Monday, May 23, 2016

Beacon Hill Greenway CHECK!

Hey look, my lawyer came on the ride ;)
I have a goal since I already met Reb Roush and after that my life has no meaning. JUST KIDDING!

No, really, I would like to bike all the greenways in the form of a Kidical Mass Ride. Ideally I would like to bike them alone so I can go fast but I can do that too before a slow ride.

I love Merlin's bike
I honestly didn't think anyone would come. I have super low expectations. I figured if one person came I would buy them a beverage of their choice just for showing up. How did I manage to take pictures? I put the camera on the back of my bike. You will not get to see the video because Davey and I were plotting world domination and we don't want you to hear the audio. JUST KIDDING!

Catch up! I was really having a lovely conversation with Little Oil

To my surprise so many people came. We had a family from West Seattle, several north enders, Hola Pedro and Davey! One family met us on the route and Mom ran behind us taking pictures. Another family came from Burien I enjoyed being bossy. It was so awesome!

Look, we brought this kid along.
We picked up this adorable kid. Luckily this was a group of experienced parent riders so everyone gave her excellent direction so she could pedal her little heart out. 

I love the poncho. Go ponchos!
The most awesome part was that someone from the Jewish community came to the ride. KAREN you rock! I'm so proud of you. I live in the Jewish Orthodox Community of Seward Park so, not as insular as Williamsburg but kinda outside a lot of people's comfort zone. One day you will all give up your cars. I'm plotting that! Also, Pedro, muchas gracias for helping out the way you did, especially getting Karen back to her destination.

I had no idea this kid was so fast until I watched the video
It was sad. My kids didn't come along because the toddler was sick and the tween likes to supervise childcare when Mr. Peyos is home, hah. I'm sure he would do a great job on his own. I even brought the Edgerunner so that people could try that bike if they wanted.

We stopped at the Food Forest because it showcased the new connection of the Beacon Hill Greenway which is lovely.

Beacon Hill Connector. It used to be dirt and gravel

We passed this sorry excuse for a bike rack. When will people learn? What is it? Maybe it's not a rack. The mystery unfolds.

We got to chat at the park. Nobody played on the zipline. Oh well, next time. Thanks for coming out and I look forward to more rides in other parts of Seattle.

Kidical Mass: Central District Greenway/Visit Electric Lady

You can actually bike INTO the shop!

Yes, another Kidical Mass ride, wow wow!

This time we will explore the Central District Greenway. This greenway has a lot of great features I love in a  greenway. It has speed humps, good route markers, it's on calm street, and has flashing beacons with bike buttons to activate them. You will get to experience a trapezoidal speed hump. Don't worry, I will warn you before we bike over them because it HURTS! Bob Edmiston of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways did a lot of work to make the other ones less hurty, so I appreciate that. is hosting this ride. Our destination is Electric Lady and hopefully a park afterwards.

WHAT: Kidical Mass Ride: Central District Greenway/Destination Electric Lady

WHEN: Sunday, May 29th

TIME: 2:30PM meet-up and we will leave shortly afterwards.

WHERE: Meet at the grassy field at Jimi Hendrix Park near the porta-potty, appealing

END: We will make our way to Electric Lady and depending on how everyone is feeling we will continue on to a park. I know, it's so vague but by the time we get to the bike shop I never know who will be up to what, especially with toddlers.

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Hope to see you there!

Facebook Link to Event calendar link

ROUTE DETAILS  so you can wave or try to meet up along the route: Jimi Hendrix Park to Electric Lady

Monday, May 16, 2016

Kidical Mass South Seattle: Destination Jefferson Park

Here is our meeting point. Can you see why I picked it?
I know everyone doesn't live on Facebook so I wanted to make sure I reach out to everyone. I'm leading a ride! Sure, I have done this before but this is my first Kidical Mass ride as the leader.

Familybike is hosting Kidical Mass South Seattle. We plan to bike to Jefferson Park.

Our route will bike along the Mountain to Sound Trail and the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway. On the way to the park the Mountain to Sound Trail is uphill but we have plenty of space to wait for anyone who needs to walk or needs a rest.

At the park we can hang out. We will bike slow, nobody is racing.

When you are ready to go home you can go the same route we came which will be a fast and fun downhill ride, Beacon Hill Light rail is close by, Chief Sealth is close or you can bike the rest of the Beacon Hill Greenway and go to Georgetown. So, I tried to make it so that you had options.

Here are the details with the public Facebook Page and link to calendar.

WHAT: Kidical Mass Ride South Seattle: Destination Jefferson Park
WHEN: Sunday May 22, 2016
STARTING Point: Jimi Hendrix Park on the Grassy playfield
Route: Mt. Sound Trail Trail and then the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway
TIME: Meet at10:30AM, we will leave around 11am
ENDING POINT: Jefferson Park
Contact Information: Shirley Savel (nospandexreq at gmail dot com), I will live tweet our location on the day of the ride @NoSpandexReq

Hope to see you there!

Route details here. Notice that it will be a slow elevation gain. Not too far, about 2.3 miles

A little bit about Seattle's the first Kidical Mass organizer and the graceful hand off.

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