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MARCH 2013 / Vol. 43, No. 3
Cascade’s Family Biking Program launches this spring by Julie Salathé, Education Director
ascade is launching a new Family Biking program focused on encouraging more families and kids to ride bikes. The program includes classes, resources, rides and events. The concept of family biking will bring focus to our existing programming and act as an impetus to add new classes and rides. New this year is Cascade’s four-part series of family biking classes at Magnuson Park. The classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays in April, June, and September. The first Sunday of each month will be a Learn-2-Ride for all ages. The second Sunday will be a Bike Skillz and Bike Fiets rodeo for all ages; the third Sunday will be a family bike skills class for parents and kids on their own bikes; the fourth Sunday will be a ride for families. We are partnering with Morgan Scherer (speaking at this month’s Bike Expo) of Bike Works and her new nonprofit Familybike to teach these classes.
To start the 2013 season, come to the Seattle Bike Expo for fun kids’ activities. The Expo will feature a kids’ Learn-2-Ride, a Wheelie Fun stunt course, games, bike art and a scavenger hunt. Morgan Scherer brings her cargo bike exhibit to Expo again this year. Catch her at the Raleigh stage, Saturday, March 9, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., where she and Nancy Sathre Vogel talk about biking as a family, either in the city to get places you need to go, or traveling all the way down two continents! In April, Cascade will also teach parents to lead “bike trains.” Bike Trains are when a groups of kids travel to school together by bike. “Bike Trainings” complement a move by the Seattle Public Schools to encourage “Walking School Buses” or groups of kids walking to school led by a parent volunteer. And don’t forget, May is Bike Month, with more than 40 schools participating in Bike continued on page 4
Vulcan marks nine years of partnership with the Bike to Work Breakfast
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or the ninth year running Vulcan has committed to lead sponsorship of Cascade’s Bike to Work Breakfast. This year’s event, slated for the morning of May 2, is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation. “We’re excited about all Cascade Bicycle Club has done to encourage more people
to ditch their cars and use their bikes to get around,” said Pearl Leung. “They’ve built a community of individuals who are conscientious about their health, the environment, and this city. We’re proud to support that work.” We’d like to give a special thanks to Vulcan, lead sponsor of this event and longtime supporter of cycling education and advocacy efforts. Because of the generous sponsorships from Vulcan and others, 100 percent of the proceeds from this year’s breakfast will benefit the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation. You can learn more about Vulcan on Facebook and twitter. For more information about the breakfast and how your business can be involved please contact Tarrell Wright, Development Director, at (206) 240-2235 or email@example.com.
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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 multiday 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 March 11 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, member number and phone number (home, cell or work).
Seattle voters: we want safe places to bike by Evan Manvel, Director of Policy, Planning and Government Affairs
hen Cascade commissioned a poll of Seattle voters, we didn’t know what we’d discover. Polls and focus groups force us out of the communities we’re used to hearing from, into the unknown general public. And the public debate is often dominated by complainers, rather than those happy with the direction we’re headed. When we got the results, we were overwhelmed – and overjoyed – by the strength of support for our vision. We learned, in short, Seattle voters like bicyclists, want safe streets for everyone to be our top transportation priority, and don’t agree with the anti-bicyclist rhetoric that we see in public discussions. The message for those trying to get elected or working to represent Seattleites is clear: don’t run away from supporting bicycling, run toward it at full speed. Work to do even more to support safe places for people of all ages and abilities to ride a bicycle. Fulfill without fear our moral obligation to provide strong options for those who can’t or don’t want to drive to get around. The media also found the results compelling; our poll got coverage across the country. The Stranger wrote: “Seattle voters overwhelmingly like cyclists – 79 percent have a favorable opinion – and most of the city’s residents actually ride a bike. What’s even more contrary to conventional wisdom: By a two-to-one margin, voters support removing traffic lanes and some on-street parking to build
bicycle lanes that are physically separated from cars.” That result, on what pollsters called a forced-choice question, is one of the clearest signs Seattleites strongly support creating safe places to ride, even if it means tradeoffs. Our elected officials who hear complaints from a few people now know the public is strongly supportive of taking out a few car parking places to build protected bike lanes. Seattle Bike Blog had this take: “Bicycling is clearly part of Seattle’s character, and a majority of Seattle voters agree. Not only that, but they want more.” The Seattle Times, BikePortland, The Atlantic Cities, Treehugger and Streetsblog also covered the results, and in late February we hosted a national conference call discussing our poll with bike advocacy groups across America. The poll generated national attention because it runs counter to the general perception of deep divides and ongoing conflict between bicyclists and the rest of the public. That perception – fueled by poor media coverage, politicians trying to score a point, and vituperative online commenters – is out of line with reality. Voters simply don’t find the complaints about investing in bicycling credible or compelling. Fewer than a third of Seattleites agreed with the idea there is a “war on cars,” and voters overwhelmingly reject the idea “social engineers… are trying to force continued on page 4
In This Issue Welcome new staff.................................................2 Major Taylor project................................................2 Getting SR 520 right.............................................2 Gear up for Bike Month........................................3 Helmet volunteers wanted.....................................3 Cascade's helmet program.....................................3 Ear-a-Scraper is off and rolling............................3 Pedaling down east................................................3
What is volunteering?............................................3 Seattle Bike Expo...............................................5-9 March Rides.....................................................10-13 S.M.A.R.T Riding is no accident..........................13 Cyclist of the month............................................14 Bikeconomics..........................................................14 Cascade contacts...................................................15 Welcome new members.......................................16
Welcome new staff: Tim O’Connor
im O’Connor joined the Cascade staff in January as our new Tech Manager. He’s already rolled up his sleeves and jumped in to help with our myriad tech needs – from the next generation website to hardware and software audits to network wiring at the office. Tim is a native Alaskan who also grew up in Hawaii, Florida and Washington. Those different landscapes shaped his eclectic taste for jumping BMX bikes, equipped with front and back pegs for friends to ride, and mountain biking on gravel roads and tundra. It wasn’t until Tim moved to Seattle eight years ago to attend UW Business School that he discovered his love for speed on a rickety ole’ $70 road bike. Tim’s interest in cycling became serious when he discovered the STP five years ago. While riding solo his first year he quickly convinced his friends to join and it’s been a favorite summer tradition with friends ever since! Before Cascade, Tim ran his own construction business and then worked for seven years for a local Seattle startup as their IT and Marketing Manager. He is an avid volunteer who supports small businesses
When people work together: Getting SR 520 right by Craig Benjamin, Policy and Government Affairs Manager
through UW’s BEDC and Washington CASH’s consulting programs. His other interests include home remodeling, technology, traveling, soccer, home brewing, camping, sky diving, bungee jumping, water sports and any excuse to preserve and celebrate life in the glorious PNW. Welcome Tim!
Major Taylor Project students work their way to bikes
arn-a-bike is off and running through the Major Taylor Project. Students who do not have their own bikes and who have shown a dedication to the club in the past receive a bike that leaves something to be desired. Over the course of the five-week curriculum they learn to fix its quirks and at the end of the course, the bike is theirs to take home along with a helmet, a lock and front and rear lights. This 3 school year Major Taylor will run a total of five Earn-a-Bike classes in four schools. All participating students will leave the program with the skills to diagnose and fix the most common problems that occur while riding including how to fix flats, adjust brakes, replace chains and tweak derailleurs. Special thanks to Jeff Herman of Herman Law for providing lights for the Major Taylor Project this year!
t’s amazing what people working together to make their neighborhood better can accomplish. Just a few months ago, plans for the Seattle side of the SR 520 bridge replacement project did not include critical biking and walking connections. We were poised to repeat the mistakes of the past, further dividing our communities and making our city less safe for kids and less livable for working families. Powerful corporations were pushing for a roads-only approach to the project with little concern for making our streets safer for everybody. Politicians were talking about the project making our streets safer, but not taking the concrete actions to create what families need. Fortunately, caring neighbors in Montlake, Madison Park, Roanoke, Portage Bay, Laurelhurst and Capitol Hill came together as a community and spoke up for a better future. They demanded the SR 520 replacement project reconnect our neighborhoods and make it safe, comfortable and convenient for everyone, from an 8-year-old child to his 80-year-old grandmother, to bike and walk in their neighborhood. Everyone agreed: if we’re going to spend billions of dollars on a new 520 bridge, one that will stand long past our lifetimes, we have a responsibility to get it right. When the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) asked the community for input on the project, more than one thousand neighbors spoke up in support of investing in biking and walking connections to make their neighborhood streets safe for our children and continuing the regional shared-use trail across the new Portage Bay Bridge. Cascade Bicycle Club worked hand in hand with these caring neighbors and our friends at Seattle Neighborhood Greenways to make sure our representatives heard this
message loud and clear and knew how to fix the project. We helped people like you write more than 1500 letters to the Seattle City Council asking them to tell WSDOT to get SR 520 right. We delivered a packet of community letters showing overwhelming community support for improved biking and walking connections and technical guidance on how WSDOT could make these connections happen. And we worked with our City representatives and their staff on the language of a Resolution to make all of this a reality. In response to this overwhelming community support, the Seattle City Council passed a Resolution that will help ensure we get SR 520 right. The Resolution calls on WSDOT to redesign the biking and walking connections to and through Montlake and the west end to make them work for kids and families, develop options for including a shared-use trail across the new Portage Bay Bridge, collaborate with city agencies and the community to improve the project design before it is finalized and create an interim plan ensuring biking and walking connections will work during the years of bridge construction. Now, as WSDOT works to secure funding and complete the Seattle side of the SR 520 project, we’ve laid the foundation for the project to make it safer for kids and families to bike and walk on their neighborhood streets. All because people worked together to make their neighborhood better.
M.J. Kelly, Editor Diane English, Editorial Assistant; Susan Hiles, Photography; March contributors: Craig Benjamin, Mary Collins, Jeff Davis, Liz Johnson, Diana Larson, Evan Manvel, Hanna McFall, Lindsey Parker, Anne-Marije Rook, Julie Salathé, Peter Verbrugge, Tarrell Wright
Gladys Cruz-Diaz (sophomore at Global Connections High School, SeaTac) poses proudly with her bike after adding the final touches—front and rear lights.
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Carlos Hernandez-Castro (junior, Chief Sealth International High school, West Seattle) overhauls a vintage road bike he found abandoned under a bridge in his neighborhood. When he finishes, he plans to sell it.
Anthony George (freshman, Chief Sealth International High school, West Seattle) smiles as Earn-a-Bike instructor, Silas Strickland, delivers the day’s lesson on brakes from behind a mask.
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Get ready for Bike Month, it’s not so far away by Mary Collins, Bike Month Coordinator
ational Bike Month is quickly approaching, and now is the time to dust off your bicycle and start preparing for the May festivities. There is a lot to get excited about: the annual Commute Challenge team-based online triptracking contest; F5 Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17; the Team Captains’ Bash on Wednesday, May 8; free commuting classes; energizer stations and more! Cascade Bicycle Club offers an actionpacked lineup of programs and events intended to support and encourage bicycling, but we need your help to make this year’s Bike Month another knockout success. Here are a few steps you can take now to make the most of Bike Month in May: • Get your bike tuned-up and in shape for spring commuting. • Register for the Commute Challenge beginning March 10. It’s never too early to form your team!
Cascade’s Helmet Program
by Hanna McFall, AmeriCorps, Community Programs Assistant
re you or anyone you know in need of a bicycle 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-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by making an appointment with the Community Programs Assistant at 206957-6623 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This past month, Bike Works received a helmet donation. *Funding for our free helmet program is generously provided by the Steve Sitcov Law Group.
Pedaling "Down East," up the coast of Maine Tuesday, Mar 5, 7 p.m. , Seattle REI, 222 Yale Ave N, Free! by Jeff Davis, Club member
• Recruit a newbie to ride with you during Bike Month. • Plan a DIY Bike to Work Day commute station in your neighborhood or at your workplace to support riders and foster goodwill in your community. • Organize a breakfast or happy hour for bike commuters at your worksite during May, and ask your employer how they plan to promote Bike Month. • Coordinate a bike commuting brownbag lunch at your workplace to share tips and commute routes. • Schedule an on-site commuting or maintenance class with Cascade’s certified instructors. Cascade makes planning for Bike Month simple and easy, so please join us in celebrating two-wheeled transportation this spring. Visit www.cascade.org/bike-month for more information.
Helmet volunteers needed re you passionate about helmet safety? Interested in volunteering with Cascade Bicycle Club? Come learn the ins and outs of helmet fitting and meet like-minded folks over pizza! Cascade’s helmet volunteers can be found at helmet sales all over Seattle, making sure that heads are protected by a snug and secure helmet. Cascade will host a helmet volunteer training on March 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP to email@example.com by March 22.
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Earn-a-Scraper is off and rolling by Lindsey Parker, AmeriCorps, Youth Program Assistant
ix BMX bikes have been assigned to their new owners. Bright and colorful duct tape has been carefully chosen and applied to spokes in the true scraper bike fashion. Each week our scraper kids are learning new fix-it skills and have started maintenance on their donated bikes. The first few weeks of maintenance have covered ABC Quick Check and how to fix a flat tire. In the coming weeks, students will learn how to repack front and rear hubs, disassemble and clean the bottom bracket and how to maintain their bike chains. At the end of each weekly session, the duct tape comes out and plans are made towards customizing these bikes. During the first week, students chose a theme and color style that they want to implement after finishing their bikes. The finale of the Scraper program includes adding a fresh coat of spray paint to the frames, fitting new helmets and a ‘lock it or lose it’ bike lock instruction. The bikes will be ready to roll this spring season, so keep an eye out for these colorful scraper bikes!
ast spring, Cascade members Jeff and Louise Davis explained how to plan a perfect pedal tour to a packed house at REI. And now they’re back. This time they’ll share the bike adventure they were planning at that time and completed this summer: a month and a half trip up the coast of Maine. They say it’s one of the best they’ve ever done. Jeff lived in a small town in Maine 30 years ago, but rarely got to the coast. Louise grew up outside Boston, but only visited the Maine coast once as a child. It was clearly time to explore it. Jeff and Louise will take you Down East as they make their way from Boston to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, with three weeklong stays at very different places along the way. They’ll share back roads and beaches, hikes into the famous Maine Woods, and paddle trips along the rugged, rock-bound coast as they keep trying and trying until they found the perfect lobster dinner. Besides their usual
awesome photos, they’ll also provide tips on how to do your own DIY credit card bike tour, in Maine or elsewhere. Despite very different economies and history, Maine and Washington share many physical attributes—upper corners of the country, offshore islands, endless shoreline and evergreens—and values like concern for the environment and friendliness toward cyclists. Come join Jeff and Louise and see if Maine is where you want to point your bike someday.
New on our blog: bike and craft projects
isit the Cascade blog to meet our latest guest contributor, Jessie Kwak of Bicitoro.com! Jessie will be contributing monthly bike craft projects, starting with this month's feature: an easy DIY handlebar bag. Find her projects – including this month’s “How to make an easy handlebar bag” posted on our blog at: http:// blog.cascade.org/category/crafts/ Are you interested in writing for the Cascade blog? We’re looking for contributors to write about trip reports, self-supported touring, riding with kids, bike style, getting back in the saddle, your neighborhood routes and more. Send us an message at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you'd like to read and/or write about.
What is volunteering?
olunteering is about choosing to help other people by donating your time or expertise. There are many different types of volunteer activities for you to consider. These opportunities can involve giving several hours a week, or helping at one weekend event at your convenience. The Cascade Bicycle Club is always looking for people willing to volunteer their time. Whether it is in office work, staffing events, or leading a ride, we can always use a hand! For March, volunteers are needed for the Seattle Bike Expo on March 8, 9 and 10, at the magnificent Smith Cove Cruise
Terminal. There are many volunteer positions to choose from at Expo that can utilize your skills, such as cashiering, stage monitor, helping with logistics, and in the kid’s bike zone. This is 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 www.cascade.org/volunteer or contact Diana Larson by e-mail diana. email@example.com or at 206-852-6827 for more information.
Find volunteer opportunities at: www.cascade.org/volunteer
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Seattle voters: We want safe places to bike
Cascade’s Family Biking Program launches this spring
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us out of our cars.” As the old saying goes, “What if we held a war, and nobody came?” Meanwhile, repairing roads and sidewalks is supported by nearly all Seattle voters, creating more bicycle-friendly neighborhood greenways finds 86 percent support, and building more protected bicycle lanes, separated from car traffic, has 73 percent of voters behind it. These numbers don’t reflect a deep disagreement, rather a broad consensus in support of bicycle investments. It’s not surprising people support bicycling, as most people bicycle at least occasionally. We found 71 percent of respondents own or have access to a bike, and 60 percent of would like to ride a bike more often. The largest barriers from those who want to ride more often: weather, hills and not feeling safe. Cascade is working to address all three, with our daily rides and events encouraging
people to learn how to ride in weather and on hills and our advocacy work aimed at creating safe, comfortable places for everyone to ride. We are also working to get better route finding, so people have good signs and maps to help them navigate around (and up) the steepest hills. We’re getting there, slowly – and will get there faster if our communities invest more in biking than the slivers of budget they currently spend. We hope to do more opinion research across the region when resources allow. For now: thanks for your support, Seattle. Together, we can build a community that’s safe for everyone to bicycle in. Read the memo from our pollster summarizing the results by visiting www.cascade.org and clicking through “Results of our Seattle public opinion poll about bicycling.” The memo is linked at the bottom of the article.
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to School Month and Bike to School Day, May 8. Note the new date this year in line with the national event! In the recent years, more family biking options have become available for parents carrying toddlers or riding with bigger kids. Bike Works began a family biking initiative in 2012 and will offer south end classes and events throughout the year, expanding the offerings in Seattle. Other organizations
have embraced the concept of family biking as well, such as the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Kidical Mass Rides, started in Oregon in 2008, also have become popular in Seattle. Later in the summer, Cascade’s Cyclefest/ Bike Mania, a celebration of all things bike, with a Tour de France showing and kids’ bike activities, will take place on Thursday, July 18, at Seward Park. Stay tuned for other rides and events.
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SEATTLE BIKE EXPO • MARCH 9 – 10, 2013
For the fourth year, the event will be held in the deluxe two-story Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91. Centrally located just north of downtown Seattle, this state-of-the-art facility features a stunning view of Elliott Bay.
Thanks To Our Presenting Sponsor Raleigh America!
For 126 years Raleigh has been developing the finest bikes for casual and competitive riders everywhere, making it one of history’s most recognized and influential bicycle companies. Highlights of the 2013 collection include a huge array of Direct Connect carbon frames, exciting growth in cyclocross, and a massive line of 29ers. Raleigh fuses advanced technology with proven performance standards and an unparalleled heritage that results in a wide range of bikes to exceed each rider’s style and goals.
Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$10 - single-day pass $12 - two-day pass, Kids 15 and under are free! Please cash ONLY at the door. An ATM will be available. Cascade Bicycle Club members receive a $2 discount if they present the coupon in this newsletter (or a membership card) at the box office.
Getting There By Bike
Bike to Expo and get cool stuff! Bicycling is the most convenient way to visit this event. Riders may enter the facility ONLY via the North gate, located underneath the Magnolia Bridge at Smith Cove. Secure bike parking is available directly in front of the Terminal at the Bike Works bike corral (For a small fee). The first 150 riders to use the corral each day will receive a thank-you gift, courtesy of Clif Bar.
By Bus Or Foot
Check King County Metro’s website for the most up-to-date routes that serve Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91. Request the stop on the Magnolia Bridge at Terminal 91. Depart bus on bridge, cross the street very carefully and walk down staircase to under the bridge. The Terminal 91 parking lot entrance will be below- please look for Expo directional signage. Once you enter through the staffed gate, walk 10 minutes to the Cruise Terminal at far south end of the Pier. Be careful and watch out for cars, etc. -- this is a working pier.
Ample car parking at Terminal 91 is available for $5 per car. Attendees will need to take the free shuttle bus, which runs every
Wanted To Know 10 minutes during show hours, or walk 3/4 mile from the parking lot to the terminal entrance on south end of the pier. Please plan for this short walk and dress accordingly.
North Gate Entry Only!
Please note that only the north gate (Access via Magnolia Bridge for cars) at Terminal 91 is open to the public. If you’re taking the bus, be sure to get off at the Magnolia Bridge bus stop and walk down the Smith Cove exit ramp to the parking lot entrance. The south gate at Elliott Bay Park is not open for show entry, and there is a two-mile walk to the north gate from that location. Please visit the webpage for detailed maps and directions by car, bike, foot and public transit. There is a convenient bike trail that leads directly to the parking lot/venue
Donate Your Bike To Bike Works & Get A Free Ticket To Expo
Donate your used bikes to Bike Works, a local nonprofit, at this year’s Bike Expo. Bike Works will get your old bike up and running and into the hands of someone in the community through our youth and adult programs. In exchange, your bike donation gets you a free ticket to the Bike Expo! (50 tickets available per day to the first 50 bike donors. Just bring your bike to the car parking lot at the Bike Expo and drop it off at the Bike Works truck located next to the Bus Shuttle pick-up zone). *All donations to Bike Works, a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization, are tax deductible. Thank you for your support!
Recycle Your Tubes & Get A Free Item From Green Guru
You can also bring your used tubes by the Green Guru booth to donate for use in upcycled gear and accessories, and in exchange they’ll make you an inner tube change pouch using their bicycle powered sewing machine.
Want to help…and squeeze in for free on the “guest list”? It takes the help of more than 200 wonderful volunteers to produce the Seattle Bike Expo. You can sign up for one of many different positions by visiting the event website at www.cascade.org/expo. All volunteers receive a complimentary Tshirt plus free admission on both days. It’s a great way to help Cascade, meet new friends and get a “backstage pass” to the biggest consumer bike show in the United States!
Visit The Cascade Booth
There’s something for everyone at the Cascade booth on the second floor. Bike as you are and stroll down Cascade Lane to find out everything you ever wanted to know about our youth programs, our work in Olympia, and the best rides you can take with your friends. Pick up a cool T-shirt and get a free bicycle seat cover, a spoke card and more. Meet Cascade staff and even register right here for our events and for Bike Month in May. You will also have an opportunity to get your craft on with some of the weekend’s presenters as we demonstrate several “Do it Yourself ” bicyclerelated projects.
Expo is the largest consumer bicycle show in the United States! We have more than 135,000 square feet of show space. Expect more than 200 exhibits of bikes, gear, travel opportunities, health and fitness. This year in addition to all of the great events, bikes, and gear look for a special focus on local frame builders, bike fashion, and women specific products and services. Please visit the event webpage for full exhibitor listings: https://shop.cascade.org/content/expoexhibitors
Great Food Court
Our food court will offer everything from espresso & bicycle-powered baklava to gyros, burgers and vegetarian delights.
Special Features: Little Nutty Kids’ Zone, Presented by Nutcase The Little Nutty Kids’ Zone will feature a treasure hunt, Wheelie-Fun riding course, bike art table, carnival games, “Watts Up” CompuTrainer station, and prizes galore! Come by the Cascade booth upstairs for an assortment of fun and interactive bike-related activities for kids.
2013 Kenmore Camera Photo Contest Don’t miss the fifteenth annual Kenmore Camera Photo Contest at Expo! Since 1999, the contest has featured submissions from camera-toting bicyclists who scour the city, country and globe for bike-related photo opportunities. The exhibit is located next to the Cascade booth on the second floor, against the beautiful backdrop of Elliott Bay. Contestants enter photos into six categories: Action; Comedy; Still Life; People & Places; Black & White and Creative Digital. We award ribbons to the top three photos in each category, and to the “people’s choice” – the photo that gets the most votes from Expo attendees. All photos must include something related to bicycling, whether it’s a bicycle, a helmet or a pile of old chain rings. All are welcome to enter the contest! Visit the Expo webpage for an entry form and submission instructions. Deadline for photo submissions is noon, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Family and Cargo Bike Booth Looking to travel more by bike, but think you still need your car to pick up the kids at school, take the dog to the vet, go to the grocery store, or transport your instruments to band practice? Think again! Then come by the Family and Cargo Bike booth at Bike Expo to learn more about all of the innovative bikes, trikes, and accessories that make it easy to shop, transport kids, and haul heavier objects with your own pedal-powered wheels. Looking for a way to have quality family time while enjoying exercise and fresh air? Come talk to people who do it every day to get tips on equipment, safety, routes and riding in the rain and try out the bikes! We will have a wide variety of family and cargo bike set-ups available to look at, and a few more in the test ride area to try out, including a kid-friendly tandem, a trail-abike, a recumbent pedal trailer, an Xtracycle, an electrified Madsen bike, and more! Win BIG at the Expo drawing Swing by the Cascade booth on the second floor to enter the Expo drawing. Prizes include complimentary event passes, bike gear, an overnight stay with our hotel sponsor, the MarQueen, and more.
Dirt Zone Returns! If you are a mountain biker or just want to learn more about bicycling on dirt trails make sure you check out the Dirt Zone at the Seattle Bike Expo this year. Presented by Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance this mountain bikefocused area of the Bike Expo is a new feature to better serve the fat tire enthusiasts as well as introduce new people to the sport.
Vol. 43, No. 3
SEATTLE BIKE EXPO • MARCH 9 – 10, 2013
Saturday, March 9 Bike Art 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Little Nutty Kid Zone, located in the Cascade Bicycle Club booth on top floor Don’t know what to do with those leftover inner tubes? Come help us reuse old tubes by turning them into bracelets, headbands or pant straps! We provide the tubes and snaps, you just bring the creativity. Making inner tube jewelry is a snap! Treasure Hunt 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Little Nutty Kid Zone, located in the Cascade Bicycle Club booth on top floor Shiver me timbers! Ye be invited to chart yer course through Expo, solving riddles, decoding clues and hunting for every pirate’s dream…treasure! Grab a Treasure Hunt passport as you enter Expo and unleash your inner pirate. Learn-2-Ride 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Downstairs in the Performance Arena Kids, bring your parents and show them how you can ride. We’ll only lend you a hand if we get tired of chasing you down. Yoga-for-Cyclists with Ryan Leech 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. REI Main Stage , top floor Meet at the Bay Window/Photo Exhibit area Join certified yoga instructor and international mountain biker extraordinaire Ryan Leech for a special Sunday morning Yoga-for-Cyclists session. Just show up in your regular clothes; no mat is necessary. Nothing too strenuous; just a basic session to compliment your morning coffee. STP Seminar 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. REI Main Stage (top floor) Will Chin Do you have what it takes to ride the Pacific Northwest’s top bicycle ride? Find out ALL you need to know about the 2013 Group Health Seattle To Portland Bicycle Classic in one informationpacked hour hosted by longtime STP Committee member Will Chin. Bike Carnival 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Little Nutty Kid Zone , located in the Cascade Bicycle Club booth on top floor Come one, come all for some bicycle-inspired carnival games! Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation’s carnival games will challenge your skills and put a smile on your face. Test your distance throw with our “ring-a-drink,” see what you get when you spin the “Wheelie of Fun” and challenge a friend to see who can label the most bike parts in “Bike Anatomy 101.” “One Step Beyond” STP and RAMROD: An Introduction to Ultracycling 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Raleigh Stage Chris Ragsdale If you have conquered rides like STP and RAMROD and are looking for a new, bigger challenge, this talk is for you! Seattle-based ultracyclist Chris Ragsdale will share insights about how to get into ultracycling events of 250+ miles while keeping a job and your family together, and have fun doing it. Drawing on his own experience of becoming a highly accomplished ultracyclist, He will discuss the mental, physical and logistical preparation that go into completing an ultra event. Chris will outline the steps any STP finisher can take to successfully complete an ultra event. He will share inspirational stories from his lengthy ultracycling career, and touch on what he is doing to prepare
Presentations for a solo attempt at this year’s 3,000-mile Race Across America (RAAM). Mountain bike stunt show 11 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Performance Arena Ryan Leech Ryan Leech is widely considered to be one of the world’s most progressive and technically skilled mountain bikers. He has been featured in more than 20 mountain bike films, performed with Cirque du Soleil, and traveled with the Vans Warped Tour. He has performed stunt shows for millions of people over his 16-year career, and he’ll do it for you today! Experiencing the Ryan Leech Trials show is a must see, no matter what kind of cyclist you are. DIY session: learn how to make a to-go snack bag 11 a.m. – Noon Cascade booth on the second floor Jodi Ryznar Tired of buying plastic bags to carry your trail mix in for long rides? Join us in the Cascade Bicycle Club booth to learn how to make your own snack bag. You can customize it with size, design and fabric. You can even turn it into a tiny tool pouch! Bike maintenance basics class 11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. REI Main Stage (top floor) REI Staff Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your bike. This class is an informative presentation that will teach you how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time and make other minor adjustments to your bicycle. No experience necessary!
Watts-Up? Noon – 3 p.m. Little Nutty Kid Zone , located in the Cascade Bicycle Club booth on top floor Do you know how much energy it takes to power a light bulb? How about a television? Come learn how much wattage it takes to power your favorite electrical items with our “Watts-Up” CompuTrainer station. We’ll have two bikes for wattage comparisons and two bikes for racing your friends or family. Snoqualmie Valley Unicycle Club 12:10 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. Performance Arena The Snoqualmie Valley Unicycle Club will show off their unicycling skills for you! Open to all – beginners and experts, children and adults – the Snoqualmie Valley Unicycle Club is a nonprofit organization established to promote the many facets of the sport of unicycling, including: • Artistic (choreographed performances using music, costumes and/or props) • Flatland (performing tricks on flat ground, not necessarily in a gym) • Street (taking riding outside to items found in an urban environment • Trials (style of riding where riders negotiate a difficult obstacle course • Mountain Unicycling Racing (like mountain biking just on one wheel!) • Track Racing & Distance Racing (criterium, 10K, marathon)
in preparation for the Paralympic Games. (Please read Jennie's bio on Page 9) Jill, Megan and Jennie will be joined by physical therapist Erik Moen PT, founder/owner of Seattle-based Corpore Sano Physical Therapy and BikePT™. Erik has been practicing Physical Therapy since 1992 and is well-known for his work with endurance athletes, especially with bicyclists. The achievements of Erik's athletes are impressive and include Masters World Championships, Junior National Championships, Elite National Championships, State and Regional Championships, Beijing Paralympic awards and several awards among numerous triathletes. Portlandia & Beyond by Bike: D.I.Y craft brew tours & multiday options from PDX 12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Raleigh Stage Ellee Thalheimer Ellee Thalheimer will discuss her two new guidebooks - Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland’s Craft Beer Scene, by Bike and Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-day Tours in Oregon – which give you the locals’ scoop from Portland’s bike bars to Eastern Oregon’s hidden ribbons of road. Bicycling and craft brew—it doesn’t get more Portland. Hop in the Saddle marries these two worlds by linking the best beer spots with routes that explore the city’s first-class cycling boulevards, bike-friendly streets and quirky bike charm. Looking for an adventure away from the city? Cycling Sojourner serves as a compact cycle touring concierge, taking care of the logistics and removing obstacles between you and your adventure - so you can jump in the saddle and go. About the author: Ellee Thalheimer is an accomplished freelance travel writer and cycle tourist who believes that there are few better ways to travel and learn than by bike. Co-founder of the Portland Society, owner of Into Action Publications, zealous Oregonian, yogini, author of Lonely Planet’s Cycling Italy and drinker of yerba mate, Ellee rarely turns down an adventure. Mountain Bike stunt show 1:05 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Performance Arena Ryan Leech (See above for info)
The team showcases their skills in many parades and performances throughout the year, and they’re excited to have the opportunity to perform for you at the Seattle Bike Expo.
Laurelhurst Elementary Unicycle Performance Team 11:45 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Performance Arena Please join us in welcoming the Laurelhurst Elementary Unicycle Performance Team! Made up of third through fifth graders, the Unicycle Performance Team has performed at UW Basketball games, the Seattle Storm games and at last year’s Bike EXPO. They practice three days a week under tutelage of Coach Brent Roberts. Roberts says he loves the confidence unicycle riding brings his students, not to mention the fitness and core strength that they build from riding. Many students are even commuting to school on their unicycles. Don’t miss their performance!
Seattle's Olympic fever 12:15 p.m. - 1 p.m. REI Main Stage (top floor) With athletes Jennie Reed, Jill Kintner and Megan Fisher hosted by physical therapist Erik Moen. Join our local Olympic medalists Jennie Reed, Jill Kintner and Paralympic medalist Megan Fisher as they discuss their adventures in Beijing, London and what it took to actually get a medal. Is it their DNA or just their attitude? Is the athlete lifestyle all glamour? Can anyone do it? What really happens in the Olympic village? What makes an Olympian/Paralympian tick? Jennie, Jill and Megan will tell all and update you as to on their next steps in their athletic adventures. Jill Kintner is one of the most dominant female cyclists in the world. With every title in 4 Cross Mountain biking, and BMX; including a Bronze medal from the 2008 Olympic Games, 3 consecutive 4x World titles, and most recently two consecutive National Downhill MTB titles; Jill has accomplished more on two wheels than the rest of us have been able to muster on our own two feet. Megan Fisher is a six-time world champion, as well as Paralympic Gold and Silver medalist at the London 2012 Games. Megan began representing Team USA in international cycling and ITU Triathlon competitions five years ago. In the past three years, she has focused primarily on cycling
Seattle Bicycle Expo 2013 Fashion Show – “Traffic Stoppers” 1:15 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. REI Main Stage (top floor) Presented by Hub and Bespoke Join us for the splendid return of Seattle Bicycle Expo’s Traffic Stoppers fashion show! Who knew bicycling could look this good? With bike wear suitable for the saddle as well as the workday or an evening out, we hope our looks will inspire would-be riders to hop on a bike and take to the city streets. And it wouldn’t be Expo without a nod to our urban athletes as well. This year, the show will again feature modeling talent from the ranks of the Cascade Bicycle Club staff, as well as representatives from a number of local organizations that address alternative transportation in our region. We’re also excited that Seattle’s inspiring and dynamic world-traveling cyclist Willie Weir will return as master of ceremonies. Why fashion and bikes? As part of integrating cycling into our lifestyles, fashion and apparel play an important and practical role. “A cute dress doubles as safety gear,” says Juliette Delfs, owner of Seattle cycling boutique Hub and Bespoke. “There’s nothing like a dress or attractive coat to get all eyes on you.”
www.cascade.org/expo “Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling”
SEATTLE BIKE EXPO • MARCH 9 – 10, 2013 So, think of this fashion show as inspiration for personalized, creative, fun and safe city riding. Lights and helmets are musts, but a handsome outfit is also de rigueur.
Biking with Kids 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Raleigh Stage A two-part talk with Morgan Scherer & Nancy Sathre-Vogel If you’ve ever thought “There’s got to be another way” as you sat in traffic waiting to drop your child off at school or frantically searched for a parking spot while the minutes ticked by, this talk is for you. If you’d like to add a safe element of adventure to your daily life or if you want to make life your adventure, come hang out with Morgan Scherer of Familybike and Nancy Sathre Vogel of Family on Bikes to learn more about biking as a family either in the city to get where you need to go or all the way down two continents. Nancy Sathre-Vogel will show you that are capable of incredible feats. Together with her husband and twin sons, Nancy rode her bicycle from Alaska to Argentina, a journey of nearly three years through 15 countries! They pedaled over 15,000-foot mountain passes and battled winds so strong they nearly were blown over. The cold was bitter and the heat was sweltering but they kept going one pedal stroke at a time. Morgan Scherer meanwhile has been biking with her kids in the city for 13 years and is the founding director of Familybike, an organization whose mission it is to inspire and support families to ride together. Come join her for some how-tos and stories of pedal parenting in the city.
Wheelie Fun Stunt Course 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Downstairs in the Performance Arena Are you the next Ryan Leech? Come show off your mad bike skills at the Wheelie Fun Stunt Course! Kids under 10 are welcome to borrow one of our bikes, strap on a helmet and test out our obstacle course. Please make sure to bring a parent/guardian to sign a waiver. DIY session: Make your own reflective zipper pull with recycled inner tubes! 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Cascade booth on the second floor Jessie Kwak Want to be more visible on the road or add some bling to your bicycling look? Join us for a do-ityourself tutorial on how to make reflective zipper pulls out of old tubes. The DIY session will be led by Jessie Kwak, a Seattle-based designer and freelance writer with a passion for bicycling and upcycling.
Burma & Beyond 2:10 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. REI Main Stage, top floor Willie Weir Myanmar (Burma) is listed by several publications as one of the top travel destinations. Barack Obama recently became the first sitting US president to visit. Makes you want to go, doesn’t it? How about seeing it from a two-wheeled point-of-view? Willie Weir and his wife, Kat Marriner, recently returned from a bike trip in Burma and will share their experiences with you. They were tossed out of a monastery, and hosted by the police. They were greeted by a bazillion friendly people and never once chased by a dog. They passed hundreds of ox carts and witnessed President Obama’s motorcade zip by on the streets of Yangon. Come hear their stories and see the images to learn more about this faraway country. About the speaker: Willie Weir is the author of Travels with Willie and Spokesongs, a columnist for Adventure Cyclist magazine and is known to public radio listeners for his commentaries aired on KUOW in Seattle, Wash. His writings have appeared in newspapers across the country and earned him a gold and bronze Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers. A perennial Expo favorite, Willie has cycled more than 60,000 miles throughout the world. Washington’s top free daily rides & day tours 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Raleigh Stage Jenny Anderson and CBC Rides Committee Why do you ride? Is it for fitness, fun or finding new friends? Perhaps to train and get in shape for your favorite event? Whatever the reason, swing by this presentation to discover and explore Cascade Bicycle Club’s Free Daily Rides program. We’re confident that if you share a passion for exploring new routes, meeting riders who will push you to new levels and building friendships for life, then the Daily Rides Program is just for you. Cascade Ride Leader Jenny Anderson, along with her fellow ride leaders, will facilitate a discussion regarding the top places to ride in the Puget Sound. Laurelhurst School Unicycle Show 3:05 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. Performance Arena Please join us in welcoming the Laurelhurst Elementary Unicycle Performance Team! Made up of third through fifth graders, the Unicycle Performance Team has performed at UW Basketball games, the Seattle Storm games and at last year’s Bike EXPO. They practice three days a week under tutelage of Coach Brent Roberts. Roberts says he loves the confidence unicycle riding brings his students, not to mention the fitness and core strength that they build from riding. Many students are even commuting to school on their unicycle. Don’t miss their performance! The Plain Truth about Training and How to Prepare for a Multiday Tour 3:10 – 4 p.m. REI Main Stage (top floor) Fred Matheny Fred Matheny is a cyclist with 40 years of onthe-bike experience, 35 years of knowledge gained from being a cycling journalist and more than 20,000 miles of multiday tours in his legs. A firm believer that training should produce maximum results and fun with the minimum time and energy investment, Fred will share with you all you need to know to successfully prepare for a multiday biking tour or event. He’ll touch on the physical as well as the psychological demands of multiday tours and how to keep going day after day in the face of fatigue, flat tires, the occasional
sketchy meal, inclement weather and other challenges. Fred Matheny began road riding in the early 1970s after an athletic career that included football and track in high school and football at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio. He has written about cycling for 35 years during which he published 10 books and hundreds of articles for magazines and websites. He wrote for VeloNews for several years and is a former editor of Bicycling Magazine. Today, he is a prolific contributor to Roadbikerider.com. As author of its popular “Coach Fred” column, he answers hundreds of technique and training questions each year. In research for his cycling articles, Fred has interviewed (and ridden with) most of the top racers, coaches and exercise physiologists. He has also coached at numerous cycling camps and clinics. His areas of cycling expertise include training, riding technique and tactics. Fred competed in his first bike race –the Iron Horse Classic from Durango to Silverton, Colorado –in 1976, and has been a category 2 racer since 1978. His top achievements include a cat 3 win in the Mount Evans Hill Climb and a world record of 5 days, 11 hours in the senior division of the Team Race Across America. Mountain Bike stunt show 3:35 p.m. – 4 p.m. Performance Arena Ryan Leech (See above for info) Custom bicycle frames vs. stock built frames 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Raleigh Stage Max Kullaway What’s the difference between buying a custom frame versus buying one off the rack? Considering purchasing a custom bicycle frame but don’t know where to start? In this session, frame builder Max Kullaway will go over what to ask a builder to get what you want including fit, use and handling as well as style, application, materials and fabrication. He’ll also go over problems and issues that might come up in working with a custom builder and how to avoid common pitfalls. Post show Q&A to follow. About the speaker: Custom bicycle frame builder, Max Kullaway of 333fab is based in Seattle and has been building high-performance bicycles for over 20 years for companies such as Merlin, Seven Cycles, Hampsten and Davidson. An accomplished racer himself, Kullaway designs and builds each frame to meet the unique needs of the individual customer with the goal of integrating fit, position and handling characteristics. Experience the Spring Classics 4:10 – 5 p.m. REI Main Stage (top floor) Mark Johnson Join photojournalist Mark Johnson on a ride through the 2011 and 2012 Spring Classics: Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-BastogneLiège, Fleche-Wallonne and Amstel Gold. Along with sharing photos, stories and historical insight about these iconic races, Mark will have tips for those who want to experience these legendary events in person. From where to stay to how to get around, and from how to dress (think Seattle) to how ride the cobbles of Roubaix or Flanders yourself, this photo and tale session will fuel your Classics fire! Big Wheel Challenge 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Performance Arena Do you remember the joy of when your rode your first “Big Wheel” tricycle as child? Cascade wants to help folks relive that great feeling by offering adult “Big Wheel” races at the Seattle Bike Expo this year!
We are having several High Roller large-sized Big Wheel trikes shipped out and riders will have the chance to race for cool prizes and bragging rights, of course. Please sign up any time after 2 p.m. at the Cascade Booth (upstairs) or at downstairs at the event site after 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 1 Treasure Hunt & Bike Art Table 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Little Nutty Kid Zone , located in the Cascade Bicycle Club booth on top floor Shiver me timbers! Ye be invited to chart yer course through Expo, solving riddles, decoding clues and hunting for every pirate’s dream…treasure! Grab a Treasure Hunt passport as you enter Expo and unleash your inner pirate. Don’t know what to do with those leftover inner tubes? Come help us reuse old tubes by turning them into bracelets, headbands or pant straps! We provide the tubes and snaps, you just bring the creativity. Making inner tube jewelry is a snap! Bike Carnival 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Little Nutty Kid Zone , located in the Cascade Bicycle Club booth on top floor Come one, come all for some bicycle-inspired carnival games! Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation’s carnival games will challenge your skills and put a smile on your face. Test your distance throw with our “ring-a-drink,” see what you get when you spin the “Wheelie of Fun” and challenge a friend to see who can label the most bike parts in “Bike Anatomy 101”. Yoga-for-Cyclists with Ryan Leech 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. REI Main Stage (top floor) Meet at the Bay Window/Photo exhibit area Join certified yoga instructor and international mountain biker extraordinaire Ryan Leech for a special Sunday morning Yoga-for-Cyclists session. Just show up in your regular clothes; no mat is necessary. Nothing too strenuous; just a basic session to compliment your morning coffee. Wheelie-Fun Stunt Course 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Performance Arena Are you the next Ryan Leech? Come show off your mad bike skills at the Wheelie Fun Stunt Course! Kids under 10 are welcome to borrow one of our bikes, strap on a helmet and test out our obstacle course. Please make sure to bring a parent/guardian to sign a waiver. DIY session: learn how to make a to-go snack bag 11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cascade booth on the second floor Jodi Ryznar Tired of buying plastic bags to carry your trail mix in for long rides? Join us in the Cascade Bicycle Club booth to learn how to make your own snack bag. You can customize it with size, design and fabric. You can even turn it into a tiny tool pouch!
Vol. 43, No. 3
SEATTLE BIKE EXPO • MARCH 9 – 10, 2013 Bike Maintenance Basics class 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. REI Main Stage, top floor REI Staff Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your bike. This class is an informative presentation that will teach you how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bicycle. No experience necessary! Turning like a pro, stopping with authority and climbing like a champion Raleigh Stage 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join Coach Craig Undem, founder and head coach of Cycle University, to learn to be a better rider. This informative seminar will give you the secrets to better riding that Craig’s company has been teaching for nine years with proven results at all levels. He will show you the correct ways to go through a turn, descend, climb better than before and then how to track and share this information on Strava. Make 2013 your best and discover how to improve your cycling and discover the inside scoop with Coach Craig’s secrets to better riding! About the speaker: Craig Undem’s lifelong passions are cycling and endurance sports. Since beginning with collegiate racing in 1983 and eventually racing in the Cyclocross World Championships, winning a World Cup medal in mountain bike racing, placing second in the United States in Elite Criterium Championships, racing track and triathlon, he has earned the equivalent of a doctorate in cycling. Off the bike Craig has been a professional cycling coach since 1996. He is a certified USA Cycling coach and a graduate of the Carmichael Coaching College. “Coach Craig” coached with Chris Carmichael for three years and assisted him at the Tour de France in 2002 and 2003. Mountain Bike stunt show 12:00 p.m. – 12:25 p.m. Performance Arena Ryan Leech Ryan Leech is widely considered to be one of the world’s most progressive and technically skilled mountain bikers. He has been featured in more than 20 mountain bike films, performed with Cirque du Soleil, and traveled with the Vans Warped Tour. He has performed stunt shows for millions of people over his 16-year career, and he’ll do it for you today! Experiencing the Ryan Leech Trials show is a must see, no matter what kind of cyclist you are.
Watts-Up? 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Little Nutty Kid Zone , located in the Cascade Bicycle Club booth on top floor Do you know how much energy it takes to power a light bulb? How about a television? Come learn how much wattage it takes to power your favorite electrical items with our “Watts-Up” CompuTrainer station. We’ll have two bikes for wattage comparisons and two bikes for racing your friends or family.
50 centuries in 50 states in 50 days 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. Raleigh Stage Cindi Rauch Cindi Rauch is a retired teacher and grandmother of eight with a big passion for cycling. In the past eight years, she has averaged more than 10,000 miles of riding a year, logging well over 13,000 miles this past year. Last summer, to celebrate her 60th birthday, Cindi rode 50 centuries in 50 states in 50 days! That’s right, 50 consecutive days of riding 100 miles per day! She started in Hawaii and then flew to California where she met a support team of friends who did the driving in the lower 48 before she flew to Anchorage to ride her final century. Come hear her story and catch a little inspiration for your next adventure.
Jennie Reed - London 2012 Olympic Silver medalist Hosted by Erik Moen 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. REI Main Stage (top floor) Born and raised in the greater Seattle area, Olympic medalist Jennie Reed was introduced to track cycling at the Marymoor Velodrome by her father when she was 16. She was hooked immediately. She participated in her first Junior National Championships that same year and won two National titles. She continued on to become two-time US Female Cycling Athlete of the Year (2011 & 1998), 14-time National Champion, 2008 World Champion in the Women’s Keirin, and earn 24 International Track Cycling medals. After a highly successful 12-year career Jennie was ready to move on, go back to school and spend quality time with her family in the Puget Sound region. But then in 2009, changes to the Olympic Track Cycling Schedule were announced and Jennie’s old teammate and training partner, Sarah Hammer, called her asking if she had anything left in her tank. Sarah wanted a chance to compete in the new Olympic event–the Team Pursuit–and she wanted Jennie to join her. Jennie deliberated; in order to become a Team Pursuit rider she would have to transition into an endurance rider after have been a sprinter for 12 years. But the intrigue of attempting to do something which she wasn’t sure was physically possible, as well as the allure of becoming part of a team after racing as an individual for so many years, was too big to resist so Jennie returned to the track… Be sure to attend this presentation to hear the rest of Jennie Reed’s fantastic story with a fairytale ending. Snoqualmie Valley Unicycle Club 12:40 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. Performance Arena (See Saturday at 12:10 p.m. for description)
The Amgen Tour of California 1:15 p.m. – 2 p.m. Raleigh Stage Mark Johnson Photojournalist Mark Johnson has covered every edition of the Tour of California from 2006 to the present. Mark will share photos from each race, talk about how the event evolved in the eyes of the riders and international public, and discuss its potential future in light of pro cycling’s dope-traumatized present. Mark writes extensively about the business side of pro cycling and in his presentation, Mark will go beyond the photos he shoots and discuss the Tour of California’s larger social and financial significance for pro cycling. About the speaker: Writer and photojournalist Mark Johnson has covered cycling since the 1980s. A VeloNews contributing writer, his work has also regularly appears in Paved and Road magazines in the US, Cycling Weekly in the UK, Velo in France, Ride Cycling Review in Australia, and general-interest publications including The Wall Street Journal. His 2012 VeloPress book, Argyle Armada: Behind the Scenes of the Pro Cycling Life, documents a year with the Garmin pro cycling team. A category 2 road cyclist with a PhD in English literature from Boston University, Mark has also completed an Ironman triathlon and bicycled across the United States twice. DIY session: Bicycle Story Time 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Cascade booth on the second floor Stephanie Frans Bring the little ones to hear bicycle-themed kid stories read aloud in our cozy lounge. Generally, the stories be appropriate for pre-school to early elementary age kids. Have a favorite of your own? Bring it along to share with the rest of the families. Bicycle stories speak to the child in all of us. “Do a little dance, make a little love”: How Seattle bicycle advocates, City staff and elected officials work together to complete projects 1:15 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. REI Main Stage (top floor) Tom Rasmussen, (Seattle City Council), Kevin O’Neill, (SDOT), Craig Benjamin, (Cascade Bicycle Club), Don Brubeck, (West Seattle Bike Connections); and moderated by Tom Fucoloro, (Seattle Bike Blog) There is a subtle – and sometimes not-sosubtle – dance that occurs between activist/advocacy groups, city agency staff and elected officials when it comes to getting bicycle infrastructure built on the ground. Infrastructure proven to be safe, convenient and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities – things like cycle tracks, neighborhood greenways and urban trails – can often be controversial and opposed by people who don’t like the change in how we allocate space on our streets and public right of way. Indeed, just because there is a design and funding for a particular project doesn’t mean there is the community support or political will to build it. The purpose of this panel is to candidly explore the interactions and synergy between grassroots advocacy organizations, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) staff and elected officials as projects and plans are designed, funded and implemented. Mountain Bike stunt show 2:00 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. Performance Arena Ryan Leech (See above for description)
DIY session: Make your own reflective zipper pull with recycled inner tubes! 2 p .m. – 3 p.m. Cascade booth on the second floor Jessie Kwak Want to be more visible on the road or add some bling to your bicycling look? Join us for a do-ityourself tutorial on how to make reflective zipper pulls out of old tubes. The DIY session will be led by Jessie Kwak, a Seattle-based designer and freelance writer with a passion for bicycling and upcycling. Sinatra-Style Biking: Taking your dream bike tour & doing it your way! 2:15 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. Raleigh Stage Jeff & Louse Davis Have you ever thought of organizing a bike trip that lasted a few days or even a week or two but were put off by the thought of all the camping equipment you’d need, or by the cost and fixed itinerary of an organized van-supported tour? Jeff and Louise Davis will show you how to do it your way: where and when you want to travel, for a third of the cost, on a two-day or two-week “credit card style camping trip.” The only camping equipment you will need is that little plastic card and your “campgrounds” will be comfortable motels and B&Bs. They’ll provide a few suggestions for a starter trip and finish with a fabulous hands-on Show & Tell of how they travel superlight for a week or a month on their tandem bike, with everything they need in just one pannier each! Snoqualmie Valley Unicycle Club 2:40 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. Performance Arena (See Saturday at 12:10 p.m. for description) The State of Professional Road Bicycle Racing 2:15 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. REI Main Stage (top floor) Fred Matheny, Mark Johnson, Jennie Reed and Jason Brayley, M.D, with Erik Moen Bicycling is at an interesting crossroad with the recent events involving Lance Armstrong. We saw a glance of systemic professional doping back in 1998 with the Festina squad. What should we do, allow some level of performance enhancements or continue with total ban? What should we think about professional cycling? Should we care that athletes take performance enhancing drugs? Erik Moen will host Fred Matheny (author, coach), Dr. Jason Brayley (Team Physician Kenda/5-Hour Energy Pro Cycling), and Mark Johnson (Team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda writer and journalist) in a riveting discussion about professional bicycling history, recent events and future direction of the sport. Special Presentation: The Classic Lightweight Bike Show featuring “Drillium, Millium and Customization” This show runs all weekend on the ground level near the front door During the 1970s, the fad was lightening up your top-of-the-line racing bike by drilling and milling the parts in aesthetically pleasing styles. A new crop of collectors has rejuvenated this fad and produced some stunning bikes. If your classic bike has drilled, milled, lightened, polished pantographed parts, we invite you to display your bike! As always, all classic lightweight bikes are welcome in this show, and the more the merrier. You will see British, Italian, French, American, Belgian, Japanese and other countries› bikes represented, in one of the most dazzling shows of fancy bikes anywhere. We also welcome «Keepers of the Flame» - modern custom lugged steel bikes equipped with classic style components. If you think your bike belongs in this show, please bring it. Bring your bike stand if you have one. Some stands will be available for loan but don›t count on it. Please contact Bob Freeman at Elliott Bay Bicycles, 206441-8144, for further information. No need to sign up, just come. Best is to bring your bike in . If you come Saturday you will need to be in and set up by the 9:00 opening time.
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MARCH RIDES More daily rides are listed online at www.cascade.org/dailyrides
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.
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riding such as tire changing, the ABC checks for riding, simple bike upkeep, etc. Please consult the Cascade Bicycle Club Daily Rides web page for information for riders (http://cascade.org/ EandR/rides_newcomer_instruction.cfm) as helmets are required for the ride. Remaining scheduled ride dates are March 9 and 16. Each ride will have a different starting point posted on the Cascade Daily Rides calendar page (http:// wwwcascade.org/EandR/Activities_Calendar. cfm?query=cascadefreedailyride) and under the Cascade Free Daily Rides subgroup of meetup. com (http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/).
FRUMPS: Innis Arden 40 mi (2300’) • Moderate • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Redhook Brewery, Woodinville • Steady rain cancels • Sue Matthews, 206-687-9338 We'll start at Redhook (park away from entrance) and head toward Kenmore where the hills begin. We'll stop in Edmonds for a snack before heading back up through Innis Arden and back down to Kenmore and the trail.
FRIDAY RIDERS: Go to and Around Mercer Island ~30 mi • Leisurely • Some hills • No Map • Frequent regroup • 10 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • Bill Lemke, 206-284-2843 Ice and snow also cancel. There will be a lunch stop on Mercer Island. Senior and new/slowerpaced riders welcome. We (I) take the hills slowly.
Saturday, March 2 GETTING READY TO RIDE: Week 4/ Woodinville to Seattle 22 mi • Leisurely • Mostly flat • Map • Frequent regroup • 11:30 a.m. • Wilmot Gateway Park, Woodinville • Steady rain cancels • David Holzboog, 206-272-0798, firstname.lastname@example.org • Scott Kralik, 206-5236042, email@example.com Are you planning on riding in your first STP or RSVP but aren't sure if you are "ready" to start training in the Cascade Training Series (CTS) or in the Daily Rides Program? Or are you trying to fulfill a New Year's Resolution to do more Daily Rides but aren't sure if you are ready to jump in and start riding? If either of these situations (or others) describes you, then you may want to join one or more of our Getting Ready Rides Series. This series will be held on six Saturdays starting at 11:30 a.m. at various Eastside locations. This is our fourth Getting Ready to Ride event, leaving from Wilmot Gateway Park in Woodinville (http://goo.gl/ maps/IJr23). Please park across the street from Gateway Park in the Woodinville Fields parking lot. This ride is 22 miles, staying close to the Sammamish River, over to Matthews Beach Park in Seattle. Rides will be at two paces, so select the pace that best fits you: A Leisurely-paced group (10-12 mph on the flats, aka The "Red" group in CTS) and a Steady-paced group (12-14 mph on the flats aka the "Yellow" group in CTS). This is the posting for the Leisurely-Paced Ride. The route map is at http://ridewithgps.com/ routes/1985006. Printed cue sheets are available at the start and can be obtained electronically by Friday noon prior to the ride from the Ride Leader. Please plan to arrive by 11:15 to process the ride waiver, do equipment checks and discuss the route. We anticipate the ride lasting 2.5 to 3 hours depending on how the day goes. We will also discuss group interest in related skills for
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
Getting Ready to Ride: Week 4, Woodinville to Seattle 22 mi • Steady • Mostly flat • Map • Frequent regroup • 11:30 a.m. • Wilmot Gateway Park in Woodinville, http://goo. gl/maps/IJr23 • Steady rain cancels • Alan Miller, 425-488-4567, 206-697-4603 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org • Allyson Welsh, 206-356-8134 cell Are you planning on riding in your first STP or RSVP but aren’t sure if you are “ready” to start training in the Cascade Training Series (CTS) or in the Daily Rides Program? Or are you trying to fulfill a New Year’s Resolution to do more Daily Rides but aren’t sure if you are ready to jump in and start riding? If either of these situations (or others) describes you, then you may want to join one or more of our Getting Ready Rides Series. This series will be held on six Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. at various Eastside locations. This is our fourth Getting Ready to Ride event, leaving from Wilmot Gateway Park in Woodinville (http://goo.gl/maps/IJr23) at 11:30 am. This ride is 22 miles, staying close to the Sammamish River, to Matthews Beach Park in Seattle. You should expect lake views! Rides are conducted at two paces, so select the pace that best fits you: A Leisurely-paced group (10-12 mph on the flats, aka The “Red” group in CTS) and a Steady-paced group (12-14 mph on the flats, aka The “Yellow” group in CTS). This is the posting for the Steady Paced Ride. The route map is at http://ridewithgps.com/ routes/1985006. Printed cue sheets are available at the start and can be obtained electronically by Friday noon prior to the ride from the Ride Leader. Please plan to arrive by 11:15 to process the ride waiver, do equipment checks, and discuss the route. We anticipate the ride lasting 2.5-3 hours depending on how the day goes. We will also discuss group interest in related skills for riding such as tire changing, the ABC checks for riding, simple bike upkeep, etc. Please consult the Cascade Bicycle Club Daily Rides web page for information for riders (http:// www.cascade.org/EandR/rides_newcomer_ instruction.cfm) as helmets and so forth are required for the ride. Remaining scheduled ride dates are March 9 and 16. Each ride will have a different starting point as posted on the Cascade Daily Rides calendar page (http://
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 www.cascade.org) 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: www.cascade.org. 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 email@example.com. On Twitter? Tag your tweets and twitpics with #dailyrides.
www.cascade.org/EandR/Activities_Calendar. cfm?query=cascadefreedailyride) and under the Cascade Free Daily Rides subgroup of meetup. com (http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/).
The seventh ride of the CHEW Series (see below for series description) starts at 9:30 from Marymoor Park East (http://goo.gl/ maps/2wGZ7). This ride is 41 miles and has circa 3400 feet of elevation. We will leave Marymoor Park East and climb up Sahalee on the plateau, followed by a loop back up Inglewood Road. After crossing the plateau, we will climb Ames Lk Rd, Union Hill Rd, Old Redmond Rd, followed by two (2!) different approaches up Education Hill. This is the posting for the Brisk-paced ride (16-18 mph on the flats). Updates for the ride are posted on the Cascade Free Daily Ride on the Meetup.com site at http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/ events/97396572/
SPOKESPEOPLE rides! Bike Shops of Fremont 5 mi • Easy • Rolling • Map • Stay together • 2 p.m. • N 42nd St & Densmore Ave N, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • Cathy Tuttle, 206-547-9569, 206-713-6269, cathy.tuttle@ gmail.com • Michael Herschensohn, 206412-0702, firstname.lastname@example.org SPOKESPEOPLE Rides! Now is the ideal time to develop your relationship with a favorite bike shop for routine maintenance—and to learn just what routine bike maintenance really means! Get ready for Bike Month in May with a visit to three friendly bike shops in Fremont. (Note other Spokespeople clubs plan local rides to their friendly bike shops this month as well.) We’ll be back to our starting point by 4 p.m. We'll travel on Greenways or proposed Greenways www.SeattleGreenways.org for most of this ride. Please join SPOKESPEOPLE Wallingford on the first Saturday of every month for a fun, low-carbon, family-friendly community ride. All Spokespeople rides meet at the south end of Wallingford Playfield at N 42nd St & Densmore Ave N, and ride on the road 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 for new, returning and reluctant cyclists. Please join us! All are welcome! **FAMILIES WELCOME**
Sunday, March 3 Easy, Gas Works to Ballard Locks and Farmers Market 8 mi • Easy • Mostly flat Online • Stay together • 9 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle • No rain cancellation • John Reardon, 206762-2411 An easy Sunday ride for anyone! Includes the wonderful Ballard Locks and fish ladder, plus the Ballard Farmers Market and the Fremont Market. We will be on mostly bike trails for this loop. Everyone welcome. Meet at about 9:45 a.m. at Gas Works Parking lot. John has the bamboo bike! To view ride map see: http:// ridewithgps.com/routes/2088522/
CHEW Week Seven: Plateau Time and Some Classics 41 mi (3400’) • Brisk • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 9:30 a.m. • Marymoor (East) Free Parking Lot, Redmond • Steady rain cancels • Wilfried Mack, wilfried.mack@ gmail.com • Alexa Volwiler, alexa.volwiler@ gmail.com
CHEW Climbing Hills–Eastside Wintertime The CHEW Series is held Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on March 3, 10, 17, and 24 at various starting points on the Eastside. These will be climbing routes on local hills which will progress from circa 30 miles and 2500 feet of elevation to 50+ miles and 4500 feet of elevation. There will be three paces offered for riders: Brisk (16-18 mph on flats); Moderate (14-16 mph on flats); and Steady (12-14 mph on flats), all use a common course for that week. Riders should be able to sustain the appropriate pace for their selected group, read a cue sheet, change a flat (have the requisite equipment), and have a positive attitude! Faster riders and better climbers are welcome to join, but for them the ride becomes self-paced and self-guided. Riders can ride on their own, in small groups, or with the appropriate pace ride leader. Cue sheets will be available at the start and riders can email the Ride Leader by the preceding Friday noon for the final route cue. Rest Stops will be planned as noted on the Route Cue Sheet.
CHEW Week Seven: Plateau Time and Some Classics 41 mi (3400') • Moderate • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 9:30 a.m. • Marymoor (East) Free Parking Lot, Redmond • Steady rain cancels • Matthew Wong, 425-443-8151 cell, email@example.com • Stuart Mitchell, 425-238-6227 cell, sbmitchell@ comcast.net The seventh ride of the CHEW Series (see below for series description) starts at 9:30 from Marymoor Park East (http://goo.gl/ maps/2wGZ7). This ride is 41 miles and has circa 3400 feet of elevation. We will leave Marymoor Park East and head up Sahalee on the plateau, followed by a loop back up Inglewood Road. After crossing the plateau, we climb Ames Lk Rd, Union Hill Rd, Old Redmond Rd, followed by two (2!) different approaches up Education Hill. This is the posting for the Moderate-paced ride (14-16 mph on the flats). Updates for the ride are posted on the Cascade Free Daily Ride on the Meetup.com site at http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/
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MARCH RIDES www.cascade.org/dailyrides events/97396572/ See CHEW Climbing Hills—Eastside Wintertime description above under the Brisk paced CHEW Week Seven Ride.
CHEW Week Seven: Plateau Time and Some Classics 41 mi (3400') • Steady • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 9:30 a.m. • Marymoor Park East (free lot), Redmond • Ice/snow cancels • Sandi Navarro, 425-802-1171 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org • Alan Miller, 425488-567, 206-697-4603 cell, amiller7x7@ comcast.net The seventh ride of the CHEW Series (see below for series description) starts at 9:30 from Marymoor Park East (http://goo.gl/ maps/2wGZ7). This ride is 41 miles and has circa 3400 feet of elevation. We will leave Marymoor Park East and climb Sahalee on the plateau, followed by a loop back up Inglewood Road. After crossing the plateau, we will climb Ames Lk Rd, Union Hill Rd, Old Redmond Rd, followed by two (2!) different approaches up Education Hill. This is the posting for the Steady-paced ride (12-14 mph on the flats). Updates for the ride are posted on the Cascade Free Daily Ride on the Meetup.com site at http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/ events/97396572/ See CHEW Climbing Hills—Eastside Wintertime description above under the Briskpaced CHEW Week Seven Ride.
SUNDAY CREPES RIDE 25 mi • Leisurely • Some hills • No Map • Stay together • 10 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • David Bordewick, 425-822-8546, email@example.com 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.
Spokespeople West Seattle ride to Downtown 11.5 mi • Easy • Some hills • Online • Stay together • 11 a.m. • Alki Bike and Board, 2606 California Ave. S.W., Seattle • No rain cancellation • Stu Hennessey, 206-938-3322, firstname.lastname@example.org The ever changing route from West Seattle to downtown will be explored. It would even be fun to explore a little of downtown while we are there. There are many good excuses for biking into downtown Seattle for fun, games or work. This ride is recommended for new commuters who live in West Seattle but work downtown.
Monday, March 4 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, email@example.com, (texts preferred to VM) Ice or snow will also cancel the ride. The basic route is a counter-clockwise 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.
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Friday, March 8
TREATS: Eastside Meander
FRUMPS: Kenmore Ramble
30+/- mi • Steady • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland • Showers cancel • Jane Volta, 425828-0138 • Don Volta, 425-828-0138, 425503-7186, don.volta@cascadebicycleclub. A HILLY ride in and out of Kirkland with a lunch stop. Route and Distance are weather dependent. Snow, Ice, and Fog also cancel.
30-40 mi • Moderate • Some hills • No Map • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Tracy Owen Station (Log Boom 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.
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, 206-200-7314, 253-657-9568 • Pete Grey, 425-558-0451, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Eastside Tours Evening Ride 20-30 mi • Brisk • Hilly • No Map • Frequent regroup • 6:30 p.m. • Overlake Transit Center, 15590 NE 36th St, Redmond • Showers cancel • Eric Gunnerson, 425-7536032, email@example.com Join us for our 15th year of evening rides as we explore the Eastside. The route varies from week to week. Our pace on the flats is high-Moderate low-Brisk. This is a hilly ride; we will climb around 1500 feet on an average ride. Hills are climbed at your own pace and we regroup at the top of all hills. Please see website for more details before attending. Lights required! Note winter start location; meet just north of buildings.
Wednesday, March 6 For a complete list of this month’s rides, see www.cascade.org
Thursday, March 7 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.
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 • Ice/snow cancels • Tom Baker, 425221-0631, firstname.lastname@example.org • 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.
Eastside Tours Evening Ride 20-30 mi • Brisk • Hilly • No Map • Frequent regroup • 6:30 p.m. • Overlake Transit Center, 15590 NE 36th St, Redmond • Showers cancel • Eric Gunnerson, 425-7536032, email@example.com Join us for our 15th year of evening rides as we explore the Eastside. The route varies from week to week. Our pace on the flats is high-Moderate low-brisk. This is a hilly ride; we will climb around 1500 feet on an average ride. Hills are climbed at your own pace and we regroup at the top of all hills. Please see website for more details before attending. Lights required! Note winter start location; meet just north of buildings.
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Saturday, March 9 Critical Lass goes to Bike Expo Fashion Show! 10 mi • Easy • Rolling • Map • Stay together • 11 a.m. • 513 N 36th St, Fremont • Steady rain cancels • Cathy Tuttle, 206-547-9569, 206-713-6269, firstname.lastname@example.org • Robin Randels, 206-390-3945, rkrandels@ gmail.com Check out the moves of FamilyRide's Madi Carlson and Madison Greenways Bob Edmiston, as they strut down the runway modeling the practical yet alluring commuter cycling clothing at the Hub and Bespoke fashion show at Cascade's Bike Expo! Critical Lasses will gather at the Hub and Bespoke Fremont store at 11 a.m. That will give us plenty of time to travel to and wander around Bike Expo in Smith Cove, and still get good seats for the fashion show from 1:15 to 2 p.m. We'll regroup at 2:30 p.m. after the fashion models have finished signing autographs. Maybe they’ll even join us on our return trip back to our starting location in Fremont no later than 3:30 p.m. Please come to Hub and Bespoke early, by 10:45 a.m., 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! This is a www.Spokespeople. us ride which means we will ride together slowly. Our trained leaders include expert commuters who accompany us to offer encouragement and model good road riding techniques. Please join us! **Children are Welcome!**
Getting Ready to Ride: Week 5 – Marymoor to Education and English Hills 26 mi • Leisurely • Some hills • Map • Frequent regroup • 11:30 a.m. • Marymoor Park East (http://goo.gl/maps/2wGZ7) • Steady rain cancels • Alan Miller, 425-4884567, 206-697-4603 cell, amiller7x7@ comcast.net • Bernice Tannenbaum, 425-7531992 cell See Getting Ready to Ride: Week 4, 3/2 for more important details regarding this ride series. (http://goo.gl/maps/2wGZ7) Our fifth ride will be circa 26 miles and will use back road paths up Education and English hills, you may see parts of these areas not typically seen from a car! These are great training hills for early season riding. Rides will be conducted at two paces and you can select the pace that best fits you: A Leisurely paced group (10-12 mph on the flats, aka The “Red” group in CTS) and a Steady paced group (12-14 mph on the flats, aka The “Yellow” group in CTS). This is the posting for the Leisurelypaced Ride.
Getting Ready To Ride: Week 5-Marymoor to Education and English Hills 26 mi • Steady • Some hills • Map • Frequent regroup • 11:30 a.m. • Marymoor ParkEast Parking Lot, Redmond • Steady rain cancels • Mary Remoaldo, 425-260-4177, email@example.com • Allyson Welsh, 206-356-8134 cell See Getting Ready to Ride: Week 4, 3/2 for more important details regarding this ride series. Our fifth Getting Ready to Ride event on will leave from Marymoor Park East (http://goo.gl/ maps/2wGZ7) at 11:30 am. This ride will be circa 26 miles and will use back road paths up Education and English hills, you may see parts of
these areas not typically seen from a car! These are great training hills for early season riding. Rides will be conducted at two paces so select the pace that best fits you. This is the posting for the Steady-paced Ride.
Sunday, March 10 CHEW Week Eight: Hill Climbing just before the Ides of March 45 mi (4000’) • Brisk • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 9:30 a.m. • Wilmot Gateway Park, 17301 131st Ave NE, Woodinville • Steady rain cancels Alexa Volwiler, firstname.lastname@example.org • Kimberly Smith, 206-612-3480, iamkimbo@ hotmail.com The eighth ride of the CHEW Series (see below for series description) starts at 9:30 from Wilmot Gateway Park in Woodinville (http://goo.gl/ maps/IJr23). This ride is 45 miles and has circa 4000 feet of elevation. We will leave the starting point to climb Hollywood Hill, Trilogy Hill, Novelty Hill, Sahalee, Education Hill, and finally an English/Hollywood Hill twofer. This is the posting for the Brisk-paced ride (16-18 mph on the flats). Updates for the ride will be posted on the Cascade Free Daily Ride on the Meetup.com site at http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/ events/97397172/ See CHEW Climbing Hills—Eastside Wintertime description above under the Briskpaced CHEW Week Seven Ride.
CHEW Week Eight: Hill Climbing Just Before the Ides of March 45 mi (4000’) • Moderate • • Hilly • Map: • Yes • Occasional • 9:30 a.m. • Wilmot Gateway Park (17301 131st Ave NE, Woodinville) • Steady rain cancels • Wilfried Mack • email@example.com The eighth ride of the CHEW Series (see below for series description) starts at 9:30 from Wilmot Gateway Park in Woodinville (http://goo.gl/ maps/IJr23). This ride is 45 miles and has circa 4000 feet of elevation. We will leave the starting point to climb Hollywood Hill, Trilogy Hill, Novelty Hill, Sahalee, Education Hill, and finally an English/Hollywood Hill twofer. This is the posting for the Moderate-paced ride (14-16 mph on the flats). Updates for the ride will be posted on the Cascade Free Daily Ride on the Meetup.com site at http://www.meetup.com/ cascaderides/events/97397172/ See CHEW Climbing Hills—Eastside Wintertime description above under the Briskpaced CHEW Week Seven Ride.
CHEW Week Eight: Hill Climbing just before the Ides of March 45 mi (4000’) • Steady • Hilly • Map: • Yes • Occasional regroup • 9:30 a.m. • Wilmot Gateway Park in Woodinville • Steady rain cancels • Alan Miller, 425.488.4567, 206-697-4603 cell, amiller7x7@comcast. net • Debbie Muir, 425-770-4516, firstname.lastname@example.org The eighth ride of the CHEW Series (see below for series description) starts at 9:30 from Wilmot Gateway Park in Woodinville (http://goo.gl/ maps/IJr23). This ride is 45 miles and has circa 4000 feet of elevation. We will leave the starting point to climb Hollywood Hill, Trilogy Hill, Novelty Hill, Sahalee, Education Hill, and finally an English/Hollywood Hill twofer. This is the posting for the Steady-paced ride (12-14 mph on the flats). Updates for the ride will be posted on the Cascade Free Daily Ride on the Meetup.com site at http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/ events/97397172/ See CHEW Climbing Hills—Eastside Wintertime description above under the Briskpaced CHEW Week Seven Ride.
MARCH RIDES www.cascade.org/dailyrides Monday, March 11 MUMPS: Head Up North 40-65 mi • Moderate • Brisk • Hilly • Map: • Yes • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Tracy Owen Station/Logboom Park, Kenmore • Steady rain cancels • Craig Mohn, 425-8905234 cell, email@example.com, (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. Bad weather in March may mean a trip around the lake or a hilly ride to/from Edmonds or points nearby.
RIDE LEADER CERTIFICATION CLASS 6:30 p.m. • CBC Office, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Bldg 138, Seattle • No rain cancellation • Contact Ride Leader Certification, 425-828-0138, rlcert@ cascadebicycleclub.org 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, send an email with your NAME, CASCADE MEMBER NUMBER, and a CONTACT PHONE NUMBER (home, cell, or work) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Class size limited to 15.Details about becoming a Ride Leader at http://www.cascade.org/EandR/Ride_ Leader_Info.cfm.
Tuesday, March 12 TREATS: Ride to Fauntleroy 35 mi • Steady • Some hills • No Map • Stay together • 10 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle Steady rain cancels • David Bordewick, 425822-8546, email@example.com Ride from Gas Works Park thru the downtown area and out to the West Seattle waterfront. Return will be along the Seattle waterfront and Ship Canal. A lunch stop will occur along the route. Steady rain, snow, freezing temperatures will cancel this ride.
Cycle Tuesdays See Cycle Tuesdays, 3/5.
Eastside Tours Evening Ride See Eastside Tours 3/5.
Wednesday, March 13 WRUMPS: 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.
Thursday, March 14 More Cycle Tuesdays See More Cycle Tuesdays, 3/7.
Eastside Tours Evening Ride See Eastside Tours, 3/7.
Friday, March 15 FRUMPS: Ride to Madison Park 32 mi • Moderate • Some hills • Online • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Newport Hills Park & Ride (Exit 9-Off 405), Bellevue • Showers cancel • Alan Lawrence, 425-8917079, firstname.lastname@example.org We will start at Newport Hills P&R and ride around the south end of Lake Washington to Tully’s for a lunch/snack break. Then we’ll head back across the north side of Mercer Island and to the park. This will be a friendly, strictly MODERATE ride with regrouping at the top of hills. Email or call leader on the morning of the ride if questionable. Ride Leader mentoring opportunity. Ice/Snow cancels.
Saturday, March 16 Getting Ready to Ride: Week 6 – Juanita/Rose Hill Loop 26 mi • Leisurely • Some hills • Map • Frequent regroup 11:30 a.m. • Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland Steady rain cancels Bernice Tannenbaum, 425-753-1992 cell Allyson Welsh, 206-356-8134 cell See Getting Ready to Ride: Week 4, 3/2, for important details regarding this ride series. This is our sixth (and final!) Getting Ready to Ride event, which leaves from Juanita Beach Park, http://goo.gl/maps/c8c95), at 11:30 am. This ride will be circa 26 miles and goes up Market Hill, Rose Hill and the side of Inglewood/Finn Hill. These are scenic riding areas by Lake Washington and by Bridle Trails Park as well as great training for early season riding. This is the posting for the Leisurely Paced Ride. The route map is at http:// ridewithgps.com/routes/1985134
Getting Ready to Ride: Week 6 – Juanita/Rose Hill Loop 26 mi • Steady • Some hills • Map • Frequent regroup • 11:30 a.m. • Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland, http://goo.gl/maps/c8c95 • Steady rain cancels • Alan Miller, 425-488-4567, 206-697-4603 cell, amiller7x7@comcast. net • Sandi Navarro, 425-802-1171 cell, email@example.com See Getting to Ride: Week 4, 3/2, for important details regarding this ride series. This is our sixth (and final!) Getting Ready to Ride event which leaves from Juanita Beach Park - http:// goo.gl/maps/c8c95) at 11:30 a.m. This ride is circa 26 miles and goes up Market Hill, Rose Hill and the side of Inglewood/Finn Hill. These are scenic riding areas by Lake Washington and by Bridle Trails Park as well as great training for early season riding. This is the posting for the Steady Paced Ride. The route map is at http:// ridewithgps.com/routes/1985134
Sunday, March 17 CHEW Week Nine: East to the Valley and the Plateau 50 mi (4400’) • Brisk • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 9:30 a.m. • Wilmot Gateway Park, 17301 131st Ave NE, Woodinville • Steady rain cancels • Wilfried Mack, firstname.lastname@example.org •Alexa Volwiler, email@example.com The ninth ride of the CHEW Series (see below for series description) starts at 9:30 from Wilmot Gateway Park, Woodinville (http://goo.gl/maps/ IJr23). This ride is 50 miles and has circa 4400 feet of elevation. We will leave the starting point to climb Hollywood Hill, Trilogy Hill (partial), drop down to the Snoqualmie River valley, then up Union Hill, Sahalee, a cross plateau run, Education Hill, and make a different English/ Hollywood Hill ascent! This is the posting for the Brisk-paced ride (16-18 mph on the flats). Updates for the ride will be posted on the Cascade Free Daily Ride on the Meetup.com site at http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/ events/97397772/ See CHEW Climbing Hills—Eastside Wintertime description above under the Briskpaced CHEW Week Seven Ride.
CHEW Week Nine: East to the Valley and the Plateau 50 mi (4400’) • Moderate • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 9:30 a.m. • Wilmot Gateway Park in Woodinville • Ice/snow cancels • Sandi Navarro, 425-802-1171 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org • Kimberly Smith, 206-612-3480, email@example.com The ninth ride of the CHEW Series (see below for series description) starts at 9:30 from Wilmot Gateway Park, Woodinville (http://goo.gl/maps/ IJr23). This route is 50 miles and has circa 4400 feet of elevation. We will leave the starting point to climb Hollywood Hill, Trilogy Hill (partial), drop down to the Snoqualmie River valley,
then up Union Hill, Sahalee, a cross plateau run, Education Hill, and a different English/ Hollywood Hill ascent! This is the posting for the Moderate-paced ride (14-16 mph on the flats). Updates for the ride will be posted on the Cascade Free Daily Ride on the Meetup.com site at http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/ events/97397772/ See CHEW Climbing Hills—Eastside Wintertime description above under the Briskpaced CHEW Week Seven Ride.
CHEW Week Nine: East to the Valley and the Plateau 50 mi (4400’) • Steady • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 9:30 a.m. • Wilmot Gateway Park, Woodinville • Steady rain cancels • Alan Miller, 425-488-4567, 206697-4603 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org The ninth ride of the CHEW Series (see below for series description) starts at 9:30 from Wilmot Gateway Park, Woodinville (http://goo.gl/ maps/IJr23). This ride is 50 miles long and has circa 4400 feet of elevation. We will leave the starting point to climb Hollywood Hill, Trilogy Hill (partial), drop down to the Snoqualmie River valley, then up Union Hill, Sahalee, a cross plateau run, Education Hill, and make a different English/Hollywood Hill ascent! This is the posting for the Steady-paced ride (12-14 mph on the flats). Updates for the ride will be posted on the Cascade Free Daily Ride on the Meetup. com site at http://www.meetup.com/cascaderides/ events/97397772/ See CHEW Climbing Hills—Eastside Wintertime description above under the Briskpaced CHEW Week Seven Ride.
Monday, March 18 MUMPS: Head Up North See MUMPS, 3/11.
Tuesday, March 19 TREATS: Kenmore to Green Lake 22-28 mi • Steady • Some hills • No Map • Frequent regroup • 10 a.m. • Logboom Park, Kenmore • Showers cancel • Jan Johnson, 425-672-0617 A recreational ride on mainly city streets with ups and downs. We will start out on the trail but go up a 2-block hill and continue on North Seattle streets. There will be some traffic and busy crossings, but mainly cycle-friendly roads. The style will be relaxed but cyclists must be able to safely ride in some traffic. There will be a food stop.
Cycle Tuesdays See Cycle Tuesdays, 3/5.
Eastside Tours Evening Ride See Eastside Tours, 3/5.
Wednesday, March 20 WRUMPS: Ride to Madison Park 32 mi • Moderate • Some hills • Online • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Newport Hills Park & Ride (Exit 9-Off 405), Bellevue • Showers cancel • Alan Lawrence, 425-8917079, email@example.com We will start at Newport Hills P&R and ride around the south end of Lake Washington to Tully’s for a lunch/snack break. Then we’ll head back across the north side of Mercer Island and to the park. This will be a friendly, strictly MODERATE ride with regrouping at the top of hills. Email or call leader on the morning of the ride if questionable. Ride Leader mentoring opportunity. Ice/Snow cancel.
Thursday, March 21 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.
More Cycle Tuesdays See More Cycle Tuesdays, 3/7.
Eastside Tours Evening Ride See Eastside Tours, 3/7.
Friday, March 22 FRIDAY RIDERS: Lake Ballinger to Everett 26-28 mi • Leisurely • Some hills • No Map • Frequent regroup • 10 a.m. • Ball fields by Ballinger Lake Golf Course, 23000 Lakeview Drive, Mountlake Terrace • Showers cancel • Jan Johnson, 425-672-0617 We will have a chance to explore the Interurban Trail north to lunch at the food court at the Everett Mall. This trail sometimes does go on and off the road. There are some short hills and road crossings. This is not a flat trail like the Burke-Gilman. From I-5, take Exit 177 (“Hwy 104/Ballinger Way”); go west (as if to Edmonds); turn north/right on 76th at the light and then east/right on 228th which curves to the parking lot on the right. (Note: there are many ways to get here; choose yours from the Internet if you wish.) Park in the parking lot at the ball fields adjoining the Ballinger Lake Golf Course, 23000 Lakeview Drive, Mountlake Terrace, or park along the street if there is a ballgame going on.
FRUMPS: A Friday Ride 40 +/- mi • Moderate • Hilly • No Map • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • I-90 Lid Park, Mercer Island • Showers cancel • Jack Crumley, 425-746-5321 • George Meredith, 425-823-4924 At this point I am not sure where we will ride; but, the route will have hills and we will have a quick lunch stop. To get to the start: I-90 east from Seattle, take Exit #6 to West Mercer Way, left onto West Mercer Way the parking area is on the left. I-90 west from Bellevue, take Exit #7, merge onto North Mercer Way, Right onto 76th Ave, find the park’s parking area at the top of the hill on the right.
Saturday, March 23 For a complete list of this month’s rides, see www.cascade.org
Sunday, March 24 CHEW Week Ten: The Final OnesLargely south of I-90 50 mi (4300’) • Brisk • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 9:30 a.m. • South Bellevue Park & Ride, 2700 Bellevue Way SE, Bellevue • Steady rain cancels • Alexa Volwiler, firstname.lastname@example.org • Kimberly Smith, 206-612-3480, iamkimbo@ hotmail.com The tenth (and final!) ride of the CHEW Series (see below for series description) starts at 9:30 from South Bellevue Park-n-Ride (http://goo. gl/maps/YlP4X). This ride is 50 miles and has circa 4300 feet of elevation. We will leave the starting point to go through SE Bellevue, climb up Cougar Mountain, traverse Newcastle streets, then East Renton Highlands, and meander through May Creek Park area and Newport Hills. This is the posting for the Brisk-paced ride (16-18 mph on the flats). Updates for the ride will be posted on the Cascade Free Daily Ride on the Meetup.com site at http://www.meetup. com/cascaderides/events/97398612/ See CHEW Climbing Hills—Eastside Wintertime description above under the Briskpaced CHEW Week Seven Ride.
CHEW Week Ten: The Final OnesLargely south of I-90 50 mi (4300’) • Moderate • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 9:30 a.m. • South Bellevue Park and Ride, 2700 Bellevue Wy SE, Bellevue • Steady rain cancels • Matthew
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CHEW Week Ten: The Final OnesLargely south of I-90 50 mi (4300’) • Steady • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 9:30 a.m. • South Bellevue Park and Ride, 2700 Bellevue Wy SE, Bellevue • Steady rain cancels • Alan Miller, 425-488-4567, 206-6974603 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org The tenth (and final!) ride of the CHEW Series (see below for series description) starts at 9:30 from South Bellevue Park-n-Ride (http://goo.gl/ maps/YlP4X). This ride is 50 miles and has circa 4300 feet of elevation. We will leave the starting point to go through southeast Bellevue, climb up Cougar Mountain, traverse Newcastle streets, then East Renton Highlands, and meander through May Creek Park area and Newport Hills. This is the posting for the Steady-paced ride (1214 mph on the flats). Updates for the ride will be posted on the Cascade Free Daily Ride on the Meetup.com site at http://www.meetup.com/ cascaderides/events/97398612/ See CHEW Climbing Hills—Eastside Wintertime description above under the Briskpaced CHEW Week Seven Ride.
S.P.O.K.E.S.: Cinnamon Rolls or Bust ~20 mi • Leisurely • Some hills • Map • Frequent regroup • 10 a.m. • Factoria Village/ Loehmann’s Plaza, corner of SE 36th St & Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue • Steady rain cancels • Michelle Burton, 425-890-4936 cell We will start at Factoria Village (formerly Loehmanns Plaza) in south Bellevue, gathering at the Starbucks near QFC. We’ll head towards Seattle on the I-90 Trail, take a loop around part of Mercer Island and then continue on to Seattle. Brunch will be Hi Spot Cafe, 1410 34th Ave. Our return will be straight back on the I-90 trail across the north end of Mercer Island. From I-405, use the Coal Creek Pkwy/Factoria exit; from I-90 eastbound take the Factoria Blvd/ Richard’s Rd exit; from I-90 westbound you can use the 150th Ave/Eastgate exit or continue to I-405 south to Coal Creek Pkwy exit.
Kidical Mass SPOKESPEOPLE Ride: Sundays are Special at the Library 3 mi • Easy • Rolling • Map • Stay together 1 p.m. • Wallingford Center 1815 N 45th St, Seattle • No rain cancellation • Cathy Tuttle, 206-547-9569, 206-713-6269, cathy.tuttle@ gmail.com •Robin Randels, 206-390-3945, email@example.com Celebrate spring with this Totcycle-Kidical MassSpokespeople Ride! We’ll start in the front of Wallingford Center, make stops at Little Free Libraries in Wallingford where you can bring a book or take a book, and end at the Wallingford Library for a kid-friendly “Sundays are Special at the Library” celebration. This is a perfect ride for children! Just three miles with minimal hills on Greenways and other slow family-friendly streets. Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome! We’ll be joined by new Ride Leader in training and family ride blogger Madi Carlson. Please come by 12:45 p.m. if you are new to riding in
groups or if you need help with adjusting your helmet or bike. All Spokespeople rides are on the road with traffic and include expert commuters who accompany us to offer encouragement and model good road riding techniques for willing but wary cyclists. Please join us! **FAMILIES WELCOME**
Monday, March 25 MUMPS: Head Up North See MUMPS, 3/11.
Tuesday, March 26 TREATS: Ride around Eastside 30 mi • Steady • Some hills • Map • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland • No rain cancellation • Clarice Sackett, 425-478-8306 Ride around Kirkland and Bellevue. Lunch stop at Factoria Mall. No need to call to RSVP, but call if you need information.
Cycle Tuesdays See Cycle Tuesdays, 3/7.
Eastside Tours Evening Ride See Eastside Tours, 3/7.
Wednesday, March 27 WRUMPS: Wednesday Ride 40 +/- mi • Moderate • Hilly • No Map • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • I-90 Lid Park, Mercer Island • Showers cancel • Jack Crumley, 425-746-5321 • George Meredith, 425-823-4924 This route will have hills and we will have a quick lunch stop. To get to the start: I-90 east from Seattle, take Exit #6 to West Mercer Way, Left onto West Mercer Way the parking area is on the left. I-90 west from Bellevue, take Exit #7, merge onto North Mercer Way, Right onto 76th Ave, find the park’s parking area at the top of the hill on the right.
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. 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.
You don’t have to be wealthy to make a significant gift to Cascade
emember Cascade in your will or estate plans. You can make a gift that costs you nothing during your lifetime and doesn’t upset your cash flow. You’ve spent years riding with the Club and helping us create a better community through cycling. Keep the cycling community growing through legacy planning. Whether you’d like your gift to go to a specific program, like our advocacy work or our education programs, we’ll work with you to create a package that honors your interests and ensures that the programs you care about can continue to thrive long after you’re gone. Creating a will is easy. We’ll even provide sample language. If you’ve already named Cascade is your estate plans, please let us know. Your story will encourage others. For more information and sample language to include in your will please contact Tarrell Wright, Development Director, at (206) 240-2235.
Thursday, March 28 More Cycle Tuesdays See More Cycle Tuesdays, 3/7.
Eastside Tours Evening Ride See Eastside Tours, 3/7.
Friday, March 29 FRUMPS: Bothell-Trilogy 36 mi • Steady • Hilly • Online • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Dirt parking lot off 102nd Ave, Bothell • Showers cancel • Loretta Goetsch, 206-525-4714, firstname.lastname@example.org Ice/snow cancel. Coffee/food break at 16 miles at Trilogy shopping center. No restroom at start, plan ahead.
Saturday, March 30 For a complete list of this month’s rides, see www. cascade.org
Sunday, March 31 For a complete list of this month’s rides, see www. cascade.org.
“Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling”
“Biking keeps you young because it’s fun. Bicycling is just like playing. Everyone should play more, it’s very healthy.”
Greening the city with agriculture and bikes if you’ve ever seen a load of produce being delivered by bike, it might have been alleycat acres by Anne-Marije Rook, Staff Writer
cYcliSt oF the MoNth
lYNNe WataNabe by Anne-Marije Rook, Staff Writer, email@example.com
Business: Alleycat Acres Owner: Sean Conroe Industry: Agriculture nonprofit
Age: 49 Wheels: Specialized Dolce and Specialized Amira Occupation: Director of Marketing at Krill Systems
ynne Watanabe is turning 50 this year but she’s feeling younger than she has in years. “I’m going to be 50 soon but I don’t feel like it. I feel like I’m still in my 30s! Biking keeps me young because it’s fun,” said Lynne, the mother of 17-year-old twins. “Bicycling is just like playing. Everyone should play more, it’s very healthy.” Last year, Lynne signed up for the Chilly Hilly, her first cycling event in years that so happened to be near her Bainbridge Island home. “It was kind of snowing, and I had to walk my bike up a few hills. But I did it, and it was my first big cycling event I had done in a long time,” she said. Lynne first got into biking while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder during the early 80s. “Everyone in Boulder is super healthy and everyone rode bikes. So I started riding. I learned how to use toe clips, and I rode everywhere. I even rode up to Rocky Mountain National Park,” Lynne recalled. A “heck of a long time later” – about 20 years – Lynne started riding with Cascade. “After riding the Chilly Hilly and getting introduced to Cascade, I wanted to do the STP and RSVP also,” Lynne said. So she signed up for the Cascade Training Series and started logging hundreds of miles. “Biking is like a moving meditation, and it’s such a high!” Lynne said. “I joined the moderate pace training group, rode every weekend and completed the one-day STP, Flying Wheels and RSVP. It was so encouraging; you ride with a group of people every weekend, you become friends and then you do all those events together.” After riding all those endurance events, Lynne decided she wanted to become a better technical rider and sought out a group that inspires her: women racers. “I’m not really competitive, I was really just looking to get better and make friends with women that ride and inspire me,” said Lynne. “I had never thought about racing. I
danced all my life and unless it was audition, dancing was not competitive. I have never even done a team sport.” But in October 2012, Lynne made the leap from recreational riding into racing by joining Team Group Health, the largest competitive women’s cycling team in the Pacific Northwest. She has spent the majority of the winter training with the team but still makes time for Cascade events and Cascade’s Free Daily Rides. “Al Miller, Jake Wright – the whole [ride leader] gang – they’re so great, I just can’t quit them,” she said. And after all that riding came passion. “I felt it was a natural progression to turn to advocacy,” she said. “I want to be an advocate for bicycling, especially for women.” Lynne attended the National Women’s Bicycling Summit in Long Beach, Calif. in September, returning with a desire to “spread the word about bicycling to women.” Lynne said she would like to see companies invest in women’s bicycling as women are great influencers of safer streets and healthier families and communities. “I have kids, I work and I’m committed to Team Group Health, but in the future I’d like to find time to lead rides on Bainbridge Island,” she said. Later this month, Lynne will be competing in her first ever bike race. “Yes, I’m nervous about racing but I’m also really excited!” she said. Good luck, Lynne! Know a cyclist who deserves some special recognition? Nominate them for cyclist of the month! Send your ideas to Anne-Marije Rook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
hat do you get when you take a vacant lot that has been the neighborhood eyesore for years and turn it into a beautiful place that brings people together, increases food security and strengthens a community? You get a farm. Now in its third year, Alleycat Acres is an allvolunteer, grassroots urban farming collective that transforms underutilized urban spaces into a network of sustainable urban farms. Striving to put “culture” back into agriculture, the Alleycat Acres farms are open to anyone who is interested in growing food. The farms are able to flourish only because of the collective work of its members and communities surrounding the farms. “The harvests are shared with all members and within the immediate community of our farms,” said Leah AdangFry, site manager of the collective’s newest location on Martin Luther King Blvd. and Cherry St. “Any excess produce is delivered via bicycle to neighboring food banks.” The organization started its first farm in Beacon Hill, on a plot of land donated by a retired school teacher, and broke ground for a second farm in the Central District that same summer. In its first two years, more than 400 individuals contributed to grow more than 2,000 pounds of food on those two farms. The food not only fed everyone who had helped grow it and the neighborhoods surrounding the farms, it also supported local food banks. “We call it a farm not a garden because of the importance of it being functional space used for production. It’s also not a P-Patch; there are no individual plots. Everything is community,” said AdangFry. AdangFry, a former Seattle Tilth member, became part of Alleycat Acres when the organization acquired its third and newest location on MLK and Cherry, just blocks from her house. “All neighbors received a flyer about an upcoming design meeting for this vacant lot. I went to the meeting and got connected with Alleycat Acres,” she said. “All of our properties are privately owned and [the MLK lot] had been sitting vacant for 10 years,” said AdangFry. “The owner was really excited about doing something community oriented, and gave us a year-by-year lease.” AdangFry and volunteers spent most of last year designing and implementing. “We started from scratch. It was nothing but a grass and blackberry field. We laid down
mulch and build beds and experimenting with different soils,” AdangFry said. “We did grow quite a bit of food but more in an experimental capacity. The MLK farm should double if not triple its production this year.” The farms grow mainly vegetables but also some fruit. A small orchard was planted on the MLK farm – their largest site yet – which also houses a chicken coup and beehives. Work parties on weekends and summer evenings keep the farm healthy and productive. “We’re always looking for volunteers and welcome projects and experiments – from grain crops to multi-fruit trees,” said AdangFry. “We really want to emphasize that these are public spaces – spaces for people to be in and create community.” “It’s a lot, too, about displaying what’s possible in a city and showcase that sustainable urban farming is possible,” AdangFry said. Alleycat Acres welcomes schools and companies for field trips and are looking to host more workshops and events. “Our community base could be more diverse and we’re working on that,” said AdangFry. In addition to being community driven and socially charged, Alleycat Acres is also pedal powered. “We do have a strong bicycling component,” said AdangFry. “We fund our farming with biking, transport food by bikes and many of us don’t even have cars.” Bikes are a big part of Alleycat Acres’ mission of greening the city, and they use bikes in as many areas of our work as possible, utilizing cargo trailers to transport materials and produce. Additionally, each year Alleycat Acres hosts a fully-supported 40-to-70-mile bike ride, the Streets + Beets event, which serves as the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year and covers the costs associated with all areas of keeping the farm running. “Biking is great because it makes you realize you’re capable of far more than you think you are,” said AdangFry, who completed her first Group Health Seattle to Portland ride last year. This year’s ride will take place on Saturday, May 4. The exact route is yet to be determined but will be designed in such a way that it can be accomplished by riders from any experience level, from beginning cyclists to hardcore commuters and racers. Learn more about Alleycat Acres at alleycat-acres.org. 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 email@example.com.
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