A year ago my life looked very different. I was working as a consulting engineer at a highly regarded firm. I was building my career. I was checking all the right boxes. I was doing the things I believed a person ought to be doing.
Certified last spring, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a BizCycle Gold workplace. The Gates foundation, with more than 1000 employees at the Seattle headquarters, offers a robust program to encourage alternative commuting and entices employees to bike with top-of-the-line bicycle accommodations.
Last Sunday, with enough rain and wind to consider building an ark, 18 members of the Major Taylor Project suited up, piled into our van and made their way down to Sprinker to compete in a Seattle Cyclocross event. All of the students did great, with smiling faces and mud flecked bodies they rode hard and brought pride to the Major Taylor name. One student, Mauricio Pestana, a senior at Global Connections High School, even managed to complete as many laps as the race winner--no small feat in such an exhausting competition.
In mid-November, on a typical Seattle rainy day, Dutchman Dirk Spits rolled into town on his custom German-made touring bike, glad to discover that his bike bags were indeed waterproof. Already 23 weeks into his journey, Seattle is one of the many cities Dirk will stop to raise awareness and funds on his way to Latin America where he will personally deliver these donations to a variety of charities.
My work with this campaign and with the Electoral Cycles workshop is not over yet, but I found this experience to be one of the high points of my year thus far. I have found that I do have a voice and the power to push for changes that are important to me. And I am going to use that power to make my city one of the best to live in - whether you choose to walk, drive, ride transit or bike.
A member since 1988, Lamar Bass has been a fixture at Cascade Bicycle Club for many years. He has been an avid rider, a mentor, Cascade Advocacy Committee member, a ride leader, a major donor and an irreplaceable super volunteer. Anyone who has visited or called the Cascade office in the past 13 years has probably met him, as he would regularly put in 60-70-hour weeks.
November marks the one-year-anniversary since Holly Houser took the helm at Puget Sound Bike Share (PSBS), the nonprofit partnership of public and private organizations working to bring bike sharing to King County. Currently on track for a spring 2014 launch, PSBS will introduce bike sharing to King County with 500 bikes at 50 bike share stations, and has a long-term goal of 2200 bikes at 220 stations throughout the region. Vancouver B.C. and Portland will launch their bike sharing programs around the same time.