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The group of nine bunched up, geared with new cyclocross tires on Redline bikes, ready for the...
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Looking for great gifts for all the cyclists on your list this holiday season? We've got you...
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This article first appeared as the Cyclist of the Month column in the December 2011 issue of the Cascade Courier , our membership newsletter. Cyclist of the Month: MADI CARLSON Age: 39 Occupation: Stay at home mom Wheels: Bianchi Milano Madi Carlson isn’t afraid of the cold or the rain. And neither is her cargo. All winter long, Madi rides with her kids – Brandt, who’s four-and-a-half years old, and Rijder, who’s just two – strapped into seats mounted to the front and rear of her Celeste Green Bianchi Milano city bike. The bike was a “push present,” given to her by her husband just before Rijder was born. Brandt’s been riding with her since he was a one-year-old, “strong enough to hold his head up.” With Rijder, she started even earlier, towing him in a Burley trailer when he was just eight weeks. Impressed? So was I. I wanted to know: Who is this woman, and how does she do it? What motivates her? The notion that she’s saving our planet from excess CO2 emissions? Or that she’s instilling the value of active transportation in her children? But Madi’s motivations are far from grandiose. “I’m lazy. And I’m incredibly cheap,” she said. “Coming here in a car, I would’ve had to park four blocks away to avoid paying for parking.”
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Back in the day, a whistle stop or a whistle stop tour was where a politician would ride the train...
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This article first appeared as the Cyclist of the Month column in the November 2011 issue of the Cascade Courier , our membership newsletter. Cyclist of the Month: RON SIMS Age: 63 Occupation: Retired Wheels: Mountain bike Get Ron Sims to talk about community, and he gets excited. The volume of his speech rises, the pace of his words quickens. His eyes shine. And every time he makes a significant statement – about the importance of focusing funding for bike infrastructure improvements within King County’s low-income neighborhoods, say – he drives it home by pounding on the table between us with his right hand, for emphasis. When I met Ron for coffee near his Mt. Baker home on a rainy morning in October, he greeted me with a hug and insisted on paying for my Americano. This former King County Executive, who recently returned home from a stint in Washington, D.C. as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, is nothing if not humble. When I asked him how he’d like me to list his occupation, he told me with a smile, “I’m retired. I’m going swimming at 11.” Retired or not, he has much to say about the need for dense urban communities connected by multi-use trails, bike lanes and transit lines. But he’s quick to point out that when he started advocating for these so-called “smart communities,” back in the ‘90s, no one had named them yet: “We didn’t call it ‘smart communities,’ ‘sustainable development’ or anything else. We just didn’t want sprawl. We weren’t going to allow that kind of growth.” And how does bicycling fit in to those communities? “Bicycling will be our future,” he tells me. “We will have far more bicycling. The issue is whether we make infrastructure a priority.”
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Hey southeast Seattle residents! Did you like the road re-channelization SDOT did to Columbian Way...
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Today I will be meeting with Dan Warren, principal of Sand Point Elementary . It will be the first...
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Take a Kid Mountain Biking 2011 , a set by Rob Harrison on Flickr. On Saturday, 230 kids and adults...
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On Saturday, rain or shine, kids (and their grown-ups) will be taking on the trails at Duthie Hill...
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Last week, we bade farewell to Darcy Mullen , one of four AmeriCorps members who has worked at...

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