“Join us for the Gear Grinders Mountain Bike Team's fundraiser "Mountain Bike Movie Night!"
Tom Clune presents his adventure epic "The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route" PLUS Teton Gravity Research's wild and surreal downhill mountain bike film "unReal" at Island Center Hall.
Food and drinks
and raffle prizes!
Tickets sold at Classic Cycle, and BI Cycle, and also at the Island Center Hall door on March 5.”
Chilly Hilly Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016
With chilly February weather and 2,191 feet of climbing, the name says it all!
Chilly Hilly has been kicking off the cycling season in the Northwest on the last Sunday in February for the past 44 years. The 33-mile route around Bainbridge Island starts with a scenic early morning ferry ride across Puget Sound from Seattle, or you can join the crowd directly on Bainbridge Island.
Join us on Sunday, Feb. 28, for the ride Bicycling Magazine named "One of Four Classic Rides" in the nation. It's guaranteed to be hilly, probably chilly and always a heck of a lot of fun. So get the dust off of your bike and get ready for cycling season early!
- A scenic cruise on a Washington State Ferry (Seatte start)
- Free food stop at Battle Point Park
- Supporting local Bainbridge charities
- Finish Line Festival with a fantastic chili feed benefiting a different Bainbridge Island nonprofit each year (additional cost)
Who rides Chilly Hilly?
Chilly Hilly record number of riders is 6,029 (set in 2010) Each year riders come from far and wide including Alaska, Iowa, Nevada and New York - plus British Columbia and France Typically 25 percent of riders are female; 75 percent are male The oldest registered rider was 78 years old. The youngest was one and a half years old. (We’re not sure, however, how old the youngest rider who actually rode.)
Who does your registration fee support?
Did you know that Chilly Hilly is a fundraiser? Your registration fee helps Cascade provide bicycle education programs for children, families, school groups and everyone else who wants to ride a bike. It also helps us advocate for safer, more connected bicycle infrastructure throughout the state and region. And thanks to you, we’re able to offer fun and challenging riding events and free group rides every day of the year! Your participation truly helps improve lives through bicycling.
Our events are made possible with support from the local communities through which we ride. In addition to supporting Cascade’s programs, your registration fee helps Cascade give back to these communities and the organizations that thrive there. We’re grateful for all their continued support.
Light up yourself and see more at: Be Seen Be Safe 2015
GO! will be providing visibility items for the community on Friday, December 4th in Winslow. We will be at the sidewalk plaza space adjacent to Columbia Bank from 5PM - 8PM. Stop by for free visibility items, fill out a survey and you can enter to win some great lights and reflective gear generously donated by reflective gear companies, local businesses, Squeaky Wheels and GO!.
Wow. We set a new record for the number of riders doing Bike for Pie this year!
Mother Nature did her part by providing a perfect summer day to enjoy the bike ride, eat some great pie and listen to live music at Waterfront Park. Our volunteers from Squeaky Wheels and Friends of the Farm worked together to make this a fun and affordable biking opportunity for all bicycle riders. A total of 471 riders took part, including 124 young people. The 32-mile Challenge route attracted 193 riders and 278 riders did the 8-mile family route.
It was great to see how many families turned out and spent time together. People came from near and far, with 300 riders from Bainbridge Island. Most others came from the Puget Sound region with a few from other states: Oregon, Texas, California and New York.
We think that Bike for Pie is a truly unique bike event, combining the enjoyment of bike riding in summer with freshly baked pie and live music as rewards. Bike for Pie is the primary fundraiser for Squeaky Wheels and we want to thank the riders, sponsors and dedicated volunteers for their support this year, as everyone contributed to making Bike for Pie 2015 such a success. Over $5000 was raised from the event and these funds will continue to support volunteer efforts to improve biking on Bainbridge Island.
Bike for Pie 2015 was a very special event as the ride this year was dedicated to the memory of Dana Berg, a past president of Squeaky Wheels and a respected community leader. Many who rode Bike for Pie knew Dana or knew of her work and rode in her memory. We thank all of you for showing your support for Dana and her family. We miss her.
We hope that you had a chance to ride Bike for Pie this year, and if not, that you will join us next year.
Treasurer, and lead for Bike for Pie 2015
An example of a sign promoted on the 1st Bikes website, a Delaware Based Bicycle organization.
We (people) all share the road whether we drive a car, a bicycle, walk on our own feet, or ride a horse. In watching the blog sites, it seems there are some very heated discussions on what the "other" modes are doing that is not fair.
A good tip in preventing suprises, is to let other people operating vehicles, know what you are planning to do while sharing the road.
In an effort to understand the rules, we are providing links from various sources as quick reference to the rules of the road in the state of Washington. If you are looking for tips while driving see this link: Best practices for motorists
Links to bike rules, tips and laws
The following is a list Washington State laws interpreted on the Cascade Bicycle Club site:
Washington state bicycle laws
People driving bicycles (Cyclists) have all the rights and responsibilities of vehicle drivers. RCW 46.61.755
Ride as far to the right as is SAFE, except when preparing to turn or when passing another vehicle. Note, this does not mean you must hug the right side of the road, as it may be unsafe due to debris, grates, car doors and other hazards.
Ride no more than two abreast, and only when safe to do so. Occupy the center of a lane when the lane is too narrow to share or when it would be unsafe to ride to the right.
People driving bicycles (Cyclists) may ride on a path, lane, shoulder, or travel lane. RCW 46.61.770
Helmets are required by law in King County and many other jurisdictions. King County Board of Health Title 9
Use a white front light (visible for 500 feet) and a red rear reﬂector at night. A red rear light may be used in addition to the rear reﬂector. RCW 46.61.780
Use hand signals (and look) before turning. RCW 46.61.758
Always yield to people walking (Pedestrians). RCW 46.61.261
Secretary, Squeaky Wheels
The Vision Zero presentation is now scheduled on April 29th at 7pm at City Hall. I hope folks can attend this meeting. Again, presenters are Brock Howell from Cascade Bicycle Club and Kimberly Scrivner from Puget Sound Regional Council.
More on Vision Zero at Cascade Bicycle Club
Target Zero at Puget Sound Regional Council
Time to get involved again. WSDOT is proposing to make modifications to the SR305 / Suquamish Way intersection and roadway to the east up to the Agate Pass bridge. This work is funded by a grant awarded to Kitsap Transit and the focus has been on creating a way for busses to jump the line of traffic at the intersection and to provide a longer pocket for westbound autos turning north onto Suquamish Way. Squeaky Wheels has been working with WSDOT to provide input on the design. Unfortunately at this time the design still appears to present a reduction in safety for cyclists and pedestrians, rather than an enhancement, and we do not find it acceptable to us in its current form. This is an important intersection for bicyclists and is used by a large number of both commuter and recreational cyclists, including our Governor. And we do want to keep our biggest bicycle advocate safe, sound and happy along with the rest of us!
There is a meeting between WSDOT, Kitsap Transit and Bicycle interest groups being held at the Casino on Friday April, 3 at 6:30 to discuss the details and get input. We have been requesting that WSDOT provide meetings in the evening to allow more attendance and to have an open public meeting. At this time WSDOT has agreed to an evening meeting but does not want this to be an open public meeting; however they have not restricted the number of people that each group brings and there is adequte room for a large number of people in the meeting facility. They have requested an estimate of the number of attendees so please let me know if you are planning to come.
Attached you will find WSDOT's current proposed design and,
a quick mark-up with notes we provided at the last meeting for suggestions on how to improve the design.
Please get involved and attend if you can and/or pass the word. Please email back and identify yourself as being associated with at least one advocacy or interested organization (WABikes, Cascade, West Sound, Squeaky Wheels, North Kitsap Trails, Bainbridge NMTAC, an agency, etc.) as WSDOT has requested an estimated head-count.
I can provide more information and details as needed. It important for all of us to get involved and to have a firm but constructive bicycle advocacy voice so that the project can be a success for all of our citizens. And you can bring your sweetheart and have a fun evening at the casino afterwards!
Thx! - Ross Hathaway, President, Squeaky Wheels