A light drizzle kept Bike to Work Day numbers a little lower compared to recent years, but that didn’t stop scores of people from donning a rain jacket and pedaling to the jobs Friday.
After a ride from the KEXP studios to City Hall, Mayor Mike McGinn made the case that the city has gotten a lot more bike-friendly under his watch.
He also took full ownership of the label Mayor McSchwinn, which his opponents have often used to attack him.
“I say, let ‘em,” the Mayor told the crowd. McGinn is in a tight race for reelection, and is certainly hoping for big turnout from people motivated to make the city safer for cycling.
In the morning, he tweeted a campaign image featuring a person on a bike and the word: Forward.
After McGinn spoke, he and Councilmember Mike O’Brien presented a city proclamation honoring former Cascade Bicycle Club Executive Director Chuck Ayers for his years of service to the cause.
Ayers told the crowd to get out and take action if they want to see bike-friendly changes.
“Don’t expect the bike clubs to do it all for you,” he said.