Queen, you’re not the only ones who want to ride your bicycle

 

 

This weekend the WALLY team attended the 2013 Seattle Bike Expo. The event was full of bicycle lovers and other Northwest Action Figures, and it seemed to be every cyclist's dream. Our favorite part was the bike race simulator, and of course we had to test it out for ourselves! 

That’s right, WALLY team members Justin and Cael went head-to-head in a virtual bike race. Although it was a close race, Justin ultimately claimed the victory. But don't be fooled because this was no easy race; Justin and Cael rode with every ounce of their energy during this one-mile ride!

We were also fortunate to take part in the official Seattle Bike Expo Scavenger Hunt.This was fun because we were able to interact with kids aged 4-12. Our booth was one of 10 checkpoints where young cycling fans could collect a stamp for their booklet. If they were able to answer a question about biking, we gladly stamped their book. Once they collected all the required stamps, they earned a fun prize.

Can you answer these questions that we asked the kids?

  1. What do you call a bike that has two or more seats?
     
  2. What time of day should you use your bicycle light?
     
  3. Which side do you pass on when you are riding your bike?
     
  4. What do you say when you are passing someone on your bike?

If you guessed tandem bike, use your bicycle light at night time, pass on the left side, and say "on your left" when passing someone, then we've got a stamp for you!

And, for all of the slightly older NW Action Figures and Recumbent Bike Commuters out there, we thought it would be useful to share Cascade Bicycle Club’s top tips for if you end up in a collision.  Of course, we hope we won't need them, but safety is always the best policy.

  1. Assess physical injury and call 911 if medical assistance is needed.
     
  2. Remain calm and non-confrontational.
     
  3. Get the vehicle’s driver’s insurance information, address, phone and license plate number.
     
  4. Get the name, phone number and address of every witness.
     
  5. Take photos of the scene, your injuries,  your bike and all other involved vehicles.
     
  6. Get the necessary medical treatment. Consider contacting an attorney for advice.
     
  7. Call the police or visit a police station within 72 hours to file a report.
     
  8. Have your bike thoroughly inspected by a bike shop.
     
  9. Report your collision on www.BikeWise.org

For more tips, come visit us at the PDX Bicycle Show on March 23 and 24! 

by  Victoria Hanlon

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