West Seattle scene: Bike-To-Work Day ‘station’ by The Bridge

As of 7:30 am, 209 bicyclists had checked in at Cascade Bicycle Club‘s official Bike-To-Work Day commute station by the west end of the “low bridge” – close to last year’s pace, we’re told. Matt from sponsoring BECU demonstrated the clicker being used to check riders in:

The station is up and running till 9 am, offering riders refreshments and information. It’s one of many around the city; then 4-7 pm, Cascade is presenting a citywide Bike-To-Work Day afterparty in Ballard – part of Seattle Summer Streets, which returns to West Seattle on Sunday with the main Alki roadway closed from SW Maryland to 63rd SW, 9 am-5 pm (the West Seattle 5K Run/Walk [co-sponsored by WSB] kicks off the day). P.S. There’s also a BTW Day rally downtown this morning – Cascade has photo links on its Twitter feed.

13 Replies to "West Seattle scene: Bike-To-Work Day 'station' by The Bridge"

  • Andy May 21, 2010 (8:27 am)

    Irony? I think so: People stopped at that commute station were taking up most of the sidewalk this morning, and I could barely ride through.

    No biggie, kind of funny, and probably just a momentary circumstance.

    National Stop on Your Way to Work Day?

  • aye jay May 21, 2010 (8:46 am)

    Hey Andy,

    It is national “Comment on the West Seattle Blog while your at work day” also. :)

  • Brian May 21, 2010 (8:47 am)

    Rather than think of it as an inconvenience think of it as a way for the community to celebrate you and your bike. I hope it made you put on a smile rather than a frown on your face.

  • Andy May 21, 2010 (8:56 am)

    No frowns, except at aye jay for calling me out like that – curse you!

    I appreciate it completely, and ride to work frequently. It was just one of those quirky little moments that happens sometimes. I rode up and kind of thought to myself “Really? Ohhh-kay.”

  • JAT May 21, 2010 (9:31 am)

    I like National Subtle Grammatical Correction Of Snarky Blog Commenter Day. Biking to work on Bike to Work Day is a little like heading to the Irish pub on St Patrick’s day – don’t be surprised if you see some spills…

  • johnnyblegs May 21, 2010 (10:35 am)

    There are some very interesting comments on the Seattle Times article written today.

  • wundrgrrrl May 21, 2010 (10:51 am)

    I’m a “fair weather” bike commuter and while this morning barely qualified, I ventured out for BtW day. I stopped at WS, Broad, and Lk Union commute stations, and West Seattle was the BEST! Loved the treats and stamped banana’s, though I lost mine enroute :(

  • peopledust May 21, 2010 (11:01 am)

    I love seeing all the bike to work people at the commuter station. :) It makes me smile. Way to go first time bike commuters! Keep it up!

  • Andy May 21, 2010 (11:03 am)

    Yeah, johnnyblegs, ugly and predictable in the comments over there. Drivers hate cyclists, cyclists hate drivers. I drive and bike in just about equal measure, just cruise around hating myself all day. Tough on the self esteem!

  • Karen May 21, 2010 (1:13 pm)

    Pretty ironic that a cyclist ended up under a car just a couple of blocks away the day before the rally. be careful out there and respect each other’s right to be on the road, me, I drive a car but stay out of the way of the trucks.

  • Catherine May 21, 2010 (9:04 pm)

    I saw this on my way into work on Harbor Island. Not wanting to cause an accident, I looked quickly while the light was red and proceeded to work. I was a little jealous I couldn’t partaketh- it looked neat :)

  • AJP May 22, 2010 (4:23 pm)

    I missed BTW day for the first time in five years because I have a lovely 3 month old daughter who doesn’t belong on a bike just yet. I’m so sad I missed all the fun and conviviality at the BTW stations. My husband was out representin’ though. Next year I’ll be back!

    Andy–from your first comment I gathered you are one of those uber serious bikers who intimidated me so much it took me years to get on a bike and ride to work because I was afraid I’d be made fun of for not having the right gear or being too slow or something. But your comment about hating yourself made me laugh!

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