Cycle-commuters Unite in Bike to Work Kickoff
From downtown Seattle office workers to the governor, cycling enthusiasts and commuters got together for breakfast in Seattle today to kick of Bike to Work month. More than 900 people filled the Sheraton Hotel ballroom for the event, a fundraiser for the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation.
Coming on the heels of a tragic road accident yesterday where a bike commuter was killed, Gov. Jay Inslee said, “There’s a lot of work we need to do” to make sure that “when you start a ride, you can end a ride, and when your kids start a ride, they can end the ride.”
Receiving the Doug Walker Award from the club for his lifetime contribution to cycling, former CBC Executive Director Chuck Ayers gave a moving speech about the need for a safer bicycling environment, and choked up when he mentioned the crash, saying, “We have to end this.” Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, introducing the governor, pledged to prioritize efforts for safer city cycling.
Inslee laid out a number of reasons for state government and his Department of Transportation to focus more on bicycling, from combatting childhood obesity to reducing global warming, a topic close to his heart. “We’ve gotta get more carbon in our frames and less in our atmosphere,” he said.
More than that, however, he invoked the idea that bike commuting should be accessible for everyone because “we want a way for people to feel young again by riding their bikes to work in the morning.”