As we’ve noted previously, Seattle has the biggest number of bike bloggers per capita of any city in the nation. Today we were out in force covering Bike to Work Day.
The irony, of course, is that bike bloggers — like all our ilk — typically work in the basement of our parents’ homes, in our pajamas, between bouts with the Playstation. OK, I’m exaggerating. Sometimes we get dressed.
In any case, Bike to Work Day poses a bit of a quandary, since to participate in literal fashion would mean something like riding around the block. While that might fit in with our general lifestyle, it hardly qualifies us as bona fide Bike to Workers.
So on this one day out of the year, we pretend to be like real employees with real jobs and real commutes. And in the sense that chasing after Seattle’s peripatetic mayor and wringing quotes from people like David Hiller of the Cascade Bicycle Club and Mike O’Brien of the Seattle City Council and taking photos and videos and helping Pete Verbrugge of Cascade tear down the canopies after the City Hall rally … to the extent that all this is real work, then hey, we earned our spoke cards!
- Josh Cohen, Publicola’s Bike Nerd, rode in with the Mayor and covered the big downtown rally.
- Car Free Days was at the Fremont Bridge to meet the mayor, having dramatically captured the Bike Fairy.
- Totcycle promised to be out in full glory with its Kidical Mass (“fun, safe, and courteous”) ride from Ballard at 5:45 p.m., convening during the After-Party from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bell Tower.
- Seattle Likes Bikes posted bunches of photos.
- Earlier we took a look at F5 Networks, the corporate title sponsor of Bike to Work Day.
- Kent “Mountain Turtle” Peterson does full disclosure on his car-free life.
- The Examiner’s Millie Magner reported that registered riders topped 10,000, beating last year’s mark.
- Byron and the Bike Hugger crew weighed in from Portland AND Seattle.
- Biking Bis logged the turnout at the Bellevue Commuter Station.
- BikeJuju contributed a roundup as well, taking a moment away from its excellent series on Mozambique and cycling.