A safer Seattle for cyclists
by Byron on Aug 30, 2006 at 8:28 AM
I was finishing up the racing season at Pacific Raceways (a crash fest, when it started raining) and missed the Bicycle Master Plan Public Meeting. The Seattle PI reports that 400 cyclists showed up to hear transportation officials discuss a “$300,000 project that will guide improvements to streets, bridges and trails to boost rider safety and encourage more Seattleites to pedal instead of drive.”
I checked the blogosphere this morning and haven’t seen reports from the meeting. There are two more meetings planned.
Hipster in a Hugger Shirt
by Byron on Aug 30, 2006 at 7:48 AM
Scott, our hip designer and brand manager, took this self portrait with a camera phone while biking to the store in a Hugger tshirt.
Nice. Those shirts will be showing up all over P-town, in Vegas for Interbike, and later this year San Fran and Girona, Spain.
We’ve also got a Canadian Contingent wearing them. Hello Canadians!
Bicycle Master Plan Public Meeting
by Byron on Aug 29, 2006 at 8:03 AM
A reminder that the Bicycle Master Plan Public Meeting is tonight at Gould Hall, UW Campus, 3949 15th Ave NE at 6:30 - 9:30 PM. On the agenda is an open house, presentation, and interactive workstations.
As posted earlier, I think most important in this plan are on-street routes and wayfinding. See the Cascade Commuter’s post as well.
Representin’ at Interbike
by Byron on Aug 28, 2006 at 7:26 PM
Bike Hugger will “represent” at Interbike this year blogging the booths, exhibits, culture, and most everything else. Interbike is North America’s largest bicycle trade event and show and we’re excited to meet bike industry people we’ve only corresponded with in email, including the long list of manufacturer’s parts going into Bettie, our project bike.
That list includes Cleverchimp, Xtracycle, Phil Wood, Sun Rims, Magura, and much more.
We’re also planning on hanging with our friends at REI and Davidson Bicycles and finding all the commuter gear we can. Related Interbike blogs include
Also see Bikeblogs.com for a directory of blogs and you’ll know us in Vegas by our Bike Hugger shirts.
Seattle Bicycling Plans on NPR
by Byron on Aug 28, 2006 at 8:51 AM
On the eve of a public meeting about the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan, KUOW’s Weekday is discussing cycling in Seattle.
To us, it’s all in the details, and less a master grand plan. Add more bike lanes, bike racks, and signs and that’ll make an enormous difference. I posted on this topic previously and the Seattle Weekly article criticizing the city. The city deserves the criticism. We do have great paths, but terrible on-street routes.
Yesterday, outside of the new Alley 24, we stopped for coffee and there are no bike racks. Across the street is REI, lots of bikes rolling out of that building, and here we were putting our bikes against a tree. The master plan should also have developers promoting cycling.
Another example is Alaskan Way, where thousands of cyclist ride the paths. When the cruise ships are in port, it’s a mess of traffic, cars in bike lanes, taxis, and not a friendly place to ride.
MS 150 Bike Tour
by Byron on Aug 28, 2006 at 8:32 AM
The Seattle PI reports on how cycling is helping MS patients fight fatigue and the related Group Health MS 150 tour on September 9 and 10th. The bike tour is a, “unforgettable, two-day journey through Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties.”
The article profiles Kathy McFadden, an MS patient and participant in the MS 150, who said, “I simply don’t think I would be feeling this good without riding.”
Cycling the Caspian Sea
by Byron on Aug 28, 2006 at 7:26 AM
A young Iranian cyclist will pedal 5,200 kilometers around the Caspian Sea to raise environmental issues and is expected to take 40 days.
Building Bettie, a sport-utility bike
by Byron on Aug 27, 2006 at 7:43 AM
Our sport-utility project bike, named Bettie, is being built. You can see Pam making a DIY cushion for Xtracycle’s SnapDeck, the boxes for the FreeRadical, and Stokemonkey.
Bettie, is a Bike Hugger project to build a sport-utility bike. Learn more by browsing the project tag tag. What’s a sport utility bike? It’s a bike that fits the cycling lifestyle. Use it to haul, commute, for fun, and to meet your transportation needs.
Photo of the day
by Frank Steele on Aug 24, 2006 at 11:37 PM
single track sandwich, by LJ0913.
Click through and look at this one larger (or huge) – I was drawn to it because of the cyclocross frame with dirt drops in the center picture.
Seattle’s Bike In
by Byron on Aug 24, 2006 at 12:53 PM
Featuring an evening of outdoor film and music, brought to you by Northwest Film Forum and the Cascade Bicycle Club, the Seattle Bike In is a unique outdoor event featuring live music and demonstrations about biking and the outdoors. Ending with movies on a big, outdoor screen, the event will be like going to Bike Hugga Town!
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