May is National Bike Month

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  • #64499

    VeganBiker
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    I just want to remind all you Ballard bicycle riders that next month is Bike Month and once again Cascade Bicycle Club will have many opportunities for you to join in the fun.
    http://www.cascade.org/bikemonth
    One way to participate it to join or captain one of the Commute Challenge Teams.
    This years Commute Challenge is sponsored by Adobe:
    http://www.cascade.org/explore-commuting-bike-month/adobe-commute-challenge-presented-f5

    Check out the calendar on the CBC web site for all of the events during the Month of May and don’t forget May 16th is Bike to Work Day presented by F5:
    http://www.cascade.org/f5-bike-work-day

    and then the wrap up party in Ballard on May 29th 4-8 PM.
    http://www.cascade.org/explore-commuting-bike-month/ballard-bike-street-party

    Let’s have a lot of safe, fun bicycle riding in May.

    #64519

    Cate
    Participant

    VB – Have missed seeing you at the last few Farmer’s Markets. Was looking for some of your maps. Do you still show up most Sundays?

    #64520

    VeganBiker
    Participant

    Hi Cate – I was there last week until 1 PM. This Sunday, if no rain, I should be there until 2 PM or later. See you there.

    #64522

    SmartsyArtsy
    Participant

    Hey VB, please address we tricyclists too! :)

    #64524

    VeganBiker
    Participant

    SA – sorry, most humble apologies. I forgot to mention that 3 wheels and one wheel and any number of wheels of primarily human powered vehicles are all welcome to participate and enjoy Bike Month in May!!!!

    :)

    #64527

    Mondoman
    Participant

    Yee-hah! Ride ’em, bikefolk!

    #64719

    Jessika Daly
    Participant

    In honor of Bike Month it seems someone decided to steal my sons bike out of our garage.
    If you see a black FITCO (BMX) bike with red trim, please call 206.650.4125. It has red hand grips and red wall tires, pegs on the front and back wheel.
    Was spotted around Loyal Heights over the weekend but taken from our garage on 65th on April 10.

    #64785

    VeganBiker
    Participant

    Jessika – so sorry that this happened to your son’s bike. Currently there is a rash of bike thefts in Seattle. You can list your theft on the web site http://www.bikewise.org also on http://www.stolenbicycleregistry.com/ .
    Hopefully this theft was done by local kids and the bike is still in your neighborhood.

    #64787

    Ballardgirl
    Participant

    Today when driving home, I was on an arterial with full right of way in my favor. There was a cyclist, stopped on a side street who chose to cross the arterial, directly in my path. Had I not stopped I would have hit him. He took the time to chew me out, saying he had spent a half hour waiting to cross that arterial and no one stopped. I stopped, and so did 3 cars behind me. Somehow, this older biker, in flashy biking gear was upset because several cars avoided hitting him when he was unprotected and confused. But in his favor, I will say, he had a helmet on.

    #64788

    VeganBiker
    Participant

    Ballardgirl – sorry that you had to experience that. Unfortunately there are angry bicyclists just like there are angry motorists.
    I am curious as to where the cross street was, waiting for “half hour” to cross on a bike is a little insane. One could and probably should take a different route as a bicyclist.

    #64950

    Anonymous

    Unfortunately there are angry bicyclists just like there are angry motorists.

    Irrational individuals?

    #64959

    saffythepook
    Participant

    Ballardgirl, I think I know who you’re talking about. I was riding to work on Tuesday morning and ran into this guy chewing out a motorist for having his car very slightly in the way of the entrance to the separated path at the north end of the Ballard Bridge. Of course, with the construction at that corner you have to stick out a bit more now to see oncoming traffic from the left but there was no quarter given.

    I ride behind him across the bridge and when we get to the south end, he stops his bike to look for traffic on Elliott before entering the lane from the separated path. After about 3 seconds, he gets frustrated and holds his hand up in a “stop” fashion and just barges into the lane with a self-rightious look on his face and a few choice words for the car he cut off. I just gave them a sheepish wave of thanks for stopping and went on my way hoping that he was just having a bad day. Unfortunately, if it’s the same guy, it sounds like he’s just an asshole, plain and simple.

    It’s a shame. It doesn’t take too many bikers like that give us all a bad name.

    #65003

    Jessika Daly
    Participant

    Thank you Veganbiker. I will get on that.

    #65038

    Mondoman
    Participant

    At least it seems like the new Bike Master Plan is emphasizing separating bike and car traffic, rather than encouraging lane-sharing.

    Maybe we should start a Kickstarter project to get $100 million for a new car/bike/ped/dog-friendly Ballard Bridge.

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