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Our friends over at Seattle-based Cycle University , a provider of bike instruction, training and...
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A little over a month ago, 23 Major Taylor students hailing from four high schools spent two days...
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Moises is a senior at Global Connections High School, and he’s a busy person. “On a scale of one to...
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When Jenny Anderson arrived at Log Boom Park in mid-May to lead that morning’s Cascade Daily Ride, one of her regular riders was riding around the parking lot, looking lost. “Oh, Jenny!” he said when he spotted her. “I didn’t recognize you. You’re not wearing your striped socks.” Jenny laughs, “I didn’t know that was something people recognized me for. I just wear them.”
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Have you ever been to the Herbert Bayer Earthwork , the Robert Morris Earthwork , the Green River Natural Resource Area , or Lorna Jordan's Waterworks Garden ? These four iconic landscapes in Kent, Seatac and Renton are internationally recognized, but not well known locally, despite existing in our regional back yard. The Kent Arts Commission wants to see that change. They are inviting everyone to experience these extraordinary land art reclamation projects, by bike! The Kent Arts Commission has developed what will be a permanent, signed bike route connecting the four earthworks, and has partnered with Cascade to celebrate the opening of the new route with a free inaugural ride on Saturday, June 2.
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This article first appeared as the Cyclist of the Month column in the May 2012 issue of the Cascade...
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Bike Works' 16th Annual Kids Bike Swap will be held on Saturday, May 12th, 2012, from 10 am - 4 pm...
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It's that time of year again when a stretch of Lake Washington Blvd is closed to cars and open to...
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Priscilla works at Safeco Field. She wants to star in action movies. And she likes to ride her bike...
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This article first appeared as the Cyclist of the Month column in the April 2012 issue of the Cascade Courier , our membership newsletter. Nominate a Cyclist of the Month! Cyclist of the Month: KEITH BOARD Age: 49 Occupation: Chief Editor, NW Cable News Wheels: Bianchi Coast to Coast bicycle; Nimbus commuter unicycle Keith Board has ridden a unicycle since 1974 . But as it turns out, his story begins in 2006, on two wheels, not one. The first time Keith pedaled the two miles between King Street Station and King 5’s offices on Dexter St., where he worked, he wasn’t sure he would make it. “Sweat was pouring off of me,” he said. “I wanted to vomit. I thought, ‘I’m only 43 years old. I’ve got to fix this.’” He had been given an Orca pass by his workplace to commute by train and bus from his home in Buckley, Wash., but it was slow and inconvenient. Then, on Feb. 22, 2006, the man sitting next to him on the bus wet himself. It was the final straw. “I told my wife, ‘I’m done with the bus.’” From there, it was a numbers game. Driving to work would cost the family $18 per day. He weighed 255 pounds. “I bought a bike for $45, and my life changed dramatically,” he said. Within months, he had lost 15 pounds. Seeing Keith’s transformation, his wife decided to join him. “I told her, ‘You’re going to have to catch up.’” The first bike ride they went on together was only five miles long, and her experience was similar to what his had been: she lay on the couch recovering for hours afterward. Slowly but surely, they increased their mileage – and a year after they started riding together, in 2007, they pedaled all 206 miles of the Group Health STP. “Riding together helped us solve family problems,” he told me. “I also lost 75 pounds.” He added, jovially, “I’ve learned not to say how much my wife has lost. So let’s just say that she lost weight, too.” Cascade rides have been at the center of their journey together. Keith also rode Chilly Hilly and High Pass Challenge in 2007. “That first HPC was miserable,” he said. But he finished in seven hours and 57 minutes – just in time to receive a gold medal. “They might as well have handed me treasure from King Tut,” he said. In 2008, he rode HPC with his youngest son, Kasey, who was just 13 years old at the time. In 2009, he and his older son, Jake, rode the STP in one day, on Jake’s 17 th birthday. As a family, they’ve embraced bicycling for transportation as well as recreation. “We’re like born-again Christians,” he said. “We’ve had this life-changing experience, and we’re thinking, ‘How could we have missed out on this for so long?’”

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