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Thousands answer call to Bike to Work today

May 21st, 2010 by Doree

Thousands more bicyclists than usual will be riding today, because it’s the annual Bike to Work Day.

Cascade Bicycle Club has teamed up with a number of other businesses to provide 44 commute stations throughout the region, offering freebies like water bottles and snacks, providing information on cycling, and some even have bicycle technicians ready to fix your flat tire.

In Fremont, hundreds of cyclists stopped to grab free goodies, including water bottles and safety lights from Bike to Work sponsor F5, as well as bike bells and socks from Smartwool (if you were willing to trade in the pair you were wearing).
Fremont commute

At about 7:30 a.m., 100+ riders followed Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn up Dexter Avenue and into downtown Seattle for a Cascade Bicycle Club bike rally outside City Hall.
McGinn presser bike to work day

If you took any pictures on your way into work, please share them with us! (e-mail tips@fremontuniverse.com)

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Tell us your biking stories

May 21st, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

Our sister site, Maple Leaf Life, posted this story earlier today (we’ve tweaked it a little bit for Fremont!):

Today, Bike to Work Day, we and our news partners The Seattle Times are wondering just how safe you are in getting from here to there on two wheels.

We’re also looking for commute stories, not just from today, but any good tales of biking to work. Or, for that matter, from people who would rather NOT share the road with bikes.

In honor of National Bike to Work Day, The Times has put together ten worst examples of dangerous or neglected cycling corridors in Seattle. They also have a big “Seattle bike culture” story in Pacific Magazine this Sunday.

Fremont isn’t on that worst 10 list, nor are the usual routes from here to downtown, unless you commute through the north end of the University Bridge.

Here’s one you might identify with, though – the Burke-Gilman Trail at 25th Avenue Northeast. The “missing link” of the trail in Ballard and the south end of the Ballard Bridge are on the list, too.

Other hot spots on the Times list:

  • Sodo bikeway to nowhere
  • Ruts on Jackson Street
  • Bellevue gap in 520 trail
  • North Linden Street (Shoreline)
  • Marysville to Everett
  • Second Avenue

Tell us your bike stories.

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F5 Bike to Work Day: Friday

May 20th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

You’re going to hear a lot about cycling this month – and you already have, through the Via Tribunali 5@5 specials, the Spoke & Food – and now this: F5 Bike to Work Day!

So, try to keep your car/scooter/hog in park tomorrow, resist the bus (or combine it with a bike commute), get off your feet and let your wheels advocate for alternative transportation!

From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday, May 21, to celebrate Bike Month in May, Puget Sound residents are invited to join the 12,000+-strong Cascade Bicycle Club at this year’s Bike to Work Day sponsored by F5. (Seattle-based F5 is “the global leader in Application Delivery Networking and a network appliances company that assists information technology organizations in adapting and realigning with changing business demands within the IT infrastructure.”)

Bikes

The F5 Bike to Work Day Rally will kick off at 7:30 a.m. outside Seattle City Hall. Speakers will do their spiels, but while they do their thing, you can enjoy music, free water bottles and maps. In 2009, Bike to Work Day rallied nearly 20,000 bike commuters.

Bicycle commuters can stop by one of 44 designated commute stations located throughout King, Snohomish and Kitsap counties for commuting information, snacks, Cascade Bicycle Club materials and swag. Participants may enter the F5 Bike to Work Day drawing to win prizes, including a bicycle and bike gear. They can also have their bikes spot-checked by the bike shop station sponsors.

Founded in 1970, Cascade Bicycle Club is a 12,000+ member, nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington, serving more than half a million cyclists in the Puget Sound community. The club is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors, 22 professional staff, and thousands of volunteers. More information about Cascade Bicycle Club’s advocacy, commute and education programs is available online or by calling (206) 522-3222.

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Fremont Bridge openings questioned

September 22nd, 2008 by Geeky Swedes

The Fremont Bridge is the busiest draw bridge in the country as people who drive over it can probably tell. In today’s Getting There column in the PI, Mary Coward writes that the bridge is often up during her morning bus commute making her miss her connection. “Are there particular hours that are considered ‘off-limits’ for bridge-opening?” It turns out that the Coast Guard is in charge of draw bridges. They have designated 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. peak traffic hours for cars and won’t open the bridge for small boats weighing less than 1,000 tons. While the city has asked, the Coast Guard has not been receptive to extending those times.

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