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Save the date:
Calling all DIY-ers:
Are your children's BMX bikes, long ago outgrown, still collecting dust in your garage? How about the commuter bike you haven't touched since the early 2000s? Consider turning your trash into their treasure by donating your lightly-used bicycles to the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation today.
The number of kids and teens we engage is projected to grow again in 2013 - and along with it, the number of bikes necessary to run our camps, clubs and maintenance classes. By donating your old bikes, your gift will support our two Earn-a-Bike programs:
Major Taylor Earn-a-Bike
The Major Taylor Project is Cascade's afterschool club in South King County which combines biking and leadership opportunities for underserved high-school students. During the winter months, each student is assigned one of the bikes donated to the Major Taylor Project. Over the course of five weeks, they learn to fix flats, replace cables, re-pack hubs and more. Students who attend every lesson earn their bike along with a helmet, u-lock and lights. [more...]
The Scraper bike is a trend that originated in the East Bay area, and is distinguished by a creatively spray painted BMX bike frame, and wheels decorated with colorful duct tape or aluminum foil on the spokes. Our Scraper bike program will engage kids ages 9 through 12 that live in the low-income housing here at Magnuson Park. The goal of this earn-a-bike program is to develop a creative and kinetic learning environment that implements basic and intermediate bicycle maintenance skills, supported by a do-it-yourself paint and tape decorating. [more...]
Voice of Washington State, otherwise known as VOWS, is a program to gather citizen input on transportation policy, taxes and funding issues. Your input through the VOWS Survey Panel can help shape our state transportation system through periodic surveys. The Washington State Transportation Commission will provide survey results to the Governor and the State Legislature to inform their discussions and decision making. Sign up and be heard!
Imagine riding the city on a network of cycle tracks, protected bikeways and safer streets and bridges. Together, we *will* make it happen.
When you give to Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation this year-end, you're supporting Cascade programs that make your community a bicycle-friendly community. You're getting more kids and adults out onto bikes, pedaling safely with their families. And you're investing in making our community a better place to live and bike in. There's no better gift to give this holiday season. Thank you for your support!
SAVE THE DATE!
Come spin your legs to support a great cause! On Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation and Allstar Fitness will host the third annual Major Taylor Project Spin-A-Thon to benefit the Major Taylor Project. All proceeds will support our efforts to introduce the joy of bicycling to underserved communities in South and Southeast Seattle and empower the next generation of riders through the Major Taylor Project.
Get ready for a fun, exciting, and energy filled evening! Registration opens Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013, and you can show your support by spinning, pledging, sponsoring or donating. [more...]
Give the gift of knowledge: Bike Classes
We offer many low-cost riding classes, clinics, and maintenance workshops for recreational cyclists, event riders, commuters, novice cyclists, seniors, and youth. Sign yourself, a friend or a loved-one up today! Coming up soon:
Learn this simple and important skill to minimize delays the next time your tire fizzles. We'll take the mystery out of wheel and tire removal, patching a tube and putting it all back together. Learn what tools to carry for a quick and speedy repair. Our class is hands-on-your-bike -- so bring it along. We'll send you home with patch kit and a step by step guide for the next encounter with a flat tire.
Gain the knowledge to make informed decisions while riding in traffic and the confidence to balance caution, assertiveness and the skills necessary for safer urban riding. Recreational or transportational cyclists who want to learn to interact positively and safely with urban traffic will learn the traffic laws as they pertain to bicyclists, riding skills, effective braking techniques, scanning, avoiding obstacles and signaling, on-bike crash-avoidance techniques and more.
SDOT to host open house on Broadway Streetcar extension
The City of Seattle has secured funding to plan and design the First Hill Streetcar Line's Broadway Extension. This project would extend the line into Broadway's retail core, and extend the Broadway cycle track or add a northbound bike lane.
The Open House is an opportunity for the community to view preliminary concepts, meet the project's designers and planners, and provide comments. [more...]
Bike/Ped path underneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct closed all week
SR 99 Tunnel project crews will close the bike/pedestrian shared-use path under the Alaskan Way Viaduct between Yesler Way and South Washington Street Monday to Friday, Dec. 10 to 14, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Bicyclists are directed to merge with vehicle traffic under the viaduct.
Showcase your talents at Seattle Bike Expo
The annual Seattle Bike Expo is coming up in March, and we are looking for people with mad DIY-skills. Once again, the Cascade booth will host demonstrations of fun, bike-related projects you can do at home. Last year we had people demoing how to make a reflective vest, a cycling cap and a toolbag. If you have some special skill you would like to show off, please email Serena at serenal@cascadebicycleclub.
Have you made a donation to the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation? Every dollar you donate supports our important advocacy and education work. Make your donation now and invest in creating a better community through bicycling!
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