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June 26, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Racing to catch up with Seattle’s bike culture

The sun stayed up late this past weekend, and so did legions of Seattle’s bike riders. For those of us who mostly see cyclists during the commute hours, events to greet the summer solstice, and other good excuses to gather through the year, are festive marvels.

Riders are briefed at Gas Works Park before the 2013 Nine to Five All Night Bicycle Scavenger Hunt. (Courtesy of Caroline Colon.)

Riders are briefed at Gas Works Park before the 2013 Nine to Five All Night Bicycle Scavenger Hunt. (Courtesy of Caroline Colon.)

The bicycle blog, Go Means Go, hosted the Nine to Five All-Night Bicycle Scavenger Hunt, that began Saturday evening at Gas Works Park. Teams of riders were sent all through the city all through the night with mind-bending lists of stuff to find, pictures to take and places to be. The event ended early Sunday morning with a catered breakfast.

Hardy bands of riders have been turning out for years. They report the combination of the ride, the hours and the maniacal lists of scavenger items is a delight and exhausting challenge.

Perhaps an even more revealing look at Seattle’s bicycle culture was provided Saturday by the annual Fremont Solstice “Naked” Bike Ride.

As Seattle works its way through improvements to the city’s cycling grid, the focus can get down to moving back and forth to work and school. One can easily forget, or be wholly ignorant of, the social network and community that those on two wheels can share. It is also an insight into the political clout to be organized in the name of better, safer bicycle routes.

Stay in touch with the progress on bike routes with the SeattleBikeBlog and the reporting of Tom Fucoloro.

The events continue. Next Saturday is the 3rd Annual All-Girl Alley Cat, Girls of Summer race. The event celebrating Girls on Bikes is organized by Menstrual Monday, which hosts informal rides through the year. I use the word race, but I am being redundant. Alley Cat is bike speak for a free-form race across the city.

The social dynamic and memories of the pure fun of bike riding almost have me inspired to haul out my Miss Marple three-speed for a trip down the Burke-Gilman.

 

 

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