David Hiller, policy director for the Cascade Bicycle Club, says the organization, which sponsors and helps pay for the popular Bicycle Sundays program (which closes Lake Washington Boulevard to car traffic on weekend days during the summer to give cyclists unimpeded access to the road), was not included in the Seattle Parks Department’s decision to cut the program back from 18 days to 12.
“We’re disappointed that we got this information as late as we did in the spring, and it was information, not a discussion,” Hiller says. “This was not the way we expected to be treated as partners and funders [of Bicycle Sundays]. We think we deserved a little more head-up than we got.”
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Yesterday, parks department spokeswoman Joelle Hammerstad told PubliCola that the department decided to reduce the number of Bicycle Sundays to accommodate five more charity walks and runs, including the Danskin Triathlon, the Race for Grace, and the Walk for Water—all of which, Hammerstad noted, are “good causes.”
Meanwhile, we asked Seattle Summer Streets via Facebook when cicWAvia was going to happen. The answer: As soon as we find a sponsor.
So, which big Seattle employer wants to step to the plate and create the biggest street party the city has ever seen?