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Back in the day, a whistle stop or a whistle stop tour was where a politician would ride the train...
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This article first appeared as the Cyclist of the Month column in the November 2011 issue of the Cascade Courier , our membership newsletter. Cyclist of the Month: RON SIMS Age: 63 Occupation: Retired Wheels: Mountain bike Get Ron Sims to talk about community, and he gets excited. The volume of his speech rises, the pace of his words quickens. His eyes shine. And every time he makes a significant statement – about the importance of focusing funding for bike infrastructure improvements within King County’s low-income neighborhoods, say – he drives it home by pounding on the table between us with his right hand, for emphasis. When I met Ron for coffee near his Mt. Baker home on a rainy morning in October, he greeted me with a hug and insisted on paying for my Americano. This former King County Executive, who recently returned home from a stint in Washington, D.C. as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, is nothing if not humble. When I asked him how he’d like me to list his occupation, he told me with a smile, “I’m retired. I’m going swimming at 11.” Retired or not, he has much to say about the need for dense urban communities connected by multi-use trails, bike lanes and transit lines. But he’s quick to point out that when he started advocating for these so-called “smart communities,” back in the ‘90s, no one had named them yet: “We didn’t call it ‘smart communities,’ ‘sustainable development’ or anything else. We just didn’t want sprawl. We weren’t going to allow that kind of growth.” And how does bicycling fit in to those communities? “Bicycling will be our future,” he tells me. “We will have far more bicycling. The issue is whether we make infrastructure a priority.”
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Hey southeast Seattle residents! Did you like the road re-channelization SDOT did to Columbian Way...