This is the second year that Cascade Bicycle Club is participating in Drive to Work Day , a celebration of the sacred American ritual of commuting by car. Nowhere else in the world is the stately and funereal procession of motorized vehicles so celebrated. Last year we noted an alarming fact from the INRIX Scorecard that showed that Vehicle Miles Traveled dropped 3% and congestion fell nearly 30% in our region. The latest data from INRIX and a study by the Texas Transportation Institute further confirm that while congestion has increased around the country in 2009, commuters in the Seattle metropolitan area are not doing their part to drive more.
In its 21 years of existence, the Seattle Bicycle Expo has certainly had its ups and downs, plus a fair share of location changes. In 2010, the show moved to the new cruise facility located in Magnolia, a fabulous building with 135,000 square feet of show space on two floors. Vendors, volunteers and attendees alike all seemed to agree…this year’s Expo turned out to be “one of the very best ever.” The 9,300 strong attendee list marveled at magnificent 280 degree views of Elliott Bay and Mount Rainier, whilst enjoying three palatial lounges to relax, stay awhile and catch up with their cycling buddies. Maybe it was the astounding array of top class vendors, easy access to the venue by bike or top notch facilities inside the venue…but folks seemed to linger more than ever and took full advantage of this wonderful space. The world class entertainment line-up helped to inflate the crowd’s energy level to all time highs… and what can you say about the stupendous one-two punch of Canadian trials rider Ryan Leech and the artistic cyclists together in the Performance Arena? Stefan Musu, Lukas Matla and Corrina Hein, the three young German superstars, wowed standing room-only crowds all weekend with acts layered withathleticism, grace and sheer beauty. It was kind of like being able to enjoy both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones on the very same ticket! [gallery link="file"]