Browse Month by September 2010

The Bicycle Film Festival is coming!

We need volunteers!  We are looking for people to be part of the festival by helping out with the following:

  • Promotion!  We need to get out our programs and posters ASAP.  If you can spend a little time this week getting the word out, please get in touch.  You can pick up posters and programs at distribution points around the city, or by coming to Snoose Junction Pizzeria this Wednesday in Ballard at 7pm.  Snoose Junction will be providing pizza to volunteers.  An RSVP to is requested
  • Valet Bike Parking:  We are looking for people to staff the valet bike parking for the film screenings
  • Setup and clean up before and after the screenings
  • Merchandise booth

There will be a kick ass rock show on Thursday October 7th, an alleycat and roller races on Saturday October 9th, and afterparties following the screenings on Friday and Saturday.  This is going to be an epic weekend.

More info and buy tickets to the festival at


Take a kid mountain biking day

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Kids and accompanying parents/volunteers should bring bike, helmet and water.

Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park

Enter park through back gate, follow A-frame signs

Parking at LDS Church, 26529 SE Duthie Hill Road, Issaquah, 98029

Register with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.


9:30 a.m. Registration opens

10 a.m. Rides

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Barbeque

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Jump Jam

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Fat raffle

Advocacy, Film/video

Pedal Driven: A bike-umentary

My family lived in Oakridge, OR when I was born. My first memory of riding a bike is when we lived there- riding up a hill with my dad and wanting to get off and walk.  He just kept telling me “10 more feet, you’re almost there- don’t give up….”  My dad was a millworker, and then the mill shut down. What used to be a logging town, is now a mecca for mountain biking- and IMBA is working on shaping Oakridge into one of it’s first “Ride Centers.”  It’s been many years since I’ve returned to Oakridge, but this movie makes me want to return.

Pedal Driven documents the efforts behind building trails, with a focus on the Northwest.  It has riding from in and around Seattle, not by big name pro riders, but by the people that are doing what they can to grow mountain biking as a sport and to increase trail building on public lands.  Release date set for sometime in 2010.


Seattle: Menstrual Mondays

THE LADIES RIDE AGAIN!! First Monday of every month starting OCT 4th. Ride and hang with other ladies on bikes. Meet at Seattle Center Fountain at 6:30, depart at 7:00.

Because two wheels just aren’t enough for the kick off….  ROLLERSKATING!!! We will be heading to Lynwood Bowl and Skate. There is a bar incase you need to rehydrate.  Skating is 18 and over. 15 mellow miles away. Bring Lights.


Ditch the Van- musicians touring by bike

Bands go on tour all the time.  Usually playing gigs whenever they can- the road going by at a mile a minute- often the most memorable part of the drive from city to city is some odd cafe that had good bisquits and gravy or a truckstop that sells Michael Jackson decorated “tobacco grinders.”

Ben Sollee is doing it a little different.  The tour is titled “Ditch the Van” and it is a self-supported music tour by bicycle.  According to Ben, the tour aims to “re-humanize the pace of the road and hopefully find us more involved in the communities we’re traveling through.”  He describes the tour route so far by saying “I’m riding with my cello and gear and the percussionist, Jordon Ellis, is hauling his full kit behind him. We started in San Diego on August 17th and, using some trains here and there, have made it out to Pennsylvania where we’ll complete a big loop through to DC. Then we head back to my homestate, Kentucky.  We have a videographer traveling with us and he has been producing two videos a week while on the road and we’ve been keeping a blog as much as possible.”

They’ve experienced more than just the white line blurring as they drive all night.  It’s the smell of the grass, the ocean, the strong headwinds on the coast of California, the ice cream shops in small towns, and the occasional aggressive driver…

According to Ben Sollee their blog is : “A journal of our music tours by bike. Here we document the places, people, communities and stories from our saddles and the stage.”

Check out their blog for photos and video updates…