The Burke Gilman Trail was filled with ringing bells and bright yellow safety vests on Friday as people ditched their cars and jumped on their bicycles to ride to work. With the sun shining and the birds chirping, we couldn't have asked for better weather to enjoy "Bike to Work Day."
Along the trail, and all throughout the city, the Cascade Bicycle Club set up "commuter stations" manned by volunteers from sponsors of Bike to Work Day. For the fourth year in a row, Becki Kniveton, a biologist for Shannon & Wilson Inc., volunteered at the commuter station sponsored by her employer.
Becki handed out water bottles, Clif Bars, maps, doughnuts and orange juice to the riders who stopped by her station. "Cascade Bicycle Club supplied all the good stuff," Becki said. "We just brought the doughnuts and orange juice."
Judy, another volunteer at the Shannon & Wilson commuter station, helps some riders
The bicycle club, along with their sponsors, had a Bike to Work after party in the streets of Ballard. Hansen's Soda, Scott Sports and many other sponsors put up tents and blocked off the road on 22nd Ave Northwest between Market Street and Ballard Avenue.
The streets of Ballard swarming with helmet-clad bikers
The closed block was packed with bicyclists and various attractions and giveaways. We know that the Recumbent Bike Commuter
was out there somewhere, but he blended in well with this crowd, and we never got a confirmed sighting. Electric bikes, bike racks and safety gear were just a few of the products on display. There also was a map with markers that riders could use to show the route they rode.
Brian Nichols mapped his 12-mile commute but said his ride can be anywhere from seven to 20 miles. As a general contractor, Brian has jobs all over Puget Sound and because he doesn't always work in one location, his commute varies greatly.
Brian Nichols mapping out his route
Brian likes to ride his bike to work, but with all the tools he needs, it is impossible to bike to a new job site. He has to drive his truck with all the equipment on his initial visit to the site and then, when Brian has the tools at the site, he is able to ride to work. "I think I have a pretty unique commute," he said.