2 feet wide, weighs 35 pounds unloaded, and can carry more than 500 pounds. “There is a bit of a learning curve to ride with a trailer,” Colin warned, but the size of the trailer is large enough to carry all sorts of items yet slim enough to navigate tight spaces and bike paths. “Carrying large objects by bike is doable; it’s not crazy,” said Colin. Colin still uses his original trailer and has carried things like a queen-size mattress and box spring, Christmas trees, bulky boxes, multiple bicycles and lumber. “I started building these trailers because I saw a need for heavy duty trailers,” explained Colin. “There are doggie trailers, kids trailers

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but you have very few options when it comes to a heavy duty trailer like this. Mine have the advantage of having a really strong hitching system, and I provide custom options.” Since starting his business, Colin has sold around 45 trailers. But making trailers is only a small part of what he does. “The other stuff is just more profitable,” said Colin, who is trained in many aspects of machining and fabrication but specializes in bike-related items and has built everything from supersized water bottle cages to an eight-person pedal-powered parade float. Learn more about Haulin’ Colin at www. and browse through Haulin’ Colin’s photostream at photos/haulincolin/ for a sample of his creations.


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“Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling”


April 2013

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April 2013 Cascade Courier  

Newsletter for the Cascade Bicycle Club. Volume 43, Issue # 4

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