Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Burien's Kristi Moen speaks the language of bikes and health in Olympia

At my work, we're renovating our building. And in the fog of the thousands of decisions being made, there are a lot of questions about how the remodel is going to support bike commuting.

So we cycling nuts find ourselves having to "sell" the benefits of bike commuting to building management constantly. We've tried everything - cost savings, happy employees, green commuting - but don't always hit the mark.

So the other day one of my coworkers sends me this blog post from the Bicycle Alliance of Washington's blog. "This is how you do it!" He says. As I read it not only do I realize he's right, I also realize I know this person... She's from Burien!

Kudos to our own Kristi Moen for taking her passion for cycling and safe streets to Olympia and advocating on all of our behalf. And great write up too! Check it out: Advocacy Through Fresh Eyes

Monday, March 21, 2011

2011 B-Town Bike Fair - WE NEED YOU!

A note to the faithful-

Last year the B-Town Bike Fair pulled together over 50 other local volunteers to deliver an amazing pedal-powered event at the Burien Wild Strawberry Festival.

Over 100 kids participated in the bike rodeo, more than 125 helmets were given away free of charge, we held a first-ever community wide bicycle scavenger hunt, and enough bikes were donated to support youth programs that we needed four truckloads to haul them all away!

Our goal was to begin to build community and a conversation around safe streets and a more livable place through healthy forms of transportation. But the momentum from last year's Bike Fair has taken us way beyond our expectations. While several of us, as event organizers, have humbly received recognition from the City and Cascade Bicycle Club, the most exciting thing is the energy building behind biking in Burien!

But now it is time to shift our gears and focus once again back to the Fair. We want the 2011 edition to be bigger and better than last year, but we need your help. This a community powered event and we are looking for volunteers who are passionate about safe streets and making our community stronger through biking. We need you!!!

The event will be held, once again, in partnership with the Wild Strawberry Festival on Saturday June 18th. We'll need people to help guide kids through the bike rodeo, fit helmets, help with adaptive cycles, orient scavenger hunt riders, and we have a few new tricks up our sleeve as well. There are opportunities to help the day of, or beforehand. We can use people who like to be in the middle of the chaos and those who like to work behind the scenes.

In a day or two, we'll post a broader call on the B-Town Blog, but we wanted to start with our existing committed volunteers first. We want your help again. Contact Brooks at or Jimmy at to discuss what you'd like to do. You can also contact us through this blog or on Facebook, where we provide updates on the Fair and other interesting things going on related to biking in Burien.

And if you need additional inspiration, this video says it all:

Friday, March 18, 2011

An opportunity to buy a vintage ride - March 23rd

The 23rd Annual Seattle Old Bike Swap Meet and Show is coming up a week from this Sunday; the 23rd of March (7am - 1pm). The swap meet has moved from it's old location in Kent up to Shoreline (17177 Meridian Avenue North).

The rumor is that this event is a good place to get a good deal on a good variety of bikes, but especially old school Schwinn's and other vintage rides. If you like that older style of bike, this is the premiere opportunity to shop this year.

My friend JR picked up this vintage Schwinn cruiser at the Swap a few years ago for a little more than $100. I have to admit, when you feel this old steel cruiser roll you realize what a great value these old bikes are. They don't make em like they used to. Well actually they do, but have to pay an arm and a leg.

Friday, March 11, 2011

It's official; Marya's an "everyday adventurer."

Originally published in the B-Town Blog and Highline Times, my recent little blurb on the virtues of bicycling was built around an insight of my wife, Marya's, which came to her after a few weeks riding on our long-tail Xtracycle. Somehow through the magic of the internet, the Xtracycle folks picked up on this and featured it in their Everyday Adventurers Blog.

Amazingly we wouldn't even have known had Marya's brother not been randomly browsing the Xtracycle blog the other day. I guess everyday adventure runs in the family.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Do you ever wonder if the health benefits associated with bicycling outweigh the safety risks? They do... by 9 times.

If you're like me and you can't read the whole study, here's the abstract. If you prefer to check the statistical methodology, here's the link to the full study. As my favorite professor used to say, "You can smell the science!"

We quantified the impact on all-cause mortality when 500,000 people would make a transition from car to bicycle for short trips on a daily basis in the Netherlands. We have expressed mortality impacts in life-years gained or lost, using life table calculations. For individuals who shift from car to bicycle, we estimated that beneficial effects of increased physical activity are substantially larger (3–14 months gained) than the potential mortality effect of increased inhaled air pollution doses (0.8–40 days lost) and the increase in traffic accidents (5–9 days lost). Societal benefits are even larger because of a modest reduction in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and traffic accidents.

Conclusions: On average, the estimated health benefits of cycling were substantially larger than the risks relative to car driving for individuals shifting their mode of transport.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Your chance to insert your ideas into Burien's Visioning Process!

Very short notice opportunity to insert your ideas into Burien's visioning process. The City is looking for volunteers to participate in the recreation affinity group tomorrow at City Hall at 9:30am. Call Jenn Ramirez Robson if you're interested. I'll be participating on the "getting around town" affinity group on Monday but it would be great to have the healthy transportation perspective included anywhere we can get it. Here's the contact info.

Jenn Ramirez Robson
(206) 439-3165