People ride bikes for many reasons. There are the people who race cyclocross. There are those who ride for exercise. And there are those who ride just because it is fun (that’s me!).
A reason for riding that is rapidly growing in popularity is riding for transportation. Not only does riding to work save you cash and provide exercise, it is also is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel. In a time of climate change, it is important for us all to do our part in reducing our impact on the planet.
This Saturday there will be over 2,000 events all across the globe rallying around the message “Moving Beyond Fossil Fuels”. In my humble opinion we have one of the best events happening here in Seattle.
There will be parades of people all around Lake Union, workshops, a rally, food carts, music and more!
Saturday, Sept. 24
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Lake Union
Join the parade of boats and bikes, feet and wheels, pedaling, rowing, sailing, walking, dancing, and skating all around Lake Union. End at Lake Union Park (860 Terry Ave N, Seattle) at 1 p.m.
Take Action Workshops
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., China Harbor Restaurant
Learn how to be a powerful advocate at two concurrent workshops: Power Past Coal and Transportation for Washington. Join with others to take action opposing coal export terminals in our state and supporting good transportation choices for our communities. Sponsored by Earth Ministry, Sierra Club, and Climate Solutions.
Have Fun! Get Active and Learn More
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lake Union Park
Lunch at tasty food trucks, get info about climate action from non-profit partners. Join the 350.org parade from 1-2pm while Black Whales play! Try eBikes, get an Undrivers License, Skate Like A Girl, try Stand-Up Paddleboards, do Yoga for Bikers, check out FamilyBike Expo, take FeetFirst walks, join a mini-yacht flotilla, and more! Lake Union Park is at the south end of Lake Union 860 Terry Avenue N.
Rally to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels
2 p.m.– 3 p.m. Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N.
Come jam to music starting at 1 p.m. and rally for a sustainable future at 2 p.m. Show your support for moving beyond fossil fuels while enjoying inspirational speakers, community information booths, and a crowd photo for 350.org.
Speakers will include:
- Michael McGinn, Mayor of Seattle
- Christopher Williams, Seattle Parks & Recreation Superintendent
- Sarah van Gelder, YES! magazine Executive Editor
- KC Golden, Climate Solutions Policy Director
- Lisa Quinn, Feet First Executive Director
- Rev. Rich Lang, University Temple United Methodist Church
Want to go to the events but don’t know how to get there by bike? Rides are being led to the event from all over Seattle to make it easier for you. Riding with a group to an event is always more fun, so please join us!
From the South end:
- Columbia City: Davey Oil of Bike Works and Serena Lehman of Cascade are leading a ride from Bike Works from their Columbia City location at 3709 S Ferdinand. Leaving 10:30 a.m. sharp!
- West Seattle: Stu Hennessey and John Reardon lead from Alki Bike and Board 2606 California Ave SW in West Seattle at 10:30 a.m
- West Seattle: Marge and Ron Evans lead from Jack Block Park in West Seattle at 11 a.m.
From the Central area:
- Capitol Hill: Allyson Welsh and Albert Meerscheidt leave Cal Anderson Park at 9:45 a.m. Because it is such a short ride, the group may circle the lake before stopping at Moving Planet Seattle.
From the North end:
- View Ridge: Jim Mathieu and Al Miller lead from Bryant Park across the street from the PCC at 10:15 a.m. They intend to meet the group from Wallingford at Gas Works Park around 11:15 a.m.
- Ravenna: Sander Lazar leads from Ravenna’s Cowen Park Grocery, 1217 NE Ravenna Blvd 10:30 a.m.
- Ballard: Michael Snyder leads from Ballard Commons Park at 22nd and 57th at 11 a.m.
- Wallingford: Cathy Tuttle and Cindy Riskin assisted by Cascade’s Robin Randels leave Wallingford Center at 45th and Wallingford Ave N at 11 a.m. They will stop at Gas Works Park around 11:15 a.m. to meet other bike groups including the E-Bike Network Ride with Larry Gales and Seattle Electric Bike Co.
Wow. You have no reason not to ride!
After all the day’s excitement, a group of people will also be doing a slow bike ride honoring those that have recently died while bicycling. Says Tom at the Seattle Bike Blog: It’s planned to be slow, welcoming and respectful. All are encouraged to join the ride, whether you’re a seasoned biker or haven’t touched a bike in years. The ride is about respecting and protecting life on our roads.