Port Angeles in pictures
On a sunny Sunday in June, Cascade’s policy team headed up to the Olympic Peninsula to connect with advocates, city planners and people who just love riding their bicycles. We gathered in Valley Creek Estuary State Park to introduce ourselves and kick off the social ride on the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT).
While riding along the trail we learned from our friends at the Peninsula Trails Coalition that ownership of Olympic Discovery Trail spans 17 jurisdictions and the coalition is working to ensure the multiuse path is connected from Port Townsend to La Push. This work is not easy and it takes decades of coordination to pull off. Help volunteer for trail work parties or serve on a committee!
After our short ride along the trail we gathered at Barhop, the local watering hole and heard from Iris Sutcliff from Port Angeles Likes Bikes about their Bike Wednesday Community Bike Rides. The rides are designed to be slow and social. You can even win the Golden Pedal if you attend all of the community bike rides throughout summer.
Several participants joined us just for the social hour after riding Flying Wheels the day before, including Randal and Lisa. They shared their story that for every Cascade ride they participate in, they stay a night or two in a hotel, to make the early start time and recover after a long ride. It's just one example of bicycling supporting local economies in Washington. (Annually, bicycling is estimated to generate $3.1 billion in our state!) And for Randall and Lisa, it is all worth it for a beautiful ride!
The Peninsula is also home to some amazing organized rides, including the Tour de Lavender and Ride the Hurricane, both coming up in August. There is amazing biking on the Olympic Peninsula, so be sure to go explore the beauty of the region for yourself!