By Erik Doran
Erik Doran still remembers walking down the corridors of the architecture office where his mother worked when he was a child in Alaska. Walking amongst the drawings and models, he knew that he needed to become an architect. For Erik, it is the process of deconstructing a building into tiny details that really excites him. He believes that the overall aesthetic is important, but the details make it special.
The pedals are turning, gears grinding, and friendly team competition engaged. This year teams Devo Velo and Mad CAD: Beyond Thunder Thighs will battle for the prestigious team spirit award, mileage award, and most frequent commuter award. The teams will be covering 72-73 miles a day when everyone rides. There will also be awards for individuals who ride the most miles and rack up the highest number of commute trips. All this in the name of reducing the number of cars on the road, improving your health, and enjoying the outdoors.
Seattle’s growing bicycle accessibility, as measured in numbers (from the Cascade Bicycle Club website):
- 283 miles of bike trails
- 15 miles of striped lanes
- 35 miles of signed bike routes
- goal of 250 miles of protected bike lanes by 2024
Today, Friday May 15th, is national bike to work day. Our teams, and all employees for that matter, were enticed to ride with a hearty breakfast of bacon, eggs, sausage, fruit, pastries, and bicycle commute stories. Cascade Bicycle Club organized sponsored commuter stations located all over the city along popular bike routes. The goal being to promote daily biking in the city and demonstrate to local transportation planners and politicians the need to grow our bicycle transportation network.
Learn more about Bike to Work month, and stay tuned for the delightful and harrowing tales of bicycle commuting sure to come.