From Edmonds Bike to Work Day to Edmonds Health & Fitness Expo Bike Rodeo

May 16, 2014 – Teresa at MyEdmondsNews reports:

“Members of the Edmonds Bicycle Advocacy Group were up bright and early Friday morning to greet bicycle commuters during the annual Bike to Work Day event. On their way to work via ferry, Sounder commuter train or city streets, the cyclists stopped by the group’s table outside the Copper Pot Indian Bar & Grill, where they signed up for raffle prizes, enjoyed fresh scones from Edmonds PCC and coffee from the Downtown Edmonds Starbucks, before heading on their way.

Bicycle group chairwoman Jan Niemi said that many people use Bike to Work Day as a way to “test the waters” before deciding whether they can commute by bicycle on a regular basis, and she offered some helpful tips on video here:”

Photos online at MyEdmondNews

Jan Niemi writes:

“Our commuter station was good!… We all enjoyed the nice morning, setting up & then chatting with the cyclists who stop by for hot coffee, fresh scones, info and chit-chat.

The following morning, some of the members of our group were at the Edmonds Health & Fitness Expo assisting Cascade Bicycle Club & their other volunteers with this rodeo. Great fun with 84 registered young kids who participated in the Cascade Bicycle Club bike rodeo.The lil’ kids were so cute! I worked the registration table mostly, so I got to chat with moms and dads, which was a great way to learn what they need to know (e.g. where to buy or get servicing done to a bike, where to find a nearby bike trail, who does group bike rides, etc.), and I got to see all those cute lil’ faces….they were VERY anxious to ride the bikes around our obstacle course, even quite a few tiny 4 and 5 year olds who knew how to ride already.”

 

To our volunteers:

Thank you SO much for your time & effort volunteering with us (and to our sponsors who allowed us to use their patio space, tables, tents, etc….and for providing the hot Starbucks coffee and the yummy PCC scones) at our Edmonds Bike To Work Day commute station and celebration ride last Friday.

We counted 44 bike commuters that morning, which is more than we’ve ever had, as I recall.
The weather was near perfect that morning, even in the wee early hours.

If you registered for the freebie prizes in the Cascade Bicycle Club drawing, good luck! I hope someone from Edmonds wins that lovely 2013 Jamis Commuter bike or one of the other terrific prizes.

If you grabbed a Grand Opening Special 20% off coupon from the Copper Pot (I had a stack of
them on one of our tables at our commute station, I also handed them out at last Saturday’s Bike Rodeo, and I’ll have more 20% off coupons with me at our EBAG monthly meeting on Wednesday evening, May 21, at 6:45 p.m.), please do remember to use it before the month of May is over. Our site sponsor, the owner of the Copper Pot Bar & Grill wanted me to share those coupons, so new customers would try out his newly opened restaurant. We really enjoyed our dinner there in April, as well as yummy appetizer and drinks. I hope you will try it and will enjoy many meals at the Copper Pot.

Thanks to Gregg’s Cycle-Alderwood for sending two employees to give bicycle assistance and advice to our bike commuters last Friday also! While working at the Bike Rodeo at the Edmonds Health & Fitness Expo this past Saturday morning, two moms asked me if I could suggest a local bike shop for them to look at purchasing a bike. I suggested they visit Gregg’s Cycle in Alderwood. I gave them directions to find their shop, and told them to speak with Matt or Lang, who were assisting us last Friday.

Please support our generous local sponsors of Edmonds Bike To Work Day!

Sponsors:
Copper Pot Indian Bar & Grill
PCC Natural Markets Edmonds
Starbucks Downtown Edmonds
Gregg’s Cycle – Alderwood
City of Edmonds Engineering Dept.
B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County
Just Frogs Toads Too Amphibian Center

Hopefully next year’s Edmonds Bike To Work Day is even bigger & better.

Thanks again for all you do to help with our events & projects!

Jan

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