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May 17, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Overcast skies fail to dampen bicyclists’ enthusiasm for riding to work

Ryann Child checks the pressure on her bicycle tire before commuting to her work at Cascade Bicycle Club at Magnuson Park after a Bike to Work Day rally at City Hall on Monday, May 17, in downtown Seattle. (By John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Ryann Child checks the pressure on her bicycle tire before commuting to her work at Cascade Bicycle Club at Magnuson Park after a Bike to Work Day rally Monday at City Hall in downtown Seattle. (By John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn joined other bicyclists for a ride down Dexter Avenue on Friday during Cascade Bicycle Club’s annual Bike to Work ride and rally to City Hall.

City of Seattle transportation planner and avid cyclist Eric Mamroth estimated 100 cyclists attended the rally. He said attendance in past years had been much greater, but attributed this morning’s turnout to the dreary weather. He said he attended today’s gathering to help promote the benefits of biking, adding that he hoped it would encourage others to start commuting by bike.

Tom Fucoloro writes the Seattle Bike Blog and rides his 1983 Nishiki International bicycle everywhere. He said he sold his car years ago after seeing it sitting unused for long stretches of time.  He said he’s proud of the way Seattle has started to embrace bicycling, but said there is still a great deal of room for improvement.

“The percentage of people biking [to work] is growing every day,” Fucoloro said. “The city should invest in where they want to see transportation go in the future. If we want to see 10 percent of people bicycling, then it’s not unreasonable to put 10 percent of our transportation budget into bicycling.”

“There’s a lot of energy behind this,” Fucoloro said. “No matter what age you are, no matter how strong you are, you should be able to get around the city on a bicycle. And that’s a message that’s really appealing to people.”

The Bike to Work ride and rally is an annual event that coincides with Bike Week. Friday’s event was sponsored by F5, a Seattle-area tech company. It was coordinated by the Cascade Bicycle Club, a nonprofit organization that boasts over 15,000 members.

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