Tuesday, April 28, 2015

2015 Commuter Profile Number 5: Heather

I interviewed Heather at her workplace about her bike commuting history and habits:

Heather is in her late 30’s and is a Staff Member at the Olympia Food Coop. She is also the Captain of the Coop’s BCC team, and organizes efforts to encourage more people to ride their bikes to the Coop. (In May, if you are signed up for the BCC and you arrive at the coop by bike, you can get a treat! See a Coop Customer Service person for details).
Heather got started using her bike for transportation about 5 years ago while living in Shelton and working in Olympia, and sharing one car with her partner. She could hop the bus in Shelton and ride into Olympia with her bike, and then get where she needed to go within Olympia by bike. She now lives in Olympia and has about a 5-mile commute each way to work. Heather is still a “Multi-modal” commuter though.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Bike To Work Day "Bike Station"

A new Bike To Work Day
"Bike Commuter Station" is coming to Southwest Olympia! Courtesy of South West Olympia Neighborhood Assn. with local business sponsors (TBA).

Friday, April 17, 2015

BCC T-shirt weather for Earth Day Ride

Yowza, look at that weather report for tomorrow's Earth Day Market Ride!! Looks like BCC t-shirt weather to me! Get yours today at the Olympia Transit Center downtown on State Ave, so you can wear it tomorrow!
OTC is open until 7pm. 100% Organic Fair Trade t's only $10. Limited supplies!

Monday, April 13, 2015

2015 Commuter Profile Number 4: Paul

A Narrative Style Commuter Profile, thanks to Paul!

Perhaps I was born on bicycle. I doubt it. My childhood bicycle experience started ironically. I was scared to death of taking off my training wheels, and kept them on even though all my friends were pounding the sidewalks on their own two wheels. Finally my big sister had enough and took the training wheels off. I cried. I wailed. Then I got on my bike and wobbled down the street. By the time I rode around the block I was jammin’. “Not so bad! I should have done this a long time ago!” A lesson in life.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Your Local Bike Shop- an Invaluable Resource!

It's always sad to see a bike shop close its doors, as two have, for different reasons, in Olympia this year. However, we are still really lucky to have a good variety of local bike shops in our area. Local bike shops are the heartbeat of the bicycling community in any town. That is where you will find not just the bike widgets you want, but the years or decades of experience, and expertise in all aspects of bicycling. From fitting you correctly for a new bike to helping you choose a safe route or an awesome mountain biking trail, from solving difficult repair problems to showing you the right way to wear your helmet, or sharing bike commuting tips, there is no better place to go than the real live people at your local bike shop. Some shops rent bikes, most will pack a bike for you for shipping, and all our local shops are staffed by friendly, helpful people who know their stuff. Why not stop by and get to know the folks at YOUR local bike shop?

Here's some Local Bike Shop News for April, 2015:

Bike Tech: Spring Sale, April 9 through April 20, including "Trek Fest" bike deals, mark-downs on other bike brands, discounts on clothing and accessories, and closeouts on 2014 and older model bikes. Also carrying Electra, Salsa, Surly, Diamondback and other bike brands.

Deschutes River Cyclery: Featuring new bikes from Giant, Cogburn and others, plus refurbished used bikes. New Store Opening in downtown Olympia, April 24. 325 4th Ave East. Stop by during ArtsWalk for the Grand Opening!

Joy Ride Bikes: New model-year bikes in stock from Norco, Scott, Kona, Volagi, Surly and others, with new bikes from Yeti arriving soon.

Old Town Bicycles: Carrying the latest models from Cannondale, Specialized, Salsa, Santa Cruz,  and Redline, plus closeouts on older model bikes, and a rotating list of Sale Items on their website.

Stevenson Custom Bicycles: Though currently not in a retail storefront location, Stevenson Custom Bicycles is not "just" a top notch custom frame building shop. The Stevensons offer custom bike fitting, full bike repair services, and free pickup and delivery of your bike.

These bike shops support all kinds of cycling in our area, in part by sponsoring the Bicycle Commuter Contest, supporting Friends of Capitol Forest and offering discounts to members of the Capital Bicycling Club.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

2015 Earth Day Market Ride - Saturday, April 18

Welcome Spring with the BCC's Earth Day Market Ride!
Whether you're getting on your bicycle for the first time this year, or have been biking all winter, the Earth Day Ride is a great way to welcome Spring. Biking through town on a usual day, I'll see a few other people on bikes, going their way, and maybe we'll wave. At the Earth Day Ride, I get to see a whole crowd of people who use their bikes for transportation, all in one place having coffee and treats and chatting- and then biking through downtown together  - it's so sweet! We take a group photo at the Heritage Park Fountain, and then head over to the Farmers Market to shop, have lunch or listen to the music. We'll also have a table at the market where you can sign up for the BCC if you haven't already. Details below...
(Coffee generously provided by Batdorf and Bronson, Chocolate Corks by Bread Peddler!)

Monday, April 6, 2015

2015 Commuter Profile Number 3: Linda

  • What is your age, roughly speaking? 
  •  I’m a fifty-two year old woman
  • What is your occupation or area of study? I work for the Family Support Center as a Family Resource Coordinator. I have spent my adult life parenting and supporting other parents in a variety of ways. I volunteer for two non-profits that support’s families as well as working for a non-profit.
  • What is your most frequent destination on your bike? I do occasional recreational biking with my partner on the weekend. However mostly I commute to work three to four days a week as I’m part time and only work four days a week.
  • How did you hear about the Bicycle Commuter Contest? My partner and I have five children between us and three of our children participated in the BCC when they were teens and each of them won in their categories.