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Mar102010

« Kidical Mass to the Bike Expo! »

This weekend March 13-14 is the Seattle Bike Expo, the largest consumer bicycle show in the US! We had a great time last year, and may be going both days this weekend, to catch some trials riding, Willie Weir and other speakers, and to demo some family bikes (the Zigo, Dutch Bikes, etc).

So March's Kidical Mass will run from Ballard Commons Park to the Bike Expo, across the locks, through the railyard, to Elliott Bay. A lovely route. Time is up to you! I'll post consensus details in the next day or two, but I thought I'd see what time worked for most of you. Saturday mornings seem to have a lot of class/sports conflicts. Let me know in the comments or by email if you'd come Sat late morning, Sat early afternoon, Sun morning, or Sun afternoon.

UPDATE: Sunday it is ... meet at Ballard Commons Park at 10:45am, leave at 11am, should be there in time for the Ryan Leech trails riding extravaganza. Bring food if your kids are finicky, but otherwise I believe there will be food vendors.

Speaking of the route, Google Maps went live last night with bicycle routes and directions, led by a Seattle team of developers. Yay!!! It includes bike trails, bike lanes, and even unofficial preferred bike routes, and takes hills, traffic, and other bikey considerations into account, with reasonable time estimates and route alternatives. Check it out, using our route as a starting point. Note the dark green (separate trails), light green (bike lanes), and dotted green (bike-friendlier streets) bike routes on the map. The little-used terrain (instead of map/satellite) feature is also handy for bikes. Definitely use the feedback button for questionable recommendations, as they will be updating their bike routes based on user feedback. Can't wait for the iPhone map update. 

I leave you with a nice video from the new peopleforbikes.org, a new project from Bikes Belong, which aims to mobilize online and local support for bikes. Check it out!

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Reader Comments (2)

Sounds fantastic. I'm out of town this weekend, but have a great ride, and have fun at the expo!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterghdurham

Looking forward to the Bike Expo & the latest Kiddical Mass ride reports. Posted the People For Bikes video as well. It makes me smile. Yay!

March 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersara

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