Tuesday, September 21, 2010

How you can help make B-Town more bicycle friendly

The 2010 Washington State Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project is upon us and we're looking for volunteers here in Burien to collect bike and pedestrian data at designated stations between Tuesday October 5th and Thursday October 7th. The collection of data building on Burien's 2009 effort will help tell the story of bikeability and walkability in our community and help us advocate for infrastructure that supports transportation choices.

Here is a map of the stations we completed last year (each station has last year's count totals noted).

View Burien Bike/Pedestrian Counts in a larger map

To get a "complete" count at a station we need a morning shift (7-9am) and an afternoon shift (4-6pm) sometime between Tuesday October 5th and Thursday October 7th. And not only is the data valuable but spending two hours watching people move through one place offers a unique perspective of your community (I also got to listen to a whole morning news cycle on NPR uninterrupted by children, which may have been a first).

Have a look at the list below and let me know by email (huevodelcampo@gmail.com) if you think you could cover a AM or a PM shift and if so what your station preference would be.

Station 1 - SW 136th St & 4th Ave SW
Station 2 - Ambaum & SW 136th St.
Station 3 - SW 150th St. & 4th Ave SW
Station 4 - SW 152nd & 21st Ave SW
Station 5 - SW 152nd & 1st Ave S.
Station 6 - S. 136th St & 8th Ave S
Station 7 - 1st Ave S & Normandy Rd
Station 8 - Ambaum & SW 144th
Station 9 - SW 160th & 4th Ave Sw

(Bike) Trailer Trash In Burien

Love this. For the full experience go to DIY Rob's blog at http://robj98168.blogspot.com/2010/08/most-pathetic-dog-in-world-ever.html

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Burien bike advocacy efforts gaining visibility in Olympia?

Joe Fitzgibbon who is running for State Representative in Washington's 34th district (i.e. the one that has Burien in it) was interviewed by the West Seattle Blog the other day (click here for full interview).

Not only did Joe mention the importance of bike and pedestrian transportation investments as a legislative priority, he pointed specifically to the B-Town Bike Fair as an example of the growing interest in bikes as a form of transportation.


Two amazing (and free) bike events in Seattle this July

Hey. Just an FYI on two really amazing events this month in Seattle. First is the Cyclefest being put on by Cascade Bicycle Club Thursday July 22nd at Magnuson Park. Kids events run from 4-7pm including a treasure hunt, adaptive cycles, bike art activities, and a kids bike parade! Later on and running until 11pm are a BMX stunt show, outdoor films and more.

And then on Saturday July 31st, New Belgium Brewery rolls their "Tour De Fat" into town for an all day family friendly extravaganza dedicated to bicycles and sustainable living. This will be held at Gasworks Park and it's apparently enough of a spectacle that you'll want to show up early to ensure you get in. Oh, and you should know that they expect you to arrive on your bike!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A message to our volunteers and supporters

Hi B-Town Bike Fair Volunteers and Supporters –

What a blast we had on Saturday – and we absolutely couldn’t have done it without every one of you! Whether you supported us behind the scenes or came out to work with the kids or staff a booth – this was community cooperation at its best. Words can’t express the appreciation I feel for each one of you and the unique role you filled – thank you for your support and willing spirit! You are amazing!

While the weather was a bit on the chilly side for June and there were a few drops of rain, we had lots of participants. Over a hundred kids participated in the bike rodeo by getting bikes checked out, helmets fitted (125+ given out) and riding in the bike obstacle course. Some young riders went through that obstacle course over and over and over… Eleven participants completed the awesome bicycle scavenger hunt that Brooks put together and we hope that’s just the beginning of a tradition. We also had loads of trike-riders and the adaptive cycles were once again a hit. Bikeworks received many donated bikes for their organization, kids played the bean-bag toss game, people explored the bike samples booth and we had some great Bike Art from local high school students on display.

Check out some images from the event on our blog at www.btownbikefair.org (and stay tuned for future Burien bike activities)…

Thanks and until next time,

Anne, Brooks and Jimmy

B-Town Bike Fair Coordinators

P.S. Who made this happen? 10 Partner Organizations, 14 Business Donors/Participants, 9 Individual Donors, 52 Volunteers – WOW!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Best Pics from the B-Town Bike Fair

B-Town Bike Fair Favorites

As we get ready to post our thank you's to all who supported this great event, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite photos from last Saturday.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Bike Fair Tomorrow - This short clip says it all

Well tomorrow's the big day when two-wheeled pedal-powered monsters will descend on Burien. Months of preparation, legions of volunteers, and donuts will all come together tomorrow morning starting at 10am.

Why should you come? Fun, health, sustainability, maybe some free stuff. Even if you don't care about those things you will at least come because our children (who have endured endless meetings) believe that this is the biggest deal on the planet and they believe you will come..... rain or shine.

So we, and our kids, hope to see you tomorrow and hope this is great pedal stroke forward for Burien in promoting healthy transportation choices in our lovely little town.


Brooks, Jimmy, & Anne

Saturday, June 12, 2010

10 indications that it's time to donate that old bicycle at the B-Town Bike Fair next Saturday

  1. You weren't sure whether it was even in the garage to begin with.
  2. Your child's knees hit their chin when they pedal.
  3. The noise from the rusty chain drowns out the 3rd runway.
  4. You don't know how to fix the flat tire and don't plan on learning.
  5. You believe in karma.
  6. It hasn't been ridden since Lance's last Tour De France victory (2005)
  7. Selling on Craigslist scares you now.
  8. The streamers clash with your spandex race shorts.
  9. It would provide the perfect excuse to buy that new one you want.
  10. You like the idea of a kid, who can't afford to buy a bike, learning how to fix it up and earning it by volunteering.
There are many good reasons to bring that old forgotten bike to the B-Town Bike Fair on Saturday June 19th.

Seattle nonprofit, Bike Works will be there at Fair on SW 152nd and 5th Ave SW in Burien to receive bike donations and talk about their programs from 10am to 3pm.

We hope this "bike drive" is the beginning a new relationship with organizations like Bike Works, that could plant the seeds for similar programs here in B-Town. See our previous post for more info.

Monday, June 7, 2010

12 days until the Fair - We need your help to get the word out!

Dear Bike Fair Friends,
We are less than two weeks away from the B-Town Bike Fair and we need your help spreading the word about this event.

The success of this event -- which will be held in conjunction with the Burien Wild Strawberry Festival on June 19th -- will depend on people coming WITH THEIR BIKE!!! (on their bike would be even better).

We will be continuing to post short blurbs about what's on tap at the Fair over the next two weeks, but we need your help through old fashion word of mouth.

  1. Let your friends know that the B-Town Bike Fair is happening.
  2. Send them the link to our blog (www.btownbikefair.org), which has a detailed schedule of activities, and other related information about what we're doing.
  3. Let them know they can "friend" us through Facebook.
  4. Tell them to bring their bike (not just kids, many activities, including the scavenger hunt targets adults and families).
  5. Let them know we will be holding a "bike drive" where they can donate old forgotten bikes to a non-profit that works with youth to restore them.
...And 6) send us note through Facebook or at btwnbikefair@gmail.com if you have questions or ideas.

And thanks!
-Brooks, Anne, Jimmy

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Highline High School art students look for inspiration in bicycles

From fixed gears to beach cruisers, bikes are definitely all the rage right now world wide. And not surprisingly, there is no lack of contemporary art with references to the bicycle. Bikes and art just go together.

Marya, our own "Bike Fair Art Guru", teamed up with the Highline High School arts program to see what kind of inspiration local students could draw from bikes, and the role of bikes in our community. We captured a sample here of the wide ranging 2-D images generated from these creative young artists.

In partnership with the City's Parks & Recreation Department, a series of black and photographs from Highline's Photography class will be on display at the new Burien Community Center starting this Thursday June 10th running up to the Bike Fair.

All 2-D and some 3-D pieces will be on display at the Bike Fair on June 19th. We are really excited to have the perspective that these students bring on display at our Fair.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Bicycles to reflect the abilities of our whole community

One of the first things we agreed on in planning the B-Town Bike Fair is that we wanted it to reflect the entire community of Burien. We’re working at this in a few ways, one of which is our continued partnership with the Outdoors for All Foundation. Anne, who has brought their amazing collection of adaptive cycles to Burien for bike rodeos in prior years, has lined them up to be a part of the B-Town Bike Fair this year.

Their fleet includes a large variety of cycles including three- and four--wheeled bikes, hand-cycles, tandem bikes and recumbent cycles. Whatever your physical ability level, come try out something new and see the variety of cycles available.

The Outdoors for All Foundation seeks to bring the joy of the outdoors to everyone by sharing their expertise in adaptive recreational equipment. They are one of the largest nonprofit organizations providing year round instruction in outdoor recreation for people with physical, developmental and sensory disabilities. And they don’t just do bikes! Outdoors for All’s year round programming includes snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country and downhill skiing, cycling, hiking, river rafting, canoeing and kayaking, day camps, water skiing, rock-climbing, camping and custom events.

To learn more go to: www.outdoorsforall.org

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The scavenger hunt: It's about the prizes and more...

After doing a few bike rodeos just for kids, this year we wanted to create an element to get older kids, adults, and familes on their bikes and involved in an event. In addition to safety inspections etc. the main thing we've done for more "mature pedalers" is organize a scavenger hunt. And yes there will be prizes for those that complete it successfully. So that means, bring your bike to the Wild Strawberry Festival!!!!

Why a scavenger hunt you ask? Biking to work, the store, and... well anywhere is getting to be a more common occurance these days. It's healthy, it's green, it's cheaper. And it's been well documented that the length of the average trip made by Americans is only about 3 miles!

So we partnered with Sustainable Burien to create a Scavenger Hunt. We are hoping to do a few things:

1) Get people of all ages out riding around and experiencing Burien in a new way.

2) Highlight a few local "green" businesses that fit nicely with this mode of transportation.

3) Have fun.

4) Give away stuff.

The hunt will run from about 11am to 2pm and participatnts will cover about 3 miles on their bikes (i.e. that Average american trip). It should take most folks about 40 minutes.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Official Bike Fair posters going up this week!

Keep your eyes peeled for our official poster in the next few weeks as you make your way around town.

Our goal is to get as many people as possible to show up to the Wild Strawberry Festival on -- or with -- their bike.

The more kids and adults getting helmets fitted, building their riding skills in the rodeo, and navigating the scavenger hunt, the more successful this event will be!

....and compliments to Marya for a nice job on this handmade poster.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Recycle your old cycle at the Bike Fair

There are estimated to be tens of millions of unused bicycles in the U.S. sitting in garages, collecting dust. We wanted to see how we could use the Fair to put some of those underutilized cycles back into use.

We will have experienced mechanics from Bicycles West, REI, and other shops at the B-Town Bike Fair to do free routine safety checks on your bike. Hopefully this will tip the balance for many to get that squeaky chain cycle back out on the road.

But there are also a lot of bikes that have been outgrown or for other reasons just aren't going to get ridden. So Jimmy has also reached out to Bike Works, a non-profit based in southeast Seattle that restores old and underutilized bicycles and gets them in the hands of kids in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

One Bike Works program that is really cool is the Earn-A-Bike program. In an eight week series of classes kids learn the basics of bike repair and practice this work on recycled bikes that will be given to other community organizations. Once they have accrued 18 hours of community service doing bike repair they are able to pick out and rebuild their very own bike!

So bring that old bike in to our Fair at the Wild Strawberry Festival on June 19th and we'll help get it back on road one way or another.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Pastries by bike: Half the price and half the guilt

We've been connecting with many businesses around town that are taking steps to be green, and with this, many want to be a part of building a bike-friendly community. We have secret plans to shamelessly plug for several of these local green entrepreneurs, but today we have to tip our helmets to Burien Press.

In addition to discounts offered to customers that bring in a Link light rail ticket, Burien Press offers half-price off all pastries for customers arriving by bike!

So if you do the math.... the average trip an American makes is between 2 and 3 miles. Most estimates are that you burn about 35 calories for each mile you bike. So you're probably burning off about half of that pastry just getting there. And if you only have to pay for half of it in the first place, it's pretty much a free pastry. Right?

Now if we could just get a bike rack right in front of the shop all would be right in the world.

Friday, April 30, 2010

REI to partner with B-Town Bike Fair!

REI will be sponsoring a bicycle safety check station at the 2010 B-Town Bike Fair. They have participated twice before at the Burien Bicycle Rodeos of 2006 and 2007 and we welcome them back!

We have received commitments from a few bike shops in the South End to bring mechanics to the Bike Fair, but the early commitment from the REI Southcenter Store helped solidify our plans to offer safety checks.

Bring your bike to the safety check station during the B-Town Bike Fair to get your bike checked out and learn more about services offered at the Southcenter REI location.

In addition to all the skis, snowboards, and camping gear that REI offers, they have a full service bike shop staffed by experienced technicians. They flat repair, overhauls and just about everything in between. Their bicycle tune up packages that range from $75 to $175 but of course those of us who are REI members get significant discounts on all shop rates.

It's great to have them back.

Wouldn't it be great if there were an REI store in the new Burien Town Square?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

"Baiku" (a haiku for bikes)

Cycling spring Sunday
Mom pedals trailer with kids
Spandex zooms through town

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Why Highline Medical Center was the first partner of the B-Town Bike Fair

The very first organization that stepped up to support our event this go around was the Highline Medical Center Foundation. Why? Because HMC is a community hospital that serves Burien. A community hospital, we've learned, is a for-profit entity, but one that is also the first line in a community in taking on health issues. They often take on issues that many private regional hospitals can't or won't.

HMC also happens to be opening a brand new state-of-the art ER. For the HMC Foundation this is a perfect year to focus on the health and safety of our community. While HMC is still waging a multi-million dollar capital campaign to complete funding the new ER, they eagerly supported us with the purchase of many of the several bike helmets that we will be able to provide to kids (and maybe a few adults) at the Bike Fair that don't have them. We will have helmet fitters, trained by SafeKids, to ensure helmets are sized and adjusted properly.

Today at the ER grand opening, HMC Foundation gave 150 helmets away. Several Bike Fair organizers were on hand to help staff and SafeKids fit helmets on kids and say thanks for their support of our the B-Town Bike Fair.

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May is National Bike Month

We can't talk about bikes without mentioning this small news item.

Most activities in the region are supported by Cascade Bicycle Club including:
- The Group Health Commute Challenge
- Bike to Work Day
- Bike to School Day and Month

There will be many events around the Puget Sound area over the course of the month. More info available at Cascade's website. The big one for us grown ups being Bike-To-Work Day on Friday May 21st. Get that chain oiled and tires pumped up and pedal your way to the office. You'll be one of about 20,000 in the Seattle area alone. If you're up for more than one day, you can get your office to register a team and track your miles (it's free and prizes are involved). There is also a bike to school program. I don't believe any schools in Highline are set to participate yet.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The first component of the Fair - The Bike Rodeo

What is a Bike Rodeo?

A Bicycle Rodeo is a fun bicycle safety skills event that provides children an opportunity to practice and develop skills that allow them to be better bicyclists and avoid typical crashes.

It includes a variety of stations and activities such as helmet fitting and free helmets to those that need them, bicycle safety inspections, bicycle skills course for elementary, a preschool track and adaptive cycles by Outdoors for All for everyone to try. The Bike Rodeo is designed for ALL children 12 and under.

The heart of the rodeo is the bicycle skills course where kids ride their bikes through stations and get immediate feedback from an adult volunteer. Children are allowed to repeat the station or course as many times as they’d like since the goal is for participants to learn, practice and demonstrate their bike handling skills in a fun, noncompetitive atmosphere. All children will earn a certificate of completion when they’re finished.

We will have several loaner bikes available, so don’t worry if you aren’t

able to bring your own bike (though we’d recommend riding to the Strawberry Festival as a family just for the fun of it!) We invite you to participate in the Bike Rodeo and look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Why "Bike" Burien?

Burien is an interesting town. We are not "new urbanism" but we aren't a sprawling suburb either. What we are is a very culturally and economically diverse community sharing a city that is young. And we are making decisions about how we use space, move people and goods in a way that makes our place more livable for everyone.

Biking is one way -- a people powered way -- to get around town. Rarely in life are there silver bullets, but the bicycle may be one. Riding a bike is good for our health, it's good for the environment, it's fun, and it builds community by connecting people to their neighbors and local businesses. There are other good things about bikes; too many to list.

The organizers of the B-Town Bike Fair want to see more biking in our community. We want our citizens to benefit from the positive attributes of biking and we want our community to be part of the solution to the "big" problems of the world.

So with our event we begin by celebrating bikes with people big and small, young and old, new to this community (and country) and those that have been around here a while. It's about empowerment. We'll focus on safety and a little bit on rules & etiquette. There will be information and art and a place to recycle underutilized bikes so they can be restored and made available to someone who can't a afford a new one. And participants will also get a chance to get out and use their bikes to connect to interesting businesses and places in town, reinforcing the connections this tool of transport offers.

We also hope to learn from the people who participate.... What is the potential for biking in Burien? What are the barriers? Who is doing it? Who wants to? It's a start. It should be fun.