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OCTOBER 2012 / Vol. 42, No. 10

Casting your ballot in the Club election


ll current Cascade Bicycle Club members are eligible to vote in the upcoming Club election. Your membership number must be provided on the ballot. If you cannot locate your membership card, you can retrieve your membership number: • From your Courier address label • By logging into your account at • By emailing or • By calling the Club at (206) 957-7944

downloaded and printed from To mail your ballot, fold it, add adequate postage and mail it with a postmark date no later than Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 to: Cascade Bicycle Club, 7400 Sand Point Way NE Suite 101S, Seattle, WA 98115. 3. In-person: Voting will also take place at the Club’s Annual Membership Meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at South Lake Union Discovery Center, 101 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle. If you choose to vote online you CANNOT also vote using a paper ballot, There are three ways to and vice versa. All duplicate votes will be vote: eliminated. 1. Online: Members can access the e-ballot To deliver your ballot in person, take it via an email that has been sent to all to the Cascade Bicycle Club office at 7400 current members with a valid email ad- Sand Point Way NE, Bldg #138, during dress in our database. business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) before 2. By mail: Printed ballots are available Oct. 9, 2012. in this copy of the Courier and may be

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day by Kat Sweet, Youth Program Manager

Come celebrate Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day with Cascade’s Trips for Kids Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. program and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Duthie Hill Park, Issaquah Alliance. This year’s event will include trail All ages welcome! riding, an obstacle course for the little ones, FREE!! an exciting jump show from local and pro Register on Evergreen’s calendar: riders, a barbecue, and tons of prizes! Bring your kids, your neighbor’s kids, or your friends with kids and come ride bikes on the ou’ve heard of Take Your Child to trails with us. We could also use some volunWork Day, but we’ve got something teer help. Questions? even better planned. For many years, Contact Kat Sweet at kat.sweet@ Cascade has helped host a day on the trails with adults and kids for Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.


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Annual Membership Meeting South Lake Union Discovery Center, 101 Westlake Ave N, Seattle Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


W 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Suite 101S Seattle, WA 98115


by Kathy McCabe, Deputy Director hether you are new to Cascade or a long-time member, there is always something to learn about your Club. Cascade staff and board members will give a “state of the Club” address and be on hand to answer your questions. You’ll get a chance to meet and greet Board candidates. This is also your last opportunity to cast your ballot. The membership meeting is a great way to get to know your Club, its staff and its leaders, and to meet your fellow members. The meeting is open to non-members – come and learn why Cascade is the largest and most effective bicycle club in the country.

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Members: Meet the candidates for Board of Directors


t Cascade, we have a tremendous opportunity to encourage people to bicycle, reduce the size of our collective carbon footprint and improve the health and well-being of our families, friends and neighbors — in short, to create communities that bicycle. If Cascade is to continue being a leader in this transformation, the club needs strong leaders — leaders with vision and drive — to serve on its board. Our Board of Directors is expanding from 12 to 14 members, and over the last several months, the club’s Nominations Committee, chaired by board Vice President Don Volta, has been busy searching for such leaders. The committee was

delighted to present a four-member slate of candidates to the club’s Board of Directors and to have the full slate approved. These four candidates will be running for two open board positions. If elected, the new board members will serve a three-year term. The Board of Directors represents the voice of the members and is responsible to the membership. Its role is to ensure that Club resources are being used to the greatest benefit for all members as well as the larger cycling community.

See next page for candidate statements. continued on page 2

Vote bike-partisan this November, create a better bicycling future by Craig Benjamin, Policy and Government Affairs Manager,


ou hear it every year – it’s the most important election ever! All of your dreams will come true if you vote for this candidate, and the world will end if you vote for that candidate. Well, this year we’re going to skip the tired clichés and cut right to the chase. Do you want to live in a future Washington where our kids can safely ride to school? Where families can ride to their neighborhood park? Where businesses and people choose to move to Washington because it rocks for bicycling? Where it’s normal for people to run errands on their bike because it’s just so easy? Where it’s easier and faster to get to work on your bike than in your car? Where everyone has the freedom to safely ride to where they need to go because

See page 4 for list of endorsed candidates. our state is connected by world-class bicycling infrastructure that’s designed to make it safe, comfortable and convenient for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy? I know I do, and since you’re a member of Cascade Bicycle Club, I’m guessing that you do, too. But if we want to live in this future than we need elected officials committed to making it happen. All of Cascade Bicycle Club’s endorsed candidates are committed to building this future, so if that’s the future you want to live in; we encourage you to vote bike-partisan this November.

Cascade’s Helmet Program


ut a helmet on it and protect those precious brain cells! Cascade sells helmets for $15 and provides them for free* to those in need throughout the Puget Sound region. This past month, the Makah tribe in Neah Bay received donated helmets. The Tribal Health Department of the Makah tribe is interested in looking at ways to get more people (kids and adults) on bikes, including initiating programs like Earn-a-Bike, riding classes and maintenance classes. Thank you to Forterra for facilitating the helmet donation. You can be fitted for a helmet at our office, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by setting up an appointment with the Community Programs Assistant at (206) 957-6623. *Funding for our free helmet programs is generously provided by the Sitcov Law Group.

In This Issue Meet the candidates for Board of Directors...............2 Board proposes bylaws change.....................................3 2012 Election Endorsements.........................................4 Time out for bike classes..............................................4 LAB Certification Seminar..............................................4 Young Professional of the Year ...................................5 Major Taylor Clubs..........................................................5 Film and Presentation Series Kick Off.........................5 Run your lights longer as the days grow shorter.....5 Advocacy Leadership Institute........................................5 October Rides.............................................................. 6-9

Rides Chatter...................................................................7 Building political power for the bicycle movement...9 international bike tours.................................................9 Cyclist of the Month.....................................................10 Welcome new staff!......................................................10 Safe and Connected Burke-Gilman Trail.....................10 October volunteers........................................................11 From rec to racer........................................................11 Cascade Contacts...........................................................11 Membership Form..........................................................11 High Pass Challenge results.........................................12 Welcome New Members...............................................12

October 2012

Meet the candidates for Board of Directors

Maggie Anderson:

“Washington grown and living and working in Seattle since 2006, I take pride in having been lost on my bicycle in almost every neighborhood in the city. While I try to stick to fruits and veggies for snacking, I can’t resist treats like my favorite Cuban sandwich joint at one of the great stops along the Burke Gilman Trail. While there is something to be said about enjoying the journey, I believe that through strengthened bicycle infrastructure, increased awareness and education, we can get more people out on the streets cycling safely and confidently. I have made a career out of coalition building, organizing, and health promotion. In my role at Washington State University Extension with the King County Food & Fitness Initiative, I work with community organizations, local government, school districts and the health department to promote healthy, active and safe schools and neighborhoods. As a Cascade supporter and organizational partner since 2007, I have worked with Cascade’s Education Foundation to leverage resources and help launch the Chief Sealth International High School Major Taylor Youth Cycling Club. While lack of opportunities for physical activity and play is a problem across the nation, this is particularly true for many low-income communities. Fear of crime and safety concerns add to the challenge of being physically activity. I truly believe that we can create a better community through bicycling and have seen that happen through Cascade’s youth programs and education work. I bring a fresh perspective, passion for community engagement, steadfast skills in campaign management, and a wide-angle lens on issues communities face when it comes to access to safe environments for cycling. I would be excited to work alongside the board and staff to continue to build club membership and expand reach to new communities and demographics.”


Brent Hadley:

“CBC is all about bike riders riding their bikes. It is a strong and healthy club that creates many opportunities for its members to participate in riding. Therefore, the club always needs regular and strong voices representing the riders on the board. Whether that voice is from me or you, we all need to participate to improve the Cascade Bicycle Club. I am excited and humbled to offer my time and energy to support the members of CBC and to provide a voice of the riding members on the board. My motivation to volunteer and get involved comes from personal success story involving our family. For many years we had been trying to teach our disabled daughter to ride. Through the joint efforts of both CBC and CanBike, today she can ride with the family and even competes regularly at the Special Olympics. Our family wants to continue to ensure these types of opportunities are available to other families as well. Over the years our family has participated in many, if not all, the CBC events as volunteers, riders, ride referees, and or ride leaders. In addition to recently serving on the Rides Committee, I have had the opportunity to be a rider leader on daily ride and training series such as CTS, CATS, and WTS. This has given me the opportunity to meet a great number of the club members and although they hail from all circumstances, they are all driven by the same love: riding their bikes with old friends and new friends yet to be found. If I have the opportunity to serve on the board I will be your advocate to: 1. Continue the growth of the club’s influence and activities to enhance cycling in the broader Puget Sound Region for event, recreational, and commuting riders. 2. Improve cycling safety through training opportunities, infrastructure improvements, and public awareness. We must seek ways to improve safety for riders of all ages and interests. 3. Increase support for our superb riding programs and the hundreds of individual hours individually and hundreds of thousands of collective hours collectively that our volunteer ride leaders invest in the opportunities for all our members to enjoy. 4. Enhance our technology adoption for communication with our members. As social media has been changing the way we interact, our club will be changing with that societal change. 5. Grow and strengthen our interactions with other cycling clubs in our region to increase opportunities for all riders to ride. Needless to say, all of us can’t fit on the lake loop. 6. Provide event opportunities to inform and educate the broad public that we can have safe neighborhoods for the riding public. Remember it is all about the enjoyment of the riding and that is why we do it.”

Steinar Hjelle:

“Shortly after moving to Seattle from Connecticut in January, I fell in love with the beauty, culture and bike-friendliness of the Pacific Northwest. All my life I have enjoyed outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing and biking – both recreationally and competitively. I spend as much time as I can riding my mountain, cyclocross and road bikes in organized events, for regular exercise rides and to commute to work. My riding experience includes everything from short intense rides to 300+ mile endurance races. One of my top priorities after moving to Seattle was to find a bike club. After some research, I found Cascade Bicycle Club to be a great match with my passion for team rides, local events and biking advocacy. I have enjoyed Cascade’s regular rides and I participated in Chilly Hilly and STP. I would like to serve on the Cascade Bicycle Club board of directors to help promote biking advocacy, influence decision makers to help make Seattle a more bike-friendly city, and move the club forward in its mission to create a better community through bicycling. At Group Health, I work as the Chief Learning Officer responsible for organizational and individual development. My skills and experience in strategic planning, budgeting, organizational advocacy and new member recruiting would make me an effective Cascade Bicycle Club board member. With more than 15 years of serving in executive leadership positions in Fortune 100 companies, I will be an effective and active board member and I would help ensure that we stay true to our mission. My company, Group Health, has been a partner of Cascade’s since 2003, providing support in funding, in-kind support for bicycling basics, and supporting programs such as the Major Taylor, Commute Challenge and Bike to Work breakfast. Cascade Bicycle Club does so much good work on behalf of so many people that I would be honored if you would vote for me to serve on your board of directors. If you elect me as your new board member, you will get a strong club and cycling advocate, active fundraiser, and an active participant in your rides and events.”

Joe Platzner:

“Like many people, I owe The Cascade Bicycle Club. They helped re-kindle my passion for cycling, and they work to make cycling safer and more enjoyable for everyone. Growing up, bikes were a significant part of my life. Bike shops provided my first jobs and lifelong friends. Bikes got me to and from school and work. I raced on the track and road, and I toured across the country and around the world. My team shop was my home away from home. However, one winter evening about 10 years ago, I took inventory and realized I had drifted away; I had not been on the bike for many years. So, like thousands before me, I signed up for STP. I had a great time and never looked back. I’ve since gone on to do most of the big Cascade rides as well as RAMROD and Death Ride which launched me into the gravitational pull of the Seattle International Randonneurs. I enjoy the challenge of long rides such as the Cascade 1200 and Paris-Brest-Paris. I do at least one 200k ride a month. I also build frames as a hobby in my garage, which, I admit, holds a few more bikes than I need. But my cycling is not the main reason I’m interested in Cascade. I have a young daughter who likes to ride, but we have not created an infrastructure that makes cycling compelling and safe for her. I want her to be able to ride to school or the grocery store. So, a couple of years ago, I joined the board of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, and as a member of the Executive Committee, I have become energized by the education and advocacy work they do. I see how their efforts increase the number of cyclists on the road. I want cycling to be a mainstream activity for many. I want to see if it funded as an essential mode of transportation. I’d like to see Washington state as a model for a bicyclefriendly place to live. Cascade is an influential organization, and I’d like to help leverage this influence. I believe I can contribute to the club. I was an aerospace executive for many years, but I’m currently a stay-at-home dad. I have some relevant skills, and I have the time to commit to put in the effort required to make a difference. I can bring my leadership experience in strategic planning, network planning, marketing, and program management to the table. I have a master’s degree from Cornell University in transportation planning, and I worked in planning at the New York State Department of Transportation. I hope you will find my background appropriate for Cascade. I’d like to give back a little since I owe them for getting me back on the bike.”

Vol. 42, No. 10

Board proposes bylaws change by Daniel Weise, Board President ,


s announced in the August Cascade Courier, you have opportunity to vote on the following proposed bylaws changes during this month’s club election. We have tried to explain the reasons for the changes via the rationales presented below. If you have any questions, please contact Cascade Bicycle Club bylaws are available for viewing online at: http://www.cascade. org/About/bylaws.cfm The Cascade Bicycle Club Board of Directors has approved two updates to the club’s bylaws that will be voted on by the membership this month.

Article V -Membership Meetings Section 1. An Annual Business Meeting shall be held on the second Tuesday of October of each year at which time Directors are elected and such other business is to be conducted as may properly come before the meeting. (As amended October 2008) Section 2. [Delete in entirety.] An Extraordinary Business Meeting may be called by the Board by giving at least thirty (30) days written notice of such a meeting to the members. Any item of business may be considered and acted on at such a meeting. Non-receipt of a notice by any member shall not invalidate the proceedings of any Extraordinary Business Meeting. Rationale: “Extraordinary Business Meetings” allowed for any business to be conducted, which mandatory balloting explicitly prevents. Extraordinary business meetings, which allow for an open agenda (e.g., motions to put before the membership could be proposed by the membership then and there), had been designed as the venue for the board to handle business that it wanted discussed by, and decided upon, by the membership itself. But the bylaws make no requirement that the meeting’s agenda be either announced or fixed ahead of the meeting, which could lead to poor governance. The purpose of these proposed bylaws changes is to eliminate precisely this form of gover-

nance, so Extraordinary Business Meetings no longer have a function or purpose. Mandatory balloting requires the board to give the entire membership, and not just those few who attend a meeting, a say in in club business that the board feels the membership should decide. To put issues it wants the membership to decide before the membership, the board will have to call an Article V Section 3 Special Business Meeting, which requires all business to be conducted at the meeting to be announced along with the meeting. Section 3. A Special Meeting of members of CBC may be called at such time and place as the Board may determine. The notice of a Special Meeting shall state the business to be transacted thereat and no other business shall be considered at that meeting. A petition signed by at least one hundred (100) voting members, or five percent (5%) of the total membership, whichever is greater, shall require the Board to convene a Special Meeting. At least fifteen (15) days written notice of a Special Meeting shall be given to the members, but the non-receipt of such notice by any member shall not invalidate the proceedings of any Special Meeting. Section 4. A quorum at any Membership Meeting shall be one-fifth (1/5) of the total number of those eligible to vote, or twentyfive (25) votes by actual presence, whichever is the lesser number.

Article VI -Voting Rights, Elections, and Amendments Section 1. The right to vote in CBC affairs shall be vested in members in good standing and each such member shall be entitled to one vote. Section 2. The Secretary shall keep on file at the principal place of business of CBC, least five (5) days before each Business and Special Meeting, a complete record of the members entitled to vote at such meeting. Section 3. All Board Members shall be elected by a plurality of votes at the Annual Business Meeting. Written notice of the An-

nual Business Meeting, that includes a listing of the candidates for Board of Directors positions, shall be delivered to all current members at least thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Business Meeting. Ballots listing the candidates for Board of Directors positions shall be mailed to all current members during the last fifteen (15) days of September. Votes may be cast: a) by mailing an absentee ballot to the address specified on the ballot postmarked no later than the date of the Annual Business Meeting or b) by delivery of the ballot to the Annual Business Meeting. The votes shall be tabulated at the Annual Business Meeting and certified four (4) days later when all mailed ballots have been tabulated. The Club reserves the right to establish policies and procedures to insure that each person voting is a member in good standing and has cast only one vote. (Section revised 8/12/97) Section 4. Proxy and electronic voting shall be allowed by the membership and by the Officers and Directors. To be effective, a written and signed proxy shall be delivered to the Secretary prior to the vote during which the proxy representation is to be effective designating the person who shall vote in place of the member, Officer, or Director at the specific scheduled meeting. A written proxy shall be effective for only one meeting. A new written proxy must be provided to the Secretary by the member, Officer, or Director prior to each meeting during which such representation is desired. Each member in good standing shall have the option to cast their vote electronically. Electronic voting shall commence one week before any meeting where club business is to be transacted and end at the scheduled start of the meeting. Section 5. All actions at Business, Special,

and Board meetings shall be passed by simple majority, except for elections, recalls, and amendments to the Articles of Incorporation and these Bylaws. Section 6. The Articles of Incorporation and these Bylaws may be amended by a resolution of the Board and then passed by a majority vote of not less than two-thirds (2/3) of the members voting at a Business or Special Meeting of CBC. Written notice of proposed changes to the Articles of Incorporation and/or these Bylaws shall be provided to all current members at least sixty (60) days prior to the meeting during which such a vote is to take place. Section 7. [The contents of this section were deleted by membership approval as part of the 2001 changes.] Proposed change is to add: Any business at any membership meeting that requires voting by the membership must be balloted ahead of the meeting. Unless specified otherwise in these bylaws (such as for director or recall elections), ballots for items to be voted on at the meeting shall be provided along with the written announcement of the meeting and electronic voting shall be an option for completing a ballot. Rationale: This change reflects that the club now has circa 14,000 members, and that allowing club business to be decided by 25 members is not good policy. Furthermore, the bylaws were silent on the issue of how or whether members could make motions at business meetings. Rather than clarify this issue, we seek to avoid it entirely. With mandatory balloting, members can only bring issues before the entire membership by either asking the board to convene or petitioning to convene an Article V Section 3 Special Business Meeting with a clear agenda and the precise issues to be decided.

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“Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling”

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October 2012

2012 Election Endorsements Cascade Bicycle Club has endorsed the following YES.......................................Proposition 1................Kirkland YES.......................................Proposition 2................Kirkland U.S. Congress........................Suzan DelBene..............1st Congressional dist. Governor..............................Jay Inslee......................Statewide Lieutenant Governor ...........Bill Finkbeiner..............Statewide State Senate.........................Rosemary McAullife.......1st dist.; Bothell, M. Terrace, Woodinville State House of Rep..............Luis Moscoso.................1st dist.; Bothell, Mountlake Terrace, Woodinville State House of Rep..............Derek Stanford..............1st dist.; Bothell, Mountlake Terrace, Woodinville State Senate.........................Bruce Lachney..............2nd dist.; Ft. Lewis, Graham, Yelm State Senate.........................Andy Billig....................3rd dist.; Spokane State House of Rep..............Timm Ormsby................3rd dist.; Spokane State House of Rep..............Marcus Riccelli..............3rd dist.; Spokane State House of Rep..............Jon Snyder....................3rd dist.; Spokane State Senate.........................Mark Mullet...................5th dist.; Issaquah, North Bend, Snoqualmie State House of Rep..............Dennis Dellwo...............6th dist.; Airway Heights, West Plains, Whitworth State Senate.........................Bob Hasegawa...............11th dist.; Renton, S. Seattle, Tukwila State House of Rep..............Steve Bergquist.............11th dist.; Renton, S. Seattle, Tukwila State House of Rep..............Zack Hudgins................11th dist.; Renton, S. Seattle, Tukwila State Senate.........................Dan Swecker.................20th dist.; Lewis County, Thurston County State House of Rep..............Marko Liias...................21st dist.; Edmonds, Mukilteo, Lynwood State House of Rep..............Mary Helen Roberts......21st dist.; Edmonds, Mukilteo, Lynwood State House of Rep..............Sam Hunt......................22nd dist.; Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater State House of Rep..............Chris Reykdal................22nd dist.; Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater State Senate.........................Christine Rolfes.............23rd dist.; Kitsap County State House of Rep..............Sherry Appleton............23rd dist.; Kitsap County State House of Rep..............Drew Hansen.................23rd dist.; Kitsap County State House of Rep..............Kevin Van de Wege.......24th dist.; Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson Counties State House of Rep..............Dawn Morrell................25th dist.; Fife, Milton, Puyallup State House of Rep..............Hans Zeiger...................25th dist.; Fife, Milton, Puyallup State House of Rep..............Larry Seaquist...............26th dist.; Kitsap County and Pierce County State Senate.........................Jeannie Darneille..........27th dist.; Fife, Tacoma State House of Rep..............Jake Fey........................27th dist.; Fife, Tacoma State House of Rep..............Laurie Jinkins................27th dist.; Fife, Tacoma State House of Rep..............Eric Choiniere...............28th dist.; Lakewood, Steilacoom, Univ.Place State House of Rep..............Tami Green...................28th dist.; Lakewood, Steilacoom, Univ.Place State House of Rep..............Ben Lawver...................29th dist.; Lakewood, Parkland, S. Tacoma State House of Rep..............Roger Flygare................30th dist.; Federal Way, Milton, S. King County State House of Rep..............Cindy Ryu.....................32nd dist.; Edmonds, Shoreline, Woodway State House of Rep..............Ruth Kagi......................32nd dist.; Shoreline, Edmonds, Woodway State House of Rep..............Tina Orwall...................33rd dist.; Des Moines, Kent, SeaTac State House of Rep..............Dave Upthegrove...........33rd dist.; Des Moines, Kent, SeaTac State House of Rep..............Eileen Cody...................34th dist.; Burien, West Seattle, Vashon Island State House of Rep..............Joe Fitzgibbon...............34th dist.; Burien, West Seattle, Vashon Island State House of Rep..............Revuen Carlyle..............36th dist.; NW Seattle State House of Rep..............Eric Pettigrew...............37th dist.; S. and S.east Seattle State House of Rep..............John McCoy...................38th dist.; Everett, Marysville, Snohomish Valley State House of Rep..............Mike Sells......................38th dist.; Everett, Marysville, Snohomish Valley State House of Rep..............Kristine Lytton..............40th dist.; San Juan,Skagit, Whatcom Counties State House of Rep..............Jeff Morris.....................40th dist.; San Juan,Skagit, Whatcom Counties State House of Rep..............Steve Litzow..................41st dist.; Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle State House of Rep..............Judy Clibborn................41st dist.; Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle State House of Rep..............Marcie Maxwell.............41st dist.; Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle State House of Rep..............Matt Krogh....................42nd dist.; Whatcom County State House of Rep. ...........Natalie McClendon .......42nd dist.; Whatcom County State House of Rep..............Frank Chopp.................43rd dist.; Seattle State House of Rep..............Jamie Pedersen.............43rd dist.; Seattle State House of Rep..............Hans Dunshee...............44th dist.; Lake Stevens, Mill Creek, Snohomish State House of Rep..............Mike Hope.....................44th dist.; Lake Stevens, Mill Creek, Snohomish State House of Rep..............Roger Goodman............45th dist.; Kirkland, Sammamish, Woodinville State House of Rep..............Jessyn Farrell ..............46th dist.; Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, N.E.Seattle State Senate.........................David Frockt.................46th dist.; Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, N.E.Seattle State House of Rep..............Gerry Pollet..................46th dist.; Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, N.E.Seattle State House of Rep..............Bud Sizemore................47th dist.; Black Diamond, Kent, S.E.King County State House of Rep..............Pat Sullivan...................47th dist.; Black Diamond, Kent, S.E.King County State House of Rep..............Cyrus Habib..................48th dist.; Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond State House of Rep..............Ross Hunter..................48th dist.; Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond State House of Rep..............Jim Moeller...................49th dist.; Vancouver State House of Rep..............Sharon Wylie.................49th dist.; Vancouver


Tessa Greegor recognized as Young Professional of the Year by Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals


he Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) has announced the winners of its annual awards program to honor excellence in the profession of bicycle and pedestrian transportation. The awards were presented at APBP’s annual meeting on Sept. 12, held during the ProWalk/ProBike® Conference in Long Beach. Cascade is fortunate to have one of the winners on staff: Tessa Greegor, Principal Planner. Tessa attended the University of Utah and received her BS in Environmental Studies. Afterward, she completed a Masters Program in Urban Planning at the University of Washington where she focused on Urban Design and Non-Motorized Transportation, specifically researching bicycle-motor vehicle collisions. Tessa grew up in Boise, Idaho, and, as she tells it, began biking at age four after entering her tricycle in the neighborhood parade. A record-breaking swimmer in college, Tessa is also a formidable triathlete. Since joining the Cascade staff in May 2008, Tessa has worked energetically to make

significant bicycle and pedestrian planning advances across the Greater Puget Sound Region. Her bold vision and unstoppable work ethic are already legendary. As lead for the Cascade Bicycle Club’s CDC-funded Communities Putting Prevention to Work project, Tessa authored three large manuals (Complete Streets Guide, Multi-modal Level of Service Guide, and Quantifying and Prioritizing Non-Motorized Transportation Investments) and trained city staff from six jurisdictions. All manuals are available for online reading and download at http://www. “In my two years of working with Tessa, she has been nothing short of inspirational, professional, and dedicated to the bicycling movement,” said colleague Max HeppBuchanan. “It has been an honor working alongside her as we continue to create positive change in communities across the Puget Sound Region.” Please join us in congratulating Tessa Greegor for her well-deserved recognition!

Time out for bike classes by Robin Randels, Classes Coordinator,


t’s fall. The weather is cooler, days are shorter and that famous Northwest “liquid sunshine” is beginning to appear. Whether you ride your bike through winter or trade your two-wheeled transport for other modes, fall is an excellent time to take a class and Cascade offers lots of options. Why not show your ride a little love in the deferred maintenance department with a Brakes, Chains and Derailleurs, Fix a Flat, or Everyday Maintenance Class? Or make the leap to more city trips by learning tips on riding your bike on the roadways. Sign up today!

Fix a Flat Oct. 8, 2012

Chains and Derailleurs Oct 16, 2012

Brakes, Wheels and Tires Oct 24, 2012

Urban Cycling Techniques Oct. 25, 27, 2012

Maintenance for Everyday Bike Riders Oct 30, 2012

Learning urban riding skills will help you get around our regional cities with more confidence.

League of American Bicyclists Certification Seminar coming to Seattle by Robin Randels, Classes Coordinator,


ave you ever wanted to pass your biking knowledge on to others? Do you like teaching? Now is your chance to become a League Certified Instructor (LCI). Cascade Bicycle Club will be hosting a League Certification Seminar on Oct. 19, 20 and 22. A League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor (LCI) Certification provides those interested in teaching bicycle education to adults and children with the tools and knowledge needed to assure safe, legal cycling instruction. Certification also protects LCIs through liability insurance provided by the League of American Bicyclists. The three-day seminar begins on Friday evening, is all day on Saturday and most of the day on Sunday, both in the classroom and on-bike. This course will strengthen your understanding of the principles and regulations of safe, legal bicycle use in traffic. Steps to becoming an LCI:

Pre-requisites: 1. Pass Urban Cycling Techniques (or Traffic Skills 101) with an 85 percent or better test score. 2. Become a current member of the League of American Bicyclists before registering for seminar. 3. Enroll in League Certification Course: education/seminars.php Please join us!

Vol. 42, No. 10

Major Taylor Clubs are ready to roll for another season by Emma Epstein, AmeriCorps, Major Taylor Outreach Program Assistant


fter a short summer hiatus from riding as a group, students from the Major Taylor Project are returning to school, both to classes and bike club. They have started recruiting their friends, exercising their legs and observing their neighborhoods for places they might like to ride when it is their day to pick the route. This summer, we completed a successful STP in July, with 35 students riding 200 miles. In August, three of our students had the opportunity to attend a leadership bicycling camp at Camp Orkila on Orcas Island. Last month, a generous supporter of the Major Taylor Project provided students with tickets to a pre-season Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field. We have had so many incredible offers and are so grateful for the commitment of volunteers and the community. Last spring, at the Major Taylor Youth Leadership Retreat, students brainstormed ideas of ways to solve problems in their communities. Some of those ideas were to “raise awareness about the need for bike lanes and roads that are free of garbage and potholes”, “deliver educational presentations to school about healthy eating”, “offer scholarships

to graduating seniors of bike club”, among many other engaging suggestions. This fall, we plan on incorporating opportunities for students to earn district-required community service hours by working on projects and also single-day excursions: biking to a local park to pick up garbage, riding to a food bank and volunteering for the day. We hope to grow in this area and be able to offer more opportunities to these youth throughout the upcoming year. To learn more about the Major Taylor Project, visit

Run your lights longer as the days grow shorter by Serena Lehman, Community Outreach Manager,


ids are back in school, the air is crisp, and the leaves are changing, all telltale signs of fall. One aspect of fall that always catches me by surprise is the shorter days. If you haven’t already, it is time to find your lights, check their batteries and reattach them to your bicycle. With the long shadows and sun glare, using lights is key to being visible on the roadway. To increase the safety of people on bikes, Cascade Bike Ambassadors and the outreach team will be distributing free front and rear lights throughout the month of October at energizers stations to people who don’t

already have them. Keep your eye out for blinking lights and smiling faces. Visibility doesn’t end with standard front and rear bicycle lights. You can also add reflective strips to your clothing and wear bright colors. Have fun with it! There are more and more creative and colorful lights in the market, like valve lights, wheel lights, or a glowing cord you can wrap around your bicycle frame. Thinking about upgrading your light set? Look to November for our Annual Light and Reflectors Clinic.

Bicycle Film Series Fall Kick Off

Presentation Series Fall Kick Off

Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. REI Seattle, 222 Yale Ave N. Tickets: $10 ($2 off for Cascade members) @

Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. REI Seattle, 222 Yale Ave N. Free event

Reveal the Path

Join in as the creators of “Ride the Divide” take you on an adventure that will leave you with an eager desire to chart your own course to faraway lands or simply to discover with eyes wide open what’s right around the bend. Regions explored include Scotland’s lush valleys, Europe’s snowcapped mountains, Morocco’s high desert landscapes, Nepal’s rural countryside and Alaska’s rugged coastal beaches. Ride along and get lost in the wonders of the world. Meet the locals living modest yet seemingly fulfilling lives, leading us to question what it means to live an inspired life however humble or extravagant. Filmed across four continents and featuring Tour Divide race legends, Matthew Lee and Kurt Refsnider, this immersive film is sure to ignite the dream in you.

“Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling”

Join Bellingham-based author/cyclist Mike McQuaide, as he presents riding inspiration from the best road biking routes across the state. Mike will be sharing information and advice on some of his favorite routes out of his newest book, “75 Classic Rides Washington: The Best Road Biking Routes.” 75 Classic Rides is a Mountaineers Books series authored by passionate local cyclists who’ve put thousands of miles on their bikes to bring you the very best bike riding trails across their given state. The focus is on one-day routes (a mix of loops and one-way courses), but you’ll also find suggestions for link-ups and some inspiring, longer routes for touring, including at least one cross-state route. Terrain varies from flat paved trails to epic mountain challenges. Author Mike McQuaide is an avid road cyclist and mountain biker, with a few Ironman triathlons under his bike chain. McQuaide has written outdoor, travel, and lifestyle stories for Adventure Cyclist, Sunset, and Outside. He is a frequent contributor to The Seattle Times NW Weekend and is the author of five other guidebooks on outdoor travel.

The first Advocacy Leadership Institute wraps up, and the program rolls on by Max Hepp-Buchanan, Advocacy Campaigns Manager,


or the past three months, a passionate team of people from Seattle and across the region have congregated nearly every Wednesday night in order to learn how to become better advocates for bicycling and connected communities. Cascade Bicycle Club is pleased to announce that the first crop of “Community Bicycle Advocates” have graduated from the Advocacy Leadership Institute and are out on the streets right now, making great things happen in our neighborhoods. Not that they weren’t on the streets before, or that they weren’t making great things happen, but after three months of training and hard work this summer, these 18 people will now be more effective and organized, and ultimately more successful, in the work that they do. We created the Advocacy Leadership Institute for exactly that purpose – to turn people who care about bicycling into lean, mean agents of change, working strategically to create better conditions for bicycling in their communities.

Please, welcome our new Community Bicycle Advocates:

Adding lights and reflective material will help increase your ability to be seen during the darker months of winter.

75 Classic Rides Washington with Mike McQuaide

Theresa Beaulieu, West Seattle Eli Goldberg, University District Clint Loper, Ravenna Don Brubek, West Seattle Barbara Gordon, Eastlake Kit McGurn, Fremont Glen Buhlmann, Kirkland Brad Hawkins, Queen Anne Antoine McNamara, Capitol Hill Madeleine Carlson, Wallingford Catherine Hennings, Laurelhurst Liz Nixon, Beacon Hill Cyndi Cross, Beacon Hill Joanna Hingle, Beacon Hill Merlin Rainwater, Central District

Howard Eustis, West Seattle Shannon Koller, Seattle Janet Shull, Burien Over the course of eight individual workshops featuring a lineup of all-star guest speakers, and through one-on-one mentoring and lots of additional reading, our Community Bicycle Advocates have learned how to create successful campaign plans for infrastructure and policy changes, large and small. They now know how to set ambitious yet achievable goals, map a path to victory, communicate effectively about their issues, and execute tactics that help us get safe, convenient, and comfortable bicycle infrastructure on the ground. And the movement continues to grow. This summer was the first launch of the Advocacy Leadership Institute by Cascade Bicycle Club and there were three times more applications than we expected. We are committed to running the program again and again to accommodate the demand – which we know will continue to grow as our Community Bicycle Advocates achieve victories and more and more people jump on their bikes because it’s easy and safe. It is clear that people want better communities for bicycling – ones that are connected, where everybody can safely and comfortably ride where they want to go. And they are willing to work for it. If you are willing to work to create better communities through bicycling, we invite you to apply for the early 2013 Advocacy Leadership Institute. Specific dates are yet to be determined, but we are looking to re-launch in January – only a few months from now. If you are interested in applying, send a short email to me and I will be in contact with application materials and next steps.


October 2012

OCTOBER RIDES For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit

Cascade Bicycle Club Ride Classification FOR MORE RIDES SEE WWW.CASCADE.ORG AND CLICK ON FREE DAILY RIDES CALENDAR. LOOK FOR WEB-ONLY LISTINGS. In order to pick the rides that suit your skills and energy level, use the following guidelines: • PACE: The speed on level ground without breaks: Easy: Under 10 mph Leisurely: 10-12 mph Steady: 12-14 mph Moderate: 14-16 mph Brisk: 16-18 mph Strenuous: 18-21 mph Super Strenuous: 22+ mph • TERRAIN: These descriptions should be considered in the context of the pace and length of the ride: Mostly Flat: Trails and/or mostly flat roads with a possible gentle upgrade Rolling: Climbs are short and easy, not too numerous.

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

All riders are required to sign a waiver form. Rides are cancelled or are no longer considered Cascade rides in the event that the ride leader does not show up or does not provide a waiver form for signatures of riders. Riders are expected to be ready to ride at the time listed (i.e. that’s not the time to drive into the parking lot with a full bladder and empty tires) and to ride in a safe, courteous, legal manner. Riders are expected to cooperate with the leader(s) and ride within the advertised pace. If unsure of your ability to keep up, try a slower level ride to get an idea of ride paces. For “Hilly” rides, consider choosing a pace down from your usual level. Unless indicated, it is not necessary to RSVP the ride leader to participate in a ride. Youth riders may also join regular club rides. Permission must be obtained from the ride leader at least 24 hours in advance for youth to join a regular club ride. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian OR must have parent/legal guardian sign a consent form

designating a guardian for them on the ride; youth ages 16-17 may ride without a parent or guardian with advance permission of the ride leader AND a signed parental consent form (available at which must be given to the ride leader at the start of the ride. Cascade does not sponsor or endorse any non-bicycling activities that people may participate in while on these rides. Each cyclist is responsible for his/her conduct and decisions while on a Cascade ride. Cascade membership and activities are open to anyone able and willing to participate in a safe, courteous and cooperative manner and in support of the purposes of the club. Ride information is also available at: Only Cascade certified ride leaders may post and lead Cascade Daily Rides. See Ride Leader Information on our website or email the Rides Chair at

Monday, Oct 1

Join us for our 15th year of evening rides as we explore the Eastside. The route varies from week to week. Our pace on the flats is high-moderate low-brisk. This is a hilly ride; we will climb around 1500 feet on an average ride. Hills are climbed at your own pace and we regroup at the top of all hills. Please see website for more details before attending. Lights required!

Point Way NE, Bldg 138, Seattle • No rain cancellation • Ride Leader Certification, 425-828-0138, rlcert@ Have you cycled on five or more Cascade Free Daily Rides this year or last? Would you like to lead your own rides? Become a Certified Cascade Ride Leader. To register for this Ride Leader Certification Class (class size limited to 15), send an email to with your NAME, CASCADE MEMBER NUMBER, and a CONTACT PHONE NUMBER (home, cell, or work). Find details about becoming a Ride Leader at Leader_Info.cfm.

Park, corner of Dexter Ave N & Denny Way, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • Bill Thorness, 206-783-5122, bill@ Before there were cars and paved roads in Seattle, there were bikes, and bike paths were created from downtown to Lake Union and Lake Washington. We’ll ride a loop that uses some of that 120-year-old route and explore historic sites and parks along the way. Terrain includes a couple of good climbs. Bring $$ for coffee stop midway.

MUMPS: Head Up North 45-80 mi • Brisk • Moderate • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Tracy Owen Station/Logboom Park, Kenmore • Steady rain cancels • Craig Mohn, 425-890-5234 cell (texts preferred to VM), cmohn_cycling@ A fun loop ride in south Snohomish County with a food stop en route. Distance and pace may vary to suit weather conditions and the group’s abilities. The pace will be brisk; a moderate pace group may be added if needed—usually there are certified ride leaders willing to lead both paces—riders who can maintain a moderate pace will not be abandoned. Check with leader if weather appears questionable. Tuesday, Oct 2 TREATS: Snohomish to Lake Cassidy 25-30 mi • Steady • Some hills • No Map • Frequent regroup • 10 a.m. • City of Snohomish Restrooms • Showers cancel • Jan Johnson, 425672-0617 A country ride with a few short steep hills, half roads and half trail, and a section of traffic. The lunch stop is in Snohomish at the end. The restrooms are on the south side of First Street in the middle of old town Snohomish, but park on side streets. Bring a snack to eat mid-way at Lake Cassidy. Cycle Tuesdays 25-35 mi • Super strenuous • Some hills • No Map • Occasional regroup 5:45 p.m. • Gene Coulon Park, next to Kidd Valley, Renton • Ice/snow cancels • Pete Grey, 425-558-0451, pgrey@ • Vince Haag, 425-7857451, Year-round training rides for one day STP riders. Rides stress safety, cooperation and group riding skills. Fast pacelines with regroups from Renton to surrounding areas. Large turnout splits into multiple groups. No parking in Coulon parking lot. Eastside Tours Tuesday night ride 20-30 mi • Moderate • Hilly • No Map • Frequent regroup • 6:30 p.m. • Marymoor Park, east (free) parking lot, Redmond • Showers cancel • Eric Gunnerson, 425-753-6032, ericgu@


Wednesday, Oct 3 WRUMPS: Eastside Meander 30-40 mi • Steady • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland • Showers cancel • Jane Volta, 425-828-0138 • Don Volta, 425-828-0138, 425-503-7186, don.volta@cascadebicycleclub. A HILLY ride in and out of Kirkland with a lunch stop. Pace on flats will be High-Steady/Low-Moderate. Route and Distance are weather dependent. Thursday, Oct 4 More Cycle Tuesdays 25-35 mi • Super strenuous • Some hills • No Map • Occasional regroup • 5:45 p.m. • Gene Coulon Park, next to Kidd Valley Restaurant, Renton • Ice/snow cancels • Lola Jacobsen, 425641-7841 • Tom Baker, 425-221-0631, Year-round training rides for one-day STP riders. Rides stress safety, cooperation, and group riding skills. Fast pacelines with regroups from Renton to surrounding areas. Large turnout splits into multiple groups. ** No parking in Coulon Park parking lot. Eastside Tours Thursday night ride 20-30 mi • Moderate • Hilly • No Map • Frequent regroup • 6:30 p.m. • Marymoor Park, east (free) parking lot, Redmond • Showers cancel • Eric Gunnerson, 425-753-6032, ericgu@ Join us for our 15th year of evening rides as we explore the Eastside. The route varies from week to week. Our pace on the flats is high-Moderate low-Brisk. This is a hilly ride; we will climb around 1500 feet on an average ride. Hills are climbed at your own pace and we regroup at the top of all hills. Please see website for more details before attending. Lights required! RIDE LEADER CERTIFICATION CLASS 6:30 p.m. • CBC Office, 7400 Sand

Friday, Oct 5 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit Saturday, Oct 6 Salmon Days Soiree 37 mi (2100’) • Moderate • Some hills • Online Map • Frequent regroup • 9 a.m. • 200 Mill St (old Renton city hall), Renton • Showers cancel • Jake Wright, 206-271-6703, vaelin4@gmail. com Join me for a short ride to Issaquah for Salmon Days and a quick bite to eat. We start at 200 Mill St in Renton, head to Bellevue, up to Lake Hills, and on to Issaquah via Newport Way. Bike parking will be available. Gas Works Saturday Bakery Ride 18 mi • Leisurely • Hilly • Map • Stay together • 9:30 a.m. • East end of the Gas Works Park parking lot No rain cancellation • Scott Kralik, 206-523-6042, Explore Seattle’s backstreets at a comfortable pace with a sociable crowd, and stop for donuts and other baked delights along the way (expect chocolate). We’ll venture places seldom seen via routes seldom taken and, though we won’t go looking for a challenge (we won’t ride the Counterbalance), neither will we avoid one (we’ll top a hill or two and wait for the sightseers among us). Heavy rain means we skip the drenching and bike straight to the Essential Baking Company for a late breakfast. Historic Seattle Ride ~20 mi • Leisurely • Some hills • No Map • Stay together • 10 a.m. • Denny

SPOKESPEOPLE Rides: Bungled Bungalows & Craftsman Homes of Ravenna Park 10 mi • Easy • Rolling • Map • Stay together • 2 p.m. • Wallingford Playfield south end, N 42nd St & Densmore Ave N, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • Cathy Tuttle, 206-547-9569, 206-713-6269, Michael Snyder, 206-781-7221, Join noted architectural historian and former MOHAI Director, Michael Herschensohn, for his whimsical tour of historic homes in the Ravenna neighborhood. In addition to being the current president of the Queen Anne Historical Society, Michael is a regular Spokespeople ride leader. We’ll travel along Greenways in Wallingford and proposed Greenways in Northeast Seattle. Spokespeople rides Spokespeople, on the first Saturday of every month for a fun, low-carbon, familyfriendly community ride. All Spokespeople rides meet at the south end of Wallingford Playfield at N 42nd St & Densmore Ave N and ride on the road to an adjacent urban center. New riders welcome! Please come by 1:45 if you are new to riding in groups or if you need help with adjusting your helmet or bike. All ages and skill levels welcome! All rides are on the road with traffic and include expert commuters who accompany us to offer encouragement and model good road riding techniques for new, returning and reluctant cyclists. Please join us! This is a Bike Smart Seattle ride. All are welcome! **FAMILIES WELCOME** Sunday, Oct 7 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit

Vol. 42, No. 9

OCTOBER RIDES For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit Thursday, Oct 11

Monday, Oct 8 MUMPS: Head Up North See MUMPS, 10/1. Tuesday, Oct 9 Marymoor Park to Northshore Senior Center for Pie 20 mi • Easy • Mostly flat • No Map • Occasional regroup • 9:30 a.m. • Marymoor Park Velodrome Parking Lot, Redmond • Steady rain cancels Susan Hiles, 206-818-4050 cell, Meet at Marymoor Park (Velodrome Parking Lot/$1.00 parking fee) and bike to the Northshore Senior Center for homemade pie. There is a cafeteria to purchase an inexpensive lunch before the pies are ready to eat. We’ll then bike back to Marymoor Park. If you want to save the $1.00 parking fee, park at the lot on the east side of Marymoor Park. TREATS: Gas Works to Edmonds 30-35 mi • Steady • Hilly • Map • Stay together • 10 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • Peter Hallson, 425-673-4816 • Let’s go for lunch in Edmonds. Cycle Tuesdays See Cycle Tuesdays, 10/2.

More Cycle Tuesdays See More Cycle Tuesdays, 10/4. Eastside Tours Thursday night ride See Eastside Tours Thursday, 10/4. Friday, Oct 12 FRIDAY RIDERS: Go to Seward Park ~25 mi • Leisurely • Some hills • No Map • Frequent regroup • 10 a.m. • Gas Works Park, Seattle • Showers cancel • Bill Lemke, 206-284-2843 There will be a coffee/lunch/brown bag stop. Senior and new/slower-paced riders welcome. We will ride VERY slowly up the hills. FRUMPS: Monroe/Duvall/Snohomish 52 mi • Moderate • Rolling • Map • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Al Borlin Park on Lewis Street, Monroe • Steady rain cancels • Sue Matthews, 206-687-9338 Ride familiar back roads between Monroe, Duvall and Snohomish. Two small loops allow for rainy bailouts. Saturday, Oct 13 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit

Eastside Tours Tuesday Night Ride See Eastside Tours Tuesday, 10/2. Wednesday, Oct 10 WRUMPS: Home for Lunch 20-30 mi • Moderate • Some hills • No Map • Occasional regroup • 9:30 a.m. • Leschi Starbucks, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • Mike Nelson, 206-325-9068 Be home in time for lunch after some urban exploration. Fixies and single speed bikes welcome. Ride leader will be using a single speed bike.

Sunday, Oct 14 Tour de Hills 27 mi • Steady • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 9 a.m. • Tracy Owen Station/Logboom Park, Kenmore • No rain cancellation • Denise Chan and Steve Hastings, 425821-3911 Please join us for the Tour de Hills, a ride through Bothell, Woodinville, and Kirkland! We’ll climb some of the hills


“Ride Leader of the Year” Recognition-2012 by the Rides Committee,


nother year is screaming by, and yes, it’s already time to submit your nominations for our 2012 Ride Leader of the Year. As we have more than 200 Ride Leaders who volunteer their time to lead in excess of 1,400 rides a year (including CTS), some definitely go the extra mile and deserve special recognition. The Rides Committee announces the recipient at Cascade’s annual Volunteer Recognition Party, to be held in December. This award was created in 2005 to specially recognize extraordinary contributions to our Rides Program, and, over the years, our honorees have included Per and Shana Sunde, Norm Tjaden, Mike Kelly, Gary Strauss, Scott Kralik, Craig Mohn and Francis Gan, all outstanding contributors to Cascade’s Daily Rides Program. Now, for 2012, we need your help. Whether you are a Ride Leader or a riding member, if you know a Leader you believe deserves this recognition we need to hear from you. Look back and ask yourself; did anyone go the extra mile in terms of cue sheets and maps, and really great routes? Was anyone particularly friendly, welcoming, and helpful? Did the leader keep to the advertised pace, start on time, and advocate good safety practices? All these factors add up, so if anyone stands out to you, please let us know. For each nominee, the Rides Committee will consider the number of rides led, if s/he answered the call when leaders or sweeps were needed, did s/he assist on CTS, and were waiver forms turned in on time (yes, these are important), as well as other factors. This is a significant honor, so please give it some thought and get back to us no later than Nov. 16. All nominations are confidential. Further, Rides Committee members are ineligible for this award. All nominees must have demonstrated their outstanding performance for more than two years. To be a repeat winner you must wait five years. Nominations can be made by email or by card/letter to Scott Boggs, Rides Chair, Cascade Bicycle Club Office, 7400 Sand Point Way NE Ste 101S, Seattle WA 98115.

“Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling”

from the Seven Hills of Kirkland ride, and enjoy some views. We’ll stop for snacks in downtown Kirkland. Tracy Owen Station is located on the north shore of Lake Washington, right off Bothell Way (SR522) at 61st Ave NE and NE 175th St in Kenmore. Monday, Oct 15 MUMPS: Head Up North See MUMPS, 10/1. Tuesday, Oct 16 TREATS: To Port Orchard 30 mi • Leisurely • Rolling • No Map • Occasional regroup • 9 a.m. • Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal, Seattle • Showers cancel • Norm Tjaden, 206525-2366 We’ll be taking the 9:20 ferry to Southworth. Meet at the terminal. Park in the north lot at Lincoln Park. A scenic ride along the water. A short stop for lunch. Cycle Tuesdays See Cycle Tuesdays, 10/2. Eastside Tours Tuesday night ride See Eastside Tours Tuesday, 10/2/ Wednesday, Oct 17 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit Thursday, Oct 18 THUMPS: Home for Lunch 20-35 mi • Moderate • Some hills • No Map • Stay together • 9:30 a.m. • Leschi Starbucks, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • Mike Nelson, 206-325-9068 Be home in time for lunch after some urban exploration. Fixies and single speed bikes welcome. Ride leader will be riding a single speed bike. More Cycle Tuesdays See More Cycle Tuesdays, 10/4. Eastside Tours Thursday Night Ride See Eastside Tours Thursday, 10/4. Friday, Oct 19 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit Saturday, Oct 20 Pie and Lunch at the Fall City Methodist Church Harvest Festival 17 or 27 mi • Steady • Rolling • Map • Frequent regroup • 10:30 a.m. • Tolt McDonald Park, Carnation • Ice/snow cancels • Jan Johnson, 425-672-0617 • Andres Monterrubio, 425-208-1124, A recreational bicycle ride to the annual Fall City Methodist Church Harvest Festival. If there is heavy rain, we will drive there after meeting at MacDonald Park at 10 a.m. and picking up maps. Bring cash, (about $7.50/$8.00, please no big bills) for a fixed-price lunch of HOMEMADE soup, bread, drink, and pie(s). The church members cook and serve the food. NEW this year are homemade tamales, (Made by members of the church, whose heritage makes them experts.) Also available are bakery treats. This is a bit of small town America (and replaces the November Christmas bazaar).

Those who want to avoid any hills and ride the short route will have to retrace the route without the leader who will be on the “rolling hills” route. Tolt McDonald Park access road is west off Hwy 203 on the south outskirts of Carnation and before the bridge when traveling south. Drive down the road to the left parking lot. Note: do not confuse this with the ball fields that are right on Hwy. 203. Sunday, Oct 21 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit Monday, Oct 22 MUMPS: Head Up North See MUMPS, 10/1. Tuesday, Oct 23 TREATS: Roads and Trails 28-32 mi • Steady • Some hills • No Map • Frequent regroup • 10 a.m. • Logboom Park, Kenmore • Showers cancel • 425-672-0617 A recreational ride using roads and some sections of trail. A lot of turns, some hills, and a few sections of traffic included. Route will depend on the weather. There will be a food stop. Cycle Tuesdays See Cycle Tuesdays, 10/2. Eastside Tours Tuesday Night Ride See Eastside Tours Tuesday, 10/2. Wednesday, Oct 24 WRUMPS: Monroe/Everett 40 mi • Moderate • Rolling • Map • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Monroe, Al Borlin/Lewis St Park • Steady rain cancels • Sue Matthews, 206-687-9338 An easy loop from Monroe towards Snohomish and Everett with a lunch stop. Bring snacks. Thursday, Oct 25 More Cycle Tuesdays See More Cycle Tuesdays, 10/4. Eastside Tours Thursday Night Ride See Eastside Tours Thursday, 10/4. Friday, Oct 26 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit Saturday, Oct 27 Meet the High Performance Cycling Team 22-34 mi • Brisk • Mostly flat • Online Map • Occasional regroup • 9:30 a.m. • Pert’s Deli, Leschi, Seattle • Steady rain cancels • David Longdon, 541514-1502, • Tom Meloy, This ride is for cyclists interested in joining Cascade’s High Performance Cycling (HPC) Team. A description of the team can be found on the CBC HPC Team webpage ( EandR/Ride_HPC.cfm), or at www. After a discussion about the team we’ll go for a ride. The route goes around the south end of Lake Washington at approximately 18 mph on the flats. If there is interest, there may be optional


October 2012

OCTOBER RIDES For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit mileage and/or some team members may be available to meet for a post-ride coffee. SPOKES: Bones to Bones Halloween Ride 15-20 mi • Leisurely • Some hills • Map • Frequent regroup 10 a.m. • Sammamish River Park, Bothell Steady rain cancels Michelle Burton, 425-890-4936 cell Jim Hunt, 425-681-4640, cell SPOKES will start at the Sammamish River Park in Bothell. We will check a couple of cemeteries in Bothell, Kirkland, and/or Woodinville to get the Halloween ghoulish feel. Maybe toast bygones at a local coffee shop. To reach Sammamish River Park, located off 102nd Ave NE, take SR-522 to 102nd Ave NE and cross the small bridge over the Sammamish River. Turn into the unpaved parking area on the right just after crossing the bridge. Please note that steady rain cancels. For more info, please see the SPOKES web site: Sunday, Oct 28 For a complete list of this month’s rides, visit Monday, Oct 29

Tuesday, Oct 30 TREATS: Hills of Redmond and Woodinville 31 mi • Steady • Hilly • Map • Occasional regroup • 10 a.m. • Redhook Brewery, Woodinville • No rain cancellation • Clarice Sackett, 425478-8306 Ride over Hollywood Hill, and then up onto Redmond Ridge. Lunch at the QFC in Trilogy, more ups and downs after lunch. Cycle Tuesdays See Cycle Tuesdays, 10/2. Eastside Tours Tuesday Night Ride See Eastside Tours Tuesday, 10/2. Wednesday, Oct 31 WRUMPS: Redhook Brewery-Trilogy 34 mi • Steady • Some hills • Map • Occasional regroup 10 a.m. • Redhook Brewery, Woodinville Showers cancel Loretta Goetsch, 206-525-4714, Starts at Redhook Brewery-RedmondTrilogyarea. Coffee break at Trilogy shopping center.

Building political power for the bicycle movement by Craig Benjamin, Policy and Government Affairs Manager,


he people we elect in Washington state this year will decide on tens of billions of dollars in transportation funding. In no other time in our history have the stakes been so high. Will the leaders that we elect fight for a future where everyone has the freedom to safely ride their bicycle? Or will they go back to business as usual, focused on transportation planning that clogs our streets, pollutes our air, damages our children’s health, and is a far cry from the Washington state we envision for our future? The choice is up to us. BikePAC, the political arm of Cascade Bicycle Club, helps elect pro-bike candidates. Our work is about electing, defending and rewarding the true champions for creating a better community through bicycling. Champions who will work with us to influence the budget and fund important projects, affect the policies that keep us safe on our streets, and guide the plans that shape the future of our communities. It’s also about building bipartisan support for bicycling, because to

get anything done in these hyper-partisan times, leaders must reach across the aisle. We have a huge opportunity this year. Several exciting pro-bike candidates have stepped up to run. And, with your support, BikePAC has a plan to ensure that they win. Money raised for BikePAC in 2012 will go directly toward electing candidates who will stand up for bicycling as the state decides our transportation future. These are the candidates who you’ll see riding their bikes to doorbell their districts, the ones who came into their endorsement interview and left us speechless with their knowledge of state transportation policy and funding, the ones with a passionate commitment to creating a better community through bicycling. These are the candidates who will get things done. Your support will help build political power for the bicycling movement–and could help leverage hundreds of millions of dollars for bicycling in Washington in the next two years. Please give generously at:

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Announcing a new slate of international bike tours Cascade Affiliated International Tours 2013


e are currently putting the finishing touches to a wonderful selection of international destinations for Cascade Members to enjoy in 2013. We are planning on offering five great tours next year, which will include three new and exciting countries; Czechoslovakia and Austria (nine-day, summer 2013) and Japan (nine-day, Sept. 2013). Joining these new tours will be a return to the amazing hill tribe area of Far North Vietnam (10-day, winter 2013); the majestic wonders of Rajasthan, India (10-day, Oct./

Nov. 2013); and the lake and volcano district of Chile and Argentina (10-day, Nov. 2013). These international tours are produced by tried and trusted tour operators; they each represent great value and savings. We urge everyone to check the cancellation policy before signing up and to buy independent trip insurance to protect your investment. These tours will be formally announced (and opened for sale) on the Cascade website in early October. Each tour will also be featured in greater detail in future editions of the Cascade Courier. A good time was had by all on the Harrison Hot Springs Resort Tour that ran August 23 through 26.

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October 2012

Welcome new staff! “Once you start logging your miles and see how much you ride, it’s like crack. You just want to ride more.”

Evan Manvel, Director of Policy, Planning and Government Affairs


Cyclist of the Month

MAtthew bernhard

by Anne-Marije Rook, Staff Writer, Age: 35 Occupation: Sr. Marketing Manager - Customer Profitability at AT&T Mobility Wheels: Cannondale Caad 8. “Having been a competitive runner most of my life, I wanted a fast bike. I love this bike. It is a red frame with white lettering and blue handlebar tape. I call it the America racer.”


ut of the many people we have featured in our Cyclist of the Month series, Matthew Bernhard is probably the first to be nominated for smack talking. Tom Gibbs, July Cyclist of the Month and this year’s Group Health Commute Challenge Captain of the Year, credits Bernhard for showing him the positive side of cycling’s social nature. “Matt is a great cyclist,” said Gibbs. “Not only is his technical ability on a bike admirable, but the way that he befriends others and promotes cycling has truly been an inspiration to me.” When Gibbs’ Commute Challenge team issued a team challenge to the “Don’t Text and Ride” team this past May, Bernhard –who captained that team –responded to the challenge with some good-nature smack talk and a promise of beers for the winning team. The challenge set in motion the wheels of what would become a fond friendship and amiable rivalry between the two men as they went head-to-head again in the Tour de Redmond challenge this summer. Similar to the Group Health Commute Challenge, Tour de Redmond is a two-month bicycle commute challenge in which solo riders or teams formed within member organizations compete for trophies and prizes. “We did awesome. Placed third overall,” said Bernhard. “We struck up a nice little polite contest for Tour de Redmond and [Gibbs’ team] will be buying us beer since we beat them.” Having been a rower in college and a competitive runner for most of his life, Bernhard thrives on competition. “There is nothing cooler than forming a team, having a friendly competition to push yourself, and then coming together for beers at the end,” he said. “Bringing that to the workplace is a nice change to the monotony of the daily grind.” “Cycling is absolutely a social activity. Challenges and competitions are helpful because they provide structure and it’s a great thing for rookies,” Bernhard elaborated. “I thinks it’s incumbent upon people who are experienced riders and know the routes and tricks to bring


people under their wings.” Not too long ago, Bernhard was a rookie himself. “This is my third summer of bike commuting,” Bernhard stated. “I moved up here four years ago, and when I saw how many people biked, I thought, ‘I have to get in on this.’” Following a conversation with a pedaling co-worker during Bike Month, Bernhard bought a road bike and started commuting from his Kirkland home to Redmond, a commute of eight miles each way. “Once you start logging your miles and see how much you ride, it’s like crack,” he said. “You just want to ride more.” In the two-month Tour de Redmond challenge, Bernhard logged almost 600 miles of bike commuting. It wasn’t long before Bernhard knew he was hooked. “Bicycling is all the things I love about running – the physical challenge, seeing things you otherwise might not see – but without the impact. Now in my mid-30s I’m starting to feel the pain of getting old, but bicycling is low impact and more sustainable,” he said. “Plus, every time you ride, you burn off stress and I’m a happier person both at home and at work. I’m still on the sunrise of my biking career but I look forward to broadening my horizon.” Bernhard’s enthusiasm about bicycling is contagious, and he’s been making many friends on the road. “Bicycling is a great conversation starter. Being vocal about bicycling is a good way to find riding partners, share tips and routes and all the other cool things cycling has to offer,” he said. “In general, people who do sports, and anyone who doesn’t want to sit in a car all day, are cool people.” His advice to people new to commuting on bikes is to stick with it. “The first few days of commuting are the hardest. It seems logistically hard or impossible but you just have to get over that hump,” Bernhard said. “That and the calluses on your butt.” Know a cyclist who deserves some special recognition? Nominate them for cyclist of the month! Send your ideas to Anne-Marije Rook.

’m thrilled to have come on board as Cascade’s new Director of Policy, Planning, and Government Affairs. I’ve long admired the work of Cascade, and how we undertake the multi-pronged strategy of boosting bicycling through policy, politics, education and promotion. Originally from Colorado, I’ve spent the last fourteen years of my life in Portland, where I served as the Executive Director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, the Legislative Affairs Director of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, the chair of Bike Walk Vote PAC, and on the Board of the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition. I’ve long enjoyed the benefits of bicycling to work, and look forward to being strong and fit, courtesy of Seattle’s size and hills and Cascade’s rides. I’m also planning to help Seattle and the state of Washington lead the country in bicycling, electing pro-bike

candidates, and building out a complete, safe bike network that works for people of all ages and abilities. While I’m not hard at work, I’ll be backpacking through the natural wonders of Washington and sampling the wares of the one-hundred-thirty-plus breweries of our fine state. Thanks for welcoming me as part of team Cascade! Together, we can make great things happen.

Moving Forward on a Safe and Connected Burke-Gilman Trail by Kevin Carrabine This piece was originally published as an op-ed in the Ballard News Tribune.


eattle’s diverse neighborhoods are a source of pride and joy, and each contributes something unique to the weave of our civic fabric. Ballard is foremost among them, and a place I’m proud to call home. Unfortunately, for Ballardites who want to travel to and from other neighborhoods in ways that limit pollution, keep us healthy, and set an example for our children, the streets often feel too dangerous. We are forced to weave through fast-moving traffic or negotiate poorly maintained or absent sidewalks and bikeways. A notable exception is the Burke-Gilman Trail. The trail starts at Golden Gardens and winds through our region for nearly 17 miles – a spectacular ribbon of right of way that any city would be proud to own for its citizens. Tens of thousands of Ballardites and Seattlites walk, run, skate, and bike the Burke-Gilman each year to commute to work, to go to school, to run daily errands, to take their families to the park, or to travel between neighborhoods. Freed of the hassles of car traffic and hills, trail users find a transportation oasis amidst the chaos of the city streets, and a very functional one at that. Yet there remains a glaring gap in the trail: over a mile-long “missing link” from Ballard’s Fred Meyer to the Chittenden Locks. While this causes significant navigational problems for walkers and bicyclists, the gap is more than inconvenient and embarrassing – it’s downright dangerous. The gap forces trail users to cross Shilshole Avenue and the most dangerous railroad crossings in the city. It pushes people into complex intersections and unprotected roads with fast-moving traffic. Numerous crashes within the missing link section happen every year, resulting in completely preventable injuries. Why hasn’t it been fixed? Didn’t Ballardites identify the missing link as a neighborhood plan priority in the late-1990s? Haven’t mayors all the way back to Paul Schell and Greg Nickels, along with the City Council in 2003, made closing the gap a top priority? Wasn’t there a City Council-approved com-

promise alignment designed and completely funded, ready for construction in mid-2009? The answer to all of these is yes. All the pieces were in place to move us forward on the trail. It was completely in the public right of way, driveway crossings for businesses were improved, and drainage, roadway, intersection improvements were all embedded in the project. A federal grant had been secured to pay for it – your tax dollars at work for you. So what happened? Well, a handful of people have clogged things up with lobbying and lawsuits – and they pledge to continue fighting this connection, no matter how much our community wants it. This despite having signed legal documents acknowledging the City’s right to build the trail as proposed, and the engineering efforts made by the City to satisfy each and every access and operational issue raised by adjacent property owners. While opponents of building the missing link cite safety concerns, the City has studied the area for more than 15 years, and concluded that closing the gap is the best solution for safety. As a nurse practitioner, I make public health and safety my career – and I have no doubt they’re right. The litany of lawsuits means further delays, which means more crashes, more dollars wasted, and more ill will generated. It means Seattle is at risk of losing the federal grant money for the project. It means perpetuating the safety, navigation, and traffic conflict problems we’ve known for decades, and it means fewer Ballardites have the transportation choices they and their families desperately need and have been demanding. Ballard deserves better. We need safe, convenient transportation options that connect us to our neighborhoods to the east, west, and south, and finishing the Burke-Gilman is critical to that network. Simply put, it’s time for the gap to go. Kevin Carrabine has lived in Ballard for 24 years. He co-founded Friends of the BurkeGilman Trail and serves on the Board of the Cascade Bicycle Club.

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he sun is still shining and temperatures remain shorts-appropriate, but we all know what’s coming. We’ve quietly dug up our rain gear and mounted on those fenders in preparation of the rainy rides ahead. We leave our slicks in the garage and switch to racing in the dirt on the knobby tires. For local bike racers, fall season means two things: cyclocross and recruitment. This is the time of year when competitive cycling clubs throughout the region open their rosters and recruit new riders for the 201213 season. They do this not just to improve their own team, but to grow the sport itself. And we are looking for you, female recreational riders and commuters. If you have been riding regularly, enjoy long rides on the weekends, or breezed through the STP, RSVP or HPC – we are looking for you! I know what you’re thinking: It looks like fun but… I’m intimidated, I’m too old, I’m not fast enough, I don’t have the time, etc. Almost exactly two years ago, I was in the position that you are in now; I was kind of interested in the whole cycling thing but I was intimidated. When I moved to Seattle in June 2010, one of the first big things I did was ride the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic – the longest organized bike ride I had ever signed up for. In fact, it was the first ever organized bike ride I had signed up for. While riding the event, I was told that I had gotten too fast and too competitive, and that I should probably join a bike racing team. In my entire life I had never looked at bikes as anything other than a mode of transportation. Only recently had I discovered the joy of recreational riding, so in a way, suggesting I should race my bike sounded very much like someone saying, “Hey, like driving your car? You should look into racing NASCAR.” It seemed absurd, yet I was intrigued. I did some digging around on the internet and even went to the Marymoor Velodrome to watch some track racing. It looked fun but also intense. Working as a freelance journalist at the time, I was barely making any money. How was I going to afford this sport? How was I going to find time to train? Would I even be physically fit enough? Plus, who just randomly jumps into a brand new sport?! Still, I was curious. So I browsed the WSBA website and when September rolled around, I found the courage to attend a few Meet the Team rides. Held every fall, these conversational-pace rides are intended for potential new riders to meet the local teams, ask questions about biker racing and find a team that’s right for them. I quickly learned that the bike racing community is made up of a very diverse group of women of all ages and walks of life. Some

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were very serious about the sport, while others compete just for fun and mainly enjoy the camaraderie of teammates and the fitness that comes from spending a lot of time in the saddle. I came home raving about the rides, and while racing my bike at high speeds in a tight pack of women still looked a bit intimidating, it also looked extremely fun. So I signed up. Four months of team rides and hundreds of rainy miles in the saddle later, I was ready to compete in my first road race – Sequim. My adrenaline was running high but having a group of teammates with me at the start eased the nerves. The race went well. I set out to not finish last and I was super stoked to be the tenth person to cross the finish line. And that was all it took. One race, and I was hooked. I raced around 40 races that year, trying every discipline from road to track to cyclocross. Now, two years later, I can hardly talk about anything else. Just ask my co-workers here at Cascade, who I have been trying to recruit since day one. I’ve absolutely fallen in love with the sport. I love the challenge, the competition, the fitness, and the positive sense of achievement it brings. But moreover, I love the wonderful community that surrounds it. These days I actually get excited when the clouds roll in and the first raindrops of fall come drizzling down. Not because of cyclocross – though, I do enjoy a good race in the mud – but because it marks the start of the training season, which means spending lots of time with my teammates and welcoming new faces. Interested? Come out to one (or multiple) of the Meet the Team rides. Riders of all skill levels are welcome. Rides roll out from Pert’s Deli in Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood weekend morning at 9:30. If you are new to the racing community, looking to strengthen your riding skills, thinking about racing in 2013, or looking to speak with other women about local racing teams or riding opportunities, these rides are for you. Visit www. for more information.

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October 2012

High Pass Challenge results Best male elapsed time:......................................5 hours, 18 minutes Best female elapsed time ...................................6 hours, 46 minutes Gold medalists (before 2 p.m.) ...........................43% Silver medalists (2 - 4 p.m.) ...............................51% Bronze medals (4 - 5 p.m.).................................6% A handful of rider completed both the one-day STP and the High Pass Challenge this year. Well done!

Andrew Furnia

Arron Vanwormer

Carrie Forster

Kevin Putnam

Richard Traill.

Shaun Bishop

Welcome New Members Brien Akers Richard Allen Sabi Avcu Cameron Avcu John Barich Amy Barnes Phillip Belenky Richard Berkeihiser Stacey Boyd Clay Boyd Brenden Boyd Alex Brick LJ Brosell Daniel Carlson Gary Chia Aubrey Clement Joseph Colorado Bill Cook Kathie Cook Nathan Copley Rick Corcoran Bruce Countryman Robert Curtis Melinda Curtis Larry DeBardi

Jofrey Delansig Jan DeWolf Robert Drucker Cher Duffield Malcolm Dunn Susan Eastern Lauren Fletcher Suzi Forsberg Jennifer Francisco Debra Gesimondo Dan Goldfarb Blaine Harden Dave Hart Shannon Henery Becky Hiller Tim Hinderliter Sherry Hunter Cathy Jimenez Jacobo Jimenez Bryan Karrick Kimberley Karrick Gary Kenna Steve Kennedy Kurt Kiefer Kay Knox

Kelly Kyle Gordon Kyle Jennifer Landers Nick Lane Kelly Lennox Chad Lennox Gretchen Loschen Carol Mast Tom McDavid Lila Meglio Mari Miller-Knox Karen Mingle Janeen Mount Steve Murch Heather Murch Collin Murch Griffin Murch Avery Murch Patrick Nelson Leigh Nelson Nam-ho Park Michelle Pertl Russ Powell Edward Priest Benjamin Romatka

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October 2012 Cascade Courier  

Newsletter for the Cascade Bicycle Club. Volume 42, Issue # 10