Volunteers needed for fall cyclist, walker count

September 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 13, 2014

During a three-day survey last year, volunteers counted nearly 66,000 bicyclists and pedestrians across Washington.

About 400 volunteers are needed again this fall to tally the number of people who bike or walk to their destinations.

For the seventh annual survey, Washington State Department of Transportation and the Cascade Bicycle Club are enlisting volunteers and organizations to help count people they see bicycling and walking along paths, bike lanes, sidewalks and other facilities from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Counts will be taken at assigned locations in nearly 40 cities throughout the state.

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Bike to Work Day is May 16

May 13, 2014

Join cyclists for fun, fitness and friendship as the city of Issaquah and Cascade Bicycle Club celebrate Bike to Work Day.

The annual event is from 6-9 a.m. May 16. Bike to Work Day includes a commuter station where riders can check in and receive information about bicycle commuting.

The commuter station will be on the grassy area on the northwest corner of the intersection of state Route 900 and Northwest Sammamish Road.

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New season of farmers market kicks off Saturday

April 18, 2014

NEW — Noon April 18, 2014

Opening day for the Issaquah Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at the Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

On the first day will be Earth Day celebrations.

Some of the organizations participating this year include Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle Tilth, Issaquah Garden Club, Friends of Salmon Hatchery, Master Recycler Composter Eastside Program, Cleanscapes, Bike Pedestrian Outreach and the King County Master Gardeners.

The market is Saturdays through Oct. 11. Visitors can buy fresh produce and flowers, purchase unique gifts from a variety of vendors and taste different types of foods.

Learn more here.

Recycled crayon business embodies Earth Day message

April 15, 2014

Local mom Regan Wong found a nifty way to repurpose the contents of that long forgotten box, tucked away in a closet, filled to the brim with broken, sometimes wrapperless crayons.

The vibrant coloring tools undoubtedly lived a life of usefulness at one point, but rather than letting them sit on a shelf reminiscing about the good old days of elementary school, or letting them rot in a landfill, Wong is turning them in to something environmentally friendly and beautiful.

Wacky Crayons takes used crayons, melts them down and, using food-grade molds, crafts new, multicolored drawing tools in various shapes and sizes.

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage. At left, Wacky Crayons come in fully compostable packaging and include a variety of shapes, from flowers to the Millennium Falcon. Photos By Christina Corrales-Toy

Mike and Leah Wong, children of Wacky Crayons creator Regan Wong, lend a helping hand as they make the unconventional drawing tool in the family’s garage.
Photo contributed

“We didn’t invent this, but we’re sort of perfecting it along the way,” Wong said.

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County library system director steps down

December 24, 2013

Bill Ptacek, longtime director of the King County Library System, announced Dec. 19 that he would step down to take a similar position in Alberta, Canada.

Ptacek, who has led KCLS since 1989, will leave to become CEO of the Calgary Public Library on Feb. 1.

During his 25-year tenure, Ptacek’s vision for technology and collection management kept the library system in the forefront of public libraries nationally.

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Not too little for long bike ride

August 13, 2013

Susheel Cheeti, of Issaquah, cruises on his bike July 13 during the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. By MarathonFoto

Susheel Cheeti, of Issaquah, cruises on his bike July 13 during the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic.
By MarathonFoto

Since February, 11-year-old Susheel Cheeti has biked more than 1,400 miles. Of those, Susheel completed a little over 200 within 17 hours during the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic over the weekend of July 13.

The recreational bike ride, sponsored by Group Health, hosts up to 10,000 riders in support of bicycle education, advocacy, commute and riding programs throughout the greater Puget Sound region. This was Susheel’s first year participating. According to M.J. Kelly, director of communications and marketing at the Cascade Bicycle Club, he was one of 137 Issaquah residents who participated in the event.

For the 11-year-old who just finished fifth grade at Cascade Ridge Elementary School, a lot of his determination for the 200-mile trek came from his five years of tae kwon do training at True Martial Arts in Sammamish.

“We have a mental requirement for every rank. A couple belts ago, it was no giving up,” he said.

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Issaquah backs Bike to Work Day

May 14, 2013

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.

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Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day comes to Duthie Hill Park

October 4, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 4, 2012

Duthie Hill Park hosts Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on Saturday, as Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and Cascade Bicycle Club offer a free mountain biking event.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and includes trail riding, a children’s obstacle course, a jump show from local and pro riders, a free barbecue and prizes at the park near Issaquah. The event is open to all ages, and parents can ride with children.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is a yearly celebration meant to encourage communities around the globe to join together and ride mountain bikes with youths. In 2011, the Duthie Hill Park event hosted more than 100 children.

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Help count cyclists, pedestrians in Issaquah soon

September 11, 2012

Join the state Department of Transportation and the Cascade Bicycle Club to tally the number of people in Washington using foot or pedal power to commute.

The partners need volunteers to count people bicycling and using bike lanes, and walking on paths and sidewalks, from Sept. 25-27. Participants can join the effort in Issaquah, a city selected as a documentation site.

The agency set up a website to answer questions about the count at www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/Count.htm. Or contact Cascade Bicycle Club’s Tessa Greegor at tessa.greegor@cascadebicycleclub.org or 206-204-0913 to learn more about volunteering.

The tally is used to help measure the Department of Transportation’s efforts to increase bicycling and walking.

“Volunteers are key to the success of this project,” Ian Macek, Department of Transportation bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, said in a statement.

King County task force to examine future funding for parks

June 27, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. June 27, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed 20 business and community leaders Tuesday to devise future funding plans for King County Parks before the levies supporting the parks system expire next year.

In 2007, voters overwhelmingly approved a pair of six-year levies to support county-run parks and trails. The measures expire Dec. 31, 2013.

Constantine asked the King County Parks Levy Task Force to recommend a funding plan for 2014 and beyond. The group is expected to submit a plan by late September.

“Parks, trails and open space are part of what make King County a great place to live,” Constantine said in a statement. “I have asked the task force to map a course that keeps our parks open and continues to build the system for future generations.”

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