Sunday, November 10, 2013

Three things...

Thing 1:
Last month, the Cascade Bicycle Club made my pal Wyatt the Riot their rider of the month. What I love about their video of W the R is that while they've captured an aspect of him, there's no hint of the rambunctiousness of the kid.

Thing 2:
Last week on my bike ride into work, a bus right-hooked me. I had my helmet camera on, so edited the footage and sent it into King County Metro. Apparently it's making the rounds as an example of what bus operators ought not to do.

I'm always aware that the camera is facing forward and that if anything was to happen to the side or rear, it wouldn't be captured by the camera.

Thing 3:
Yesterday, Wyatt the Riot and I drove down to the waterfront to ride our bikes. 

I admire his fearlessness and physical agility. While those he rides past often smile and comment kindly on him, they have no idea what havoc he could easily wreak if he wasn't often reminded to watch out for the unsuspecting pedestrians he's approaching and passing.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A bike ride with my favorite three-year-old

I've got great next door neighbors, including my favorite three-year-old, Wyatt the Riot. He and I go for bike rides together. He's got a push bike, and he's about ready for a bike with pedals.

Today we rode up to the neighborhood elementary school, played on the jungle gym, and rode our bikes around the playground.

I've never ridden bicycles with a child before. It's a little unnerving, being responsible for a small human that doesn't understand cars and traffic, and the dangers that lay therein.

I love that he loves to ride. He's growing up on a street that's a designated bike route, so he sees bicyclists riding in front of his house all day. And, the City of Seattle will be turning the closest side street into a neighborhood greenway, i.e. a street with improvements that make it safe for all ages to walk and pedal.

At our block party next month, I've invited a City of Seattle Department of Transportation employee who lives nearby to visit our block so we can talk with her about what we can do to slow down traffic on our street. Even though it's a bike route, it's an unusually wide street for this neighborhood, and cars often travel far too fast. I want my neighbor and his little brother to be able to safely ride on our street.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Seattle's heating up and so's the back of my neck

2.5 years ago I had to give up bicycling because of cancer treatment. I remember asking my oncologist if I'd be able to continue riding during chemotherapy. He paused, looked at me as if I was off my rocker, and said "No."

He was right. 

I'm still trying to get back into the shape I was prior to being diagnosed with cancer. I'm riding my bike, but not riding like I used to. The primary reason for this is because treatment started menopause from a dead stop to full throttle, and the medication I take exacerbates hot flashes.

I've always been most comfortable when it's about 68 degrees. Now, when it gets above 70, I truly suffer and so do the people around me. So, on those days I throw my bike on a bus and avoid the one big hill on my ride home.

Yesterday, I rode all the way home and was unhappy I'd made that choice. Imagine my delight when I saw this:

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Bike To Work Day Eve

Yesterday was Bike To Work Day. I had to be at work by 5:30 a.m. to set up our Commute Station. There were plenty of things to give away and plenty of volunteers, so all I had to do was stand on Jackson Street and yell at bicyclists.

The day before, Bike To Work Day Eve, those employees that could rode their bikes to SODO Station for the annual photo shoot of staff participating in Bike Month.

Because the gods wanted us to take good photos, the clouds produced no rain, the temperature was downright balmy, and the coworkers were well-behaved.

Here's a video about the shoot.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Immigration rights march in downtown Seattle

I managed to leave work on Wednesday with time to catch up with the annual immigration rights march, which always goes past the building I work in. Until Wednesday, I'd only watched parts of it from a window at work.

Growing up, I heard stories about my great-grandfather, Adolph Munter, who immigrated to the U.S. from Prussia and was considered German. He was publicly and privately attacked during World War I because of his anti-war and "pro-German" activities, and was investigated by the OSS, the precursor to the FBI.

Adolph Munter - Spokane, Washington
He was viewed as foreign and thus suspicious. Today, we wouldn't think twice about a German Jew immigrating to our country. He was suspect because of the war that the US was then engaged in. History repeats itself.

The march on Wednesday for immigration rights was peaceful and organized. I was impressed with the wide range in ages, and the primarily Latina and Latino makeup of the march. I think my community has been enriched with these new neighbors and I am hopeful for their efforts and the efforts at the national level to reform immigrants' rights.

Bike Month video made by coworkers

Here's a video made by some coworkers that celebrates their Commute Challenge team, the Utes of East Link. They call themselves the Utes because they're all utility engineers. I thought maybe they were Native Americans from Utah. Nope.