News The Newsletter of the Redmond Cycling Club November 2004 And while you’re out there, promoting peace and Message from the prosperity through bicycling, check out these guys: Prez: And Now for www.peacepedalers.com. Met one of them at Interbike and was impressed with their mission and also their gear. These folks are Something Com- taking trolling for stokers to a higher plane and, one hopes, show- pletely Different ing people from other countries that we – meaning U.S. bicyclists By Tom Killion and our citizens in general – are basically decent and helpful humans not all bent on gobbling up, paving over, or just gener- Well, maybe not. After all, what do we really do but ride our ally mucking with the rest of the world. It’s a hard task because bikes, work on our bikes, talk about our bikes, and maybe even the news these days is tilted heavily towards the macho, but give dream about them. Jobs, family, politics, etc? What are those these guys credit for trying. but unfortunately necessary life impediments? Biking is where we enjoy life. And drink good wine, and beer, and coffee, and Closer to home, we can always offer our assistance to our eat great pastriesand food – NONE of which would be possible fellow bicycle clubs in their endeavors. Cascade has always had without BIKING. very active educational and political arms, so get involved! I suppose that there are other enjoyable pursuits, like garden- What can we do as RCC members? You might attend the ing, hiking, and maybe one or two other things, but they pale in Bicycle Alliance auction on Saturday November 13 and support comparison. the cause. The Club donates RAMROD (and Cannonball and S- 2-S!) tickets every year, and this year we have donated a framed, Which is why I propose that we all take to wearing campaign signed maillot jaune from Greg Lemond. buttons reading “I LIKE bIKE”. A candidate we can ALL get be- hind. Support your hobby/lifestyle/addiction with pride! Early next year is the Bike Works auction, which is a grass- (continues on page 2) General Group Health Publication Takes Up Topic of Senior Inside Meeting: Drivers and Safety: Choos- ing to Give Up Driving Sacred matters 3 Monday, November 1, 2004 Manastash 4 By The Editors Monday, December 6, 2004 Halloween 4 In several recent issues, we have Cycling’s Future in Seattle 5 discussed the subject of senior drivers and BGT Missing Link Extension 6 Third Place their potential effect on cyclists. This topic Fall Flatlander 7 Lake Forest Park Town Centre was dramatically brought to our attention 520 Bridge EIS 8 17171 Bothell Way NE by member Thomas Zylstra’s story of the Rides 9 Lake Forest Park, WA 98155 car-bicycle accident he incurred. Officers 9 Social meeting 6:30 PM In the Summer/Fall 2004 issue of Business meeting 7:15 PM “Senior Outlook,” a publication of Group Health Cooperative, adjusting to ceasing Submissions due to Janet Heineck to drive was the topic of the lead article. or Duane Wright by the 18th of each (continues on page 2) month. Redmond Cycling Club News October 2004 1 (from page 1) were printed. One of these especially Corrections gives heart to cyclists. “I gave up my car From the Prez In the August/September issue, in the four years ago and have never regretted roots organization in Columbia City S2S results, it was stated that Mike Raaka it. First I bought a better bike, which cost dedicated to helping kids get that first (or was the only rider to complete both Can- exactly the amount I would have spent for better) bike and learning right. (See http: nonball and S2S this year. In fact, Scott my next semi-annual car insurance. I bike, //www.bikeworks.org/auction.htm for more Youngren also completed both rides. bus, or walk, which keeps me quite fit. I information.--Ed.) call that my medication, the only one I take In the meantime, keep checking the at age 72. Talk about savings! A positive RCC website for information on upcoming mental attitude is, no doubt, the most Club events such as the elections at the important factor. Some seniors wait until December meeting, the Christmas Holiday they have an accident before they stop party, and the President’s, aka Cabbage driving. How much better to make such an Patch, Ride. important decision voluntarily.” Get out the rain gear and ride! Another story offers hope to all those at this transition point. “Gradually I became (from page 1) able to relax and realize the world had not stopped just because I no longer drove.” Group Health The article included a list of sources for In the previous issue, readers had been additional help, including a directory of asked to submit stories of their own experi- resources, a booklet of “Tips for Assessing ences of giving up their car keys and no Safe Driving,” and driving classes for older longer renewing their driver’s licenses. adults. The common misconception, that seniors are NOT disproportionately responsible The Conference Bike for accidents, was expressed. “Many of you challenged the idea that statistics can http://www.conferencebike.com/index.html clearly prove that seniors cause more ac- The ConferenceBike is a tricycle pedaled by 7 riders sitting in a circle. cidents than another age group.” Thanks to alert reader Greg Sneed. Or perhaps the results showed that readers harbored a misunderstanding, or wariness, of statistics. The article went on to clarify that “while younger drivers are most frequently cited for speeding and tailgating, elderly drivers are more likely to get citations for failing to yield, turning improperly, and running stop signs and red lights--all indicators of diminished driving ability.” Although cyclists certainly have reason to worry about speeding and tailgating, one could argue that motorists’ failure to yield, improper turning, and running stop signs and red lights pose the most serious hazards for bicyclists. Of the many stories submitted, eleven Redmond Cycling Club News October 2004 2 The Sacred Road Surface Athens Olympics officials had no giving an interview to MSNBC during the By Duane Wright understanding of the finer points of bicycle convention, city police showed up and racing and did their best to prevent any arrested him, confiscating his bicycle and Cyclists love smooth asphalt but will tell graffiti from appearing on the courses. Ru- printer. Kinberg was charged with criminal you that far too many of their miles have ral communities on the route of the recent mischief and criminal possession of graffiti been recorded on roads with too many 2,000-rider Madison, Wisconsin Ironman instruments. The court case has yet to cracks and pot holes. And if we never insisted that race organizers put up a bond be resolved. For more information, see see another FOOT of chip seal it will be to ensure that any graffiti would be cleaned website cited above. too soon! That’s why it’s hard for us to from the road surface after the event was understand when some people insist that Kinberg’s printing device begs for practi- over. they are upset when graffiti appears on the cal applications. SIR organizers pre-rid- road. Nowhere was the sacredness of ing brevets could mark the courses with pavement more affirmed than in New custom Dan Henry arrows complete with It’s hard to imagine a Tour de France York City during the Republican National club logos in full color. Cascade’s STP Dan without messages of encouragement Convention. Joshua Kinberg, an innovative Henrys could come complete with Group chalked onto the road surface by fans cyclist, attempted to enable the masses to Health Cooperative logos. The possibilities during a late night bout of drinking and write their thoughts remotely on the city’s are endless. patriotism. In this year’s race, the Trek he- pavement. “Using a wireless licopter often gave us an eyeful. The final Internet-enabled bicycle outfitted several kilometers of the Alpe d’Huez time with a custom-designed printing trial course was nearly solid with text. In device, the Bikes Against Bush one short segment of coverage, the follow- bicycle can print text messages ing messages leaped out from those in the sent from web users directly many languages represented on the road: onto the streets of Manhattan in “EPO Lance”, “Lance Sucks”, and “^#@k water-soluble chalk.” (From http: Lance.” Patient Lance-loving viewers got //www.bikesagainstbush.com.) their reward when a minute or so later the message “Lance, rip their $%^#s off” was Kinberg never was able to picked up by the ‘copter cam. demonstrate his device. While Rider displays the portable pavement print- ing device (Kinberg) And the Sacred Bicycle Submitted by alert reader Peter Beeson St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, in Menlo Park, Cal., is located on a popular cycling route. On Sunday, October 10, 2004, Reverend Dennis S. Tierney con- ducted his second annual blessing of riders and their steeds. The event was also a chance for cyclists to donate bicycles for farm workers in San Mateo County. Source: www.sfgate.com Reverend Dennis S. Tierney gives his bless- ing to cyclists and their bikes (photo by Cyclists have a right to the road too, you noisy, polluting, inconsiderate Kat Wode) maniacs! I hope gas goes up to eight bucks a gallon!--The dad of “Calvin & Hobbes,” responding to Calvin’s request for traffic safety poster ideas. From Strickland, “The Quotable Cyclist”. New York: Breakaway Books, 1997. Redmond Cycling Club News October 2004 3 Manastash 100k Saturday October 2, 2004 We had good weather with temperatures 50 to 55, half over- By Greg Sneed cast, and no rain, but it did get cold and spat a few drops above Indian John Hill. After the Cle Elum bakery stop, we enjoyed Sixteen of us rode the Ellensburg Manastash metric century heavy tailwinds back to Ellensburg. last Saturday. Our riders included Sylvia, Charlie, Gil, Robyn, Alex, Bill, Neal, Rod, Ralph, Ann-Marie, Greg, Lovey, Susan, Overall it was a B+ ride for October. Curley Sue, Terry, and Heartbeat. Seeya soon, G The distance was 62 miles and the elevation gain was 1,800 feet, with a stop at the Cle Elum Bakery. Lovey and I averaged 13.5 mph. Burnaby Velodrome Racing RCC Halloween Party • November 26-28 2004 Saturday, October 30,2004, 6pm. Potluck and BYOB. • January 7-9 2005 http://www.burnabyvelodrome.ca/default.html The club will provide plates, napkins, cups, utensils and some soft drinks. As our president says “You’re either for Where: Where: Susan’s house us … or a Guiness.” 6845 48th Ave NE (View Ridge/Wedgwood neighborhood) --Gil Sneed Seattle, WA 98115 (206) 529-1398 firstname.lastname@example.org Costumes strongly encouraged. Redmond Cycling Club News October 2004 4 CYCLISTS: WHAT TO DO IN A TRAFFIC other at-fault motorist is uninsured or when a hit-and-run motorist CRASH cannot be located. The cyclist’s insurer denied the claim and the From LAW North Carolina Court of Appeals agreed, because the state’s con- trolling statute says you must file a police report within 24 hours A League member who is an attorney in North Carolina urges of the accident. For more information on the case, see http: cyclists: All bike-car collisions should be reported to police officers //www.aoc.state.nc.us/www/public/coa/opinions/2004/ immediately for safety as well as insurance reasons, even if you 030947-1.htm.. don’t think you are hurt. If you’re involved in a hit-and-run crash while riding your bike, be sure to file a police report that same day. Sent in by alert reader Arlie Swanson. Your own auto insurance may cover you. If you delay and injuries crop up at a later date, you risk losing the benefits you’ve paid for When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when under your own auto policy. work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth Recently, a North Carolina cyclist was struck and brushed off having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, the road by a passing motorist. Initially, he thought he’d merely without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.--Arthur sprained his wrist and did not call the police. Five days later, Conan Doyle, in an 1896 article for Scientific American. From however, when his pain worsened, he discovered he’d fractured Strickland, “The Quotable Cyclist”. New York: Breakaway Books, his arm. He asked his own auto insurer to pay for “uninsured 1997. motorist” benefits, which cover your personal injuries when an- Cyclists, Conlin and the City Council Put Heads tween the September 14th and Octo- Together on the City’s Future for Cycling ber 12th sessions, the teams will travel NEWS Release: their designated areas on bike to look for improvements. SEATTLE - Councilmember Richard Conlin and the Bicycle Alliance of At the October 12th session, the teams Washington are sponsoring an event of cyclists will present their reports with that calls the City’s cyclists to put their maps, photos and written descriptions. heads together and identify ways Se- There will be a discussion of the issues attle can become a great city for cy- they found in their designated regions, cling. The Bicycle Facilities Collaborative of new ideas and recommendations. events will take place beginning Sep- tember 14th and October 12th, from When the reporting is complete, partici- 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM in the Bertha Landis pants will then prioritize all recommen- Room of City Hall. dations. The results of these sessions will be incorporated into a report to the “We know this is a great city to cycle City Council and will guide future deci- in, says Councilmember Richard Conlin, sions about cycling in Seattle. “but we know there are many improve- ments to be made. We think this is a For more information, call Councilmem- creative way to discover how to make ber Richard Conlin’s ofﬁce at 684-8805. bicycling in Seattle even better.” Jackie O’Ryan, Prior to the ﬁrst session, participat- Communications Specialist ing cyclists will form six teams, one for Seattle City Council each geographic area of the city. They Ofﬁce: 684-8159 will have received background materi- email@example.com als to review, giving them information on current projects, future plans, and the city’s proposed budget. Then, be- Redmond Cycling Club News October 2004 5 Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link Groundbreaking By Duane Wright On Saturday morning, September 18, a group of over 100 cyclists, community leaders and other Burke-Gilman Trail sup- porters braved gray skies and a slight drizzle to turn out for a groundbreaking ceremony near Shilshole Bay for the segment of the trail between the Ballard (Chittenden) Locks and NW 60th Street, to be completed by spring 2005. City Council members Richard Conlin, who bicycled to the ceremony, and Jim Compton addressed the crowd. Also handling shovels for the groundbreak- ing were council members Richard McIver and Jean Godden. See the Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail website at http://www.burke gilmantrail.org/ for more information. Event attendee wearing vintage tee shirt Map indicates the segment of Missing Link expected to be completed by spring of 2005 Dignitaries breaking ground. From left, Richard Mcgiver (Seattle City Council), unidentiﬁed (WSDOT project liaison), Jean Godden (Seattle City Council), Unidenti- ﬁed, Jim Compton (Seattle City Council) Richard Conlin (Seattle City Council), address- ing crowd (continues on page 7) Redmond Cycling Club News October 2004 6 B.C. Randonneurs Fall Flatlander 200k Sunday September 12 Photos and Captions by Peter Beeson Peter & Maggie Beeson: Smiling at the Cate Mallory and David Huelsbeck: Brimming Full of Start Energy and Good Cheer Cate and Naraya Enjoy Great Conversation and a Shared Passion for the Open Road The Peloton Navigates BCʼs Beautiful Country Roads: Farms, River Roads, Beautiful Scenery All Day! The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.--Iris Murdoch, “The Red and the Green”. From Strickland, “The Quotable Cyclist”. New York: Breakaway Books, 1997. Redmond Cycling Club News October 2004 7 Seattle City Council Members Respond to Suggestion to Include Madison Park - 520 Bridge Connector in Bridge Environmental Impact Study By Duane Wright From Jean Godden As an Executive Committee member on the SR 520 Bridge Project, I appreciate your suggested changes to the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS). While the City of Seattle is represented on the Executive Committee and plays a role in the policy-making and planning for this project, bear in mind that the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Sound Transit are the lead agencies on this project. As such, you will want to make sure and send your comments to WSDOT for inclusion in the official record for appropriate consideration. The project is currently in the environmental analysis phase with the DEIS due by the spring of 2005. Two alternatives are being analyzed to build a 4-lane and 6-lane replacement. In each of these proposals, a 14-foot-wide bicycle/pedestrian path is proposed along the north side of SR 520 through Montlake and the Evergreen Point Bridge connecting Montlake and the University District to the Eastside. Like you, a number of other individuals are requesting that the DEIS include a bike path connector between SR-520 and Madison Park. I will certainly keep your concerns and suggestions in mind as we move forward on this issue. The Executive Committee will be meeting between 1-4 p.m. on October 7 at St. Luke’s Church in Bellevue. For updated information and details on this project, please visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/SR520bridge/ Again thank you for bringing this issue to my attention. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any further assistance. From Richard McIver Thank you for your email, asking for City support for the study of a possible bicycle connection from Madison Park to a rebuilt 520 bridge in the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), which is to be prepared by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). I have received over a hundred such emails, an indication of the interest in such a connection among Seattle’s large and vocal bicycling community. The City has its own 520 Executive Committee, to guide City policy on such questions. The members of that committee are my Council colleagues Jean Godden and Richard Conlin, along with Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis, and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Director Grace Crunican. It is my understanding that SDOT staff recommended that the committee not ask WSDOT to include this issue in its DEIS. Staff reported that such a connection would most likely be very expensive, would create problems with views, and have adverse environmental shore and over-water impacts. There was also a concern that some in the Madison Park neighbor- hood have expressed strong opposition to such a connection. While not a bicyclist myself, I can certainly understand the appeal of such a connection to bikers, particularly those who live in the Madison Park neighborhood and who commute to jobs on the eastside. Councilman Richard Conlin has asked the Executive to pro- vide him with their evidence that such a connection would create unacceptable environmental impacts. I will be interested in seeing what information that is available on the issue. Depending upon what it shows, I may well find myself in agreement with you, and urge my colleagues to ask for further study of the question within the DEIS. Again, I appreciate your efforts in bringing this issue to my attention. From Richard Conlin Thank you for your message about the possible inclusion of a bike/ped connection to the Madison Park area in the Draft Environ- mental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the 520 bridge replacement project. This idea has been recommended by the communities adjoin- ing 520 through the 520 Local Impact Study, a study funded by the City and State to examine possible neighborhood transportation improvements to accompany the bridge reconstruction. (continues on page 9) Redmond Cycling Club News October 2004 8 information about the adverse environ- The hope is that a study for this connection Rides mental impacts, but the information I have can be done whether or not it is part of the received has not convinced me that the original DEIS. Saturday, November 6, 2004 connection should be ruled out. Thank you once again for your thought- Tacoma Museums I am now therefore prepared to per- ful comments. I am hopeful that the City Arlie Swanson & Duane Wright. sonally recommend that it be included in will be able to work with WSDOT in finding 9:15 a.m. ferry, Fauntleroy. Moderate. 45 the 520 DEIS, and will consider asking a way to study the possible bicycle/ miles. the Council to pass a resolution endors- pedestrian connection to Madison Park. We’ll cross Vashon and catch the ing study of the bike/ped connection to Tahlequah ferry to Point Deﬁance. Then Mayor Greg Nickels on to downtown Tacoma where one can Madison Park. Thank you for your letter urging choose from the brand spanking new Tacoma Art Museum, the pretty darn From Tom Rasmussen support of a bicycle/pedestrian lane new Glass Museum, or the not so very old connecting the Madison Park to Thank you for sharing your thoughts Washington History Museum (mix and SR 520. The City has received the match). Lunch possibly at Ruston. Bring with me regarding a potential study of a recommendations from the SR 520 lights (though we’ll try to be back before bicycle/pedestrian connection from Madi- Local Impact Study, which include dark). son Park to SR 520. I have been advised the recommendation of studying firstname.lastname@example.org that this connection was not part of the a bicycle/pedestrian connection email@example.com original Draft Environmental Impact Study between SR 520 and Madison Park. (DEIS) proposed by the Washington State I am pleased to convey to you 2005 SIR Brevets Department of Transportation (WSDOT) that the City recently sent a letter Schedule for its bridge replacement project. requesting WSDOT to further http://www.seattlerandonneur.org I agree that there should be such a evaluate the concept of a bicycle/ connection to SR 520. Also, I believe that pedestrian connection from Tuesday, July 19, 2005 Madison Park to SR 520. we need a better route for pedestrians and Gold Rush Randonnee (1200 km) I would like to thank you for bicyclists to the Montlake area and across Begins in Davis, CA your commitment to supporting the ship canal. The current Lake Wash- alternative transportation options http://www.davisbikeclub.org ington Boulevard connection through the for the citizens and visitors of our Arboretum is narrow, circuitous and, I feel, (from page 8) great city. risky for pedestrians and bicyclists. Seattle City Council At this point the DEIS process is too far Although City staff raised concerns along the process to be able to include about adverse environmental impacts the bicycle/pedestrian connection in the associated with such a connection, at my DEIS. However, because of the broad request the recommendation against it has community support for the connection, the been removed from the City’s response City will write to WSDOT requesting them to the Study. I had requested concrete to consider evaluating this connection. 2004 RCC Officers Secretary: Newsletter Editor: President: Amy Harman Janet Heineck Tom Killion, 206-418-0870 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Social Director: Newsletter Layout: Vice President: Greg Sneed, 206-784-1265 Duane Wright Shane Balkovetz email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Web Mistress: Webpage at: Treasurer: Linda Knapp, 206-524-9630 http://www.redmondcyclingclub.org Susan Cady firstname.lastname@example.org Email List at: email@example.com http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rcc-riders Redmond Cycling Club News October 2004 9 Redmond Cycling Club Membership Subscription Form Individual/Family* Membership Dues: $15 per calendar year Please complete this form and mail Redmond Cycling Club - Membership it with your dues to: Post Ofﬁce Box 1841 Bothell WA 98041-1841 [ ] New Membership [ ] Renewal [ ] Information change. Start date:______________ ______________________________________________ _____ _____________ First Name Last Name Membership# (ﬁrst 3 digits in top right of address label) ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ Address Line 1 Day Phone ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ Address Line 2 Evening Phone ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ City State Zip Code Email Address * One vote is allowed per membership when voting on RCC issues and one copy of the RCC newsletter is mailed for each member- ship. Use additional copies of this form if multiple family members are to be listed under this membership. Redmond Cycling Club Information The Redmond Cycling Club (“Where HILL is not a four-letter word”) is a group of cycling enthusiasts from the greater Seattle area. We meet on the ﬁrst Monday of each month at 7:15 p.m. at Third Place, Lake Forest Park Town Center, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155. Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m. Club phone number is (206) 781-3903. Our members participate in endurance riding, racing, training and informal social rides. We sponsor the popular Ride Around Mt. Rainier in One Day (RAMROD) and the cross-state ultramarathons CANNONBALL and S2S. For more information, attend one of our monthly meetings, write us at P.O. Box 1841, Bothell, WA 98041-1841, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can visit us on the Internet at http://www.redmondcyclingclub.org. Redmond Cycling Club P.O. Box 1841 Bothell, WA 98041-1841 Redmond Cycling Club News October 2004 10
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