In capitalizing on all the bike related events about town last weekend, and to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Seattle Councilmember Sally Bagshaw’s first experience riding on greenways in Portland, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways organizers (of which I am one) organized a ride with Sally, Elly Blue, Seattle Department of Transportation employees and Steve Durant of Alta Planning and Design around the proposed Ballard Greenway routes. Councilman Tom Rasmussen joined for the recap at Grumpy D’s, and a much needed respite from the wind and cold.
Here we are stenciling at 8:30 on Sunday morning. We were really excited for Elly to ride with us! Who is Elly Blue, you ask? She writes about bicycle transportation here, and her work has appeared in Grist, Bitch, BikePortland and elsewhere. In addition she addresses issues of gender and sexuality in biking. She spoke at Cascade Bicycle Club’s Bike Expo, but was gracious in sharing her last afternoon in Seattle with us.Our recap looks serious, but I think we were just thawing out still!
Also, mark your calendars for March 22nd! Seattle Greenways has organized a talk with Seattle Department of Transportation Director Peter Hahn, and newcomer Chief Traffic Engineer Dongho Chang. Join us for this opportunity to meet and personally thank Peter for creating a legacy of safer and more livable streets for our City — and to start a conversation with Peter and Dongho about how we can best leverage our community expertise and grassroots energy (which now spans hundreds of volunteers working across 13 neighborhoods!). Potluck is at 6:30 at Phinney Neighborhood Center. More information is on the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Facebook page