Or at least the stage is being set.
Earlier this month, Cascade’s Bicycle Ambassadors headed down to Columbia City to lead a kid’s bicycle parade in the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade. People decorated and displayed their bicycles and family bicycle fun was had.
A big question that I came away with is why can’t I feel this comfortable bicycling in Rainier Valley all the time? There are a few movements afoot and the opportunity to get involved is right now.
From Bike Works:
HELP DESIGN A GREENWAY FOR RAINIER VALLEY- Easy, Safe, Enjoyable walking and biking for everyone!!
Have you ever thought, “I’d love to walk to the store, but that street crossing is too dangerous”? Or, “I wish I felt comfortable biking my kids to school, but there’s no good route”? Would you like to make the Rainier Valley a fun and inviting place to walk and bike around, while also providing easy and clear routes for drivers? Then come on down to Bike Works and start the Labor Day weekend right with a Neighborhood Greenways gathering! Draw your favorite biking and walking routes on the Rainier Valley map. Pinpoint the things you love and hate about walking and biking in your neighborhood, or places you think are dangerous.
Enjoy the satisfaction of being involved in building a network of safe streets through the Rainier Valley, making it easy and low-stress to get around by foot, car, bus, and bike, for kids, adults, and people of all skill levels. Once we have data from a bunch of folks Rainier Valley Greenways will apply for funding through the city (via the Bike Master Plan and others) to address the issues and make it real! Cookies, snacks, drinks, maps, and thought-provoking discussion provided. Join in!
Friday, Aug. 31 6 to 7:30 p.m. At Bike Works- 3709 S. Ferdinand, Seattle WA 98118
Wednesday, Sept. 5 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rainier Beach Library Meeting Room, 9125 Rainier Ave S
See you there!