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Mayor Ed Murray announces Move Seattle levy By Jeff Aken, Advocacy Director
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With Seattle’s current transportation levy set to expire at the end of 2015, Mayor Ed Murray last month announced an ambitious transportation levy to fund the Move Seattle plan, Murray’s 10-year transportation vision that integrates transit, walking, biking, driving and freight. The nine-year, $900 million proposal would replace the existing Bridging the Gap levy, which was $365 million over nine years. What does the proposed levy mean for people who bike in Seattle? The levy would: • Build 50 miles of protected bike lanes and 60 miles of greenways, which equates to 50 percent of the “citywide network” identified in the Bicycle Master Plan (BMP). • Build the Missing Link segment of the Burke-Gilman Trail and the Northgate Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge. • Complete safe walking and bike routes to all Seattle public schools. • Complete 7-10 multimodal corridor projects that should
REASONS NOT TO BIKE My bikes look so good in the garage
Because driving around the block, looking for parking, gives me 10 extra minutes to listen to NPR
On March 18 Mayor Murray announced a nine-year, $900 million transportation levy proposal.
improve conditions for all people choosing to ride a bike, walk, use transit or drive. • Build bicycle and pedestrian connections to light rail stations. • Install over 1,500 new bicycle parking spots citywide. We applaud Mayor Murray for his vision and dedication to creating a Seattle in which all people can travel safely, conveniently and quickly. The levy is critical to make this vision a reality, and Cascade will work with its partners and the city to pass the levy. As Mayor Murray said, the levy will not meet all of Seattle’s transportation needs and additional funding will be needed to fully implement the BMP over its 20-year horizon. Cascade will continue to work with the city to find additional funding sources to fully implement the BMP’s vision of a network of safe, connected and convenient bikeways.
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Learn more about the proposed levy and weigh-in: seattle.gov/transportation/ ltms_involved.htm
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Cascade to continue endorsements Last month, the board directors of the Cascade Bicycle Club voted to continue its political activities. A joint task force between the Cascade Bicycle Club and the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation has been created to recommend how best to restructure the organization to become more efficient. See more in Elizabeth Kiker’s letter on page 2.
Because it's not fun
*Happy April Fools - enjoy the ride!
Honest conversations By Elizabeth Kiker, Executive Director
When I arrived at Cascade, I was immediately surprised by the many people who knew my name, knew about my resume (“so, you worked at the pest control association, huh?”) and were excited to welcome me to this new job. On my first day, I met at least 100 people—all of whom knew about me. While I had been a bicycle advocate for eight years at that point, my experience had been very different. Bicycle advocacy at the national level is about similar work, in that we focused on transportation bills, bike education and safety for bicyclists, but lonelier. National advocates work together—often for decades—but very few volunteer advocates are able to join us on Capitol Hill week after week, year after year. The more I’ve gotten to know Cascade over this past year and a half, the more I’ve seen the power of your commitment to our work, your willingness to step forward and discuss complicated issues and your demand that our board and staff be working on behalf of bicycling in the Puget Sound region in a way that feels authentic and strong to all of our members.
“The board voted strongly to affirm Cascade’s continuing commitment to political advocacy and individual endorsements—even choosing our early endorsements that night—in a fantastic ending to a complicated story.” The recent conversations the board and staff had over the tax status of the club and its foundation certainly reinforced this notion. I was surprised at the knowledge and passion of supporters—of both sides!—who contacted us. As the board and staff debated internally, we were helped enormously by the member meetings, Facebook threads and conversations that this idea sparked. Cascade is a very strong organization, and the staff and board are committed to growing its size, scope and influence. Our journey of figuring out the best tax status going forward was helped immeasurably by listening to members, hearing the feedback and even being told by a couple of members, “I’m not sure which is the right way, but I am so glad that you are all thinking about it.” The board voted strongly to affirm Cascade’s continuing commitment to political advocacy and individual endorsements— even choosing our early endorsements that night—in a fantastic ending to a complicated story. Thank you for speaking up, thank you for supporting Cascade, thank you for creating the energy, passion and excitement that is the Cascade Bicycle Club. You are what makes Cascade who we are today, and who we will be in the future. Best,
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Never too old to learn By Kalpana Kanal, Cascade member
In my 47 years of life, I never learned how to ride a bicycle, and the first time I heard about Cascade Bicycle Club was when I went for my annual check-up with my endocrinologist. My doctor is a bicycle commuter, and like most doctors, he practices and preaches the benefits of exercise. He’s always worried about my stress level and my lack of exercise. He suggested I join Cascade so I could learn how to ride a bike and make bicycling a part of my daily exercise. So I Cascade classes and one-on-one contacted Cascade and signed up for the After sessions, Kalpana is now riding confidently. “Learning to ride” class, a one-on-one class with an instructor. I was extremely apprehensive about learning how to ride–more importantly, scared of falling–which I did several times. My instructor was extremely patient with me and helped me learn the basics during several sessions of this class. I have him to thank for giving me the confidence to overcome my fears. After several classes and the “Back to basics” class, I actually felt comfortable riding. A follow-up with more one-on-one time with another instructor helped me gain even more confidence. I did my first ride around the park and then on the road. You can never be too old to learn a new thing. What an achievement, at least to me! I am getting better every day, and I hope to someday be a bicycle commuter like my doctor. Thanks to my doctor for suggesting the idea. Thanks to Cascade for teaching me how to ride a bike well, giving me the confidence to overcome by fear and helping me get in shape! Learn more about Cascade’s class offerings at cascade.org/learn.
By Josh Miller, Community Education Program Manager
Here at Cascade we have been developing new community partnerships and expanding our programs to serve a broader range of Seattle area residents. The core idea is to offer a range of programs for youth and adults that connect people with bike resources that help them fulfill their day-to-day needs. This can include riding, maintenance education and encouragement, traffic safety programs, advocacy training and more. We are focusing energy on Sand Point and Yesler Terrace communities to start with and engaging a total of 13 partner organizations in the two communities. In January we did a bike giveaway at Sand Point in collaboration with Bike Works. We gave away more than 30 bikes with helmets, lights and locks. To support the use and upkeep of these bikes, we are offering evening drop-in sessions for adults and youth. At the drop-in session held in February, we were able to repair several bikes for kids while hearing about what programs would be fun and useful to them in the future. We are excited to announce we will offer more formal maintenance and riding classes at Sand Point and Yesler in the coming months, and we are excited to see where these collaborative ventures can take these communities. For details about classes or to volunteer, email Josh at email@example.com.
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Bring your lunch and get ready to ride! By Michele Finkelstein, Education & Outreach Program Assistant
We’re partnering with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to bring you a series of lunchtime workshops for anyone curious about bicycling to work. Held April through May at various locations around Seattle, these workshops are all free and open to the Commute Basics public. Join us for a one-hour lunchtime Workshops presentation packed with helpful • Friday, April 10, Noon tips for anyone considering bicycle UW Medicine commuting. • Thursday, April 16, Noon We’ll talk about: PATH • Planning a route • Tuesday, April 21, 12:30 p.m. • Where to ride Seattle Pacific University • Helmet fit • Safety tips • Fix a flat demonstration • Plus, we’ll tackle your questions! Bring a lunch, learn new things and get ready to ride! For more information, dates and to RSVP, visit cascade.org/commuting.
Bellevue Bikes, touring companies benefit Cascade members By Ariana Rundquist, Membership Coordinator
parts, gear and services from many retailers around the region.
Joining Cascade Bicycle Club connects you to a community committed to better bicycling. For that commitment, members receive great benefits, including early members-only event registration; discounts on Cascade events and classes; and discounts on accessories,
THE COURIER CREW Editor: Anne-Marije Rook Editorial assistants: Diane English and Briana Orr Layout: Sarah Kulfan Additional designers: Tom Eibling and Kotis Design Photographers: Matthew J. Clark, Casey Gibson, Mike Hooning, King County Parks, Jonathan Maus, PeopleforBikes, Anne-Marije Rook Contributors: McKayla Dunfey, Michele Finkelstein, Dylan Joffe, Kalpana Kanal, Elizabeth Kiker, Ann Marrow, Josh Miller, Stacey Nakagawa, Briana Orr, Anne-Marije Rook, Ariana Rundquist, Rebecca Sorensen, Anna Telensky
We welcome your contributions! Got an inspiring story or a great photo? We welcome submissions. The editorial calendar is planned one month in advance. If you wish to contribute an article to a future issue, contact the editor as early as possible. Articles and photographic submissions are due by the 10th of the month prior to publication. Articles submitted after that will be considered on a space-available basis. All submissions are subject to editing for content and space. Queries can be firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheers to our newest business benefit partners! Show off your current Cascade membership card and get a 10 percent discount from Bellevue Bikes. Plus receive special deals from these amazing bicycle tour companies: • Bike Spain Tours • Bike Switzerland • Grand Asian Journeys • IberoCycle Find out more about the benefits of being a Cascade member at cascade. org/join.
Questions? Email Dylan at dylanj@ cascade.org.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Note: All email addresses are @cascade.org
Elizabeth Kiker, Executive Director (206) 523-9495 • elizabethk@
President Catherine Hennings • catherine hennings@
Jeff Aken, Advocacy Director (206) 300-5932 • jeffa@
Vice President Daniel Weise • daniel.weise@
David Douglas, Rec. Riding Director (206) 769-6575 • davidd@
Treasurer Alexa Volwiler • alexa.volwiler@
Ed Ewing, Director of Diversity & Inclusion (206) 778-4671 • ede@
Nate Glissmeyer • nate.glissmeyer@ Sandi Navarro • sandin@ Joe Platzner • joe.platzner@ Merlin Rainwater • merlin.rainwater@ Charles Ruthford • charles.ruthford@ Jim Stanton • jim.stanton@ Don Volta • don.volta@ Haley Woods • haleyw@
Tuesday, April 14 5-7 p.m. Cascade Bicycling Center
www.cascade.org Office phone: 206-522-3222 Email: email@example.com
Volunteer Open House
Cascade Bicycle Club 7787 62nd Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98115
By Dylan Joffe, Volunteer Coordinator
Calling all volunteers! Join us at the Cascade Bicycling Center the second Tuesday of every month for a Volunteer Open House. Have a question about volunteering? Want to talk to staff members about your favorite rides? Want to meet other volunteers or just have a cup of coffee with some like-minded folks? Then this is the place to be! You’ll also get to meet Dylan Joffe, our new volunteer coordinator, and take a tour of our new space.
Let’s be social! Follow Cascade on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Secretary George Durham • george.durham@
Volunteer Open House
Advertising: We welcome ads and inserts. To check availability and inquire about prices, please contact Briana Orr at brianao@ cascade.org.
Ed Yoshida • ed.yoshida@
Shannon Koller, Director of Education (206) 696-4425 • shannonk@ Serena Lehman, Director of Membership & Outreach (206) 291-4032 • serenal@ Kathy Mania, Finance Director (206) 498-2607 • kathym@ Robbie Phillips, Director of Strategic Development (206) 229-5187 • robbiep@ Anne-Marije Rook, Communications Director (208) 870-9406 • amrook@ Tarrell Wright, Development Director (206) 240-2235 • tarrellw@
The Cascade Bicycle Club Board of Directors meets five times a year. All meetings take place at the Cascade Bicycling Center, 7787 62nd Avenue NE, at 5:30 p.m. Board meetings are open to the public. Upcoming meetings are: Saturday, May 16, Wednesday, Sept. 16 and Wednesday, Nov. 18.
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STP is sold out–but fear not!
Pronto Street Skills
By Rebecca Sorensen, Event Producer
By Michele Finkelstein, Education & Outreach Program Assistant
JULY 11-12 The 2015 Group Health Seattle to Portland presented by Alaska Airlines is sold out! Did you miss out on registration this year and are looking to make a contribution to the work we do at the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation? If so, you are in luck! The STP eBay auction benefiting Cascade’s Education Foundation is here. The Education Foundation was formed in 2001 in support of Cascade’s education and advocacy work. Through school- and community-based programming, we encourage and educate people of all ages and abilities to ride safely. Your support helps us get more kids on bikes and fight for safer streets! Every Tuesday, March 31-April 28, we will auction two registrations for the 2015 STP on eBay. Every dollar above the standard online registration fee ($145) is tax-deductible. Each auction will last for five days opening on Tuesday and closing on Sunday. What’s included: • One entry into the 2015 STP • Packet mailing • A highly-coveted low bib number • Tax deduction on any amount above standard registration fee ($145)
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In partnership with Pronto Cycle Share, Cascade Bicycle Club is offering Pronto Street a new introductory class on urban Skills biking and bike commuting–Pronto Saturday, April 18 Street Skills. 10 a.m. Geared towards new riders and new users of Pronto Cycle Share, this class 12th Avenue Arts, covers bicycling basics and will answer 1660 12th Ave., Seattle any other questions you have about Free and open to the public bicycling. We will answer these common questions: • How do I choose a route when biking? • How do I safely ride with vehicle traffic? • Can I ride on the sidewalk? What about pedestrians? • There are so many lanes! How do I pick the right one? • How can I avoid a pothole or other obstacles? • How do I fit my helmet properly? View all of our class offerings at cascade.org/learn
Visit www.cascade.org/stp and start bidding!
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Ride for Major Taylor Explore culturally rich communities Join us Saturday, April 18 on a 25-mile scenic tour of south and south east Seattle for the first annual Ride for Major Taylor! Ride for Major Taylor is a pledge ride to support the Major Taylor Project (MTP). MTP introduces middle and high school students from diverse communities to recreational cycling, healthy living, bicycle maintenance and road safety awareness, creating an inclusive culture of bicycling. Currently in 10 schools, MTP uses the bicycle to help students expand their world view and encourages them to explore the agency they have to change themselves and their communities. Pledge your support while you explore a few of the culturally rich and diverse communities MTP works in. Here’s a preview of what you’ll see along the way.
Register today: cascade.org/ride-for-mtp. Zippy’s Giant Burgers
Big Al Brewing
Taqueria El Rinc
Delridge is cradled between two ridges: Camp Long and Puget Ridge. This neighborhood has a long history of many different ethnic groups forming a just-get-it-done attitude. Residents pride themselves with a strong work ethic. Major Taylor schools: Denny Middle School (since 2014) and Chief Sealth High School (since 2011)
White Center is a unique community of approximately 32,000 people and has distinct characteristics of an historic streetcar-era suburb, retaining most of the original buildings constructed during 1912-1933. Also, White City is home to the Rat City Rollergirls roller derby! Major Taylor schools: Evergreen Campus in partnership with White Center’s YES! Foundation (since 2009)
Burien Since its incorporation in 1993, Burien has been busy defining and redesigning itself as a vibrant city. Its residents see Burien, a 100-year-old community with a rich heritage, as a friendly community with well-established neighborhoods and a small-town atmosphere. Over 50 languages are spoken in Burien! Major Taylor school: Highline High School (since 2011)
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Map Key Major Taylor Project School Regional Trail
Ride for Major Taylor Route MTP studentsâ€™ favorite food spots
Thank you to our sponsors Full Tilt Ice Cream
The Duwamish Tribe originally made their homes in this area. Tukwila is now home to a large immigrant population, 49 percent speak a language other than English at home, according to the 2010 census. Its school district is one of the most diverse in the country, with 71 percent minority students. Major Taylor school: Foster High School (new in 2015!)
SeaTac Duwamish and Mukleshoot tribal people utilized this area since ancient times. Incorporated in 1990, SeaTac is now 10 square miles with a population of about 25,000. Residents represent 80 different nationalities and collectively speak 70 different languages. English and Spanish are the primary languages spoken, followed by Somali and Punjabi. Major Taylor school: Academy of Citizenship & Empowerment High School and Global Connections High School (since 2009)
Thank you to our sponsors Tacoma (not pictured) Major Taylor schools: Lincoln High School and Stewart Middle School (new in 2015!)
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Join us for the Pioneer Century! By Ann Morrow, Co-Coordinator, Pioneer Century Portland Wheelmen Touring Club
Seattle Bike-n-Brews Pedal into summer By Stacey Nakagawa, Event Producer with Cycling Out Of Sumner By Patty Urton, Cascade Ride Leader
SUNDAY, MAY 3
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Maus
You’re invited! Yes, we want to extend a warm and sincere invitation to all of our Cascade Bicycle Club friends to come down and ride with us on Saturday, June 6 in the Portland Wheelmen Touring Club’s Pioneer Century. Come on down to Canby, just south of Portland, and ride one of six routes starting out of the Clackamas County Fairgrounds. We offer something for everyone in the bucolic Mt. Hood Territory, starting with a nine-mile Frontier Family Ride to the Heritage Hundred with 4,320 feet of elevation gain. Pre-order a catered fajita when you pre-register for the ride and after your fun cycling adventure you can sit and eat, enjoy some live music, try some wine or beer from St. Josef ’s Winery and check out other vendors who will share bicycle related goods and services. Stay and play with us on Sunday, June 7, for our three special club rides for you to choose from. Explore the inner city biking scene in Portland, the wondrous Columbia River Gorge or another route down near Canby. For more information and to register for the ride go to PWTC.com. Questions? Contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ride into the scenic countryside of south King and Pierce Counties.
Are you looking to expand your riding ability or get ready for a long ride? Join us for Cycling out of Sumner (COOS), a series of rides in South King and Pierce counties every Saturday April through June (except May 30). We’ll start at 30 miles with minimal elevation, and will add more miles and elevation as we go. The majority of the rides will be in the 50–80-mile range with a century ride in June. These rides are part of the Cascade Bike Club Free Group Rides Program and will have multiple paces available. For details on route, start location and time of each ride, visit cascade.org/ grouprides or contact Patty at prurton2@ comcast.net.
Enter Ride The Hurricane And Cycle The Famed Hurricane Ridge Road Without Cars August 2, One Day Only.
Ride The Olympic Discovery Trail and its 70 Mile Paved Cycling Path, EDIZ HOOK Any Day Of The Week.
Cascade Bicycle Club is proud to present the third annual Seattle Bike-n-Brews on Sunday, May 3. The Seattle Bike-n-Brews urban ride is for those who appreciate city riding and quality Pacific Northwest microbrews. With route options of 15, 30 or 40 miles on flat terrain, this is a ride for everyone. This recreational ride begins and ends at Schooner Exact Brewery in Seattle’s SODO district. From there, we’ll follow the Duwamish, Green River and Interurban bike trails. A cold brewskie awaits at the Airways Brewery rest stop in Kent for those riding 30 and 40 miles. All riders meet back at the Schooner Exact Brewery for the finish line festival featuring live music, barbecue and a beer garden. Registration includes a beer ticket at Airways Brewery, a beer or wine ticket at Schooner Exact Brewery, a delish meal at the finish line festival and your very own Bike-n-Brews metal pint cup. Event capacity is limited to 750 riders, so register early!
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FREE GROUP RIDES RIDE LEADER CERTIFICATION CLASS
STEADY PACE (12-14 mph)
Wednesday, April 8 6:30 p.m. at Cascade Bicycle Club, 7787 62nd Ave NE, Seattle • Contact: Jane Volta
Saturday, April 4 COOS #1 Cycling out of Sumner • 9 a.m. 32 miles from Fred Meyer - next to garden center, Sumner • Ride Leader: Patricia Urton
EASY PACE (UNDER 10 mph)
Mill Creek - Edmonds - Lynnwood Loop • 2 p.m. • 30 miles from McCollum Park & Ride, Everett • Ride Leaders: Larry DeBardi, Dorothe Reijnders
Saturday, April 25 SLOW Ride: Seven Vistas, Three Hills, No Sweat! * 11 a.m. 14 miles from Northwest African American Museum, Seattle • Ride Leader: Merlin Rainwater
LEISURELY PACE (10-12 mph) Wednesday, April 1 30 Days of Biking Kick-Off Ride -- Mill Creek • 11 a.m. 8 miles from Martha Lake Airport Park, Lynnwood • Ride Leader: Astrid Bear Friday, April 3 FRIDAY RIDERS: To Alki • 10 p.m. 25 miles from Gas Works Park, Seattle • Ride Leader: Norm Tjaden Saturday, April 4 The Cannabis Course • 10:30 a.m. 30 miles from SODO Starbucks Headquarters Starbucks Café, Seattle • Ride Leader: Jeffrey Stewart 30 Days of Biking - First Weekend: Seattle • noon • 10 miles from Wallingford Steps, 1730 Burke-Gilman Trail, Seattle • Ride Leaders: Astrid Bear, Madi Carlson Sunday, April 5 Sunday Morning Recovery Ride around Lake Sammamish • 11 a.m. 34 miles from Redhook Brewery, Woodinville • Ride Leader: Louise Johnson Friday, April 17 FRIDAY RIDERS: Tulip Pedal • 10 a.m. 25 miles from Edgewater Park, Mount Vernon • Ride Leader: Jan Johnson Sunday, April 19 Sunday Morning Recovery Ride around Lake Sammamish • 11 a.m. 34 miles from Redhook Brewery, Woodinville • Ride Leader: Louise Johnson Friday, April 24 Friday Riders bike to Seward Park and African American Museum • 10 a.m. 20 miles from Gas Works Park, Seattle • Ride Leader: William Lemke Saturday, April 25 SPOKES Flower Power 2015 Ride • 10 a.m. • 24 miles from Log Boom Park -Tracy Owen Station, Kenmore • Ride Leaders: Michelle Burton, Jim Hunt
Sunday, April 5 Sunday Morning Ride Around Lake Sammamish • 10 a.m. 34 miles from Redhook Brewery, Woodinville • Ride Leader: Debbie Campbell Tuesday, April 7 TREATS: Annual Tulip Pedal; Very slow Steady • 10 a.m. 25 miles from Edgewater Park, Mount Vernon Ride Leader: Jan Johnson Saturday, April 11 COOS #2 - Cycling out of Sumner • 8:30 a.m. • 26 miles from Fred Meyer - next to garden center, Sumner • Ride Leader: Patricia Urton Friday, April 17 FRUMPS-Gasworks Park to Edmonds • 10 a.m. • 36 miles from Gasworks Park, Seattle • Ride Leader: Leslie Weppler Saturday, April 18 COOS #3 - Cycling out of Sumner • 8:30 a.m. • 42 miles from Fred Meyer - next to garden center, Sumner • Ride Leader: Patricia Urton Saturday, April 25 COOS #4 - Cycling out of Sumner • 8:30 a.m. • 50 miles from Fred Meyer - next to garden center, Sumner • Ride Leader: Patricia Urton
MODERATE PACE (14-16 mph) Saturday, April 4 COOS #1- Cycling out of Sumner • 9 a.m. • 32 miles from Fred Meyer - next to garden center, Sumner • Ride Leader: Patricia Urton Monday, April 6 BABES/ Tulips and Anacortes for lunch • 10 a.m. 43 miles from Edgewater Park, Mount Vernon • Ride Leader: Teresa Lehr-Franks Saturday, April 11 COOS #2 - Cycling out of Sumner • 8:30 a.m. * 26 miles from Fred Meyer - next to garden center, Sumner • Ride Leader: Patricia Urton Saturday, April 18 COOS #3 - Cycling out of Sumner • 8:30 a.m. •
Machiko Threlkeld: Exceptional Ride Leader By Stacey Williams, Rides Manager
Machiko Threlkeld has been recognized as an Exceptional Ride Leader for her efforts in recruiting, retaining and valuing ride leaders. Machiko originally started riding in Tokyo as a mode of transportation. Her evolution into a Cascade Ride Leader started with her own goal of competing in a sprint triathlon, losing weight and being “green” by commuting in 2011. Machiko was even able to buy a new bike with the money she saved on gas and parking. Machiko’s love of the outdoors motivates her to ride. She enjoys the Machiko and her son Alder enjoy riding sensory experiences of riding: the together. smells of seasonal change, the sounds of birds chirping, flowers blooming and of course, the Seattle rain. Machiko regularly posts leisurely and steady-paced rides, as she enjoys sharing her joy of riding with people who are new to bike riding or new to Seattle and see their development and growth. “See[ing] more relaxed smiles and confidence on their faces after a ride is very exciting,” says Machiko. Machiko says she rides with Cascade because she enjoys the collaboration of so many people–with different backgrounds and different varieties of bikes– all working together towards the same goal: getting more people to ride. Improving Lives Through Bicycling
42 miles from Fred Meyer - next to garden center, Sumner • Ride Leader: Patricia Urton
from Overlake Transit Center, Redmond • Ride Leader: Eric Gunnerson
Friday, April 24 FRUMPS Two Points and the BPA trail • 10 a.m. • 40 miles from Russell Road Park, Kent • Ride Leader: Jan Van Fredenberg
Saturday, April 25 COOS #4 - Cycling out of Sumner • 8:30 a.m. • 50 miles from Fred Meyer - next to garden center, Sumner • Ride Leader: Patricia Urton
Saturday, April 25 COOS #4 - Cycling out of Sumner • 8:30 a.m. • 50 miles from Fred Meyer - next to garden center, Sumner • Ride Leader: Patricia Urton
Cascade Advanced Training Rides #4 - Eastside • 9:15 a.m. • 70 miles from Woodinville Sports Fields, Woodinville • Ride Leaders: Rich Knox, David Mattson, Joe Shih, Alexa Volwiler
BRISK PACE (16-18 mph) Thursday, April 2 Eastside Tours Evening Ride • 6:30 p.m. • 25 miles from Overlake Transit Center, Redmond • Ride Leader: Eric Gunnerson Saturday, April 4 COOS #1- Cycling out of Sumner • 9 a.m. • 32 miles from Fred Meyer - next to garden center, Sumner. • Ride Leader: Patricia Urton Cascade Advanced Training Rides #1 – Eastside • 9:30 a.m. • 55 miles from Heritage Park, Stanwood • Ride Leaders: Laurie Bakke, Cathy Henley, Joe Shih, Alexa Volwiler
Monday, April 27 MUMPS: Head Up North • 10 a.m. • 55 miles from Tracy Owen Station/Log Boom Park, Kenmore • Ride Leader: Craig Mohn Tuesday, April 28 Eastside Tours Evening Ride • 6:30 p.m. • 25 miles from Overlake Transit Center, Redmond • Ride Leader: Eric Gunnerson Thursday, April 30, 2015 Eastside Tours Evening Ride • 6:30 p.m. • 25 miles from Overlake Transit Center, Redmond • Ride Leader: Eric Gunnerson
VIGOROUS (18-20 mph)
Monday, April 6 MUMPS: Head Up North • 10 a.m. 55 miles from Tracy Owen Station/Log Boom Park, Kenmore • Ride Leader: Craig Mohn
Saturday, April 4 Cascade Advanced Training Rides #1 – Eastside • 9:30 a.m. • 55 miles from Heritage Park, Stanwood • Ride Leaders: Wilfried Mack, Alexa Volwiler
Tuesday, April 7
Saturday, April 11 Cascade Advanced Training Rides #2 - Eastside • 9:30 a.m. • 63 miles from South Bellevue Park and Ride, Bellevue • Ride Leaders: Wilfried Mack, Alexa Volwiler
Eastside Tours Evening Ride • 6:30 p.m • 25 miles from Overlake Transit Center, Redmond • Ride Leader: Eric Gunnerson Thursday, April 9 Eastside Tours Evening Ride • 6:30 p.m. • 25 miles from Overlake Transit Center, Redmond • Ride Leader: Eric Gunnerson Saturday, April 11 COOS #2 - Cycling out of Sumner • 8:30 a.m. • 26 miles from Fred Meyer - next to garden center, Sumner • Ride Leader: Patricia Urton Cascade Advanced Training Rides #2 - Eastside. • 9:30 a.m. • 63 miles from South Bellevue Park and Ride - Near Trailhead, Bellevue • Ride Leaders: Cathy Henley, Rich Knox, David Mattson, Alexa Volwiler Monday, April 13 MUMPS: Head Up North • 10 a.m. 55 miles from Tracy Owen Station/Log Boom Park, Kenmore • Ride Leader: Craig Mohn Tuesday, April 14 Eastside Tours Evening Ride • 6:30 p.m. • 25 miles from Overlake Transit Center, Redmond • Ride Leader: Eric Gunnerson Thursday, April 16 Eastside Tours Evening Ride • 6:30 p.m. • 25 miles from Overlake Transit Center, Redmond • Ride Leader: Eric Gunnerson Saturday, April 18 COOS #3 - Cycling out of Sumner • 8:30 a.m. • 42 miles from Fred Meyer - next to garden center, Sumner • Ride Leader: Patricia Urton Saturday, April 18 Cascade Advanced Training Rides #3 - Eastside • 9:30 a.m. • 66 miles from Marymoor Park (East) Free Lot, Redmond • Ride Leaders: Laurie Bakke, Brent Knudson, Joe Shih, Alexa Volwiler Monday, April 20 MUMPS: Head Up North • 10 a.m. 55 miles from Tracy Owen Station/Log Boom Park, Kenmore • Ride Leader: Craig Mohn Tuesday, April 21 Eastside Tours Evening Ride • 6:30 p.m. • 25 miles from Overlake Transit Center, Redmond • Ride Leader: Eric Gunnerson Thursday, April 23 Eastside Tours Evening Ride • 6:30 p.m. • 25 miles
Saturday, April 18 Cascade Advanced Training Rides #3 - Eastside • 9:30 a.m. • 66 miles from Marymoor Park (East) Free Lot, Redmond • Ride Leaders: Wilfried Mack, Alexa Volwiler Saturday, April 25 Cascade Advanced Training Rides #4 - Eastside • 9:15 a.m. • 70 miles from Woodinville Sports Fields, Woodinville • Ride Leaders: Wilfried Mack, Alexa Volwiler
STRENUOUS: (20-22 mph) See ride calendar for rides at this pace.
SUPER STRENUOUS: (22mph +) See ride calendar for rides at this pace.
MULTIPACE RIDES Saturday, April 4 Cascade Advanced Training Series at Magnuson (CATS-m) Brisk & Vigorous 9 a.m. • 40 miles from Magnuson Park W6 Parking Lot, Seattle • Ride Leaders: Alfred Fung, Mark Keithly, Terence Shelton, Machiko Threlkeld, Karl Wehden, Gary Williams Saturday, April 11 Cascade Advanced Training Series @ Magnuson (CATS-m) Brisk & Vigorous • 9 a.m. • 44 miles from Magnuson Park W6 Parking Lot, Seattle • Ride Leaders: Sandi Gold, Machiko Threlkeld, Karl Wehden, Gary Williams Saturday, April 18 Cascade Advanced Training Series @ Magnuson (CATS-m) Brisk & Vigorous • 9 a.m. • 54 miles from Magnuson Park W6 Parking Lot, Seattle • Ride Leaders: Mark Keithly, Terence Shelton, Machiko Threlkeld, Karl Wehden, Gary Williams Saturday, April 25 Cascade Advanced Training Series @ Magnuson (CATS-m) Brisk & Vigorous • 9 a.m. • 63 miles from Magnuson Park W6 Parking Lot, Seattle • Ride Leaders: Alfred Fung, Machiko Threlkeld, Gary Williams, Changren Yong
This is a sampling of this month’s rides. For a complete listing, see cascade.org/calendar. For full details of the listed rides, see cascade.org/grouprides. This is also where you’ll find ride guidelines to help you select a ride that suits your style, skills and energy level.
Women bike: a few bike hacks that can come in handy for every bicyclist
Eastside spotlight: progress along the East Lake Sammamish Trail
By Anne-Marije Rook, Communications Director
By McKayla Dunfey, Eastside Policy & Government Affairs Coordinator
Got a flat? Soggy shoes? Missing bar ends? MacGyver your way out of some common nuisances with these bike hacks:
• Measure the needed length of the chain by looping the chain through the saddle rails and the seat stays. You’ll want it fairly tight so the chain doesn’t swing around when you ride. • Break the chain at the desired length, keeping in mind that you’ll have to reconnect one link. • Thread the chain through an equally long piece of inner tube. • Loop the chain-tube combo back through the rails and seat stays and connect the chain.
Got caught in the rain? Use an old Courier to dry your shoes! News paper is absorbent and will draw the moisture out of your shoes fairly quickly. For completely drenched shoes, you may have to replace the newspaper a time or two.
To keep your waterbottles clean and hygienic, you should wash them after every ride, especially when using hydration products. Dish soap can leave a funky taste so use a bit of baking soda and hot water instead. To let them dry, I use a baby bottle drying rack. It keeps the bottle upright, takes up little counter space and I can fit at least four bottles and lids at a time!
Cold, wet commute ahead? Slip your feet in sandwich baggies before putting on your shoes. They will keep out the rain and wind! A one-dollar fix
Pssshhhhhhh…a sharp object just slashed your tire. Not to worry. A dollar bill will get you home. • Take the inner tube and tire off the rim • replace or mend the tube • place a dollar bill on the inside of the tire over the gash. If the gash isn’t very big, fold the dollar bill in half before placing it over the tear for extra strength. • Place the tire and tube back on the rim • pump up your tire and you’re on your way! Reuse your old inner tube
From jewelry to bags, there are numerous ways to reuse inner tubes. One utilitarian way to repurpose your old tubes is to use them instead of bungee cords to tie down items on your bike rack. They’re lightweight, waterproof and fairly strong so you can just leave them on your rack or carry one in your bag.
No more hot embro showers
If you wear warming embrocation, you’re probably familiar with what happens when warm water reignites the warming sensation post-ride. To prevent that from happening, slather your legs with Blue Dawn dish soap and rinse off in the shower. Ride comfortably in a skirt
Do you like wearing skirts but are afraid of showing ‘too much’ when riding? All you need is a penny and a rubber band to keep it classy. The solution is so simple, I can’t even describe it. Google “Peny in Yo’ pants” to watch the how to video.
Cascade is encouraging the city of Sammamish and King County to expedite the permitting and building of the East Lake Sammamish Trail. Photo courtesy of King County Parks.
Last month, King County Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Brown presented an update on trail designs for the East Lake Sammamish Trail, specifically, the southern section of the trail known as South Sammamish Segment A. For those of you who have been following the project since the beginning (since 1998, to be exact) you know that it’s been a long and challenging road. Though many trailside homeowners express concerns around trail development, the rest of the region looks forward to its completion so everyone will be able to ride on an off-street trail that connects the Puget Sound in Seattle all the way to the foothills of the Cascades. Our enthusiasm for this project cannot be understated. Cascade made the following recommendations on trail development at the Sammamish city council meeting on Tuesday, March 10: • We highly encourage the city of Sammamish and King County to expedite the permitting and trail building process. • We highly encourage the city of Sammamish and King County to build out a trail that’s safe for everyone, meets national trail width standards where possible and maintains a shoulder where possible to reduce the risks of collusion and injuries. • We support a trail that’s wide enough for bicyclists and pedestrians to safely travel in both directions, and a trail that’s wide enough for homeowners to safely cross the trail. We look forward to the day parents will be able to safely ride or walk along the trail with their children, while bike commuters and recreational riders will have the option of choosing a comfortable off-street route on their way to Issaquah, Redmond or even all the way to the Burke-Gilman in Seattle. The East Lake Sammamish Trail is the 11-mile missing link in this 44-mile network that will become an incredible asset to our region, and we look forward to its completion. We urge King County and the City of Sammamish to continue working together to make this trail a reality. If you’d like to be involved with this project or other Eastside work, please email McKayla at McKaylaD@Cascade.org.
No more missing bar ends
Do you keep losing your bar plugs? Then save the corks of the next two bottles of wine you drink and use them to replace your bar end caps. A wine cork fits snugly into the ends of most handlebars, stays put and gives your bike a retro look.
Prevent saddle theft
Worried about getting your spendy Brooks saddle stolen? Use an old chain to tie your saddle to your bike’s seat stays (the rear triangle) to prevent theft. You’ll need an old chain, an old inner tube, and a chain breaker. 10
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Vol. 45, No. 04
Early member spotlight: Amy Carlson By Briana Orr, Communications Specialist
Infuriated that the city ignored the needs of people walking and biking, Amy joined Cascade’s Bicycle Action Committee (the then-advocacy arm of Cascade) in 1974. She started coming to the the monthly Cascade meetings, which included a ride around Mercer Island, and a potluck before getting down to business.
In 1970, a small group of active cyclists gathered in a basement on Mercer Island. Little did these individuals know that they were going to change the future of bicycling in the Puget Sound region. Forty-five years later, the Cascade Bicycle Club is the largest bicycling organization of its kind in the U.S. with more than 15,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 38 staff. Here we highlight a few of Cascade’s earliest members, hear how their involvement changed the course of their lives and find out what they’re up to today.
“I don’t bicycle as far and as fast as I used to, but I still like to go ride. It still gives me–like when I was a kid– the sense of freedom and going with the wind.” - Amy Carlson, Cascade early member.
Early Cascade member Amy Carlson rode
Amy Carlson lived in Europe for the first STP and the first RSVP, and her first century was Chilly Hilly. She still rides today. a few years and bought a five-speed. Photo courtesy of Mike Hooning. She remembers bicycling was “a way of life, just a way of getting around” in the cities in Germany and England she lived in. When Amy returned to the U.S. she wanted to continue bicycling, but was faced with substantial barriers. She lived in Bellevue and was studying at the University of Washington (UW). The 520 bridge had just opened, but didn’t include a path or sidewalk for biking or walking. Her only option was to take the I-90 bridge, which increased her commute to 18 miles one-way.
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Amy was the chair of the Bicycle Action Committee for a number of years. She also served as Cascade’s president in the ‘70s. She was actively involved in making sure the I-90 bridge included a 10-foot-wide path for people walking and riding across, instead of the six-foot path originally proposed. Overall, Amy remembers the 1970s and 1980s as “a time of having to fight to make sure that the bicycle voice was heard.” In addition to advocating for better bikeways, Cascade played a role in getting a bicycle coordinator for the city of Seattle, which shifted the conversation to include the needs of those who bicycle when updating any infrastructure, Amy noted. When she wasn’t advocating for better bikeways, Amy also rode her bicycle for fun. She rode the first STP and RSVP, and recalls her first century was Chilly Hilly–when the ride used to take participants around Bainbridge Island four times! Amy said she was not the only woman on two wheels involved in Cascade, “there were a lot of us!” she exclaimed, adding that she is still friends with many women she met in her early days at Cascade. Amy’s retired now, and she still commutes to the UW(now just 3.5 miles away from her home) to take all the “fun classes” that didn’t fit in when she was getting her civil engineering degree–subjects like history, geology, music and art history. “I don’t bicycle as far and as fast as I used to, but I still like to go ride. It still gives me–like when I was a kid–the sense of freedom and going with the wind,” said Amy. Now, forty years later, we are nearing the day when we will be able to walk and bicycle across the 520 bridge, thanks to activists like Amy. View all Cascade’s Free Group Rides at www.cascade.org/grouprides
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Personal Gold: an underdog cycling story you won’t want to miss! By Anne-Marije Rook, Communications Director
U.S. women’s track cycling medal in over 20 years! Among them was Kirkland native Jennie Reed, a World and U.S. Champion who got her cycling start right here, on our local Marymoor Velodrome. The incredible feat and story of Reed and the rest of 2012 U.S. women’s team pursuit squad has been captured beautifully in Sky Christopherson’s latest documentary, Personal Gold. Praised and marketed as “the best underdog story since Rocky”, Personal Gold follows these underfunded athletes during their last two months of preparation leading up to the Olympics during which they turned to friends, family and a grassroots Digital Health experiment using ‘Data not Drugs’ to attempt the impossible: win the first U.S. Women’s Track Cycling Medal in more than 20 years.
Saturday, April 11 Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Kirkland Performance Center Q&A with the Olympians following the film Proceeds benefit our local Marymoor Velodrome and the Jennie Reed Foundation. Tickets available at: www.kpcenter.org/performances/personal-gold
From left to right: Olympians Dotsie Bausch, Sarah Hammer and Jennie Reed. Photo courtesy of Casey Gibson
2012 was a bad year for American competitive cycling. It’s the year that Lance Armstrong received his lifetime ban and was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. And in the midst of the controversy, his former teammates withdrew from the summer Olympics, placing the hopes for an Olympic cycling medal on the women. And the women delivered: Kristin Armstrong secured the gold in the individual time trial, Georgia Gold received a bronze medal in cross-country mountain biking and Sarah Hammer earned a silver medal in the women’s omnium. But perhaps the most inspiring story came from the four underdog track cyclists who, on August 4, 2012, took home the silver Olympic medal in the women’s team pursuit – the first
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“You don’t have to be an athlete to see the film. It’s for anyone who’s ever been told they couldn’t do something. It’s a story about perseverance. An underdog, Rocky, Rags-to-riches story.” - Jennie Reed, U.S. and world champion track cyclist
This April, Cascade members are invited to a private showing of Personal Gold with Olympians Jennie Reed, Sarah Hammer and Dotsie Bausch in attendance.
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