What an amazing day! 45(ish) celebrants for CycloFemme in Seattle.
See all our photos in the Seattle CycloFemme 2017 Flickr album
We lucked out with the weather, experiencing only a little bit of drizzle here and there. Much better than the forecast promised, though still not as nice as our previous CycloFemme rides so 45 riders was awesome!
We gathered in Cal Anderson Park between 11 and 11:30, sticking flowers in our helmets, eating cookies, and applying CycloFemme temporary tattoos.
Our ride was organized by Critical Lass and Familybike Seattle, and Familybike’s Morgan Scherer welcomed us with an overview of Familybike’s programs as well as the true history of Mother’s Day as an anti-war movement started by a social justice advocate. Familybike is at heart a social justice organization. She also spoke about Black Lives Matter’s participation in Mama’s Bail Out Day, a cause very in need of our donations to help mothers unable to afford bail while awaiting trial to be home for Mother’s Day.
We took the same 4.5-mile route as last year from Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill to Madrona Beach on the shore of Lake Washington. We like that the start point is fairly central and close to a light rail station–light rail was utilized by several of today’s participants. It’s a pretty great plan for when CycloFemme doesn’t coincide with Bicycle Sunday…but when it does we love riding to Seward Park!
Thanks to Bike Swift and G&O Family Cyclery for generously donating funds for our picnic lunch and to Morgan Scherer, Executive Director of Familybike Seattle, for collecting and carrying-by-bike all the picnic fixings.
And to Barbara Gordon for corking (traffic control) at the bigger unprotected intersections.
Thank you to each and every participant who joined us! This day wouldn’t have been nearly as special without you.
And big thanks to the entire CycloFemme Global Women’s Cycling Day movement. Empower the Girl. Ignite the Woman.
WE BELIEVE: That strong communities are built around strong women. That being on a bike brings us closer to our community, to nature, and to ourself. That from action comes change. That our hope, courage, and strength is amplified when we unite.