Edmonds embraces Bike to Work Day

Edmonds Bicycle Advocacy Group members on a celebration ride at the end of Friday's early morning Bike to Work Day festivities. (Photo by Reid Larson)

Members of the Edmonds Bicycle Advocacy Group, along with volunteer mechanics from Lynnwood’s Bicycles West, were on hand bright and early Friday morning to greet bicyclists commuting by ferry, train and city street as part of the annual Bike to Work Day.

The group set up shop in the parking lot of Vatika Restaurant, offering platters of fruit and scones thanks to the Edmonds PCC Natural Markets and fresh coffee, courtesy of the downtown Edmonds Starbucks.  Harvy’s Bike Shop in Lynnwood donated a  bike to be raffled off, and information on local rides and routes was available to novice and expert riders alike.

Jane Ward was the first rider to stop by. Ward biked from Lynnwood to downtown Edmonds to catch the Sounder train to her job at Sound Transit’s downtown Seattle headquarters.  Another Sounder rider was Edmonds resident Joachim Andres, who takes his bike on the Sounder once a week during the spring and summer months, riding from the downtown train station to his job at Boeing in Tukwila. “There’s a pretty strong bike community where I work,” he said.

Bridget Thurston of Kingston stopped by on her way from the Edmonds ferry dock to her job in Lynnwood. She said she will take a bus on the mostly uphill route to Lynnwood, but will ride the full way coming home Friday afternoon.

At the end of the morning Bike to Work activities, Edmonds Bicycle Advocacy Group members went on a celebration bike ride, enjoying the (finally) warm spring sun on the streets of Edmonds.

For information on Edmonds Bicycle Advocacy Group rides and other activities, visit the group’s website. Local rides are also listed on the B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County website.

Jane Ward of Lynnwood was the first rider to show up around 6 a.m. Friday, greeted by Jan Ahlquist-Niemi, Thayer Cueter and John Carlin of B.I.K.E.S Club of Snohomish County.
Bridget Thurston of Kingston and Joachim Andres of Edmonds take a break before starting their commutes.
Volunteers staffing the booth from left, John Carlin, Niemi, Hank Landau, Thayer Cueter, Reid Larson, Janice Corbett and Alicia Brattin.
Charlie Taylor and Aaron McVay of Bicycles West are ready to assist with mechanical issues.

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