My return to mountain biking had many scenes like this. It was not all effusive blog posts, tweets, and videos. Those times I slow-hucked the gnarls, rode up puke hill, or away from wolves had dabs. Not the same syntax, but did feel those mind fs in my head. Helmet worked ok though and was not a c-word. 22 times it took me once to get up a technical section with my Cross bike last season.
Bag of freeky fries in a jersey pocket
The Giro is on and reminds me of the time we rode there on the Dragon’s back in what’s aptly called a Cycling Mecca. We got lost on every route and we’re ok with it cause Italy is that beautiful with well-paved roads, cars that defer to you, and good food. We ate, slept, and rode there a few years ago in a hotel that the Pros used to base their training at.
King 5 interview cyclists at the intersection
Stopped at the intersection where Lance David died this week. A King 5 camera crew was taping the ghost bike and interviewing cyclists. Shared my thoughts, as did others, and the story ran last night with friends remembering him as a cyclist. While there, the reporter was talking to the family on the phone as semis carried containers from the port to the rail yard. I said the area was a gauntlet, including the six-corner intersection at Spokane and Marginal where my wife was hit last month. The planners and advocates will take this as a call to action and I hope make it a cycling corridor, as well as a trucking one.
Returning home, I assisted a cyclist who crashed rounding the corner southbound from Alaskan to Spokane. His tire skipped a seam and he went down on a sidewalk that used to be a path. It’s now a spillway that sends cyclists into the gauntlet. Like Lance, that cyclist was experienced and rides Alaskan Way frequently.
Lance’s widow posted a statement on the West Seattle blog noting the cause of the accident is not known. We may never know, but what’s more important is that Seattle’s streets become more rideable. Despite cycling friendly ratings by marketers and fundraisers that don’t live or ride here, we’re not a bike town. That label doesn’t apply until the infrastructure better supports us. It’s a little-known fact that Seattle city attorneys have argued that no duty of care is owed to cyclists.
We’re on our own here and demand more.
Reimagining Bicycle-Friendly Cities
I’m hosting a panel about Bike Culture at the Urban Bike Symposium in June, here in Seattle, on the UW Campus. There’s academics, advocates, bloggers, and cyclists. Also, a call for builders and makers to participate. On the agenda are social events and a showcase for bikes and gear for free. Contact the organizers and we’ll see you there.