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Looking for a challenge?
If your kids are bike-curious or already madly in love with biking, bring them out to Bikemania! This all-ages kids' biking event features a bike carnival, bike art table, bike parade and rodeo stunt course.
That's not all! In partnership with Magnuson Community Center, Outdoors for All, and Retro Image Apparel Co, we will host two stunt shows, a Cat in the Hat bike safety program with free giveaways, and Tour de Magnuson guided rides. For the more competitively-minded, there will be a Kids (Cyclo)Cross ride.
Bring your own bike and helmet or borrow one of ours for some of the activities. Outdoors for All will be bringing in their adaptive cycles for kids to test ride. To participate in any of our on-bike activities, all participants must have a waiver (PDF) signed by their parent or guardian.
This September 14, 600 riders will take on the 114-mile High Pass Challenge. With more than 7,500 feet of climbing over a 10-hour time limit, the event is ideal for riders who crave a challenge. If you finished strong on RAMROD, tackled the STP in a day in good time and are gearing up for the RSVP, the High Pass Challenge could be the next feather in your helmet. [more...]
Your voice will make the difference in promoting a sustainable future. What should our region look like in the year 2040? The Puget Sound Regional Council is considering five options for its Transportation 2040 plan. Only Alternative Five makes significant changes to reduce car congestion and pollution. And only Alternative Five promotes increases bicycling as part of the solution. Friday is the deadline for comments from the public. Click here to show your support for 600 miles of new bicycle facilities, including 438 miles of trails, in our region. For more information, view our informational poster (PDF).
We told you in our last issue that a group of businesses and the Ballard Chamber of Commerce has sued Cascade and the City of Seattle. Last week at Cyclefest and the Ballard Seafood Fest, more than 600 people signed our petition asking them to drop the lawsuit. You can sign our petition online and read testimonials of people who have taken a spill on the infamous train tracks under the Ballard Bridge. Click here and add your story.
Two months ago, Cascade Executive Director Chuck Ayers drew applause at the first of three town halls when he shared an uncomfortable truth: we will not see much progress on transportation in the next 30 years without dedicating far more resources to transit, bicycling and walking. Simply widening highways is the wrong path. Cascade has reached out to our representatives for a new federal transportation bill that will help meet our needs for more bikeable, walkable communities.
Join our legislators and policy staff for a discussion on what it will take at the federal and state level to address our transportation challenges. This is your chance to ask the tough questions to:
As always, feel free to bring your lunch.
This town hall series is brought to you by
Many have heard of bike sharing from stories about Paris' Velib or Washington, D.C.'s SmartBike program, but wondered how it actually works. In Paris, Montreal, Washington, DC, and other regions around the world, people are using bike sharing as a new mobility option.
To help people learn more about bike sharing, King County will host three bike share providers for a Bike Share Expo August 11 and 12. The vendors will display their newest bike share systems, including bikes and stations, and allow attendees to experience one of the hottest trends in mobility. The Expo will be held:
Tuesday, August 11, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 12, Noon - 8 p.m.
This event is sponsored by King County, the City of Seattle, the City of Redmond, Vulcan, Redmond Town Center and Cascade Bicycle Club. REI and Whole Foods are also supporting this event.
Bring your helmet, try out a bike, and learn more about bike sharing. For more information, click here or call (206) 263-6230.
August Bike Fun
North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship Coming to Seattle
August 8 - 9
The North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship will be the biggest tournament Seattle has hosted, and will gather the best players from around the continent. You can expect to see crashes, blood, and body checks into the fence. It's not always a pretty thing. But then again, you'll probably be a spectator.
You'll also see grace. You'll see a sharp shot beneath the bottom bracket on a long swoop toward the goal, passes finessed cross-court and the sweet thunk as the ball passes between the cones. You'll see players ready to tear each other's throats out during a game, and afterwards give their opponents an honest hug.
Come by the courts at Magnuson Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. either day (tournament on Sunday). The event is free and, if you're a fan of sport broken down to its barest bones, taken out of arenas and played for nothing more than the love of it - and bragging rights - you won't be disappointed. You'll watch the best hardcourt bike polo players from around the country and possibly the world. And it shows.
Seattle's Fourth Annual Bike-In
The fourth annual Seattle Bike-In brings together bicycle enthusiasts, transportation advocates, environmental groups, artists and community leaders for a celebration of biking and environmental sustainability. Part education fair, part community picnic, the Seattle Bike-In is a chance for adults and children to have fun, enjoy films, music and be a part of a community celebration!
This year, celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jacques Tati's quintessential and lanky French postman, Francoise, as he makes an intelligent slapstick comedy of French rural life while dreaming of bringing modern knowhow to traditional ways. In the process he beats the best passing Tour riders, falls into duck ponds and delivers the mail. If you're a fan of Stan Laurel, Buster Keaton, or Peter Sellers, you must see this feel-good film. "Jour de fête" is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
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