Last Wednesday Spokane showed its vibrance at the Summer Parkways community event held in the Manito and Comstock neighborhoods — using human transportation only. Washington Bikes was there to celebrate summer and the publication of the new Spokane Regional Bike Map by Spokane Regional Transportation Council. To pick up a new, Spokane Regional Bike Map in-person, visit the Washington Bikes’ booth at the Kidical Mass event on September 11th, 2014.
I was fortunate to have been visited by one of Spokane’s very influential bike and pedestrian safety advocates, Katie Ferris. She serves on the Spokefest Board and has made a model-event out of Bike to School Day at Broadway Elementary School in West Valley School District. It is people like Katie Ferris who make Washington a more bike-friendly and active place.
Spokane Summer Parkways is inspired by a Colombian event called Ciclovia (meaning “bike path” in Spanish) and similar events in other parts of the world. Recreation, fitness and community combine to create a unique event which includes only human-powered transportation. All people are welcome– with or without their super-hero capes.
At Wednesday’s event people of all ages and abilities enter and exit the parkway at any point along the course and can participate in a variety of the following activities:
* Bike decorating contest
* Ride a bike-powered smoothie-maker
* Listen to danceable music being played from stereos on bikes.
* Play their own music instruments
* See unicycles and double-decker bikes in action
* Meet local City Council members, local candidates and other public servants
* Walk, bike and play in the park
* Meet local businesses inspired by good-health
Spokane City Council member John Snyder helps judge the bike-decorating contest:
Spokane County Treasurer Candidate, Amy Biviano campaigns by bike at Spokane Summer Parkways:
Join Washington Bikes at the next Spokane Summer Parkways event featuring Kidical Mass on September 11th.