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520 Trail

I finally did a whole trip through Bellevue and across the 520 Trail and it was wonderful! I encourage everyone to try it and then hop on the Burke Gilman at the UW campus for an extra treat. Such ... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Image for story Active transportation advocacy ... and self-discovery

Active transportation advocacy ... and self-discovery

I was shocked to discover, when COVID led to curtailing most of my travel in the last couple of years, that I don't ride a bike for pleasure. Apparently, I ride only to get to places, and I enjoy t... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Image for story Featured in the Commute Seattle Campaign

Featured in the Commute Seattle Campaign

Meet Jessica Levine, a middle school science teacher who commutes by bike from the Central District to Ravenna. Jessica's commute story ties her love for experiencing the city to her passion for pr... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Avoiding Traffic Not Just About Safety

Avoiding Traffic Not Just About Safety

Extending the commute to avoid traffic allows for some half way decent views along the river. Spending 9 miles on a multi-use path while commuting in the morning is also great preparation for the day.

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story A Hail of a Ride!

A Hail of a Ride!

Last weekend I rode with Cascade Bicycle Club on a free group ride. The first 20 miles were great with no more than a few drops of rain. We rode from the east Foothills Trail to Bonney Lake where w... read more

Topic: Other

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100 Miles

The marquee at the elementary school says it is 46 degrees - a comfortable temperature, if I were driving my car, or walking with an umbrella. I am not, however, doing either of those activities. ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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HamAss 150

I actually signed up reluctantly for Bike Everywhere Month in May 2021. My wife had suggested it and I was not enthused. But after a 70 mile ride in the second week from Everett through Marckworth ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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R2B2

I recently completed riding back to back centuries on the R2B2 Cascade Bicycle Club 2 day tour. It was a ride from Redmond to Bellingham and back. We had good weather and some very scenic ridi... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story One of my better rides today

One of my better rides today

I don’t believe that I have ever reached 215 mph on a ride before.

Topic: Other

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Image for story Bucket List - Off-Road Duathlon

Bucket List - Off-Road Duathlon

I’ve done a little cyclocross races, road duathlons and triathlons but never raced off road on a mountain bike. Well at 65 years old I guess there was no better time than the present! Signed up fo... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story How to make Lemonade out of lemons?

How to make Lemonade out of lemons?

This will be the 2nd year that Cascade is not doing STP - and I really wanted to challenge myself to do it on my oldest bike (1980 Univega). So I set up a Fundraising Challenge to not only do the... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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520 trail

Checked out the 520 trail for week 3! The trail was closed through Microsoft, but the quiet campus provided a straightforward detour. Saw the construction for the new NE 40th tunnel, the Microsoft ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Cycling with Masks

It isn’t easy but it feels good to be responsible, and the views on the Redmond Connector Trail are great! #TourDeRedmond

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Stolen Bike 12/14

Stolen Bike 12/14

Hey all, if you could keep an eye out for a blue Norco bike w/orange details, my bike was stolen on 12/14 from the university district light rail station. Thanks!

Topic: Other

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Image for story Guilty Feet - Pedaling

Guilty Feet - Pedaling

It is a great idea to have a favorite tune playing in your head while you’re riding a bike. It provides rhythm, helps you set your cadence and, to some extent, distracts you from the burning in yo... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Hello, Bald Eagle!

Hello, Bald Eagle!

Hello, bald eagle, on my evening commute home. Is that a comfortable spot for a rest? Or are you looking for an early evening snack in the lake? If I had commuted in my car or by bus, instead of on... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Zen and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance

I CAN SEE BY MY WATCH, WITHOUT TAKING MY HAND FROM THE left grip on my handlebar, that it is 8:30 in the morning. A light headwind is rolling off the Columbia River, tugging at my contact lenses. I... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Independent Bookstore Day

This is more a teaser than a story -- or an invitation to a discussion--is anyone else planning to bike to bookstores tomorrow (April 26th) for Independent Bookstore Day? We've biked it the last co... read more

Topic: Other

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Keeping track of Peter Rabbit

I recently changed jobs and had to figure out a new bike commute route. For the first time in decades, I was not riding North/South, instead heading directly into the sun East/West every day. Headi... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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My favorite bike rack

Our local library recently moved to a new location, and it has the best bike rack in the County - as far as I've seen. The whole thing is covered, and there are several staples. I love to stop here... read more

Topic: Other

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Doing Every Street

I had a silly idea to ride every street I could in Seattle, spreading like a virus(COVID-19 pandemic) during 2021. Coincidentally, I did 2100 miles, although it should have been much more. Oops h... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Image for story How I Became a Cycling Junky

How I Became a Cycling Junky

When I was a young girl, I used to ride my bike all around town. It was one of those banana seat bikes with the tall handlebars. Being a country girl and having a father who hunted for a majority o... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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That thing you hate to be reminded of

Ride in the Rain 2021 is over. I broke two spokes, one rear derailleur and the bolt that held my seat to the post shear in half on one ride. There was a lot of rain and wind to ride in and several ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Be Cautious

When I ride I make a point of staying right as far as possible. if a bike lane exists and parking is to the right, I will dip into vacant parking spaces to buffer myself against traffic. In a way, ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Tour de Lavender and Tour de Forts

Tour de Lavender and Tour de Forts

I love riding on the Olympic Peninsula - it's my favorite place to ride! On 8/7/21, I rode my first metric century in the Tour de Lavender. Part of the route is on the Olympic Discovery Trail (O... read more

Topic: My favourite place/route to ride

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Personal challenge

Prior STP rider, this is #5 for me. Three weeks ago, had a bad fall on some steep stairs and broke five ribs and three minor spinal fractures. First ride today, indoor on our stationary bike, but... read more

Topic: Other

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Image for story Virtual STP for Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Virtual STP for Special Operations Warrior Foundation

This is my third STP ride, having ridden my 1st time in 2019 with my son Stephen, and I rode virtually last year. I live far off in Southern Ohio, and it was hard for me to find a training partner.... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Seeing the changes over time

Biking during CoVid-19 has been interesting. It started out with everything empty. Few or no cars and no one outside. Then after a few months seeing an uptick in construction which seemed to pop up... read more

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story Joining Cascade’s Free Group Rides is as “Easy as Pie”

Joining Cascade’s Free Group Rides is as “Easy as Pie”

Getting motivated to pedal outside in the winter can be tough, so when the weather forecast called for sunshine; I checked out Cascade’s Free Group Rides calendar and quickly signed up for a ride t... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Short but Fun Ride

Rode on the Redmond Connector Trail for the first time and it was a great ride on a day with beautiful weather (shortly before the smoke came!) #TourDeRedmond

Topic: Biking in the Coronavirus Era

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Image for story New Overlake Village Bike & Pedestrian Bridge

New Overlake Village Bike & Pedestrian Bridge

I got to ride up to Overlake to see the new Overlake Village bike and pedestrian bridge! It will connect to the new light rail station in Overlake Village to the 520 trail. I hear it will open late... read more

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sunny I-90 floating bridge

North wind = clean air

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story THE PEDALING PILGRIM'S PROGRESS

THE PEDALING PILGRIM'S PROGRESS

AS I ground my way through the wilderness of upper Mission Ridge trail, I lighted on a certain place where was a den. I know what lives in the wilderness of the Squilchuck drainage, so I avoided th... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Doña Quixote of Wenatchee

Doña Quixote of Wenatchee

In the village of Wenatchee, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, there lived not long since one of those women that keeps not one, but three bikes hanging on her back porch wall, as... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story Seattle-Boston-Quebec in 74 days

Seattle-Boston-Quebec in 74 days

My sweetie and I saddled up our Tandem and cycled across America (the continent) from coast-to-coast and then some. We planned and saved for this trip for 2 year, and it was one of the best advent... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Stories from around the world

What's up with traffic lights not sensing my bike haiku

Stopped on the daimonds I patiently wait my turn The bike light stays red

Topic: Other

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A hot evening in Canterbury

Friday was a warm one in Canterbury so my wife and I decided to meet for dinner and a drink - so at 5:00pm she left the Christchurch city centre from work and headed home, while I left home in Waik... read more

Topic: My Bicycle Romance

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Rainy in summer

We had to bike in the rain because it's not sunny at all, even though it is supposed to be summer. So sad.

Topic: Other

Image for story Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Kāpiti Cafe Tour

Need some extra motivation to get you on your bike this February? We've partnered with 12 cafes from Paekākāriki to Ōtaki to create the first Kāpiti District Cycle Tour. Simply collect a coffee... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Riding to work +

My work is only 4.5 km from home so it's an easy bike ride. Are there days when I drive instead of bike? Of course! Most of them are valid, like the kids need dropping off somewhere that's conven... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Trying to get on my hog more

Have started riding my bike not only to work but to the gym. This means getting up grabbing one bag biking to the gym. Head home and grab anther before heading to work lol

Topic: My commute by bike

Encouragement from the street

One day a couple of years ago, I happened to be riding in the rain. A car was stopped next to me at a traffic light, rolled down his window, and said that he respected me for braving the conditions... read more

Topic: A happy riding memory

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Whanganui Shared Cycle Way

We've been cycling along the river bank every day for the past six months. It's delightful. We ride past the estuary along to the harbor, then back up river to the railway bridge. Twenty km's all u... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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Heatwave

It's been around 33 degrees here in ChCh but I'm still getting out on the bike. This bike challenge has been a fantastic motivator to get me on my bike more regularly and for longer distances. I've... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

Love to Ride 2023

It's the first week of the Love to Ride 2023 challenge and I am so proud of all my coworkers that have signed up and are fully embracing it. The weather hasn't been on our side so far, but that has... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

Image for story No more 🌧️

No more 🌧️

Summer ride after rainy week 🚴🏼‍♀️ Drowned sidewalk

Topic: My commute by bike

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Image for story New old aches

New old aches

Last time I was on a bike was 18 years ago. I sold it after a scare with traffic and relocating from the South to the North Island. I have borrowed a bike to compete in this challenge. The improvem... read more

Topic: My first time on a bike in years

Cycling to school

I go to school in Napier, which is more than ~25kms away from where I live in Havelock. Each day I bring my bike to school on the bus, before spending 40 minutes riding back home in the afternoon. ... read more

Topic: My commute by bike

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cutting down my commute time

On day 1 of the challenge my Boss sent me a link to his location. We raced to work, me from Edgeware and him from Parklands. He caught me at Hagley Park for a quick chat before he was off again. ... read more

Topic: A story from the Bike Challenge

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Image for story Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga Growing Interest!

Ara Te Pūkenga are growing the interest of all who visit. Ken the Groundsman is a big supporter and has etched out a daily reminder for the month of this Challenge on our Madras Campus north green.... read more

Topic: Encouraging others to ride

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