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August 2015 / Vol. 45 No. 08
Plant the seed, watch it grow By Diana Bryant, Grant Writer
Next year’s summer camps will be even better with the new Cascade traffic garden!
You may have read in our last issue that we’re embarking on a fundraising effort to transform the Cascade Bicycling Center into a world-class destination for people of all ages and abilities. With your support, we’ve raised $1,348,000 toward our $1,944,000 goal! But we need YOUR partnership to raise the final $596,000. Over the next few months, we’ll highlight here each of the three new features of your Cascade Bicycling Center. This month, let’s take a look at the Cascade traffic gardens.
they feel comfortable and safe. Your traffic gardens will include realistic street markings, signs and lights to maximize experiential learning — and add some serious fun. With the addition of these traffic gardens, and in partnership with the Magnuson Park and White Center communities, we’ll bring the joy of bicycling to life for a whole new generation of bicyclists. Hundreds of children and adults alike will learn important riding and safety skills during school field trips, community
Your support will help plant the seed of lifelong learning. Together, let’s watch it grow.
Beer & wine tours Stop by any Wednesday at 7 p.m. now through October for a beer or glass of wine, and we’ll show you around the Center and the drawings of your new space.
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Washingtonians spoke for biking, health and safety, and Governor Inslee listened Guest article from our friends at Washington Bikes
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Gardens are for growing a lovely and fruitful bounty — peas, carrots, flowers and the like. In a garden, you plant a seed, give it a little TLC and watch it blossom and grow. At Cascade, we’re building a garden. But in our garden, something very different is blossoming: the next generation of bicyclists. Beginning this winter, Cascade and friends will build two traffic gardens — one at the Cascade Bicycling Center in Magnuson Park and one at Lakewood Park in White Center. A traffic garden is a small-scale streetscape used to teach children and adults about bicycle and traffic safety in a controlled environment, where
events and scheduled open-use times. As collaborative community projects, our traffic gardens will be the premier destinations for learning to ride, and they will truly lay the foundation for transforming the region through bicycling. But we can’t do it without your help. Please consider making a gift today to support bicycle education. Every gift makes a difference. Donating is easy, and gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized on plaques in our new Welcome Pavilion. To donate, visit us online at cascade.org/ campaigndonation or contact Tarrell at email@example.com. You can also mail a check to: Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation 7787 62nd Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115
Governor Jay Inslee announced a path in late July to retain investments in the safety of our children on their way to school, special needs transit and critical biking connections while moving forward on his agenda on reducing carbon emissions. Washington Bikes and Cascade Bicycle Club thank Governor Inslee for making the choice that retains Washington’s historic transportation investments in bicycling, health and safety while also taking significant steps to actually reduce carbon emissions. Over the past six months, thousands of caring Washingtonians asked state leaders in Olympia to make bold investments in our transportation future by making it safer and easier to bike and walk. They listened by investing $500 million in biking and safety projects in the transportation revenue package signed into law in July.
Washingtonians affirmed the need to save those same historic investments and Governor Inslee listened, too. “When Washington bikes people are safer and healthier, and businesses thrive. We are heartened to hear that these historic investments for biking, health and safety will move forward,” said Washington Bikes’ Executive Director Barb Chamberlain. “Biking and walking investments are always investments in cleaner air.” “Cascade is proud to partner with Washington Bikes on this important work, and we are thrilled Governor Inslee has decided to maintain investments in bicycling while also tackling climate change,” said Elizabeth Kiker, executive director of Cascade Bicycle Club. Washington Bikes highlighted what papers like the Seattle Times, Spokesman-Review, Everett Herald,
and Tacoma News Tribune seconded: there’s broad, bipartisan and statewide support for a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build bikeways and safer sidewalks for Washingtonians. In addition to Cascade Bicycle Club, numerous organizations and cities joined this call to action including American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Foundation for Healthy Generations, League of American Bicyclists, Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, One America, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Transportation Choices Coalition and Transportation for America, among others. Thank you Washington Bikes for leading this call to action, and thank you to the more than 2,000 people who signed petitions in favor of retaining our state’s historic transportation investments in bicycling, health and safety!
Cheering vs doing
By Elizabeth Kiker, Executive Director
By Brock Howell, Government & Policy Affairs Manager
From left to right: Elizabeth Kiker, Brad Tilden, President and CEO of Alaska Airlines, Scott Armstrong, President and CEO of Group Health, Chris Knackstedt, Executive Vice President and CFO of Group Health.
Last year on the first day of STP, I woke up at 3:30 a.m. and rode to the start line. I cheered on the arrivals, I celebrated the people gathered, and I enthusiastically cut the ribbon to start the whole event. I was a PART OF IT! I was THRILLED. Then I went home and went back to sleep. I drove to the finish line and cheered on the participants. This year was a different story. This year, I woke up and rode to the start line—with my dad, here all the way from Texas, in tow. This year, Scott Armstrong, CEO of Group Health and Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines, the two biggest sponsors of this event, joined me on stage at 4:30 a.m. This year, I celebrated, I cut the ribbon ... and then I got on my bike and started pedaling. I arrived at the finish line on Sunday, just as I did last year, but this year I biked there. What a difference a year makes. Riding 206 miles on a bike is ... a lot of miles on a bike. It’s also a lot of food stops, enthusiastic waves and support from communities, volunteers, members and people across the great state of Washington. It’s going onto Joint Base Lewis-McChord to see the amazing work of the U.S. Military Elizabeth and her dad. (STP riders only!). It’s camping with the Major Taylor kids in Chehalis, listening to their amazing and inspirational stories of perseverance and success. It’s joking with my dad, surviving more headwinds than I had anticipated, celebrating every downhill and being brought into Portland on a wave of cheers, support and love from the hundreds of families gathered at the finish line on Sunday. As I close in on two years on the job as executive director at Cascade, I’m often reminded of the differences between cheering (or complaining, as the case may be) and doing. Before this job, I served as the second-in-command at the League of American Bicyclists for almost a decade, and I was full of advice — for the board, for my boss, for my colleagues and staff — about how things could be done better. Now, as the leader of the largest local bicycle organization in the United States, I see firsthand how advice, support and complaints only get you so far — sometimes, you just have to sit down on the bike and pedal through the miles. I see how volunteers and members are the real gears to our success, and how many helping hands at many packet stuffings make the difference between a successful event and a failure. I loved riding STP (I’ve loved all the events I’ve done this year, though I have some strong words for the headwind on Red-Bell), and even more I’ve loved seeing how the staff, members and volunteers of the Cascade Bicycle Club have transformed the region through their passionate commitment to bicycling. Here’s to the next 206 miles — and all the ones after that. It only works because we do it together. Best,
We are proud to present our endorsements for 2015. By now, you should have received your ballot in the mail. Don’t forget to turn in your primary ballot by Tuesday, Aug. 4! Cascade works to make our election effort transparent and engaging. Cascade’s endorsements go through four steps: (1) application by the candidate; (2) recommendation by the advocacy staff to Cascade’s Legislative and Endorsements Committee; (3) recommendation by the committee to Cascade’s Board of Directors, and (4) discussion and formal adoption of an endorsement slate by the Board. Local partners participated in the interviews of nearly all the candidates. Endorsements are based on candidates’ stated positions, public record, approachability, viability and experience. Our endorsements are strictly bike-partisan and do not consider a candidate’s political party.
North King County KING COUNTY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 4
Jeanne Kohl-Welles SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL
S hannon Braddock, District 1 West Seattle Bruce Harrell, District 2 Southeast Seattle Rob Johnson, District 4 - U District & Eastlake Halei Watkins, District 5 - North Seattle Mike O’Brien, District 6 - Ballard & Green Lake Sally Bagshaw, District 7 Magnolia & Downtown Tim Burgess, District 8 Citywide Lorena Gonzalez, District 9 Citywide LAKE FOREST PARK
Phillippa Kassover, Position 4 SHORELINE
Keith Scully, Position 2 Jesse Salomon, Position 6
Eastside KING COUNTY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 6
Claudia Balducci (Dual Endorsement) Jane Hague (Dual Endorsement) BELLEVUE CITY COUNCIL
John Stokes, Position 1 John Chelminiak, Position 3 Jennifer Robertson, Position 7 BOTHELL CITY COUNCIL
Andy Rheaume, Position 2 Davina Duerr, Position 6 ISSAQUAH CITY COUNCIL
Jennifer Sutton, Position 2 Paul Winterstein, Position 6
KENT CITY COUNCIL
Bailey Stober, Position 1 RENTON CITY COUNCIL
Ruth Perez, Position 6 TUKWILA CITY COUNCIL
Kate Kruller, Position 6
Kitsap County BAINBRIDGE ISLAND CITY COUNCIL
Pegeen Mulhern, At-Large Position (Dual Endorsement) Ron Peltier, At-Large Position (Dual Endorsement)
Pierce County PUYALLUP CITY COUNCIL
John Palmer, District 2 Robin Ordonez, District 3, Position 1 TACOMA CITY COUNCIL
Anders Ibsen, District 1 Justin Leighton, Position 3 Ryan Mello, Position 7
Snohomish County SNOHOMISH COUNTY COUNCIL
Stephanie Wright, District 3 EDMONDS CITY COUNCIL
Mike Nelson, Position 2 Diane Buckshnis, Position 4 David Teitzel, Position 5 EVERETT CITY COUNCIL
Brenda Stonecipher, Position 6 MUKILTEO CITY COUNCIL
Christine Cook, Position 7 Cascade may make additional endorsements after the primaries. For more information and links to candidates’ questionnaire answers, visit: cascade.org/advocate/elections/ endorsements/2015
KIRKLAND CITY COUNCIL
Shelley Kloba, Position 2 Dave Asher, Position 6 MERCER ISLAND CITY COUNCIL
Bruce Bassett, Position 5 SAMMAMISH CITY COUNCIL
Mark Cross, Position 2 Thomas Vance, Position 6
South King County BURIEN CITY COUNCIL
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Austin Bell, Position 6
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Vision Zero: A growing movement on the Eastside By McKayla Dunfey, Eastside Policy and Government Affairs Coordinator
McKayla Dunfrey leads Cascade’s first Eastside Vision Zero workshop. More than 40 Eastside representatives participated.
More than a year has passed since 19-year-old Caleb Shoop was tragically killed while riding his bike through a crosswalk in Kenmore. His heartbreaking death catalyzed a movement toward building safer streets in his city. The city adopted a Target Zero Initiative that aims to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2025. Though engineering, enforcement and education, Kenmore is working toward this goal. Last month, Caleb’s father, Ben Shoop, spoke at Cascade’s first Eastside Vision Zero workshop and urged the audience of elected
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officials, traffic engineers and planners to prioritize Vision Zero, an innovative approach to traffic safety with the ultimate goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and injuries. More than 40 Eastside representatives from Bellevue, Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Mercer Island, North Bend, Sammamish, Redmond and other community partners participated in the workshop geared toward how cities can implement their own Vision Zero policies and action plans. Vision Zero is a key objective of Cascade’s strategic plan, and we plan to provide similar educational opportunities and workshops to
communities throughout the Puget Sound region in efforts to spur discussion and action among elected officials and city staff. While this concept is fairly new to Eastside cities, workshop participants were eager to learn about how Vision Zero policies and practices can be incorporated into comprehensive plans and a city’s daily operations. To effectively implement policies and plans, a city must prioritize safety and collaborate at every level of government, from public works and public relations to law enforcement and elected officials. Each city’s approach to implementing Vision Zero might vary slightly, but the overarching principles and emphasis on re-engineering streets are what binds the movement together. Cascade is partnering to facilitate this process. Kirkland has also recently included policy language around Vision Zero in their transportation plan and Bellevue will be examining crash data and Vision Zero strategies as part of their Pedestrian and Bicycle Implementation Initiative in the coming months. In Sammamish, Vision Zero was just approved by city council as a work project for city staff, and other Eastside cities are starting conversations. In the aftermath of recent fatalities in Redmond, Issaquah and Seattle, we’re reminded of how critically important Vision Zero is to everyone
Vision Zero Principles 1. Life is most important, and every person matters.The protection of human life and health must be the overriding goal of traffic planning. Everyone has the right to be safe in traffic, regardless of the way they choose to travel. 2. People make mistakes. In order to prevent and reduce death and serious injury, streets and traffic systems can and must be designed to account for the inevitability of human error. 3. Design streets to be safe. To keep all people safe, whether they are walking, biking or driving, the design of the street needs to either lower speeds so all modes can share the street or physically separate modes. 4. Elected officials and government staff are responsible. All elected officials and government staff need to collaborate and act now to achieve Vision Zero.
in the Puget Sound region. We are excited that the conversation is starting on the Eastside, because the implementation of Vision Zero can’t wait any longer. To learn more and to sign the Vision Zero pledge, visit visionzerosea.org
My STP story By Haddy Njie
THE COURIER CREW Editor: Briana Orr Editorial assistants: Diana Bryant, Diane English, Robbie Phillips Layout: Sarah Kulfan Additional design: Tom Eibling, Faith Berry Photographers: CB Bell, Josh Miller, Briana Orr Contributors: Diana Bryant, Mary Collins, McKayla Dunfey, Elizabeth Kiker, Brock Howell, Timothy McCarthy, Stacey Nakagawa, Haddy Nije, Briana Orr, Daniel Poppe, Robin Randels, Ariana Rundquist, Stacey Williams, Vivian Vassall, Washington Bikes
Haddy (second from the left) with her fellow STP finishers.
My name is Haddy Njie. I am 17 years old, and I just finished my very first STP. It all started about two years ago when I tore my ACL and needed surgery. After the procedure, my physical activities were limited to limping across the living room and biking at my physical therapy appointments. I’ve always had somewhat of a passion for biking, but when it became the only physical activity I could do, I learned to love it. When my physical therapy finally wrapped up, I missed biking and realized that after all these years, I didn’t have a bike I could use on my own at home. Luckily I had a good friend who had a bike I could borrow. This friend also happened to be a pretty avid bicyclist who was training with his mom for their first STP. As I got more into biking, my friend suggested what I thought to be the most ridiculous idea ever — that I ride the STP next year. At the time I had only just been cycling for a few months, and it was mostly just circles around and up and down my neighborhood hills. But then I started thinking that maybe I could ride the STP. Maybe I just needed some training and some friends to ride with me. My friend’s mom suggested that I try riding with Cascade Training Series. But the most helpful and money-saving piece of advice was to volunteer with Cascade in order to earn my spot in STP. Thanks to all the volunteering I did, I was not only able to earn a spot to ride the STP, but I also made tons of new friends and learned a lot about cycling! Volunteering was a great learning tool that came in handy a lot. Whether it was earning hours for my high school graduation or getting to bring friends along to help, volunteering with Cascade taught me so many different skills. When you volunteer with Cascade, you get to ride to places where you’ve never cycled before to mark routes, and you get to witness how many people actually participate in STP as you stuff all the packets. Along with the joy of volunteering, I also made lots of new friends in my CTS group. Even though I was still just in high school, I felt welcomed with open arms. Even though I usually made it through the training rides without any bumps in the road (not literally, of course), there were still a few times when I found myself dealing with a loss of energy or needing help with two flats in a 10-minute span — and I could always trust I would have the help I needed.
We welcome your contributions! Got an inspiring story or a great photo? We welcome submissions. The editorial calendar is planned one month in advance. If you wish to contribute an article to a future issue, contact the editor as early as possible. Articles and photographic submissions are due by the 10th of the month prior to publication. Articles submitted after that will be considered on a space-available basis. All submissions are subject to editing for content and space. Queries can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CONTACT US Cascade Bicycle Club 7787 62nd Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98115
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Note: All email addresses are @cascade.org
Elizabeth Kiker, Executive Director (206) 939-4343 • elizabethk@
President Catherine Hennings • catherine. hennings@
Jeff Aken, Advocacy Director (206) 939-4301 • jeffa@
Vice President Daniel Weise • daniel.weise@
David Douglas, Rec. Riding Director (206) 939-4323 • davidd@
Treasurer Alexa Volwiler • alexa.volwiler@
Ed Ewing, Director of Diversity & Inclusion (206) 939-4315 • ede@
Secretary George Durham • george.durham@ Director at large Charles Ruthford • charles.ruthford@ DIRECTORS Nate Glissmeyer • nate.glissmeyer@ Sandi Navarro • sandin@ Joe Platzner • joe.platzner@ Merlin Rainwater • merlin.rainwater@ Jim Stanton • jim.stanton@ Don Volta • don.volta@ Haley Woods • haleyw@ Ed Yoshida • ed.yoshida@
Shannon Koller, Director of Education (206) 939-4335 • shannonk@ Tarrell Kullaway, Development Director (206) 939-4312 • tarrellk@ Serena Lehman, Director of Membership & Outreach (206) 939-4330 • serenal@ Kathy Mania, Finance Director (206) 939-4321 • kathym@ Robbie Phillips, Director of Strategic Development (206) 939-4334 • robbiep@
Daniel’s Joke Corner By Daniel Poppe, Development Coordinator
Q: How does a narcissist secure his bike?
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: Wednesday, Sept. 16 and Wednesday, Nov. 18.
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Help us reach 16,000 by 2016! By Ariana Rundquist, Membership Manager
Cascade Bicycle Club wouldnâ€™t be much of a club without the fantastic annual rides, club colors, and of course, you, our club members. Our members keep us strong. Every single student we get on a bicycle, every initiative we support and every ride we organize can only happen because we have the power of more than 15,000 Cascade Members who believe in improving lives through bicycling. We think our members are pretty much the greatest people in the world, and we show it with our membership benefits. No matter when they join, members receive a discount on all Cascade programs, from our bike maintenance classes to the Cascade Training Series to the RSVP. Members also get the privilege of registering early for all Cascade rides and events, such as the STP and the Seattle Night Ride, so youâ€™ll never have to worry about missing out on your favorite ride. Plus, bringing your membership card out shopping can get you 10 percent off many bike shops, discounted beer growlers, free popcorn at the movies and more! Help us get to 16,000 members by 2016. Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and Cascade must grow with it to keep the bike movement moving forward. And with elections right around the corner in November, your support can make a bigger impact than ever before. Share the Courier with your friend or family member, and ask them to add their voice to the bike movement by visiting cascade.org/join, or by giving Cascade a call at 206-522-3222.
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2015 Group Health Seattle Wasn’t STP phenomenal?! Hands-down, it was the most epic ride of our lives. Joint Base Lewis-McChord stole the show with its car-free military roads and the military airplane and vehicle eye-candy on display at the rest stop. STP is the primary fundraiser for the Cascade Bicycle Club and the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation. We cannot emphasize how much STP participants support Cascade work — all year long — in all of our programs. From teaching more kids how to ride a bike, to advocating for safe streets to empowering students in our Major Taylor Project — participants in STP help us do it all. If you couldn’t join us this year, we sincerely hope you’ll pin this to your wall and start training for 2016!
Save the date for next year’s STP: July 16–17, 2016.
“Can’t believe I rode a bike from UW to Portland! So much time to think and just be by myself amongst 10,000 people all struggling and in misery with me. All of me wanted to quit but I kept on till the finish!!!” —rebeccaann via Instagram
10,000 RIDERS WHO RODE?
22% OF WASHINGTON RIDERS ARE FROM SEATTLE
78% 9% 4% OF OREGON RIDERS ARE FROM PORTLAND
42 STATES AS WELL AS FROM CANADA, ISRAEL, JAPAN & THE UNITED KINGDOM
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to Portland presented by Alaska Airlines THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:
“Just like previous years, #bikestp 2015 was awesome!” —takeshita_kenji via Twitter TM
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Learn effective pacelining with Cascade By Timothy McCarthy
Seattle Summer Parkways are just around the corner By Mary Collins, Outreach Manager
Imagine riding, walking or playing through miles of car-free streets with hundreds of your friends and neighbors. This September, that vision will become a reality during the first two Seattle Summer Parkways events in the Central District and Ballard. Seattle Summer Parkways, modeled after similar events in cities around the world, are free events celebrating streets as playful public spaces. Summer Parkways on Sept. 12 and 19 will feature three- to seven-mile loops of car-free streets and fun activities for all ages in neighborhood parks along the route. These events are made possible through collaboration and support from the Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and hundreds of volunteers. CATS-E Tacoma Narrows Ride organized by Cathy Henley
While watching the Tour de France, have you noted how riders often work together? Have you marveled at the speed that a group can attain when they work smoothly and cooperatively? Would you like to learn how to ride in a such a paceline safely, at speed and with the utmost confidence? Cascade’s Free Group Rides program offers rides that give you the opportunity to learn these skills. We recently completed the Cascade Advanced Training Series — Eastside edition (CATS-E). In this series, a dedicated group of ride leaders worked with riders to teach and practice paceline skills. The series started in April and offered 12 rides, ending in July. We have found that many of our riders often ride locally, so we provided opportunities to ride in places less well-known, such as Camano Island, Arlington to Bellingham, Tacoma Narrows and the Blue Mountain Century in southeastern Oregon. The riders had a ton of fun working together as a team and enjoyed the opportunity to take turns leading
the group. They finished the series well-prepared to do rides such as one-day STP and RAMROD. The Fellowship of the Road, an ad hoc series of rides, also teaches paceline skills. The rides focus less on building fitness and more on drilling the nuts and bolts of what makes a paceline work and on how to meter one’s effort for the advantage of the group. The speed or strength of individual riders is set aside as the group works to regularly rotate the lead and maintain a sustainable, steady pace for all. Often the group rides at a pace much faster than an individual would for the duration of the ride. So, if you regularly ride with faster-paced groups (16+ mph average on flats) and are looking to get involved in group rides where you will work as a team with other riders, please consider joining us for these pacelining rides.
Central District Summer Parkways
Ballard Summer Parkways
Saturday, Sept. 12 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Volunteer with Seattle Summer Parkways! Volunteers are essential to making big events like Summer Parkways a success. There are many different types of volunteer opportunities — intersection superheroes, mobile mechanics, info booth ambassadors, route set-up and more. We would love your help! Volunteers will receive delicious snacks, water and a cool Summer Parkways T-shirt. For more information, please see cascade.org/summerparkways and sign up on Cascade’s volunteer portal.
For more information, please contact Alexa at firstname.lastname@example.org or Timothy at fellowshipoftheroad@ gmail.com.
Bike to the Ballpark By Mary Collins, Outreach Manager
Sunday, Aug. 23, 1:10 p.m. Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox Safeco Field
Biking and baseball are a winning combination, especially when the Mariners offer discount tickets and free T-shirts! Ride to Safeco Field on Bike to the Ballpark Day, Aug. 23, 2015, and watch the Seattle Mariners play the Chicago White Sox. Tickets start at $19 and include a free Bike to the Ballpark T-shirt. Redeem your T-shirt (while supplies last) by bringing your ticket to Section 112 before the end of the fourth inning. To buy tickets, visit www.mariners. com/bike or check out www.cascade. org/biketotheballpark for tips and suggested bike routes to the stadium.
Safeco Field has plenty of free, secure and covered bike parking available in the parking garage on Royal Brougham Way. Round up your friends and family, skip the parking hassles and join us for a great day of baseball and biking! To buy tickets or for more information, please visit: mariners.com/bike.
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FREE GROUP RIDES EASY PACE (UNDER 10 mph) Please check the Cascade website calendar for Easy listings
LEISURELY PACE (10-12 mph) Thursday, Aug. 6 Gas Works Thursday Social 6:30 p.m. • 14 miles from Gas Works Park, Seattle • Ride Leader: Scott Kralik
Friday, Aug. 28 She Bikes (and Friends) Ride to the Storm 4:45 p.m. • 8.80 miles from Gas Works Park, Seattle • Ride Leader: Robin Randels Saturday, Aug. 29 Moonlight Meander 9 p.m. • 15 miles from Burke Museum, University of Washington parking lot N1, Seattle • Ride Leader: Scott Kralik
STEADY PACE (12-14 mph)
Friday, Aug. 28 FRUMPS: Enumclaw Black Diamond Loop 9 a.m. • 47 miles from QFC - parking lot, Enumclaw • Ride Leader: Susan Krezelak
MODERATE PACE (14-16 mph) Saturday, Aug. 1 International Day of Friendship Ride 9 a.m. • 40 miles from Woodinville Sports Fields (Parking Lot), Woodinville • Ride Leaders: Judy Fyffe, Dorothe Reijnders
Thursday, Aug. 13 Eastside Tours Evening Ride 6:30 p.m. • 25 miles from East Lake Sammamish Trail Lot, Redmond • Ride Leader: Eric Gunnerson Monday, Aug. 17 Small Chainring Monday 6:30 p.m. • 19 miles from Sam Smith Park, Seattle • Ride Leader: David Longdon Tuesday, Aug. 18 Eastside Tours Evening Ride 6:30 p.m. • 25 miles from East Lake Sammamish Trail Lot, Redmond • Ride Leader: Eric Gunnerson
Friday, Aug. 7 FRIDAY RIDERS—Everett and Ebey Island Wander 10 a.m. • 30 miles from Martha Lake Airport Park, Lynnwood • Ride Leader: Astrid Bear
Thursday, Aug. 6 North End Ride before Dark - NERD 6 p.m. • 26 miles from Lynnwood Transit Center (SE corner), Lynnwood • Ride Leaders: Larry DeBardi, Michael Lum
Thursday, Aug. 6 THursday Unemployed Merry PedalerS (THUMPS): Home for Lunch 9:30 a.m. • 30 miles from Leschi Starbucks, Seattle • Ride Leader: Mike Nelson
Sunday, Aug. 9 Sunday Pedalers on Kinda Easy Streets (SPOKES) Three Ferries Ride 2015 9:15 a.m. • 25 miles from Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal, Seattle • Ride Leaders: Michelle Burton, Jim Hunt
Wednesday, Aug. 12, SHE BIKES - Seattle Cycle Sirens - Ride around Mercer Island 6:15 p.m. • 14 miles from Luther Burbank Park South Parking Lot, Mercer Island • Ride Leader: Melanie Kelsey
Friday, Aug. 7 Pacific Rim Bonsai Tour-FRUMPS 9:30 a.m. • 45 miles from Russell Rd. Park, Kent • Ride Leader: Jim Taylor
Saturday, Aug. 22 Tri-County Ramble 9 a.m. • 69 miles from Lincoln Park, Seattle • Ride Leader: Gary Williams
Thursday, Aug. 13 Gas Works Thursday Social 6:30 p.m. • 14 miles from Gas Works Park, Seattle • Ride Leader: Scott Kralik
Thursday, Aug. 13 North End Ride before Dark - NERD 6 p.m. • 26 miles from Lynnwood Transit Center (SE corner), Lynnwood • Ride Leaders: Sam Miller, Cheryl Philipp
Wednesday, Aug. 12 SHE BIKES - Seattle Cycle Sirens - Ride around Mercer Island 6:15 p.m. • 14 miles from Luther Burbank Park South Parking Lot, Mercer Island • Ride Leader: Anne-Gigi Chan
Saturday, Aug. 22 Meet the High Performance Cycling Team 9 a.m. • 35 miles from Sam Smith Park, Seattle • Ride Leader: David Longdon
Friday, Aug. 14 FRIDAY RIDERS: Roads and Trails EARLY START 9 a.m. • 23 miles from Log Boom Park/Tracy Owen Station, Kenmore • Ride Leader: Jan Johnson Thursday, Aug. 20 Gas Works Thursday Social 6:30 p.m. • 12 miles from Gas Works Park, Seattle • Ride Leader: Scott Kralik Friday, Aug. 21 FRIDAY RIDERS: Go to Lake Forest Park 10 a.m. • 25 miles from Gas Works Park, Seattle • Ride Leader: William Lemke Thursday, Aug. 27 She Bikes to SAM’s Bike Night 5:15 p.m. • 2.60 miles from Cal Anderson Park Fountain (North end), Seattle • Ride Leader: Robin Randels Thursday, Aug. 27 Gas Works Thursday Social 6:30 p.m. • 12 miles from Gas Works Park, Seattle • Ride Leader: Scott Kralik Friday, Aug. 28 FRIDAY RIDERS: Urban Farm Tour 10 a.m. • 25 miles from Gas Works Park, Seattle • Ride Leader: Norm Tjaden
Tuesday, Aug. 18 Do A Dahlia Ride: TREATS 10 a.m. • 30 miles from Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle • Ride Leader: James “Bud” Hunt Thursday, Aug. 20 North End Ride before Dark - NERD 6 p.m. • 26 miles from Lynnwood Transit Center (SE corner), Lynnwood • Ride Leaders: Sam Miller, Cheryl Philipp Tuesday, Aug. 25 Coffee in Pioneer Square : TREATS 10 a.m. • 25 miles from Mt Baker Beach Park (car park), Seattle • Ride Leaders: David Reid, Lily Reid Wednesday, Aug. 26 SHE BIKES - Seattle Cycle Sirens - Ride around Mercer Island 6:15 p.m. • 14 miles from Luther Burbank Park South Parking Lot, Mercer Island • Ride Leader: Melanie Kelsey Thursday, Aug. 27 North End Ride before Dark - NERD 6 p.m. • 26 miles from Lynnwood Transit Center (SE corner), Lynnwood • Ride Leaders: Sam Miller, Cheryl Philipp
Exceptional Ride Leader: Louise Johnson By Stacey Williams, Rides Manager
Louise was nominated as an Exceptional Ride Leader for all of her work with new riders in the Free Group Rides program. Louise started cycling with a friend to train for Cycle the WAVE. She was looking for an activity that she enjoyed and would keep her active. Louise rode with a Cascade ride leader who was very enthusiastic about Cascade and encouraged her to do group rides. She enjoyed the training, riding in a group, the support, camaraderie and encouragement of group riding. Louise likes leading rides because she can fit them into her schedule and ride with people of about the Louise Johnson same skill level. “I like helping people who are just getting started — or are starting over — improve and grow into strong cyclists. Committing to being somewhere at a certain time for a ride keeps me being active, and the social aspect of regular rides is something I very much enjoy,” said Louise. She especially enjoys riding with others and discovering new areas around Seattle. “Most memorable I think, was the Flaming Geyser ride last year — it unexpectedly poured down rain and I had water running down my face, down my legs and into my shoes. We just kept smiling and kept pedaling until we rode out of the rain. You have to love the Pacific Northwest!” Thanks Louise for being an Exceptional Ride Leader! Improving Lives Through Bicycling
Thursday, Aug. 13 Northside Evening Riding before Dark NERD 6 p.m. • 30 miles from Lynnwood Transit Center (SE corner), Lynnwood • Ride Leader: Rick Wiltfong Friday, Aug. 14 FRUMPS Southworth to Port Orchard 8:45 a.m. • 30 miles from Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal, Seattle • Ride Leader: Jan Van Fredenberg Wednesday, Aug. 19 SHE BIKES - Seattle Cycle Sirens - Ride around Mercer Island 6:15 p.m. • 14 miles from Luther Burbank Park South Parking Lot, Mercer Island • Ride Leader: Anne-Gigi Chan Wednesday, Aug. 26 SHE BIKES - Seattle Cycle Sirens - Ride around Mercer Island 6:15 p.m. • 14 miles from Luther Burbank Park South Parking Lot, Mercer Island • Ride Leader: Anne-Gigi Chan Thursday, Aug. 27 Northside Evening Riding before Dark NERD 6 p.m. • 30 miles from Lynnwood Transit Center (SE corner), Lynnwood • Ride Leader: Rick Wiltfong
BRISK PACE (16-18 mph) Saturday, Aug. 1 International Day of Friendship Ride 9 a.m. • 40 miles from Woodinville Sports Fields (Parking Lot), Woodinville • Ride Leaders: Wilfried Mack, Alexa Volwiler Monday, Aug. 3 Small Chainring Monday 6:30 p.m. • 19 miles from Sam Smith Park, Seattle • Ride Leader: David Longdon Monday, Aug. 10 Small Chainring Monday 6:30 p.m. • 19 miles from Sam Smith Park, Seattle • Ride Leader: David Longdon Tuesday, Aug. 11 Eastside Tours Evening Ride 6:30 p.m. • 25 miles from East Lake Sammamish Trail Lot, Redmond • Ride Leader: Eric Gunnerson
Thursday, Aug. 20 Eastside Tours Evening Ride 6:30 p.m. • 25 miles from East Lake Sammamish Trail Lot, Redmond • Ride Leader: Eric Gunnerson
Monday, Aug. 24 Small Chainring Monday 6:30 p.m. • 19 miles from Sam Smith Park, Seattle • Ride Leader: David Longdon Tuesday, Aug. 25 Eastside Tours Evening Ride 6:30 p.m. • 25 miles from East Lake Sammamish Trail Lot, Redmond • Ride Leader: Eric Gunnerson Thursday, Aug. 27 Northside Evening Riding before Dark NERD 6 p.m. • 25 miles from Lynnwood Transit Center (SE corner), Lynnwood • Ride Leaders: Daniel Kelly, Terence Shelton Thursday, Aug. 27 Eastside Tours Evening Ride 6:30 p.m. • 25 miles from East Lake Sammamish Trail Lot, Redmond • Ride Leader: Eric Gunnerson Monday, Aug. 31 Small Chainring Monday 6:30 p.m. • 19 miles from Sam Smith Park, Seattle • Ride Leader: David Longdon
VIGOROUS (18-20 mph) Monday, Aug. 3 MUMPS: Head Up North 9:30 a.m. • 70 miles from Tracy Owen Station/Log Boom Park, Kenmore • Ride Leader: Craig Mohn Monday, Aug. 31 MUMPS: Head Up North 9:30 a.m. • 70 miles from Tracy Owen Station/Log Boom Park, Kenmore • Ride Leader: Craig Mohn
STRENUOUS: (20-22 mph) Please check the Cascade website calendar for Strenuous listings
SUPER STRENUOUS: (22mph +) Tuesday, Aug. 4 Cycle Tuesdays 5:45 p.m. • 35 miles Gene Coulon Park, Renton • Ride Leaders: Vincent Haag, Russ Moul Thursday, Aug. 6 More Cycle Tuesdays 5:45 p.m. • 25 miles from Gene Coulon Park, Renton • Ride Leaders: Steve Else, S Michael Hoffman
Thursday, Aug. 13 Northside Evening Riding before Dark - NERD 6 p.m. • 25 miles from Lynnwood Transit Center (SE corner), Lynnwood • Ride Leaders: Daniel Kelly, Terence Shelton
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. 9
Women Bike: She Bikes goes camping By Briana Orr, Communications Manager
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to pack it all on your bike. Arriving at 3 p.m. at Fay Bainbridge State Park, after riding a leisurely seven miles (and touring all of the neighboring free book libraries), we set up camp, walked by the beach, chatted endlessly, watched the sun set behind a rosy Mount Rainier. Then something amazing happened: dinner. Yam tacos, peach salsa, guacamole emerged out of panniers, then onto plates — or Frisbees — and quickly into mouths. In total, we probably spent less than four hours on our bike saddles. The trip was about biking, but even more, it was about connecting with one another. One first-time bike camper, 62-year-old Joan Pringle said, “this was the best trip — great company, great riding and great food — I can’t wait to bike camp again!” Before we parted ways, we gathered at a breakfast diner. Two women made plans to meet for rides weekly, to be one another’s motivational riding buddy. And we all brainstormed where we should go camping next.
A mustard-yellow plastic bat, a white whiffle ball and a bottle of wine stuck straight up from the water bottle pockets of Kelli’s two bike bags. With these vittles, food and a $9 ferry ticket in hand, eight women rolled onto the ferry with loaded bicycles. The women were a mix of different ages and experiences; one woman had never been camping before, and for others, this was their first bike camping trip. We were headed out on the inaugural bike camping trip of She Bikes Cascade. The stunning 30-minute ride to Bainbridge Island almost didn’t take long enough. We lingered on the ship’s rear deck, looking back at the Seattle skyline. We couldn’t help but repeat: “isn’t summer amazing? ” and “ah, the sunshine!” She Bikes is a new initiative of Cascade. With its series of inclusive rides, classes, clinics and social events, She Bikes aims to encourage more women to discover the joys and benefits of biking. Proceeding the bike camping trip was a bike camping clinic, where participants learned from an expert bike camper what to bring and how
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To learn more about She Bikes Cascade, visit cascade.org/shebikes.
She Bikes to the Storm game By Robin Randels, Community Connections Advocate
She Bikes Cascade, our women’s initiative to encourage more women and girls to hop on a bike, has teamed up with the Seattle Storm, Seattle’s women’s basketball team! She Bikes is hosting a ride to the Storm vs San Antonio Stars game at Key Arena, and you are invited to ride with us. During happy hour, beers are only $3. And $7 of your ticket price benefits She Bikes Cascade! Bring your friends — the more the merrier — and ride with us! For more information, visit cascade. org/shebikes.
She Bikes to the Storm game Friday, Aug. 28, at 4:45 p.m. Meet at Gasworks Park 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle We’ll ride back as a group to the park after the game
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education foundation news 206 miles with Major Taylor Project By Vivian Vassall
I’ve had the pleasure of riding the STP with Major Taylor Project in the past, so I was super excited about experiencing the 200+ miles with a new group of students. This year though, time got away from me and I didn’t get to train at all. I knew my biggest challenge would be remaining upbeat and resisting the urge to complain, all while keeping my legs in motion. Vivian, in awe of Major Taylor Once the STP started, however, I had no doubts about staying positive. Riding the STP with Major Taylor students was like riding STP for the first time all over again. Every experience was magical. The Major Taylor students had so much wonder, curiosity and appreciation for this incredible journey. We rode past farms just south of King County and identified a variety of agriculture by smell, including a big whiff of cilantro! We saw tons of “wildlife” – big horses, spotted ponies, pygmy goats. Emilia may have even caught a glimpse of a snake on the Yelm-Tenino trail! I rode through JBLM with Maurice, who is very mechanically inclined and has a part-time job working on cars. He kept slowing to a stop just to admire the fascinating planes, hangars, armories and ranges around the base. I beamed with pride when we crossed Tuskegee Airmen Blvd, knowing Major Taylor students were also making history. By the time my group (the “super fun party” group) finally got to the campground in Chehalis, my tent had been taken over by some members of the “very fast” group – who were now fast asleep. I ended up crashing in an eight-person tent with seven other young women, which was like a sleepover. We listened to music, chatted and laughed about the boys — who were still getting used to (yet were thankful for) — the chamois. One of the girls told me she had to assure the guys that the “chammy” didn’t have to be awkward, and joked that girls wear one every month! Waking up in the tent at 4 a.m. on day two was a different story, but we were all committed to tackle another 100 miles. The highlight of day two was climbing up the Lewis & Clark Bridge with Selma and Ben. Both students were quite fatigued at that point, but at each preceding rest stop expressed that they at least wanted to make it to the bridge. When we finally reached it, they found that the bridge included a significant uphill climb and riders are not allowed to stop while crossing it. Both students remained determined as they climbed, while strangers yelled out, “you got this!” Suddenly, both Selma and Ben started flying up the hill, even passing dozens of other riders (and always calling out “on your left!”) on their way. I could barely keep up with them! I was in awe. For me, riding the 206-mile STP with the Major Taylor Project meant witnessing the strength, the fighting spirit and the camaraderie of 50 inspiring students. It meant enjoying the amazing wonders of the Pacific Northwest, and it meant getting to be a kid again. I know I’ll be back next year — and every year thereafter — even if I don’t have time to train.
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Cascade says goodbye to our AmeriCorps members By Briana Orr, Communications Manager
The end of summer is bittersweet at Cascade. August marks the end of nearly one year with our AmeriCorps members. After 10 months, 1,700 hours and many miles behind them, Sarah Lounsbury and Miles Schulman will be taking off for a new adventure in August. They have each contributed amazing work and a fun energy to Cascade, and we will miss them immensely!
Sarah Lounsbury, Youth Programs Assistant: A thing I’ve learned: Ask for help, and slow down when you need to. Not everything in life is a race. Favorite part of the day-to-day in the position: The chaos! I like working with in the education department because there is endless variety, and I feel like each day is a different adventure. An unforgettable moment: All of the group hugs, finishing STP in one day, breaking a pinata at work on my birthday, and recently, when a child at bike camp started playing piano in his helmet at the park, and he just blew me away. Plus, the countless interactions with kids that have inspired me to keep doing what I’m doing. Where are the handlebars are pointed next: Some endeavour involving kids, recreation, writing and videography. Starting an educational TV show for kids is my ultimate goal. And riding always, so that I can come up with grand ideas! These are a few of my favorite things: Stumptown | Ladro Peanut Butter | Jelly Doughnut | Banana Road | Mountain STP | Chilly Hilly
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Miles Schulman, Major Taylor Project Assistant: A thing I’ve learned: I am so grateful to have been a part of the Major Taylor Project family. I’ve learned that a bike club can become a community, that collective accomplishment brings more happiness than individual achievement and that a good bike ride can brighten a dark day. I’ve also learned that cycling shorts are a brilliant invention, and that I have a lot left to learn! Favorite part of the day-to-day in the position: Riding around Burien and White Center with Major Taylor students, wrenching on bikes with Matt, and the Diversity and Inclusion Team’s bulk meetings. An unforgettable moment: Highline High School’s Bike Club playing quidditch on a soccer field; Gryffindors will always win. Where the handlebars are pointed next: Depending on traffic, potholes, and the road, the handlebars are always changing direction, and I never liked the most direct route, anyways! Right now I can say my handlebars are most certainly pointed toward the closest brewery, and I don’t plan on pedaling away from Seattle any time soon. These are a few of my favorite things: Stumptown | Ladro Peanut Butter | Jelly Doughnut | Banana Road | Mountain STP | Chilly Hilly
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You made Red-Bell 100 a success! By Daniel Poppe, Development Coordinator
For the fourth year running, the Red-Bell 100 was a resounding success! Nearly 500 participants took part in this picturesque century, rolling out of Marymoor Park, through the Skagit Valley and up (and down!) Chuckanut Drive to Bellingham. Riders — who survived heat and headwinds — celebrated with cold beer and burgers at the finish line party at Boundary Bay Brewing. But riders did more than take in the beautiful views and battle the slopes in late June; riders also raised funds from friends and family to support World Bicycle Relief and Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation. World Bicycle Relief helps mobilize people in Africa with sturdy and versatile “Buffalo Bikes”. Some Red-Bell participants had the opportunity to check out this tank of a bicycle at the finish line and were impressed by its design. Working in countries like Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan, World Bicycle Relief opens up educational, healthcare and economic opportunities to residents and their local communities. The Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation educates learners of all ages about bicycle safety, maintenance and the rules of the road. With growing support, we will be expanding our Basics of
Riders were all smiles after pedaling 104 miles from Redmond to Bellingham.
Bicycling program in 2016 to more schools in Seattle than ever before. This year’s Red-Bell 100 raised nearly $118,000 for these two organizations. To all the riders, fundraisers and donors that made this event a success, we at Cascade want to offer our most heartfelt thank you. Your support is what keeps us pedaling.
Riders enjoyed fantastic views from Chuckanut Drive.
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