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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

Category: Bicycles


October 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Taking a Pronto bike for a spin

Sketched Oct. 10, 2014

So, did you ride a Pronto bike yet?

I haven’t joined the program, which launched today, but I had an opportunity to take one for a spin last Friday inside the Pronto Cycle headquarters in Sodo. The spacious warehouse was filled with hundreds of bikes being readied for deployment to bike stations like the one I showed you a few days ago.


Comments | More in Bicycles | Topics: Sodo

October 3, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Countdown to bike share


Sketched Oct. 2, 2014

Gabi_1003_bikeshare_03Rows of bulky bike racks and towering solar-powered kiosks just started popping up around Seattle.

It’s all for the new Pronto Bike Share system, which is scheduled to launch Oct. 13 with a fleet of 500 bright green, seven-speed bicycles. Fifty stations will be strategically located in residential and employment hubs like the University District, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union and downtown. To access the bikes for unlimited, 30-minute rides, you may sign up for an annual $85 membership online or purchase one- or three-day passes at the bike kiosks.


Comments | More in Bicycles, Public transportation | Topics: Sodo, South Lake Union

October 18, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Pedaling is perilous on Burke-Gilman’s ‘missing link’


Sketched Oct. 10, 2013

In the war between cars and bicycles I try to keep myself out of the crossfire — my preferred ways of transportation are walking or busing. But I would certainly bike more if I felt safer on the road.

My standard of safe cycling, however, may be pretty high for this city. Even on a “Bicycle Sunday” along car-free Lake Washington Boulevard this summer I felt intimidated by spandex-clad cyclists zooming by in packs as if they were in the Tour de France.


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May 10, 2013 at 6:40 PM

A whiz at building bike gizmos


Sketched April 23, 2013

Gabi_0510_Bike06Where was Colin Stevens when I first moved to the U.S. and couldn’t afford to buy a car?

I could have used one of his “cycletrucks” to carry my groceries and one of his heavy-duty bike trailers to haul the little furniture that fit in my apartment.

“Haulin’ Colin,” as he is known in the local bike community, is making a name for himself in Seattle building such clever bike accessories and any kind of bike customization.


Comments | More in Aviation, Bicycles, Businesses | Topics: Georgetown

August 26, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Pros, newbies share this SeaTac runway

Sketched Aug. 24
I thought SeaTac was just a maze of parking lots where we leave our cars before catching a plane. Boy, was I wrong!
On my latest exploration of Seattle area communities, I landed at a different kind of SeaTac runway: a top-of-the-line BMX track where homegrown national and Olympic medal winners train, and fans of the sport try to emulate them.


Comments | More in Bicycles, Sports | Topics: SeaTac

May 14, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Back to biking after a traumatic crash

May 13, 9:56 a.m. [Click on sketch to view larger]
Shelly Rae Clift had a really bad bike crash last July. She doesn’t even remember how it happened, only that she was riding to work on the Burke-Gilman Trail in Fremont. She was told later that she hit one of the metal posts that keeps cars from entering the trail.
“I broke my neck in three places,” she told me on a stop during her commute at Green Lake Thursday morning. “I had a brain hemorrhage and swelling.”
Clift, 47, also tore the arteries in her neck and knocked out her front teeth. “I still don’t have any feeling around my mouth,” she said pointing to a scar on her cheek. “The helmet saved my life.”


Comments | More in Bicycles, Portraits | Topics: Green Lake

May 13, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Making bike connections from Fremont to Redmond

May 12, 9:04 a.m. [Click on sketch to view larger]
In the summertime, Caitlin Kehoe enjoys commuting from Fremont to Redmond taking bike trails around Lake Washington. But most days she does a combination of bike and bus commute, riding 3.5 miles to Montlake Freeway Station on the west side of the S520 bridge and continuing her journey on the 545 bus.


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