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Weekend Guide: Labor Day ride to celebrate Val Kleitz

It’s Labor Day weekend, and at least a couple of us are not at Burning Man. Here’s a couple things to do this weekend on two wheels. If I am missing anything, please add details or a link in the comments below or email [email protected].

Labor Day Cargo Bike Ride

A cargo bike is not required for this ride (or any of the regular cargo bike rides in the city). Though they happen most holidays, Monday’s ride will be special because it will celebrate the life of Val Kleitz, the Seattle bicycle legend and cargo bike enthusiast who passed away last month.

Tubulocity has the details:


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We will ride to Ravenna Park via Broadway. Val named this ride “Possie’s on Broadway”. He loved cargo bike rides so much. He loved to see people using bikes for everyday use. Every bike was a cargo bike in his mind!

REMEMBER CARGO BIKE NOT REQUIRED, ANY BIKE IS WELCOME! Even if you didn’t know Val, you are welcome! He would have wanted you there. Cargo hauling is fun especially if you or your kids ARE cargo! Bring kids!

Call Aaron to meet up enroute. (206) 290-8737

End at Cowen/Ravenna Park. We are going down the trail to the big shelter in the middle of the park (Map) for a BBQ picnic. Please bring food to share or BBQ. It usually takes an hour to an hour and a half to get to the park. Cargo rides go slow! Plan on being at the park from 2-ish to 5 or 6 pm. Then it is off (on your own) to the wake at the Pike Brewery.

If you cannot make the ride, please show up for the wake at The Pike! There will be a life-size stand-up cut-out of Val for photo-ops.

Start Time: Meet at Noon. Leave at 1 PM.
Date: Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2011
Meetup Place: Start at 20/20 Cycle, 2020 East Union on Capitol Hill.

Spokespeople monthly ride

A great, very safe ride for people just starting out who want to learn and have fun. Spokespeople rides are the first Saturday of every month:

This Saturday, September 3, will be a great day for a bike ride! Spokespeople will ride to Fremont and Beyond to explore some newly constructed bike routes and a couple of our favorite bike businesses. Some of this ride from Wallingford will be on the Burke-Gilman Trail and the weather is supposed to summery! Details on the Cascade Bike Club website and Facebook. You can see photos from many of our rides on Facebook too.

As we do on the first Saturday of every month, we start from the south end of Wallingford Playfield at 42nd and Densmore at 2 p.m. We’ll try to be back no later than 4 p.m. Most of the ride is on the road and there will be cars. You are always welcome to walk any hills you cannot ride. The September 3 ride will be led by Cascade Bicycle Club and League of American Bicyclists-certified Ride Leader Michael Snyder and Cathy Tuttle.


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  1. Michael Snyder

    Slight correction: I am a League Certified Instructor. The League of American Bicyclists doesn’t have Certified Ride Leaders, Cascade does the ride leader certifications.

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