Seattle’s Bike Community

by Leslie Gianna Clark

Location: 2323 East Cherry Street in the Central District every Sunday 2pm-5pm

3 examples of the bike community in Seattle:

The Bikery” is a volunteer run bicycle resource center established within the past year. They have a very well thought out mission statement that aims to address a number of social issues through education of bike repair, anti oppression, and clean urban environments. A bike clinic, held on Sundays from 2-5 is one of the direct connections that the organization has to the community. Currently located at the Garfield Community Center on 23rd Ave and Cherry Street in Seattle the bike clinic is free and open to all. Initially, when the clinic began, it was held in a parking lot at a few different locations. Since the weather has gotten cooler, the clinic has moved indoors.

Seattle Critical Mass” is a performance of civil disobedience that happens the last Thursday of every month. This event is a product of the coming together of a group of people to take over the street for a short period of time. This demonstration signifies to the larger Seattle community that there are other forms of transportation that deserve the use of the road.

“Bike Swap” is an event put together my members of the bike community and vendors to sell bikes and bike parts at discounted rates. It takes place in an old Naval hanger at Magnuson Park temporarily taking over a large portion of the hanger area with a discounted marketplace for the bike community.


1 Response to “Seattle’s Bike Community”

  1. 1 Forrest January 29, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    PST! Critical Mass is the last Friday of the month, not the last Thursday.

    At our last meeting, Christmas day of 2009, we helped an old lady who was driving (unaware) on a flat tire.

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