I want to go to all of them.
Woohoo! Just in the last week construction on Mercer St. under Aurora Ave took a huge step forward by providing a temporary bike and pedestrian path on the North side of Mercer St. While not perfect it will definitely make it easier for everyone using this area and will give a much-needed westbound connection for cyclists. Personally, I am just glad I no longer need to cruise down the center line on Mercer to get through the morning rush hour!
Think these guys are crazy to stand in the middle of the intersection with a truck coming? Perhaps in the United States, but in the Netherlands it is not a big deal. I mentioned the Netherlands last week with Hovenring, the world’s first suspended bike circle. Here is a quick piece highlighting some of the ways the Dutch mentality towards transportation development has been quite different from that of the United States.
I am a cyclist.
I improve my health by exercising regularly.
I support our local economy by stopping for interesting displays and sales instead of blindly driving by and through buying local parts and services instead of gasoline.
I save our tax dollars by using cheaper infrastructure and by lowering healthcare costs through preventative action.
I reduce our congestion by not sitting in traffic.
I clean our air by eliminating dirty exhaust.
I maintain our environment by demanding less space and emitting less pollution.
I increase our reputation by highlighting the livability of Seattle.
I passively advocate equal opportunity by actively promoting a cheaper, more accessible form of transit.
I relieve our stress by opting not to crowd onto overfull full buses.
I increase our ability to experience un-built environments because I demand little land use conversion.
I reduce your commute time because I do not make you sit in deadlock.
I reduce your transportation costs because I do not inflate demand.
I sometimes bend the rules and annoy you, but you sometimes bend the rules and annoy me.
We can live in harmony, and we must. Because cycling is here to stay.
I am a cyclist.
Please Mr. and Ms. Driver, show me some respect.
Although I will be riding all summer that does not mean I will be MIA! In addition to my regular blog updates you will also be able to reach me at designated mail drops along the way. Make sure you send the mail so it arrives a day or two before us!
As always, your love and support will be much appreciated. We are traveling very light, so I won’t be able to take anything big along with me. If you want to send things, here are some good ideas:
- Sunscreen, chalk (like big kids colored chalk)
- “Butt butter” (or similar products), chapstick, toothpaste, etc.
- Gift cards – Walmart, Target, Safeway, etc (We buy/get donated our own food & supplies!)
- Sport Drink mixes (Gatorade, Powerade, etc.)
- Snacks: Energy Bars, Chewy bars, Cliff bars, trail mix, etc.
- Yummy baked goods for the team (there are 30 of us)
- Healthy food! We get a lot of random food as donations and we need a lot of calories..but it is nice to get some healthy stuff in sometimes 🙂
Here is a list of our first few mail drops. We may also have one that is unlisted in Chicago on June 22.
Memorial Day, 2:35pm: Reporters from 69 News show up to get a story about my bike ride. They also film me riding on my street and on the Muhlenberg Rail Trail.
Memorial Day, 5:30pm: 69 News Berks airs a special on my ride!
Check it out here.
Hey All! It is getting so close to departure time! My pre-ride fundraising efforts are coming to a close – I just surpassed my fundraising goal and I am on the path to raise over $8,000! The last few weeks have been crazy with finals, graduation, and a big ramp-up in training. But it is almost here…I leave for Baltimore in a week and my first ride is next Sunday. I cannot believe it has come so fast!
This is my first of what I hope to be daily video blogs of my journey. If you want an easy way to stay updated, there are several things you can do:
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This is so cool…I wish we had done something like this at my elementary school! Seattle organized a Bike to School Day earlier this month and tons of children and teens across the city took to the streets, some commuting in so-called “biking school buses where a large group cycled together. Only time will tell, but I believe this type of programming will have huge impacts on the future of commuting in Seattle. Hopefully these programs will spread! The full article talks more about the walk, and also touches on the evolution of bicycle and walking to school – nearly 50% in 1969 and only 13% today!
Check out the full article