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MARCH 2010 Advocate Newsletter, Bicycle Alliance of Washington

MARCH 2010 Advocate Newsletter, Bicycle Alliance of Washington

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Hub & Spoke Gatherings
March 25 : WenatcheeApril 28 : SpokaneJune 24 : VancouverSeptember 23 : Walla WallaNovember 18 : Everett
Details for these gatherings andother opportunities will be postedon the Bicycle Alliance web site,
, and in our BikeBites E-Newsletter. We look forwardto seeing you on the road or trail inyour community!
MARCH 2010
Fast and Frios in Olymia
The 2010 legislative session ends March 11 and the Bicycle Alliance is working furiouslyto move our bills forward. As we go to press, two of our bills remain active:• HB 3001, a bill to incorporate bicycle and pedestrian safety education in trafcschools. This passed unanimously in the House and is now working its way throughthe Senate. The bill had a hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee where theBicycle Alliance was on hand to testify in its favor. We’re maneuvering to vote it outof committee and get it sent to the Senate oor.SB 6345 to make texting and handheld cell phone use while driving a primary offense.This passed the Senate and the House Transportation Committee. The Bicycle Alliancesupports this bill as an active member of the Driven to Distraction Task Force. We’rehustling to move it out of the House Rules Committee and to the House oor for a vote.Check our web site,
and watch for e-mail alerts about the currentstatus. Our web site also has information on all the other bills we supported this legislativesession. Many thanks to our lobbyist, Michael Temple, and to the members of ourLegislative and Statewide Issues Committee for all their hard work during the session.
Hub & SpOk:
SAEWdE OEA & AdVOAy
By Barbara Culp, Executive Director
Wahoo! I’m back in the saddle again at the Bicycle Alliance of Washington!I love hearing from the people behind the handlebarsin Spokane, Seattle, Tonasket, Walla Walla, Vancouver,Mount Vernon, Wenatchee, Port Angeles, and all thoseplaces in between. I love a downwind ride with friends,a rainless morning commute, the smell of oweringshrubs, and a good party with new friends. It’s you andyour experiences that give voice to bicycle advocacy andit’s my job to make that voice articulate and outspoken.The Bicycle Alliance is launching a
ub & Spoke
tourand we want to hear from you! We want to hearwhat’s happening—good and bad—for biking in yourcommunity. We’d like to see what’s on the ground andwhat’s still on the drawing board. We want to hearhow we can help you make your community morebike-friendly.We’re anxious to talk to you as well. We want to bring you up-to-date on the legislativesession, our education efforts, the complete streets movement, what’s happening in theother Washington, and more.Here’s a partial listing of communities where we plan to host gatherings. Contact me ifyou’d like to help us plan one of these events, or if you’d like to help us organize onein your community.
Oen Hose
at the Biccle Alliance toWelcome Back Barb ulp
A large and enthusiastic crowd transformeda simple open house into a GrandHomecoming Celebration at the BicycleAlliance ofces in Pioneer Square. Scoresof bicycling enthusiasts welcomed former-and-newly-returning Executive DirectorBarb Culp to the helm of our statewideadvocacy organization. Several out-of-statedignitaries, in town for the New Partnersfor Smart Growth Conference, joined thefestivities. Attendees admired the tastefulofces and bicycle-themed artwork andtoured the recently-renamed Bike Port(formerly Bikestation, see article p. 2 ).Board President Kristin Kinnamon greetedthe group and conveyed her appreciation forBarb’s return to her leadership role. Kristinthen provided an update of TransportationAdvocacy Day in Olympia on January 28,when we kicked off our legislative activitieswith a focus on Complete Streets, the cellphone users bill, and the trafc school bill.
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from arond the state
Complete Streets WorkshopsComing to Washington
The Washington Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (WCPPA)is organizing a series of Complete Streets workshops around thestate. Dave Janis of the Bicycle Alliance serves on the coalition’sboard and is helping to plan the workshops in Tacoma (April 26), MtVernon (April 27), and Spokane (April 29). Staff from the NationalComplete Streets Coalition will conduct the trainings. The BicycleAlliance has been working on complete streets policies for severalyears and is pleased to help sponsor these workshops.Fee increases to use theCentennial Trail for theMcClinchy Mile threatenedto effect the B.I.K.E.S. Clubof Snohomish County. Thebiggest potential fee increasefor McClinchy stemmed from useof the Centennial Trail betweenMachias Station and Arlington.The Parks Department informedus via e-mail: "The County’s2010 fees have been modiedto reect what other agenciesin the area are charging for trailevents.”B.I.K.E.S., a small club, hosts theride as an annual fundraisingevent each year. Proceeds notonly cover club costs, but theride also raises money for annualgrants to support bike safetyand encourage bicycling inthe community. Such annualgrants range from $2500—$4000, depending on McClinchyrevenues. Raising the trail usefee cuts directly into the amountof money for grants to thecommunity.I contacted Tom Teigen, Directorof Snohomish County Parks,to discuss the potential feeincrease. The phone call wasworth the effort as B.I.K.E.S.received fee relief for this year,and it was an opportunity toeducate a public ofcial on howtheir fees impact our ability togive back to the community.We will be forced to increaseride fees next year to cover theanticipated additional cost.The McClinchy Mile is March 20in Arlington. Visit bikesclub.orgfor more information.Every Friday Anna Rankin loadsup her bike trailer with 50 to75 pounds of fresh pasta andthen proceeds to ride up areally steep hill. While this maysound like some crazy trainingregimen for the Mt. Baker HillClimb, she is actually working.As co-owner of BellinghamPasta Company, Anna delivershalf the company’s orders bybicycle, pedaling around townto local restaurants and grocerystores. The company decidedto use a bicycle for some oftheir deliveries as a way tosave money. Rather than buy anew car just to make deliveries,Anna, who was already a bikecommuter, thought she’d trymaking some deliveries bybicycle. That was a year and ahalf ago—she never boughtthe car.Anna was able to purchaseher entire bike set-up for theamount of money thebusiness pays for gas inone quarter to deliverthe other half of theirproducts by motorvehicle. She is oftenstopped by customersand other businessowners who are excitedand surprised to learnshe delivers by bicycle.She is inspiring othersto think about howthey too might be ableto use a bicycle forwork. And while theclimb up the hill may bea bit torturous, the ridedown sure is fun!
Anna Rankin, co-owner of BellinghamPasta Company, delivers orders by bike.
Bike Event Faces Higher Fees;More Communication Needed
By Debby Grant, President, B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County
Bellingham Pasta CompanyDelivers by Bike
By Mary Anderson
As of March, Bikestation Seattlebecomes
Seattle BKE POPioneer Square
. This rst BIKEPORT serves as a benchmarkmodel for improving bike parkingin Seattle and Washington State.Two additional Seattle sites areunder consideration:
SeattleBKE PO Mt Baker LL Station
Seattle BKE PO Westlake
.BIKE PORT can t any locationwithinWashington, and the BicycleAlliance envisions futuregrowth of ports in all cyclingcommunities around the state.A new BIKE PORT web site willserve as a gathering place to:register for bike parking and,in the future, bike sharingnd community and resourcesfor bicycling as transportationfollow blogs and postcomments about newdevelopments in infrastructureCheck
forinfo on bike parking serviceplans. Contact our CommuteSpecialist, Every Day, withany questions at
McClinchy Mile
Arlington, WA
Scenic Snohomish County loops of easy20-, at 34- or challenging 47-mile roll-ing hill rides. Short & long loops includeCentennial Trails. Combine loops for aspring century. Start at Haller MiddleSchool. Registration 8-11am.
BKES lub of Snohomish ount
35th Annual Daffodil Classic
Orting, WA
Start Puyallup Valley, winds throughOrting Valley. 40-, 60- and 100-mileloops or 1- to 30-mile paved trail option.Includes map, SAG, fully stocked reststops & strawberry shortcake at nish.
acoma Wheelmen’s Biccle lub
Lilac Century & Family Ride
Spokane, WA
15-, 25-, 50-, 66- or 100-mile loopthrough rural Riverside State Park. 15& 25 designed for less experienced rid-ers mostly on the Centennial Trail. Start7:30am, 9am or 10am at Spokane FallsCommunity College. Fully supported,potato feed & live music at nish. Op-tional 5km run for triathletes in training.
Spokane’s Aurora Northwest otar lub
RACC - Ride Around Clark County
Vancouver, WA
4 beautiful and challenging ride options(18-, 34-, 65- & 100-miles) through scenicClark County. Four rest stops.
Vancouver Biccle lub
Rhody Bike Tour
Port Townsend, WA
32-, 45- or 62- and 12-mile family routes.Longest routes on East Jefferson Coun-ty’s rural roads. Nice hills on half-metriccourse, challenging ones on full century.12-mile course on Larry Scott Trail. Fullsupport. Benets various non-prots.
Port ownsen Biccle Association
May Day Metric
Federal Way, WA
3 challenging routes (50, 72 or 104 miles)on back roads of South Sound. Start6:30-10am at Phil’s South Side Cyclery.Portion of each entry fee and all residu-als donated to BAW & Orting Food Bank.Supported rest stops every 25 miles.
Phil’s South Sie cler / ailwin
Group Health Inland Empire Century
Richland, WA
Century ride with 25-, 50-, and 75-mile route options. Century goes eastthrough Benton City, up a reworkedWebber Canyon Road, west to Prosser,and back to Richland.
Kiwanis of olumbia an ri-itiesnustr
Skagit Spring Classic
Burlington, WA
20th annual. 25-, 40-, 65- and 100-mileroutes through scenic northern Skagitand southern Whatcom Counties. Family10-mile trail route. Food stops, post-ridemeal. T-shirt if preregistered. Start 7amfrom Bayview Elementary School.
Skagit Biccle lub
Wheels to Meals
Puyallup, WA
Fund raising ride through Puyallup Val-ley and surrounding area. 20-, 32-, 56- or75-mile course. Min fundraising $100, w/ incentive prizes for those raising $250or more. Start WSU-Puyallup campus.Numerous rest stops and nish line fes-tival to celebrate “ghting hunger fromthe seat of your bike.” Proceeds supportemergency food programs of St. LeoFood Connection.
Wheels to Meals
Peninsula Metric Century
Southworth & Gig Harbor, WA
Challenging ride on scenic Kitsap Pen-insula. Waterfront views, rural country-side, rolling hills. 40-, 62- or 100-mileroute. Century is challenging. Two startlocations, Southworth Ferry Dock & GigHarbor. SAG, rest stops, dessert at nishline.
acoma Wheelmen’s Biccle lub
Ann Weatherill Cycling Classic
Walla Walla, WA
Celebrate Ann’s life in a metric centuryride along elds of wine and wheat. 30-and 100-mile options, supported, lunchbuffet at nish featuring L’Ecole 41 wine& great food. Funds go to cycling safetyand Share the Road signs.
Wheatlan Wheelers 
Chelan Century Challenge
Chelan, WA
3 loops (30 to 40 miles each) combinechallenging hills with captivating scen-ery. Each loop climbs 2,500’+ for a totalof 8,606’ elevation gain. Complete themin sequential order or ride 1 or 2 forshorter distances through orchards &vineyards into the mountainous ter-rain surrounding Lake Chelan. Optionaltimed hill climb up McNeil Canyon (2ndloop) and Chelan Butte (3rd loop).
Lake helan otar
Cycle de Vine
Chelan, WA
2nd annual. 40-mile ride through breath-taking scenery, visiting some of ChelanValley’s preeminent wineries. Selectedwineries will host rest stops stocked withsnacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Somehave excellent restaurants and offer livemusic entertainment.
Lake helan otar
Two-County Double Metric Century
Olympia, WA
Supported ride starts at MillersylvaniaState Park and passes through Rochester,Littlerock, Vador & Boistfort. 5 loops (20,35 70, 85 & 126 miles) to choose from.Great warm-up ride for the STP.
apital Biccling lub
Tour de Kitsap
Silverdale, WA
Scenic 12-, 30-, 65- and 100-mile coursesin lovely Kitsap County. Rest stops andfull SAG. New family-friendly route.Runs in conjunction with Silverdale An-nual Whaling Days Festival. Arrive a dayearly & join community events.
West Soun cling lub
Tour de Fat
Seattle, WA
Tour de Fat, a celebration of all thingsbicycle, returns to Seattle’s GasworksPark. Bike parade, entertainment, beergarden. Proceeds benet Bicycle Alli-ance and Bike Works.
New Belgium Brewing
Courage Classic
Snoqulamie, WA
3-day, 172-mile, fully supported tour.Snoqualmie, Blewett & Stevens passes,averaging 60 miles/day. Exceptional foodstops. Benets Child Abuse InterventionDept. at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
Mar Brige hilren’s ospital
8 Lakes Leg Aches Bike Ride
Spokane, WA
Easy, family-friendly 30 miles with 50- or80-mile route. David’s Gourmet Pizza &prizes nish. Riders raising $175 receive8 Lakes designer jersey. Ride aroundSpokane and Cheney. Start and nish atGroup Health Corp. ofce.
Lutheran ommunit Services NW
Tenino, WA
Supported ride with 5 loops from 20to 100 miles. Revel in the quiet of ru-ral Thurston and Lewis Counties, enjoyviews of the Skookumchuck and De-schutes River, Llama farm and Mt. Rain-ier. All rides are along scenic, low-trafcroads.
apital Biccling lub
RAPSody - Ride Around Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA
With 170 miles of rolling hills, RAPSodyin one day is hard; two days is challeng-ing fun. Cross the Puget Sound on theTacoma Narrow Bridge, enjoy pavedtrails, Northwest water and forest views.
BKES of Snohomish ount, apitalBiccling lub, clists of Greater Seattle,acoma Wheelmen, West Soun clinglub
Chuckanut Century
Bellingham, WA
One of the most scenic rides in Wash-ington. Distances range from 25, 50, 62,100, or the double metric century of 124miles. Ride support and food stops. Ben-ets the Whatcom Hospice Foundation.
Mt Baker cling lub
Cycle the WAVE
Issaquah, WA
All women’s non-competitive ridethrough Bellevue, Issaquah, South KingCounty, Maple Valley, Renton, and New-castle. Created by women passionateabout cycling and desiring to make adifference. All levels welcome to enjoy25-mile Girly Girl, 40-mile Middle Sisteror the 62-mile metric century with lotof climbs. Great support and many sur-prises. Under 16 must be with an adult.
ising Star Guil & Lakemont Laiescling lub
Bicycle Alliance Annual Auction
Seattle, WA
Join 300+ bicycling enthusiasts at the18th Annual auction and help raisemoney to support advocacy in the stateof Washington. Seattle Center Fisher Pa-vilion.
Biccle Alliance of Washington
Thanks to
Bicycle Paper
 for providing calendar information
Rides that sort the bicycle Alliance of WA 
RAPsody Ride 2009

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