Friday is Bike to Work (and School!) Day, which is pretty much a holiday for folks on two wheels.
There will be Commute Stations all over the region, many of which will be armed with snacks and coffee. In a change from recent years, the main station will be outside KEXP studios at Dexter and John. The station will be broadcasting outdoors through the morning. The annual ride with the mayor will start there at 7:30 a.m. and head to City Hall for an 8 a.m. rally.
If you have never done the ride downtown with the mayor, it’s a lot of fun. I guarantee you have never ridden to work with this many other people before. And if you don’t work downtown, well, it’s still fun.
If you have a friend or co-worker who interested in giving biking to work a shot, let them know that Bike to Work Day is one of the best day to do it. There’s a ton of support and other people cycling, and everyone is full of smiles and in good spirits.
Basically, Bike to Work Day is a one-day look ahead a few years into the future when the number of people cycling had grown significantly. It’s empowering evidence that it can happen if we just keep working to make our city safer and create a more welcoming culture for people new to cycling.
Cascade has also upped the activities at the after party in Ballard:
After work, stop by the Ballard Street Party from 4-7 p.m. in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and enjoy live music, bike polo, test rides and more.
New this year, MOHAI will be displaying an antique penny-farthing bicycle, Theo Chocolates will be sampling their new World Bicycle Relief Bars, and we’ll be inviting you to strut your stuff in our new “Share Your Style” Bike Fashion Show. You can also rest your tired legs and tour the Ballard rain gardens and Ballard’s proposed Greenway with the fine folks at Seattle Pedi-Cab.
Here’s the full schedule:
- Commute stations 6-9 a.m. Find a commute station on your route by looking at our online station map
- Mayor’s Ride from KEXP station to City Hall, 7:45-8:05 a.m.
- Rally at City Hall 8-8:30 a.m.
- Ballard Street Party 4-7 p.m.
Below is a map of the Commute Stations. Obviously, someone needs to organize a “Bike to Work Day Alleycat for the Funemployed.” Start at 6, and you’ve got two hours to get to as many commute stations as possible by 8. The finish line would be City Hall for the rally. Next year…
Anyway, the map:
View Bike Month Activities & Bike to Work Day Stations in a larger map