City, REI will welcome bike commuters at free barbecue

May 28, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. May 28, 2009

Bicycle commuters are invited to a barbecue Friday as the city marks the end of national Bike to Work Month. REI will host the first-ever Cycle Commuter Appreciation Barbeque at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., from 3-6 p.m. Enjoy free food, meet fellow bicycle commuters and enter to win prizes.

During Bike to Work Month, city officials promoted bicycle commuting as a form of exercise and a way to reduce traffic congestion and reduce carbon emissions. Officials also put forth a City-to-City Bike Challenge to all cities in King County.

The purpose of the challenge is to reduce the region’s carbon footprint, support a healthy workforce, reduce traffic congestion and demonstrate the capacity of non-motorized transportation, according to a city news release.

Officials hope to increase Bike to Work Month participation as much as possible, as measured by total employee bicycle commute trips for each participating city. In addition to Issaquah, cities such as Snoqualmie, Kent and Bellevue are participating.

Learn about electric car fate at city movie Wednesday

May 25, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. May 25, 2009

Join a panel of experts to find out “Who Killed the Electric Car?” at a free movie night Wednesday hosted by the city. The event, which takes place during the city’s Bike to Work Month aims to educate viewers about alternative transportation methods.

The event will be 6:30-8:45 p.m. at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W.

“Who Killed the Electric Car?” chronicles the life and death of the GM EV1 in the United States. The award-winning documentary includes interviews with celebrities, automakers, political leaders, writers, activists, engineers, inventors and drivers who wonder: What happened to the electric car?

After the movie, a panel of experts will lead a discussion about alternative transportation options. Informational tables, as well as refreshments from sponsor Waste Management, will also be available to attendees. Door prizes will be given away after the movie. Alternative fuel and electric vehicles will be available for viewing in the parking lot of the King County Library Service Center.

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