Issaquah backs Bike to Work Day

May 14, 2013

By Peter Clark

With the month of May designated as National Bike Month, the Cascade Bicycle Club will host its annual Bike to Work Day with the help of the city of Issaquah.

On May 17, the club will set up stations along commuting routes for cyclists. It will include provisions, rest stops and information on the benefits and ease of commuting by bicycle. Thousands annually take to the various bike lanes and trails to forge a new path into a sustainable future.

Issaquah will host its own station for those making their way into and out of the city.

“It’s kind of a fun event. People come from all over,” Office of Sustainability Resource Conservation Coordinator Micah Bonkowski said. “We get on average 200 cyclists, and we’ve seen as many as 254 in 2008.”

The city’s station will be set up on the grassy area on the northwest corner of the intersection of state Route 900 and Northwest Sammamish Road. Bonkowski said the city would provide a tent and volunteers to support the cyclists.

The event fits in with the larger Issaquah goal of enabling cyclists through an extended network of bicycle trails and paths.

“It’s a real plug-and-play event with our commute trip reduction,” Bonkowski said. “It’s part of our education focus this year. We have a bike and pedestrian plan. We’ll have a map on what areas are difficult, and suggestions for improvements that could be made through the city.”

 

You should know

To learn more about Bike to Work Day call the city’s Office of Sustainability at 837-3400.

 

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