A bike commute in the Seattle region is like a daily shot of sunshine. I can’t imagine NOT biking during long, dark winters here. The daily exercise and fresh, perhaps misty, air keeps a smile on my face even when the sun has been hidden away for weeks.
The University of Washington has posted flyers around the U District urging people to bike every day in November. That’s a great idea! November is the rainiest month of the year in Seattle, so if you can make it through this month, you can bike all year.
If you are a member of the UW community, you can log your winter biking online for a chance to get prizes. The rest of you just get mad kudos.
The City of Bellevue also wants to help you get ready for your winter bike commute, and they are holding a free lunchtime brown bag full of winter biking tips. So if you’re going to be close to Bellevue City Hall November 10, definitely RSVP to Hayley via email by November 8.
From Choose Your Way Bellevue:
Don’t let the darkness and weather drive you off your bike this winter. Both can be easily overcome with the right equipment, clothes, and attitude. Join Cascade Bicycle Club to learn the basics of great winter bike commuting at a FREE brown bag presentation at Bellevue City Hall, room 1E-112 on Thursday, November 10th from 12-1pm.You’ll learn:• What light systems are best for your commute
• How to maximize your visibility
• What clothing combinations work best for rain and cold
• How to keep your cargo dry and safe
• Fender options
• Wet-weather riding skills and safety considerations
• How to use transit to create a comfortable hybrid commuteRSVPs are required by November 8th: email Hayley@Bellevuedowntown.org