What is the one street you would never ride on in Seattle? I can think of a couple but one that stands out in my community is Rainier Ave. If you feel the same, this Saturday there is an event for you. On Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rainier Ave. S from S Brandon to Alaska St. is closed to cars and is open to all other non-motorized users. It is a chance for all of us to feel safe roaming the streets.
There is a ton of stuff happening, but the bikes… the bikes! I feel like the bikes have found a sweet spot in this event.
At 10:30 fancy up your bike with decorations supplied by Cascade Bicycle Club, then ride in the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade. Bring the kiddies! The decorating will happen in the Group Health parking lot prior to the parade.
The decorated bikes will close out the parade and open the streets to all users — what an honor! Come parade and do wheelies, track stands or just ride and smile.
From noon until 3 p.m., there will be slow bike races and other games sponsored by Bike Works. Take a turn at Bike Tic Tac Toe, which will show players what our various street markings mean, check out a family bike expo, and take free test spin on some electric bike. If you want to bike to the parade and walk, take advantage of valet bike parking on Ferdinand.
And this is just the bike stuff. Check out the Seattle Summer Streets page for more information. Look forward to seeing you there!