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February events: Feb. 10: Seattle Bike Swap Feb. 16: HPC open house Feb. 22: Nelson Vails Feb. 24: Chilly Hilly

JANUARY 2013 / Vol. 43, No. 1

Here’s what you need to know about 2013 event registration by Ellison Fidler, Administrative Coordinator

2013 EVENT DATES Feb. 24 Jun. 8 Jun. 29 Jul. 13–14 Aug. 3–9 Aug. 16–17 Aug. 17–18 Sept. 8 Sept. 29

Chilly Hilly Flying Wheels Summer Century Red-Bell 100 Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic Ride Around Washington RSVP RSVP2 High Pass Challenge Kitsap Color Classic


he 2013 event registration is about to begin, the following information will help ensure the process is a smooth one for you. As a Cascade member you can register for our events ahead of the crowd. Online registration opens to current Cascade members on Tuesday, Jan. 8 and to the general

public on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Register online by logging in to If you have not logged into the website before, you’ll need to create an account with a username and password. In order to register during early registration your membership must be current. You can check your membership expiration date, find your member number or view other people listed as part of your household by logging into the your online account. If you have lost your username/ password, email

New for 2013 There are a few changes to events this year. If you don’t want to take your chances by entering the lottery for RSVP, you can bypass the lottery by registering at the “buy it now” price of $200. There are only 250 continued on page 2

Preview for the 2013 legislative session by Matthew Green, Legislative Affairs Manager

Congratulations to our 2012 “Ride Leader of the Year” – Jan Johnson



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On the positive side, the Cascade Bicycle Club looks forward to working with Governor-elect Jay Inslee, whom we endorsed. We believe Gov. Inslee will be a strong supporter of bicycling, while knowing many other issues, notably education funding, will demand his attention. In recent years, the state House of Representatives has supported pro-bicycling legislation, and we expect that to continue. The House remains controlled by Democrats, and bicycle champions such as Representatives Judy Clibborn (Bellevue, Mercer Island), Marko Liias (Edmonds, Mill Creek) and Joe Fitzgibbon (Burien, West Seattle) remain on the House Transportation Committee, where most bicycle issues get decided. Some supportive Republicans are also returning. The big changes are in the state Senate. Last year, Democrats who mostly supported bicycling controlled the chamber. Unfortunately, the senator who chaired the Senate Transportation Committee was openly hostile to the needs of bicyclists, meaning various bills we cared about stagnated. That senator, however, lost her re-election bid, opening the committee to new leadership. Still, the Senate remains uncertain. The most pro-bicycle voice among Republican Senators also lost re-election, while a Democratic bicycling champion from the House (Andy Hill (Spokane)) successfully continued on page 10

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t Cascade’s annual Volunteer Recognition Party in December, the Rides Committee announced Jan Johnson as the 2012 Ride Leader of the Year! A critical selection process was involved, giving consideration to 15 qualified candidates and ultimately reducing the list to four outstanding ride leaders. In the final analysis, Jan was the clear choice. Jan goes above and beyond expectations on behalf of the Club and is an outstanding ride leader who truly deserves this award. She has consistently led more than 30+ rides annually for the past 10 years, possibly a Club record. For at least the last five years she has been coordinating the weekly TREATS rides. Jan is always helpful to riders who are new to Cascade and group cycling, and she has recruited and trained many outstanding new ride leaders. She has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the Daily Rides Program over the years and was responsible for organizing and teaching the ride leader certification program. Beyond being a ride leader, she devotes her time tirelessly working in many other areas of the Club. She demonstrates the qualities that make her an excellent ride

In This Issue Transforming old BMX bikes..................................2 Black History Month with Nelson Vails................2 Seattle Brews Cruise...............................................2 Red Bell-100............................................................3 Chilly Hilly .............................................................3 Seattle Bike Expo...................................................4 Bikeconomics............................................................5 Doping in Cycling: An Insider’s View.....................5

leader and has earned her recognition as Cascade’s Ride Leader of the Year. Jan, thank you for all you do for Daily Rides! The “Ride Leader of the Year” award began in 2005 to publicly recognize outstanding ride leaders for their contributions to the Daily Rides Program. Since that time, we have recognized Per and Shana Sunde (2005), Norm Tjaden (2006), Mike Kelly (2007), Gary Strauss (2008), Scott Kralik (2009), Craig Mohn (2010), Francis Gan (2011) and now Jan Johnson(2012). The selection criteria for this award includes consistently demonstrating excellent safety practices (S.M.A.R.T.) as well as interpersonal and leadership skills, creating a variety of routes and themes, providing maps and cue sheets, giving clear directions at the start of the ride, and leading rides throughout the year.

January Rides......................................................6-7 It’s a whole new year for classes........................8 High Performance Cycling......................................9 Ride Referee roll call.............................................9 Cyclist of the month............................................10 Find us online.......................................................10 Welcome new staff...............................................11 Cascade contacts...................................................11 Membership form..................................................11 Puget Sound Bike Share closer to launching....12

Photo by Julie Newcombe

by Peter Hallson, Rides Committee

t’s January, meaning it’s time for a new session of the Washington State Legislature. While the outlook for bicycling is difficult to predict, there are reasons for optimism and pessimism. The difference may depend on the activism by citizens like you from across the state.


Congratulations to our 2012 Volunteer of the Year, Mel Roberts! Read more about December's Volunteer Appreciation Party on page 8. Thank you to all who volunteer throughout the Club. We couldn't do it without you!

January 2013

Old BMX bikes transform into scraper gold Seattle Brews Cruise – May 5, 2013


onations wanted! We need gently used 20"or 26" BMX bikes for our scraper bike programming starting in mid-January. The bikes will get revamped by their lucky new owners during a fun and creative earn-a-bike program. The trendy scraper bike originated in the East Bay Area, and is distinguished by a creatively spray painted BMX bike frame, plus wheel spokes decorated with colorful duct tape or aluminum foil. Cascade’s scraper bike program engages Scraperbikeimage 1: A 2011 Earn-A- Bike kids 9 to 12 years old who live in lowgraduate adding the finishing touches to his one income housing in Seattle’s Magnuson of a kind Scraper bike Park. The goal of this earn-a-bike program is to develop a creative and kinetic learning environment implementing basic and intermediate bicycle maintenance skills, supported by do-it-yourself paint and tape decorating. Starting January 22, and continuing for the following 8 weeks. ‘Scraperz Kids’ earn their own BMX scraper bike, lock and helmet after completing this program.

Cascade Bicycle Club celebrates Black History Month with Nelson Vails Friday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m. Seattle REI Store, 222 Yale Ave N Advance tickets $10 for Cascade members, $12 for non-members, now on sale at Sponsored by The Rainier Riders


ebruary is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the new-found diversity in bicycling, Major Taylor and a modern day legend, Nelson Vails. The Cascade Bicycle Education Foundation’s Major Taylor Project is pleased to host a special evening with American cycling great, Nelson Vails, on Friday, Feb. 22. Proceeds from the evening will help support the Major Taylor Project. His story is a triumph over almost insurmountable odds. Nelson Vails, the youngest of 10 children growing up in the Harlem projects, became the first African American to win an Olympic medal in bicycling in the 1984 Track Sprint. Nelson started winning races in Central Park at a young age and worked as a New York City bicycle messenger to support his family. Nicknamed “The Cheetah,” Nelson rode furiously while working, trained in Central Park after work, and raced locally on weekends. In 1981 he earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Cycling Team and raced to a gold medal in 1983 in the Pan American games in Venezuela. He represented the USA at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles where he won the silver medal in the individual 1000-meter Match Sprints, behind countryman Mark Gorski. Vails was

the 1984 National Sprint Champion and National Tandem Sprint Champion in 1984, 1985 and 1986. In 1985 he earned a silver medal in the Tandem Sprint at the World Championships. In the 1980s and early 1990s he competed professionally in 6-Day circuits in Europe and in Japanese Keirin events from 1990 to 1995. Please join us for an evening of inspiration to meet Olympic silver medalist and modern day hero, Nelson Vails. Diversity in bicycling and reaching underrepresented communities in Seattle is a goal of Cascade Bicycle Club. The Major Taylor Project is that goal in action. The Rainier Riders are a Seattle-based cycling group promoting the appreciation and love of cycling, fostering camaraderie among all cyclists regardless of age, race, creed, or gender. The Rainier Riders show the beneficial impact of cycling on health and fitness issues that disproportionately affect underrepresented communities.

M.J. Kelly, Editor Diane English, Editorial Assistant; Susan Hiles, Photography; February contributors: Noah Down, Ed Ewing, Ellison Fidler, Matthew Green, Peter Hallson, Diana Larson, David Longdon, Serena Lehman, Hanna McFall, Tom Meloy, Robin Randels, Anne-Marije Rook, Peter Verbrugge 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!


Inserts:  We have room for 6 single sheet qualifying inserts in each issue.  Please contact Leah Pistorius, (913) 579-7629 leah.pistorius@, for a copy of our insert policy and request form. The request and fee are due by the first of the month prior to the desired month. Advertising: Advertising: Display ads can be placed in the Courier. To check availability and reserve space, contact Leah Pistorius, (913) 579-7629 Reprints:  Articles may be reprinted or abstracted in publications of nonprofit groups provided that the author and Club are credited.  Please send us a copy of the reprinted material. Membership Information:  Club records and finances are available to members upon request from the club office at 206-522-3222.

Registration details:

Tuesday Jan. 29, 10 a.m., registration opens for Cascade members. Tuesday Feb. 5, 10 a.m., registration opens for the general public. Cost: $30 advance for Cascade members. $35 non-members. $40 day of event, only if available!


he Seattle Brews Cruise is a new urban ride produced by the Cascade Bicycle Club for recreational cyclists who appreciate city riding and quality Pacific Northwest craft beers. The ride begins at Schooner Exact Brewery in Seattle’s SODO District. Schooner Exact Brewery is named after the ship that the Denny Party landed in Seattle in 1851… and as such, is quite the fitting start/finish location for our new Emerald City based “cruise.” The flat 30-mile loop will take riders to Kent and back utilizing the 1st Ave Bridge, the Duwamish, Green River and Interurban bike trails, and lightly traveled roads in between. On the return, riders will have a chance to swing north on Airport Way, through the eclectic area of Georgetown before docking in SODO at the finish line party. With only 150 feet of total elevation gain and a leisurely start time of 10 a.m. to noon, the Seattle Brews Cruise is a fun, early season, social ride ideal for riders of all types. In addition to the 30-mile loop, there is a 15-mile route option for participants

who seek a shorter cruise and a 45-mile route for the early risers. The mid-point stop for both the 30- and 45-mile routes will be at Airways Brewery in Kent. Riders can use one of their beer tickets here for favorites like their “Skyhag IPA” as well as fuel up on soft drinks and snacks. The start/finish line and the mid-point stop will feature an outdoor festival style setting with mechanical support, cool tunes, food options, bike parking galore, and the opportunity to sample some of the area’s finest microbrews. With their paid registration, riders receive a limited edition T-shirt and pint glass to commemorate the inaugural ride, along with two beverage tickets good for beer at both breweries. Sample size portions and soft drinks for non-drinking riders will be available at each venue. Designated drivers, family and friends are most welcome at the Finish Line Party. We expect participants to drink responsively at this event, just like they would at any other gathering or ride event that includes alcoholic beverages. Being an early May event you might well ask “What if it rains?” Well, we are riding between two awesome breweries on a very scenic, lightly trafficked, flat course with great friends and fellow cyclists along…so really, who cares if it rains? In its first year, the event capacity is limited to about 500 riders, so registering early is advised. If you wait until the day of event to register, you might be disappointed.

Here’s what you need to know about 2013 event registration continued from page 1 “buy it now” spots available, and once they are all sold, you’ll have to enter the lottery. Don’t like to gamble? This year RSVP2 will not use a lottery and instead you can register for it online beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. If you’re new to Cascade events and registration, be sure to head over to our website and check out the Frequently Asked Questions page. There is a plethora of information about registration listed. We look forward to seeing you at our 2013 events!

Registration schedule: Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. • Members-only registration opens for Chilly Hilly, Flying Wheels, Red-Bell, STP and RAW. • Members-only “buy it now” opens for RSVP1. • Members-only lottery opens for RSVP1. Tuesday, Jan.15 at 10 a.m. • Members-only “buy it now” closes for RSVP1. • Members-only lottery closes for RSVP1. Registration process details will be sent with notification of lottery draw on

Thursday, Jan. 17 to those with an email address. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. • Members-only registration opens for RSVP2. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. • General public registration opens for Chilly Hilly, Flying Wheels, Red-Bell, STP, RAW and RSVP2 (if the events are not sold out). Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. • Members-only lottery opens for Tours - Bend and Central Ore, Long Beach Cruise and Wallowa and Hell’s Canyon. Tuesday, Mar. 5 at 12 p.m. • Members-only lottery closes for Bend and Central Ore, Long Beach Cruise and Wallowa and Hell’s Canyon Tours. Registration process details will be sent with notification of lottery draw within two days. Tuesday, Apr. 2 at 10 a.m. • Member and public registration opens for High Pass Challenge and Kitsap Color Classic.

Vol. 43, No. 1

Teams forming now for the Red Bell-100 by Noah Down, Development Specialist

Sunday, Feb. 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall


e are now offering the opportunity for Red-Bell riders to form teams! Grab your family and friends, co-workers, or join one of the Cascade Bicycle Club teams on the Pacific Northwest’s premier new event. Joining and forming teams are opportunities to conquer a worthwhile challenge, collaborate in fundraising efforts and share great experiences with friends, family members and co-workers. Red-Bell is great event for those new to riding and looking to tackle their first century. Participants will follow a pleasant, scenic route from Redmond to Bellingham. This event is a fully-supported century on low-traffic roads and trails riding through beautiful rural countryside. After climbing the stunning Chuckanut Drive, riders will roll into downtown Bellingham for a finish line party and BBQ in the legendary Boundary Bay Brewery beer garden. So, get your team together, and let’s ride! 

Always a treasure to be found at the Seattle Bike Swap

T Registration and fundraising Registration for this exciting new event is open through the World Bicycle Relief website. It will open to current Cascade members on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and to the general public on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Registration is $100 (includes a jersey, T-shirt, catered lunch, dinner and beverage), plus an additional $150 minimum per rider due by fundraising. We’ll provide you with all you need to get started with fundraising for Cascade’s youth programs and World Bicycle Relief. 

he Seattle Bike Swap is coming up on Sunday, Feb. 10! If you’re in the market for used and new bike, equipment or accessories at bargain prices, you won’t want to miss the Swap. Now in its 18th year, the Seattle Bike Swap is a bike bargain hunter’s paradise with up to 100+ vendors under the same roof. Buyers can look for great deals on new and used bike-related goods, from complete bikes to small parts. You never know exactly what vendors will bring to sell and what treasures you will find.


General adult admission is on a sliding scale depending upon arrival time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - $5 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - FREE Kids under age 15 are FREE all day!


Get ready for the 41st annual Chilly Hilly Sunday, Feb. 24 on Bainbridge Island Register online at


e can’t be sure if February will bring sun, rain or snow, but one thing is certain: Chilly Hilly is approaching! No matter what the weather, those Bainbridge Island hills help take the nip out of the air. Chilly Hilly has been kicking off the cycling season in the Northwest for four decades. The 2010 event brought a new record with more than 6,000 riders! The 33-mile route around Bainbridge Island starts with an early morning ferry ride across Puget Sound from Seattle or you can join the crowd directly on Bainbridge Island. The course is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chilly Hilly is a fundraiser for the Cascade Bicycle Club, and all members receive a $5 discount off registration. Event riders can pull over for a respite at the halfway point and enjoy free hot apple cider and cookies. Local Bainbridge Island organizations also set up tables with home baked goods and drinks for sale. In addition, check out the chili feed at the finish line that benefits Bainbridge’s own Squeaky Wheels Bicycle Club. Join us Sunday, Feb. 24 on the ride Bicycling Magazine's Jan. / Feb. 2013 issue named one of the best “Five rides that will chill your fingers but warm your soul.” It's guaranteed to be hilly, chilly and a heck of a lot of fun. Special thanks to the Bainbridge Island community and residents for welcoming bicyclists to their home.

ONLINE REGISTRATION – BEST DEAL UNTIL FEB. 20 Seattle start: $28, includes round-trip ferry fare. Winslow start: $23, no ferry fare included.


Feb. 20 - 23 from noon to 6 p.m. only. For those riders starting on the B.I. side you can register at the lower online price in person at the B.I. Cycle Shop (162 Bjune Dr. SE, Winslow – (206) 842-6413)

cards. As always, the best thing to “swap” for goods is cash. If you ride your bike to the event, be sure to bring a lock. There will be racks available, but they will be unattended. Best to arrive early because the really good stuff goes fast!


Anyone with a surplus of road, mountain or track bike stuff (components, frames, clothing or complete bikes) can rent a sellers’ space at the Seattle Bike Swap. Due to the high demand, you must pre-pay to reserve your vendor space. Each space is a 10’ x 10’ area; registration fee includes two vendor passes. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve early! Space does NOT include a table. Tables can be rented for $10. Full details at

Cash machines are located near the Exhibition Hall. Be sure to bring cash or checks with you, as most vendors won’t take credit

We can help consign your gear at Bike Swap


f you have a complete bike you want to sell on consignment, we will try and sell it for you for a fee ($10 plus 10 percent of the selling price). If you’re looking for topdollar on your bike this is NOT the place for you, as bikes will be priced to move. To sell your bike on consignment, you will need to bring it to the swap between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Come to the front entrance to complete a form and pay $10 (includes entry into the swap at 9 a.m.) Return by 2 p.m. that day, and we will either give you money for your bike or return your bike to you. If you would like to donate a bicycle, please contact Ed Ewing,, (206)778-4671.

Important consignment details: • Bikes to be sold on consignment will be accepted the day of Bike Swap between 8 and 8:30 a.m. • 10 percent of consignment proceeds go to the Major Taylor Project. • Donated bikes can be dropped off at Cascade one week prior to Bike Swap. • 100 percent of donated bike proceeds go to the Major Taylor Project. • $10 to register bikes to be sold on consignment ($10 includes event admission). • Any bikes not sold must be collected by seller at 2 p.m. (end of Swap) or bike becomes property of the Major Taylor Project. • Consignment bikes must have ‘’Asking’’ and ‘’Minimum’’ price.

Pre-owned, gently used bike gear wanted! by Lindsey Parker, Americorps, Youth Programs Assistant

MAIL-IN REGISTRATION: FEB. 5 - 13 The registration form can be downloaded from Seattle start: $33, includes round-trip ferry fare. Winslow start: $28, no ferry fare included.

ADVANCED PACKET MAILING If your registration is received by Feb. 13, your rider packet will be mailed to you FREE! If you register after Feb. 13, your packet will only be available for pickup on the day of the event at the start line you indicated on your registration form (Seattle or Winslow.)

DAY-OF-RIDE REGISTRATION AND PACKET PICKUP Seattle: Day-of-ride packet pickup and day-of-ride registration is on Alaskan Way opposite the Colman Ferry Terminal. Open 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Bainbridge Island: Day-of-ride packet pickup and day-of-ride registration is at the B.I. Cycle Shop, 124 Bjune Dr SE, Winslow. Open 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

“Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling”


o you have a bike seat post thingamajig? One clipless pedal, but not the other? Did you receive a new bike saddle gift, and are unsure what to do with your old one? Perfect! Those bike odds and ends are the treasures people are looking for at the upcoming Seattle Bike Swap on Feb. 10. It’s never too early for spring cleaning! Bring your Bike Swap donations to the Cascade Bicycle Club, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Your bike-related item donations are then modestly priced and sold at this garage sale-style swap event at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. The proceeds directly benefit the Cascade Bicycle Club’s Education Foundation’s youth programs.

Questions? Contact Lindsey Parker at

Helmet donations made to Bike Works last month by Hanna McFall, AmeriCorps, Community Programs Assistant


rotect your head and those of your loved ones! Cascade sells helmets for $15 and also provides them for free* throughout the Puget Sound region to those in need. This past month, we were pleased to donate helmets to Bike Works. Need a helmet yourself? You can be fitted for a helmet at the Cascade office MondayFriday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by making an appointment with the Community Programs Assistant at 206-957-6623 or emailing *Funding for our free helmet program is generously provided by the Sitcov Law Group.


January 2013

SAVE THE DATE! Seattle Bike Expo, March 9 and 10, Smith Cove Cruise Terminal Something for everyone at this year’s big show! Seattle Bike Expo March 9 and 10, 2013 Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, Seattle


ike Expo 2013 will once again bring together top industry manufacturers, retailers, tour providers, advocates and media with more than 200 vendor booths for two days of shopping, sampling, finding ways to get more involved and checking out the latest products for the 2013 cycling season. We’ll have something for every cyclist, with the newest mountain, road and commute bikes from top manufacturers like Raleigh, Jamis, and Specialized; tandems from CoMotion and Santana; electric bikes from Seattle Electric; beautiful hardwood bikes from Renovo; and folding bikes from Bike Friday. You’ll be able to plan your 2013 wardrobe with a wide range of apparel for on and off the bike, including riding skirts (with men’s options this year!) from Sweet Spot Skirts; recycled bike part jewelry from Chainspirations and Velo Gioielli; helmets from Nutcase and Dux Helm; wool from Ibex; and outerwear from Shower’s Pass. You’ll be able to outfit your bike with great bags from Ortlieb, Detours, Velo Transit and Swift Industries; lights from companies like Light & Motion and Princeton Tech; and accessories from companies like MiiR and Platypus Hydration. You’ll also be able to sample a delicious assortment of nutrition, hydration and energy products including Clif Bar and Nuun to find your personal favorites.

If you’re looking for your next adventure come talk to tour operators and event producers offering everything from one-day rides in the Seattle area to week-long tours in neighboring states and abroad. You can also keep up with the latest in the cycling world by picking up free magazines from media representatives like Momentum, Outdoors NW and Bicycle Paper. This year we’ll be featuring more women specific gear, apparel and events, an expanded Dirt Zone with mountain bike-themed vendors, and a greater focus on independent frame builders. We have also lined up some great entertainment this year- including mountain bike stunt superstar Ryan Leech, from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Willie Weir, just back with some amazing images and tales from the wonder of Myanmar! Mark your calendar so you don’t miss all that Bike Expo 2013 has to offer. Please find more info in next month’s newsletter and online at

Now hiring: Bicycle Ambassadors


nterested in making a positive impact on your community? Do you bike to work or ride with your family? Have you just rediscovered your love of bicycling? Join Cascade Bicycle Club as a Bicycle Ambassador! You’ll be working to increase the public awareness of the Club, bicycling programs and safety issues.

As an Ambassador, you’ll: • Attend city and county events on bicycles to educate and to spread information about safe bicycling and bicycle commuting. • Distribute bicycling information to city residents by bike. • Help staff summer bicycle events (bike safety rodeos for kids, fairs, community events, helmet sales), set up “Bike to Market” information tables and facilitate “Energizer Stations” to support, encourage and engage bicyclists. • Pass feedback and knowledge gained in the field back to office staff so we can meet the community’s needs.


You must have an outgoing personality, bicycling experience and willingness to initiate conversations with all kinds of people regarding safety and getting started with bicycling. Knowledge of safe bicycling and cycling in Seattle is desirable. Training and some equipment provided. See ride-ambassadors.html for more information about our program. DETAILS: 10 to 15 hours/weekly, must be able to work at least one weekend day and two days per week through summer. Dates: Training in March; position runs mid-April through Aug. 30. These are paid positions. Mail or email resume and cover letter by Feb. 6 to Serena Lehman. Email: Post: Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Suite 101S Seattle, WA 98115

See you at the Seattle Bike Expo in March!

Vol. 43, No. 1


Clever designs blend style and functionality in Iva Jean's bikewear Business: Iva Jean Owner: Ann DeOtte Industry: Clothing

Doping in Cycling: An Insider’s View Plus performance panel discussion on nutrition, Bikefit, Strava and making 2013 your best year yet! Hosted by Craig Undem, with special guests Dr. John Armory and Bridget Nichols. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m. Seattle REI Store, 222 Yale Ave N Free!


eattle can be an intimidating place to start bike commuting. There are safe routes to find, weather and geographical elements to deal with, and then there’s the gear. Oh, the gear. In Seattle there seems to be an abundance of black spandex and neo-green jackets, expensive road bikes, and all season-equipped road warriors. So when Ann DeOtte first decided to start bike commuting she was intimidated. “It was 2007. The Bike Master Plan was being created and at Berger Partnership Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, bicycling was a topic we talked about every day. I started to get an interest in the bike culture, but more from a civic and sustainability standpoint. It seemed so romantic,” DeOtte recalled. She did the math and decided to trade in her car for a $100 vintage Motobecane. “I realized I didn’t need my car -- I could bike and bus. And I wanted to live on Capitol Hill and not pay an extra $500 for parking. So it was also a financial decision. It just made sense, it wasn’t some grand gesture,” DeOtte said. But just getting on a bike to ride to work was harder said than done. “When I started to bike, I thought I needed a fancy bike and all this bike gear. But I didn’t want to wear it because I am an aesthetically conscious female,” DeOtte said. “I wanted to be able to ride my bike to meet my friends and not be the only one in headto-toe spandex.” “At some point, I realized that this is Seattle; most people don’t have to dress up all that much to go to work. So I started biking in normal clothes,” she said. “Today, I’m a fair-weather, normal-clothes, no-shame-putting-my-bike-on-the-bus kind of biker.” In 2009, DeOtte went on a trip to Europe, visiting Copenhagen, London and Berlin. “I spent a month in Europe taking in the bike culture. It was really empowering to see women, men and families of all ages riding their bikes in everyday clothes. It was a real aha-moment for me,” she said. Inspired by the European bike culture, DeOtte decided to bring that lifestyle back with her to Seattle and share it with others. Then one day, DeOtte got caught in a rain shower. While this is not unusual in Seattle, she realized that a Gore-Tex jacket simply wasn’t enough. “I thought, ‘If only I could just cover more than my torso’,” DeOtte recalled. She did some research online and found that none of the existing rain jackets and ponchos worked for her. “I couldn’t find any well-designed ponchos that weren’t so big and made from nasty nylon. The designs I found wasn’t anything I wanted to wear. I wanted more function and a product that wasn’t just for biking,” she said. From there, she got together with some local designers and started to develop the first product in her Iva Jean clothing line: the Rain Cape. “I started Iva Jean to provide products and resources that encourage women to incorporate biking into their everyday lives,” DeOtte stated. “There are so many women who need one more nudge and one less barrier to get on a bike. I’m doing this because I want more women to bike and this is one way to do it.” DeOtte named her company after her grandmother, who was a big part of her life growing up.



“She was always creating and making things. She’s the one who took me to craft stores and taught me how to make stuff,” she explained. “Also, I knew I wanted to use a unique woman’s name to give the brand a more holistic image of a person, not just about biking. I see myself more as an industrial designer instead of a fashion designer. I don’t intend to design trendy or seasonal; I want my garments to be timeless. I want people to buy less and buy better.” DeOtte’s designs –like the Rain Cape, the two-way reflective vest and the reveal skirt – focus on practicality, safety, and style on and off the bike. “I got a lot of flak when I first designed the cape because it was gray. But it has a lot of reflectivity. I know safety is very important to women and to my market,” she said. “It’s possible to incorporate safety seamlessly and elegantly.” DeOtte said she’s only focusing on women’s apparel for now because “no one else is paying attention [to women]. We’re still a small market but men and women have different needs. We care a lot more about community, safety and aesthetics. I know how I ride and want to inspire more women to ride.” In addition to providing women with stylish, quality products, DeOtte hopes to create a community of women who bike. “When more and more people see others riding, they realize that they can do it, too. It’s about community, teaching and sharing” she said. “When I first started, I was biking with friends who were already biking. They showed me how to get to work. It wasn’t rocket science but it was great to have someone with me showing me which route to take to work and how to put my bike on the bus.” Iva Jean launched their first product, the Rain Cape, in fall of 2011. The product, as well as the company itself, have since been featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes, Momentum Magazine, and the Seattle Met, among others. All products are small production and made right here in Seattle. DeOtte recently left her day job to give Iva Jean her undivided attention, rolling out new products and aiming to reach more cities and more aspiring riders. In December, Iva Jean got financial support from 252 backers on Kickstarter for her new line of products, assuring continued growth and a sustainable business model for Iva Jean. “It’s going well,” she said. “Here’s to hoping!” Bikenomics is a feature series to spotlight the greater Seattle area’s growing bike businesses. Know a business that should be featured? Send me an email at

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t’s time to pull back the curtain on performance enhancing methods and learn about pro cycling’s new testing for doping, while at the same time focus with on professional tips and online tracking systems to find out what can make you legally go faster in 2013. Join host Craig Undem, Dean of Seattle’s Cycle University, with special guests: doping insider Dr. John Amory and Nutritionist Bridget Nichols. Dr. Armory is a professor of medicine and section head at the University of Washington, and he served on the United States AntiDoping Agency (USADA) anti-doping panel from 2004 to 2007. Dr. Armory also testified in the Floyd Landis trial for the straight scoop on dope. He will pull back the curtain and tell us what really happens in the world of performance enhancing drugs. Nutritionist Bridget Nichols is a registered dietician, has completed two marathons, has a master’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr, and will discuss ways to legally boost your performance through food and nutrition. Craig Undem raced and beat Lance Armstrong on numerous occasions prior to his alleged “doping,” raced as a pro mountain biker, and was third in the United States in Elite Cyclocross. He appeared on the cover of Velonews magazine in 1997 prior to racing in the World Championships. He will speak on bike fitting for optimal performance, Strava and making 2013 your best yet.

John Amory

Bridget Nichols

Dr. Amory graduated magna cum laude in biology from Harvard University and obtained his MD degree from the University of California. He is currently a professor of medicine Craig Undem and section head of Internal Medicine at the University of Washington. He served on the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) anti-doping panel from 20042007 testifying in the Floyd Landis trial and is an avid cyclist, completing RAMROD twice. Bridget Nichols, M.S. R.D., is a registered dietitian and owner of Full Life Nutrition. She received her Master of Nutrition from Bastyr University, emphasizing the integration of whole foods and a complementary medicine perspective. In her nutrition practice, she provides nutrition consultations, nutrition workshops, grocery store tours, and wellness presentations. She believes that eating right fuels a full, vibrant life. She has completed two marathons and would like to compete in a triathlon next!


January 2013

JANUARY 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.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

riding. This is a good ride to see some of the Interurban Trail, and a beautiful ride down Perkins Way to the Burke-Gilman. There will be a restaurant lunch stop along the way. Senior, new and slower-paced riders are welcome. We will ride very slowly uphill.

TREATS: Seattle Loop 20-25 mi • Steady • Some hills • Map • Stay together • 10 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle • Showers cancel • Les Weppler, 206-789-1955 • Travis Coleman, 206-817-7464, travis_clmn@ HAPPY NEW YEAR! Start your year off right with an interesting and scenic city ride thru Interlaken, South Lake Union, Myrtle Edwards Park, Discovery Park and the Fisherman’s Terminal. Distance will depend on the weather and we will have a lunch stop along the way. Make your resolution to get in shape and ride your bike! Ice or snow will also 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. 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

FRUMPS: Kenmore Ramble 30-40 mi • Moderate • Some hills • No Map • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Tracy Owen Station (Logboom Park), Kenmore • Showers cancel • Dan Garretson, 425-985-8570 We will ride from Logboom Park to an unknown destination. The location and distance will be determined by the weather. Ice, snow, or temperatures below 37 degrees cancels the ride.

Wednesday, Jan. 2

Saturday, Jan. 5

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

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

Thursday, Jan. 3

Sunday, Jan. 6

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

SUNDAY CREPES RIDE 25 mi • Leisurely • Some hills • No Map • Stay together • 10 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • David Bordewick, 425-8228546, 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 and/or freezing weather & snow will cancel event. Or check with the Ride Leader.

Friday, Jan. 4 FRIDAY RIDERS: Go to Interurban and Burke-Gilman Trails ~25 mi • Leisurely • Some hills • No Map • Frequent regroup • 10 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle •Steady rain cancels • Bill Lemke, 206-284-2843 Snow and ice and steady rain cancel but, weather permitting, we’ll do a slow and steady uphill to Green Lake and then enjoy mostly trails and some great downhill

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

Monday, Jan. 7

Monday, Jan. 14

MUMPS: Do The Lake 40-60 mi • Moderate • Hilly • No Map • Frequent regroup • 10 a.m. • Tracy Owen Station/Logboom Park, Kenmore • Steady rain cancels Craig Mohn, 425-890-5234 cell,, (texts preferred to VM) Ice or snow will also cancel the ride. The basic route is a counterclockwise loop of north Lake Washington with a food stop en route. Start at Logboom or meet us at the Leschi Starbucks at about 11:15—contact the ride leader if you have questions about this. Distance and route may vary to suit weather conditions and group. A brisk pace group may be added only if a certified ride leader volunteers to lead it. Check with leader if weather appears questionable.

Tuesday, Jan. 8 TREATS: Around Mercer Island 25 mi • Steady • Rolling • No Map • Stay together • 10 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle • Showers cancel • Norm Tjaden, 206-525-2366 Urban ride with some traffic. A clockwise ride around the island and then a brief stop for lunch/snacks in Leschi. Snow or ice also cancels.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 For a complete list of this month’s rides, see

Thursday, Jan. 10 For a complete list of this month’s rides, see


Come one come all, become a Cascade ride leader


ascade Bicycle Club produces one of the most comprehensive recreational riding programs in the country, and it’s all free to anyone interested in riding. We offer rides every day of the year, more than 1,300 rides annually. Rides range from leisurely 10-mile jaunts to strenuous endurance events to multi-day rides to the intensive Cascade Training Series designed to get you ready to ride our major events like the STP.  Ride leaders are the heart and soul of our daily rides program. Our 200+ ride leaders keep the calendar filled throughout the year. If you have an idea for a new ride or don’t see your favorite ride listed, consider joining our leaders’ team. Next Ride Leader Certification Class will be held on Monday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Club office. Class size is limited to 15 people, and you must be registered to attend.  Interested? To register, email with your name, member number and phone number (home, cell or work).


MUMPS: Do The Lake See MUMPS, Jan. 7. RIDE LEADER CERTIFICATION CLASS 6:30 p.m. • CBC Office, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Bldg 138, Seattle No rain cancellation Ride Leader Certification, call 425-8280138, Have you cycled on 5 or more Cascade Free Daily Rides this year or last? Would you like to lead your own rides? Become a Certified Cascade Ride Leader. To register for this Ride Leader Certification Class (class size limited to 15), send an email to rlcert@ with your NAME, CASCADE MEMBER NUMBER, and a CONTACT PHONE NUMBER (home, cell, or work). Find details about becoming a Ride Leader at EandR/Ride_Leader_Info.cfm.

Tuesday, Jan. 15 TREATS: Winter Roads and Trails go South 20-30 mi • Steady • Some hills • No Map • Frequent regroup • 11 a.m. • Logboom Park, Kenmore • Showers cancel • Jan Johnson, 425-672-0617 NOTE LATE START. Any kind of ICY CONDITIONS CANCELS. A recreational ride using roads and some sections of trail. A lot of turns, some hills, and a few sections of traffic. Route will depend on the WEATHER. There will be a food stop.

Wednesday, Jan. 16 For a complete list of this month’s rides, see

Friday, Jan. 11

Thursday, Jan. 17

FRUMPS: 3 Lakes and a Diamond 45 mi • Moderate • Some hills • Map • Stay together • 10 a.m. • Renton Community Center, Renton • Showers cancel • Jim Shedd, 206-772-0955 A scenic ride via Lake Francis and Ravensdale into Black Diamond for lunch. Return via Lake Sawyer, Lake Wilderness, Maxwell Rd, and Maple Valley.

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.

Saturday, Jan. 12

Friday, Jan. 18

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Sunday, Jan. 13 For a complete list of this month’s rides, see

FRUMPS: Cycle Mercer Island to Issaquah 35 mi • Steady • Some hills • Map • Stay together • 10 a.m. • Mercer Island

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Spin to support the Major Taylor Project Thursday, Feb. 21 by Ed Ewing, Major Taylor Project Manager

lid, west parking lot • Showers cancel Peter Hallson, 425-673-4816 Cycle to Issaquah via May Valley Rd, have 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. FRIDAY RIDERS: To the International District 20 mi • Leisurely • Mostly flat • No Map • Stay together • 10 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle • Showers cancel • Norm Tjaden, 206-525-2366 Urban ride with traffic. Through Montlake, then along I-90 to King St. We’ll come back along the waterfront and then onto the Ship Canal trail to return to Gas Works. Bring a lock and money for a lunch/snack stop. Snow or ice also cancels.

Saturday, Jan. 19 For a complete list of this month’s rides, see

Sunday, Jan. 20 S.P.O.K.E.S. (Sunday Pedalers On Kinda Easy Streets) Resolution or Not Ride ~25 mi • Leisurely • Some hills • Map • Frequent regroup • Noon • Cottage Lake Park in Woodinville • Steady rain cancels • Michelle Burton, 425-8904936 cell We will start at Cottage Lake Park just west of Safeway on Woodinville Duvall Road and wind our way over to Marymoor Park, stopping for lunch somewhere in between. Be prepared to discuss your New Year’s resolutions, or not. E WoodinvilleDuvall Rd and 188th NE. Cottage Lake Park has parking located directly off of NE Woodinville-Duvall Road. Type in the following on Google Maps or Mapquest for directions: 18831 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd, Woodinville, 98077

Monday, Jan. 21 MUMPS: Do The Lake See MUMPS, Jan. 7.

Tuesday, Jan. 22 TREATS-Ride to Bakery Nouveau 25 mi • Steady • Some hills • Map • Stay together • 10 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle • Steady rain cancels

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 cyclist crashes are single rider falls.  If you 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. 

David Bordewick, 425-822-8546, Ride to this bakery in West Seattle near California Ave & Alaska St. There will be an uphill segment to this ride but it can be done by bicycles. Snow and/or ice conditions will also cancel the ride. We will start promptly at 10 a.m. to be there early for a lunch/snack break as this bakery is popular.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 For a complete list of this month’s rides, see

Thursday, Jan. 24 For a complete list of this month’s rides, see

Friday, Jan. 25 FRUMPS: On the level 35 mi • Moderate • Mostly flat • No Map • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Russell Road Park, Kent • Steady rain cancels • Michael Moreland, 206-4399890 We are riding to Sumner for lunch via streets, country roads and bike trails. Parking lot is on Russell Road in Kent about .2 mile north of Meeker Street. Ice or snow also cancels. FRIDAY RIDERS: Kenmore to Redmond 22-28 mi • Leisurely • Mostly flat • No Map • Frequent regroup • 11 a.m. • Logboom Park, Kenmore • Showers cancel • Jan Johnson, 425-672-0617 Note LATE START. Icy conditions also cancel. A recreational ride on mainly paved trail with a few sections of road. We will have a quick stop for hot drinks and snacks. Let’s hope for decent weather.

Saturday, Jan. 26


ascade and Allstar Fitness will host the third annual Major Taylor Project Spinathon, Thursday, Feb. 21, 5 to 8 p.m., to benefit the Major Taylor Project. All proceeds go to project efforts in south and southeast Seattle. Last year’s Spinathon was a huge success, raising $20,000. Let’s keep the success rolling to reach this year’s goal of $35,000! One hundred percent of the evening’s proceeds will go towards reaching more students at our existing Major Taylor Project sites, and to support the newly created Major Taylor Project Youth Leadership Retreat. The Major Taylor Project transforms and empowers underserved youth through bicycling, by promoting leadership, personal responsibility and positive physical and social development. Named after Marshall “Major” Taylor, the turn of the century African-American United States and world bicycle sprint champion, the Major Taylor Project is a yearround youth development program focused on creating access and opportunities for youth in diverse and underserved communities. The project emphasizes the importance of bicycling, leadership, community activism, bicycle maintenance, safety and the importance of working toward individual goals. The Major Taylor Project Spinathon will be held at the West Seattle Allstar Fitness, located at 2629 W Andover St. Sixty spin bikes are available, and you can ‘’reserve’’ your bike for one, two or three hours. Donations to reserve your bike are $30/hour. Online registration at, opens Tuesday, Jan. 8. You can also show your support in the following ways:

Personal Pledge Challenge

• Collect donations from your supporters and increase your chance to win great prizes! • Raise $250 and receive 2 additional premium drawing tickets

• Raise $500 and receive a Major Taylor Project jersey, five additional premium drawing tickets! • Raise $1000 and receive a Major Taylor Project jersey, 10 premium drawing tickets

Sponsor a Major Taylor Student Spinner

Support a student on the bike for one, two or three hours.

Match a Spinner

Work for an organization that will match your support? Pledge your support and your organization will double (or more) your contribution. You may also visit the Major Taylor Project page,, and submit your donation online. When you sign up for the evening’s events, you will automatically enter a drawing for some amazing gifts and prizes. If you cannot attend, you can still help the Major Taylor Project by sending a donation. To register or for more information, contact Liz Johnson, Major Taylor Project Outreach Program Assistant, at, (206) 957-6960. Registration opens Tuesday, Jan. 8. Get ready for a fun, exciting and energy filled evening! Save the date and make your reservations today! Mail-in Donations: (Please write “MTP” in the memo line on your check): Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Suite 101S, Seattle, WA 98115.

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

Sunday, Jan. 27 For a complete list of this month’s rides, see

Monday, Jan. 28 MUMPS: Do The Lake See MUMPS, Jan. 7.

Tuesday, Jan. 29 TREATS Fall City to Carnation 28 mi • Steady • Mostly flat • Map • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Fall City Community Park (just north of river on Rte 203) • Ice/snow cancels • Clarice Sackett, 425-478-8306 Easy ride to Carnation and end of Entwistle Road, lunch at Starbucks or grocery store and back. If nice weather, we’ll add 6 miles. Start is at Fall City Park, across bridge, just north of river on Rte 203 toward Carnation.

Wednesday, Jan. 30 For a complete list of this month’s rides, see

Thursday, Jan. 31 For a complete list of this month’s rides, see

“Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling”


January 2013

Volunteer, act, contribute to Seattle Bike Expo

It’s a whole new year for classes

by Diana Larson, Volunteer Coordinator

by Robin Randels, Classes Coordinator


olunteers provide the heartbeat for Cascade events, and the 2013 Seattle Bike Expo is no exception. Our ability to put on this successful and fantastic event is a result of the time and effort contributed by those who volunteer and serve. We are opening up volunteer positions for the 2013 Seattle Bike Expo, and we welcome enthusiastic people who would like to participate in this great event. If you want to become a part of the Bicycle Expo volunteer team, now is the time to let us know. If you have the passion and a willingness to share, consider participating with us. There are many volunteer positions to choose from that can utilize your skills. This is also a great opportunity to network with other cyclists, and a great opportunity to make new friends (while having fun at the same time)! Those interested may apply online by going to or contacting Diana Larson at (206) 852-6827 for more information.

Volunteer Party Recap

On Thursday, Dec. 6, we held our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party, Vegas-style, with all the glitz and glamour of casino games, an aerial show, prizes and a wonderful buffet. We enjoyed the spectacular high flying aerialist Julie Istvan, and had our fill at the buffet with Vegas-style Luau food by Pac Island Grill, Hawaiian Style BBQ.

Volunteer of the Year: Mel Roberts

After an evening of gaming, food and entertainment, it was my pleasure to present the 2012 Volunteer of the Year award to Mel Roberts. Mel has been an extraordinary Cascade volunteer for many years. As a longtime advocate, he has often been Cascade’s lone voice in the Southwest King County wilderness, particularly in his home town of Kent.

Mel is passionate about improving cycling conditions for everyone and he also comes to the rescue. This year he answered last minute calls for event volunteers, and seeing a great need, on his own volition, power washed the Club’s front steps.

Outstanding volunteers

These outstanding volunteers from Club departments also were honored: Policy Planning and Government Affairs: Clint Loper, Tom Gibbs and Don Brubeck Development: Ali Zuberi and Bill Ptacek Admin/Finance: Dave Eggleston Education: Filmore Fossett, Rebecca Weber and Mark Davison Communications: Mary Remoaldo, Sandie Smith and Diane English Events: Lloyd Warms, James and Steph Westphal and Perry Pirritano View photos of the party on our Facebook page:

Volunteer needs for January

Chilly Hilly Date and Time: Tuesday, Jan. 29, and Thursday, Jan. 31, 5 – 9 p.m. Task or Event: Chilly Hilly Packet Stuffing. Where: 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, CBC Office. How Long: 4 hours. Doing What: Stuffing and labeling Chilly Hilly packets. Light meal provided. If you desire to volunteer for either of the packet stuffing parties, please visit our volunteer web site at Or if you have questions or comments or need answers, I can be reached at Diana. or (206) 852-6827. Thanks again for your commitment to volunteer. We couldn’t do it without you!


s we bid goodbye to 2012, let’s take a few moments to reflect upon the year before we roll into 2013. Here are some highlights from our educational classes programs. We held 167 classes last year -- maintenance, riding and commuting -- serving 883 students; 57 percent of the students were women, and 43 percent were men. One notable surprise was the sheer number of people, both adults and children, who wanted to learn to ride a bike for the first time. William Gerdes and Lara Sirois taught 84 sessions of Learn to Ride for 42 students who now have the ability to ride their bikes. Way to go! I would like to extend a special thanks to all our instructors who made it possible to offer high quality and informative classes to businesses and individuals in our ever-growing biking community: Renee Barton William Gerdes Lara Sirois Jacob Dwyer Mark Davison Eric Meislahn Larry Goerss Colin Mcferon Todd Rogers Mark Vohr Let’s also extend a warm welcome to our newly minted batch of League of American Bicyclists certified instructors: William Abbey Jenny Almgren Jack Hilovsky Liz Johnson Anne King David Saxen Seth Schromen-Warwin Silas Strickland Brian Watson

In addition to our regular menu of classes, we are adding “Maintenance Overview” and “Biking Around Town for Work and Play” in 2013. The new year will also see the launch of an updated Family Biking Program. Look for more information on those in the coming months.

Here is what’s up for January: Fix a Flat – Jan. 7

Member of Cascade Bicycle Club and Bicycle Alliance of Washington. Sponsor of Fischer Plumbing,, Recycled Cycles Racing, Garage Racing, Cucina Fresca, Blue Rooster Racing, SCCA/Starbucks and Lakemont Cycling Teams.


Learn this simple and important skill to minimize delays the next time your tire fizzles. We’ll take the mystery out of wheel

and tire removal, patching a tube and putting it all back together. Learn what tools to carry for a quick and speedy repair. Our class is hands-on your bike -- so bring it along. We’ll send you home with patch kit and a step by step guide for the next encounter with a flat tire.

Urban Cycling Techniques – Jan. 17, 19 We’ve designed this class to help bike riders like you, gain the knowledge and confidence to make informed traffic decisions and balance caution, assertiveness and skills necessary for safer urban riding. Riders who want to learn to interact positively and safely with urban traffic will learn: • traffic laws as they pertain to bicyclists • proper helmet fit • basic maintenance and overview of how to fix a flat • practical riding skills, effective braking techniques, scanning, avoiding obstacles and signaling • on-bike crash-avoidance techniques We will practice on-road skills such as: • lane positioning, communication with drivers and left-turn techniques • group riding skills • bike fit and nutrition as time allows Class consists of a 3-hour, lecture-only evening session and a second 5-hour, on-bike session on the weekend, with an optional half-hour League of American Bicyclists exam after second session. Our “Via Bike” handbook, a reference for the skills learned in this course, is included.

Chains and Derailleurs – Jan. 23 Learn basic methods for working on chains and derailleurs that will keep your drivetrain and shifting system in tip top shape. We’ll cover chain maintenance, derailleur adjustment and troubleshooting system problems. This is a hands-on-your-bike class, so bring it along with a multitool if you’ve got one -- we will have tools available if you don’t. You will go home with a smoother shifting bike and our new refresher how-to guide booklet.

Brakes, Wheels and Tires – Jan. 30 Learn basic methods for working on various types of rim brakes. We’ll cover rim care and cleaning, brake pad inspection, cleaning, adjustment and replacement. We’ll also cover how to inspect spokes for correct tension and tires for wear. Bring your bike and any tools you have -- we’ll have tools on hand if you don’t. Take home our new refresher guide booklet for your ongoing home repairs.

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High Performance Cycling powered by Cycle u open house and 2013 kickoff party by Tom Meloy and David Longdon Saturday, Feb. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cycle U West Seattle, 3418 Harbor Ave SW Seattle, 98126


ll Seattle area cycling enthusiasts are welcome to High Performance Cycling’s 2013 Kickoff Potluck Meeting. Founded in 2007, Cascade’s High Performance Cycling Team was developed to match the interests and needs of cyclists who like to ride fast, hard, far, and climb hills, but without a racing focus. The HPC program is dedicated to supporting strong cyclists who want to to improve their skills and fitness. High Performance Cycling is known as a team that rides hard while practicing safe group riding skills. The High Performance Cycling Team is well-suited for cyclists who: • Are committed to improving their fitness and cycling skills • Are able to or desire to ride at the Cascade “strenuous” effort level or above • Possess the endurance to ride more than 50 miles • Are comfortable with, or desire to master paceline and group riding techniques High Performance Cycling has approximately 80 members ranging from early 30s to early 60s in age. Most active members target challenging event rides including the Chelan Century, Flying Wheels, Seattle to Portland in one day, RAMROD, and the High Pass Challenge. Although we aren’t a racing team, some members do occasionally compete in multi-sport events and triathlons, individual time trials, and this year HPC plans to field a 4-person relay team at the Race Across Oregon.

In addition to socializing off the bike, we’ll do a presentation with topics including: • An overview of Team HPC • Team relationships with the Cascade Bicycle Club and Cycle U • An overview of the Team’s 2013 calendar, including the fitness performance testing program and coaching clinics • An overview of the Team’s equipment and nutrition discount program with Cycle U • Past highlights Cycle University is a bicycle school that focuses on teaching riders of all levels how to improve rapidly. It is run by former pro Craig Undem and a staff of professional coaches. Cycle U offers coaching, private lessons, ICE spin classes, and equipment sales and repair. For more information or to join the team, see the High Performance Cycling page listed under Daily Rides at, or the Team Page at The cost is $100 per year. Cascade membership is required. You may join the team at any time of year, but will get the most out of your membership if you get in on the action sooner than later. We hope to see you on Feb. 16. Look for HPC team members in their team jerseys, and feel free to chat with them about the program.

ride referee roll call by Robin Randels, Classes Coordinator


alling all Ride Referees! People like you are needed to make our 2013 season a success! Now is your chance to become a Ride Ref and help educate and remind your fellow event riders to remember their manners and ensure a safe riding season for everyone. It’s fun, it’s exciting –and you get to wear the striped jersey! No need to be super speedy or particularly bossy to participate – just pleasant, steady and assertive. If you “reffed” last year, we hope that you will return and bring along a friend or three to increase our numbers. As a reward for your excellent efforts, you will receive free entry to the event that you are riding (buses and lodging not included). Ride one, two or all three refereed events -- Chilly Hilly, Flying Wheels and the STP. Refs attend a meeting in February and Group Riding Skills training. More fun than a barrel of squid! Save the date Feb. 9. Contact: Robin Randels at (206)390-3945,

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January 2013

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“I love Seattle, and I love biking. I want those to mesh together.”

by Serena Lehman, Community Outreach Manager


Cyclist of the Month

Quinn Hairston by Anne-Marije Rook, Staff Writer, Age: 33 Wheels: Kona Dew Plus Occupation: Nanny


n August of 2009, Quinn Hairston, frustrated with bus commuting, bought a bike. “I was tired of riding the bus. I started biking to get away from people. It was nice to have alone time, and as I started riding, I realized biking was also more convenient,” Hairston said. She started riding from the Central District to Magnolia, a 16-mile round trip commute. “It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it might be. It took me longer at first but then, kind of by accident, I discovered the bike path through downtown,” Hairston said. Riding 16 miles a day, Hairston quickly discovered the joy of biking and started to ride her bike everywhere she went. She even challenged herself by signing up for the 2010 Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. With a little less than a year to train, Hairston started going on long weekend rides and built her fitness up to where she could complete 60 miles in one day. But then she got doored. “I was hurt for a while but got back on the bike and continued to train,” said Hairston. “Until I got hit.” Hairston was struck by a car in the crosswalk of the intersection of Stone Way and 34th Street in Fremont. She suffered from several pinched nerves along her spine, causing pain and numbness in her legs and arms. “It took me a while to recover and not be in pain while riding,” she said. “I especially had trouble gripping my handlebars for long periods of time. I could no longer go 30 miles, let alone 60 or the 100 that would be required to complete even one day of the STP.” While she had to give up on completing the STP that year, Hairston did continue to bike commute. “I had become more hesitant, and I didn’t ride for fun anymore,” Hairston said. “But I was able to stay on smaller roads [for my commute], and it wasn’t as stressful.” It took four months for Hairston to get her confidence back, and by 2011, she was mostly back to normal, riding her bike to work and for fun. As though her perseverance hadn’t already been tested enough, Hairston got hit again. The collisions with cars and the countless times she had experienced close-calls or been yelled at by drivers turned Hairston’s hesitance into anger and frustration.

“I didn’t bike at all last year,” Hairston said. “For the most part because my commute changed. I was now commuting from Northgate to Ballard and the road conditions were horrible. I didn’t feel comfortable.” Hairston started driving. But after nine months of driving she started to really miss her bike. “I felt myself becoming a car person, and I don’t want to be a car person!” Hairston said. Slowly but surely, Hairston started biking again. “It felt great to be on a bike again,” she said. “And then my bike got stolen. After all my troubles, that was hard. It hurt my feelings. There were three other bikes in the garage but they only took mine.” This is when Hairston’s friends and family started to point out that maybe the universe was trying to tell her to not bike. But she keeps going. “When I got doored, I thought it was just a matter of time for it to happen. When I got hit, I recognized that the danger comes with the activity,” Hairston said. “I really enjoy biking and I wasn’t going to let that take it away from me.” Hairston admits that if her collisions had resulted in more severe injuries, she might be saying something differently. “Cars and bikes don’t mix. We need to find a way to get bikes away from cars,” Hairston said. “I lived in Europe and I used to see these bikers without their helmet riding around. They looked adorable and were biking like it’s a fashion statement. I used to think they were crazy but when I started biking, I realized they could do that because they were completely comfortable being separated from cars.” Hairston said she dreams of a Seattle with bike-only paths and riding around on an xtracycle with kids on the back and carrying cargo. “I love Seattle, and I love biking. I want those to mesh together,” she said. “I have high hopes for the bike plans in development. People should [be able to] bike to work and not drive, and I love knowing that so many people do bike and that it’s growing.” Know a cyclist who deserves some special recognition? Nominate them for cyclist of the month! Send your ideas to Anne-Marije Rook at

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nd you should show it off. Or at least you should show that secret special skill you have. You know the one where you break out the utility knife and form fenders out of old campaign signs? Or where you turn plain old jackets into perfect bike commuter reflective wear? What other secrets haven’t I uncovered? Come showoff your DIY bicycle-related project at the Seattle Bike Expo on March 9 and 10. At the Cascade booth this year, we are hosting people-powered demonstrations of the fun, bike-related stuff you can do at home. In the past, we have learned how to make bracelets out of bike tubes, how to make your own reflective vest, how to make a unique and useful tool kit, and how to scrape out your bike.

If you

have some special DIY skill you would like to debut to the bike community, email me at with the following information: • A description of your project. • A picture of your finished product. • How long your project will take to demo.

BizCycle is rolling – Apply by March 15 by Ryann Child, Americorps, Commute Programs Assistant


izCycle is rolling! With more than twenty-five businesses at various stages of the application process, our bicycle-friendly business certification program has seen incredible interest in the two months since its launch. The BizCycle certification system rates workplaces on a 50-point scale, with award levels at Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Is your business ready to apply? There are a few prerequisites to certification. • Do you provide adequate bike parking for employees and visitors? • Do you host at least one event per year that includes bicycles? • Do you send out at least one bike-specific message yearly? • Do you know the bicycle mode split at your organization? • Does your organization have a bicycle mode split goal? • Does your organization participate in any form of community planning or advocacy related to bicycling? Because things like measuring bicycling and advocacy are new territory for many companies, we’ve created online resources to walk you through the prerequisites and qualify your organization for certification. Additionally, our Best Practices Guide for

bike-friendly businesses contains a wealth of information on how to improve support for bicycle commuting. The deadline for our first round of applications is March 15, 2013.Our first round of BizCycle awards will be held at our annual Bike to Work Breakfast, and the top ten certified businesses will receive special recognition in the Puget Sound Business Journal. Contact for more information.

Preview for the 2013 legislative session continued from page 1 moved to the Senate. Perhaps most importantly, though Democrats won a majority of seats, two Democrats joined with the Republicans to take control of the Senate; no one in Olympia really knows how the politics will play out. Regardless, the one thing bicycle advocates can do best to promote bicycle-friendly policies in the Legislature is to make our voices heard! This is where Cascade Bicycle Club members come in. We are pushing for two key bills in this legislative session: one makes it easier for local governments to lower speed limits, and one ensures state and local transportation plans consider the health impacts of their decisions. We also want to increase – not merely maintain – state funding for bike lanes, trails and other bicycle infrastructure, along with family-friendly programs like safe routes to school. While budgets are tight, bicycle-friendly investments ultimately save money by making our transportation network safer, healthier, and more efficient (not to mention the quality of life benefits). To win legislative support for these goals, legislators need to hear from constituents.

Throughout the session, we will share information about issues coming up for consideration, and how you can call or write your legislator about them. In addition, please consider visiting Olympia to meet your legislators in person. Cascade Bicycle Club is participating in two citizen lobbying events: Transportation Advocacy Day on February 12 and Environmental Lobby Day on February 19. Both are for advocates across the state to make a big impression together; we’ll email out details soon. If you plan to be in Olympia any other day, we can help you make appointments with legislators or help you figure out what to say to them. The strength of Cascade Bicycle Club is in its members. Nowhere is that more true than when we reach out, individually and collectively, to our elected representatives. With your help, we can make 2013 a great year for bicycling in the state Legislature. For more information, please contact Matthew Green, Legislative Affairs Manager, at (360)402-5529 or

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Welcome new staff!

CasCaDe COntaCts

Matthew Green, Legislative Affairs Manager


ave you ever visited the Cascade Bicycle Club offices at Magnuson Park? If so, you know it’s an active place. A couple dozen staff are running about, working on many, many projects – so many that I haven’t even yet identified them all. The staff is busy, and they’re enthusiastic about their work. I’m enthused, too, about working here. My professional background is in politics: managing local political campaigns, working in the state legislature and serving as a local elected official. Personally, like many of you, I commuted by bike (on a big purple Jamis Tangier) for several years (though I live close enough to the State Capitol that now I’ll walk). I believe that a community that is well designed for bicycling is a community that is well designed, period, because it is accessible,

safe, built on a human scale – a place where a person can be in close contact, literally and figuratively, with their surroundings. Now, I’m thrilled about putting all that together to work to promote bike-friendly state policies as Cascade’s new Legislative Affairs Manager. But making the Club an effective political force in the Legislature is not entirely, or even primarily, about me. It depends on you. Legislators may tolerate lobbyists, but they really want to hear from their constituents. So I look forward to working with you, whether you prefer to call or write to your legislators or visit them in person.

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Leah Pistorius, Communications Specialist

Note: All email address are

(913) 579-7629 • leah.pistorius@ …

Jenny Almgren, Education Program Assistant

Robin Randels, Classes Coordinator

(206) 694-9148 • jenny.almgren@ …

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Chuck Ayers, Executive Director

Anne-Marije Rook, Staff Writer

(206) 523-9495 • chuck.ayers@ …

(208) 870-9406 •

Craig Benjamin, Policy and Government Affairs Manager

Julie Salathé, Education Director

(206) 713-6204 • craig.benjamin@ …

(206) 523-1952 • julies@ …

Ryann Child, Americorps Member, Commute Program

Lindsey Parker, Americorps Member, Youth Programs

(206) 861-9890 • cpa@ …

(206) 861-9875 • ypa@ …

David Douglas, Event Producer

Kat Sweet, Youth Program Manager

(206) 522-BIKE • david.douglas@ …

(206) 427-3090 • kat.sweet@ …

Noah Down, Development Specialist

Anna Telensky, Events and Sponsorship Coordinator

(206) 245-0001 • noah.down@ …

(206) 778-6099 • annat@ …

Liz Johnson, Americorps Member, Major Taylor Project

Kim Thompson, Event Registrar

(206) 957-6960 • mtpa@ …

(206) 526-1677 • kim.thompson@ …

Ed Ewing, Major Taylor Project Manager

Alan Van Vlack, Database and Accounting Coordinator

(206) 778-4671 • ed.ewing@ …

(206) 226-1858 • alan.vanvlack@ …

Stephanie Frans, Manager of Commute Programs

Peter Verbrugge, Event Producer

(206) 522-9479 • stephanie.frans@ …

(206) 399-9565 • peterv@ …

Ellison Fidler, Administrative Coordinator

Tarrell Wright, Development Director

(206) 957-7944 ellison.fidler@...

(206) 240-2235 • tarrell.wright@ …

Tessa Greegor, Principal Planner (206) 204-0913 • tessa.greegor@ …


Matthew Green, Legislative Affairs Manager

Note: All email address are

(360) 402-5529 Hanna McFall , Americorps Member, Community Programs (206) 957-6623 • cmpa@ … Max Hepp-Buchanan, Advocacy Campaigns Manager (206) 226-1040 • MaxHB@ … Mike Inocencio, Corporate Development Director

President Daniel Weise • daniel.weise@... Vice President Don Volta • Treasurer

(206) 522-2403 • mikei@ …

Michael Snyder • michael.snyder@...

M.J. Kelly, Director of Communications & Marketing


(206) 853-2188 • m.j.kelly@ …

Ed Yoshida •

Diana Larson, Volunteer Coordinator

Executive Committee Member-at-large

(206) 852-6827 • diana.larson@ …

Charles Ruthford • charles.ruthford@...

Sander Lazar, Rides Program Coordinator


(206) 694-9108 • sander.lazar@ … Serena Lehman, Community Outreach Manager (206) 291-4032 • serenal@ …

Kevin Carrabine • kevin.carrabine@... George Durham • george.durham@... Rayburn Lewis • rayburn.lewis@...

Kathy Mania, Finance Director (206) 522-4639 • kathy.mania@ …

Mo McBroom • mo.mcbroom@...

Evan Manvel, Director of Policy, Planning, and Government Affairs

Emily Moran • emily.moran@… Bill Ptacek • bill.ptacek@...

(206) 369-9049 • evan.manvel@...

Ron Sher • ron.sher@...

Kathy McCabe, Deputy Director (206) 409-0429 • kathy.mccabe@ … Erica Meurk, Grant Writer (206) 522-7517 • erica.meurk@ …

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January 2013

Prices on the Cascade International tours drop as tours fill by Peter Verbrugge, Event Producer


ascade members have been signing up in record early numbers for several of this year’s small group international tours. Both the India-Rajasthan and the ChileArgentina tours have sign-up numbers in the double digits. This means the prices are starting to drop. Yes, the price of these tours drops as ridership numbers grow! We recently hosted a wonderful evening that included a significant portion of photos and tales from the Hokkaido Island in Japan. Our intrepid host, Janick Lemieux from Quebec, Canada was asked at the end of her ten-year Ring of Fire Pacific discovery tour as to which of the ten or so places in Asia on her tour, that she would recommend most to visit. Her answer was Hokkaido! Accord-

ing to Janick, the cycling is amazing, scenery unsurpassed, accommodations, terrific food and post ride daily natural hot spring soaks make the tour sensational. Finally the new Czech Republic-Austria tour is up and online. This tour has recently had the mileage option extended, and the price dropped. We have not seen prices this low to any European tour for many years. It’s a terrific value, and we urge our members to take advantage of the benefits of our group buying power! For more information on any of our tours please the International tours page linked from Please not that these tours are produced by trusted and reliable tour partners, not produced by Cascade Bicycle Club.

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Puget sound bike share one step closer to launching by Anne-Marije Rook, Staff Writer


uget Sound Bike Share announced in December that it is one step closer to launching thanks to a grant recommendation from the Washington State Department of Transportation Pedestrian and Bicycle Program. The Program has recommended that King County Metro Transit receive a grant of $750,000 to fund Puget Sound Bike Share’s initial construction of a regional bike share network. If approved by the Legislature in 2013, the grant will fund construction costs for approximately 12 to 15 bike share stations in the University District, a key target neighborhood for the Phase 1 launch of a regional bike sharing program. The grant recommendation comes as Puget Sound Bike Share begins recruiting corporations, nonprofits, foundations and individuals to sign on as bike share sponsors.


“This grant recommendation comes at a critical time. The grant would allow Puget Sound Bike Share to begin construction on a bike share network that will improve urban travel while fulfilling state health and safety goals,” said Puget Sound Bike Share executive director Holly Houser in a press release. “The recommendation also sends a signal to other potential funders in the region that bike share is moving forward. We appreciate the consideration of the Washington State Legislature and look to the larger Puget Sound community to join this effort to make our communities more vibrant and active with bike share.” If received, the grant funding would be matched by in-kind donations from King County and the City of Seattle as well as in-kind and direct investment funds from the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s. Puget Sound Bike Share will rely

on a combination of corporate sponsorships as well as federal, local and state grants to fund construction and implementation of the broader network. “A bike share network is the sort of catalyst that can jumpstart a virtuous circle of activity and growth,” said Josh Kavanagh, Director of UW Transportation Services, in a statement. “At the University District level, just 37 percent of the employed population owns a car, compared to 84% citywide. This makes our area, along with many other popular urban destinations, an excellent market base for an affordable, convenient, and safe new transportation option. We are thrilled to have support from Washington State and local partners to launch bike share in our region.” In early 2013, Puget Sound Bike Share expects to release a “Request for Proposals” for vendors qualified to operate a bike share network.

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Newsletter for the Cascade Bicycle Club. Volume 43, Issue # 1