Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Riding home last week

Last week I rode from the International District to the waterfront, along the waterfront through the Interbay area, across the Ballard Bridge and home.

There was a headwind, which slowed my slow self down even more.

I made the movie when I was tired, so please forgive the typos and bad timing on the text. Also, it was windy, so you may want to keep the volume down.

I love this route. It's wonderful to ride through Myrtle Edwards Park, so close to Elliott Bay. Right now the path is strewn with straw, leftover from Hempfest. The only traffic is other bicyclists. It's still light on the ride home (it's dark in the mornings, now).

It adds a few extra miles to my ride home when I take the waterfront route, but it's well worth it.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Cars rule, then pedestrians rule, then cars rule

Yesterday I had some interesting things happen on my bicycle ride into work, and on the way home.

On the way in, I had an uncomfortably close interaction with an oblivious driver and a nice conversation with a bus driver. On the way home, I came upon a man downtown who was passed out ans who everyone ignored. And the best part of the day was riding home through Greenwood's Summer Streets event.

I'm not anti-car by any means, but lately I've been thinking a lot about my street and how drivers behave on it. I live in Greenwood, and most of the nearby residential streets only have enough room for one car to drive. My street is wider, and as a result many people in cars drive way too fast. My neighbors are putting up signs and flags to try to get people to slow down. We have more children living on this block than at any other time in the 12 years I've lived here. I've been considering guerrilla action, like leaving a recycling container in the street. Or when I'm out watering the garden, hosing down cars, that go too fast.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

An Amazing Woman

I first met Madi Carlson and her sons in April 2012 when they came by Union Station in downtown Seattle to test out a new bus bike rack. She pulled up in a very long pink Surly bicycle with two children sitting in the back. There were two push bikes strapped on to her bike, too.

It was impressive to see the way these three get around town. 

I next saw Madi at this year's fundraiser for the Cascade Bicycle Club's education foundation. She and two other bicyclists were featured in a short film "Three stories from the road"; Madi's story starts at 01:26.

And then last week, I came across the three of them as I was approaching the Fremont Bridge on the way home. They were coming north on Westlake and I was barreling down Dexter.

Madi makes bicycling with two children look like a no-brainer. She inspires me.