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An avid cyclist she enjoys pedaling the roads and trails around Colorado via road bike mountain bike or her new favorite cyclocross bike. DEB SALLS is the Executive Director at Bike Works a grassroots organization in SE Seattle that has worked to build sustainable communities since 1996 by educating youth and promoting bicycling. CONTRIBUTORS Fears Phobias AnxietiesGone What if you could feel Comfortable and confident descending hills Calm riding in traffic Like your crash is just a memory Now you can... easily quickly and permanently. ALL FOR 84 100 money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied. 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Dearborn Case Study 30 Be Seen Finding the right bike light 32 Chart Your Trek Seattle Bike Map 33 WhatWhereWhen Local resources for rides events and more 34 The Final Mile Life on the Road with the IMBA Trail Care Crew BikeLife Seattle Fall 2015 ONTHEWEB FOLLOWUS Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities SEATTLE READ THIS ISSUE ONLINE You can access this issue anytime. Share it with your friends by sending a link so they can read it too BLOGS Read fun stories and news about biking every day RESOURCES Were your one-stop shop for everything biking in Seattle from places to ride to events bike shops groups and more. TAKE OUR SURVEY What do you think about BikeLife Seattle What would you like to read or write about We want to hear from you. SIGN UP FOR OUR E-NEWSLETTER Well keep you up to date year- round on all kinds of fun interesting and newsworthy bike-related stories. page 21 page 22 page 12 page 13 ENTER TO WIN COOL PRIZES For details and to enter go to BIKELIFECITIES.COMSWEEPSTAKES15 WIN A FOUR PEAKS COLLAB BIKE FROM MORE PRIZES FROM ENTER TO WIN COOL PRIZES Sweepstakes closes November 30 2015. Winners will be posted on Facebook Twitter and Instagram. Winners must reside in the contiguous U.S. Facebook.comBikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BikeLifeCities BIKELIFECITIES.COMSWEEPSTAKES15 WIN A FOUR PEAKS COLLAB BIKE FROM MORE PRIZES FROM BikeLife Seattle 7 S eattle officially launched its Active Trans- portation initiative in April with the goal of making Seattle a world-class city for bicycling walking and sustainable transporta- tion. The program is part of Mayor Ed Murrays vision for a safe affordable interconnected vi- brant and innovative transportation system that contributes to a better Seattle. We want resi- dents and visitors of all ages and abilities to have safe healthy fun and attractive options for mov- ing around Seattle by wheel foot and transit. Success means making it easy to make healthy active choices. It is about making walking bik- ing and public transit the fastest least expen- sive and most convenient ways to get around town. Imagine if someone from Hillman City could take an electric bike from a nearby bike share station to the Columbia City Light Rail Station arriving just in time to catch a train downtown. We all would win. The person in Hillman City saves money and gets to work faster and for people that need to drive there is less traffic and competition for parking. To create these options well use cutting-edge technology like electric bike share real-time transportation trackers and integrated transit payment methods along with state-of-the-practice street design and effective education and enforcement to ensure everyone shares our roads respectfully. So why Active Transportation More than just creating a fast reliable and inexpensive option for getting around town why not make your commute the most fun part of the day Im excited to be leading this effort. I hope you enjoy our second edition of BikeLife Seattle and share it widely. Nicole Freedman Chief of Active Transportation and Partnerships Department of Transportation Greetings from BikeLife Seattle Welcome 8 Most Bicycle-Friendly City Bicycling Magazine 2 of the Top 10 Best Protected Bike Lanes in North America 2 Second Avenue and 6 Broadway 134MILESOFBICYCLEFACILITES Includingmulti-usetrailscycletracks andneighborhoodgreenways The 2014 Seattle Bike Master Plan proposes a network of 432 miles SEATTLE by the numbers Oneofthetop10 Best Bike Cities In North America Outside Magazine 16PROTECTED BIKELANES ...with more to come 6662 BIKEPARKINGSPACESINTHECITY 1RANKEDBICYCLE FRIENDLYSTATE League of American Bicyclists 2015 seattle.govtransportation 206-684-ROAD Seattle Department of Transportation Facebook.comSeattleDOT SeattleDOT Have comments or suggestions for future BikeLife Seattle magazine issues Email 2 BikeLife Boulder I bike Seattle Meet our local two-wheel aficionados MARGARET MCCAULEY Parent environmental engineer and chocolate lover What do you like best about biking I love that as a family our travel time is predictable. No matter what gridlock is going on we can get from preschool to elementary school in time for pick up. I also love never worrying about finding a place to park. And even if we are having a moment where getting clothes and shoes on and kiddos to the bikes is difficult I can pedal away the adrenaline and frustration and have happy endorphins by the time we arrive. What are your favorite places to ride with your family All the places we usually go the office the grocery store tugboat story time the library the Water Taxi to Alki Beach school wherever. What do you do to make sure your kids are safe when riding bikes The most frequent concern I have is with peo- ple in cars who are looking for free parking and become distracted. So we try to be obvi- ous and predictable in our movements. We talk about potential upcoming hazards pause and check that alley and I use my bicycle to block a car or an intersection if necessary to make it safe for my eight year old to pass. On a fun note to get my kids interested in biking we made many early trips involving special treats. My grandparents did that for my father with trips to art museums. To this day he always wants to go to the museum. ADRIAN VERDUGO Parent and civil engineer What do you like best about biking When I bike I feel like a 10-year-old kid again. It gives me the freedom to go anywhere. Ive introduced that freedom to my family and they love it. Its amazing the things you notice while riding its given us a new perspective of life. What are your favorite places to ride Alki There is always something to do on the waterfront. We take the Delridge neighborhood greenway to the Alki trail and that takes us all the way to the beach. This year the bike show was at the stadium where the Seahawks play so we packed a bag and headed downtown. The kids were real troopers not one complaint and nothing but smiles. Seattle is building another neighborhood greenway near the kids school so well have another favorite riding area soon. Any advice you can give other parents to get their kids interested in cycling Its got to be convenient. Our bikes are kept inside by the front door or just inside the back gate to make it an easy choice. The phrase out of sight out of mind is true for bikes and kids. But dont let convenience trump safety. We as parents need to show our kids and their friends good riding etiquette and skills. I try to instill this thought to my family It may be faster to take that way but this way is more comfortable. MERLIN RAINWATER below right Grandparent retired nurse and safe streets advocate What do you like best about biking That my little grandson not quite 2 years old has already mastered his balance bike But other than that I love everything about biking Its the best way to explore my city letting me go places that are too far for walking and see things Id miss whooshing by in a car. Its super cheapIve had my one bike for more than 20 years and it gets me ev- erywhere. Its the answer to all the worlds problems health pollution loneliness congestion and its fun. Where are your favorite places to ride with people of all ages and abilities I love figuring out ways to get around by bike that will be safe for my grandson when hes able to pedal. Seattle is challengingthere are gaps between comfortable bike routes and of course we have hills that dont show up clearly on maps designed for cars. For example Im leading a family-friendly ride from Central Seattle to the Olympic Sculpture Park. Ive figured out a route from the I-90 Trail to the wa- terfront using the trail low-traffic streets a few sidewalks a pedestri- an overpass and an elevator. This doesnt show up on any bike map What can people new to biking do to stay safe The best way to stay safe when youre new to biking is to explore your neighborhood and gradually expand the places youre comfortable riding. If youre used to driving or traveling by bus you wont see the low-traffic streets that are safest and easiest for riding. Dont be afraid to get off and walk if youre in a difficult spottoo many cars or a steep hill. Remember its legal to ride on the sidewalk as long as you move slowly and yield to people walking. Carry an ORCA card so you can put the bike on the bus if youre tired. And join me on a SLOW Ride with Senior Ladies On Wheels to learn easy routes for biking. Check out our Facebook page facebook.comseniorladiesonwheels. BikeLife Seattle 9 WE GET IT AND WE HAVE A PLAN Seattle is going to build 250 miles of neighborhood greenways family-friendly residential streets and 100 miles of protected bike lanes over the next 20 years. Complementing this effort is our Safe Routes to School Program see page 19 and our Vision Zero Plan see page 12. SIMPLE SOLUTIONS In the meantime get together with other parents and form walking buses or bike trains to add a fun activity to a students day it might even build enthusiasm for going to school. Always share the rules of the road with participating children If they are on a bike make sure to grab helmets for everyone and practice biking in advance. Recruit one parent or volunteer per every three to six children and go for it Because remember biking can make you smarter THE RESEARCH IS STACKING UP physical activity gives you an increased power of concentration and self-esteem which can lead to higher test scores in school. If you are in the habit of driving your kids to school or yourself to work you might reconsider. One of the main conclusions of a com- prehensive Danish project the Mass Ex- periment 2012 found that kids who walk or bike to school score higher on concentra- tion tests than those who went by car train or bus. The project also showed that the effects of exercise last for about four hours of the school day. The study looked at near- ly 20000 kids between the ages of 5 and 19. Why would physical activity positively influence academic performance There are several ideas including Increased blood and oxygen flow to the brain Increased levels of norepinephrine and endorphins resulting in a reduction of stress and an improvement of mood Increased growth factors that help to cre- ate new nerve cells and support synaptic plasticity. A similar but smaller study conducted by the University of North Texas in 2012 had comparable findings. Cardiorespira- tory fitness was the only factor that was consistently found to have an impact on both boys and girls performance on read- ing and math tests. In 2010 researchers at the University of Illinois found physical evidence supporting the idea that phys- ical activity supports synaptic plasticity. Researchers measured how efficiently 49 children used oxygen while on a tread- mill to determine their fitness level. They then used an MRI to measure the size of the hippocampus a structure tucked deep within the brain. A bigger hippocampus is associated with better performance on spatial reasoning and other cognitive tasks. Researchers learned that physically fit children tended to have bigger hippocam- pal volume than their out-of-shape peers. Finally they found that fit children per- formed better on tests of relational mem- orythe ability to remember and integrate various types of information. Clearly exercise is really important for children But with tight budgets and mounting academic pressures physical ed- ucation can fall to the bottom of a schools priority list. One way to counter this issue is to have more kids walk or bike to school. We know that often parents drive their kids to school because walking or biking on streets designed for cars makes the journey Can Biking MakeYou Smarter 10 BikeLife Seattle Full-service pharmacy including compounded medications Free wellness advice from our expert team of pharmacists naturopaths herbalists estheticians High-quality vitamins supplements all-natural beauty products Immunizations travel vaccinations MADISON PARK 4130 E MADISON ST 206.324.0701 WALLINGFORD CENTER 1815 N 45TH ST 206.547.1208 WEST SEATTLE 4707 CALIFORNIA AVE SW 206.932.4225 REDMOND 15840 REDMOND WAY 425.882.1475 QUEEN ANNE 1900 QUEEN ANNE AVE N 206.216.2248 NO PHARMACY AT THIS LOCATION This coupon is valid only at a Washington Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy. 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Each loss or serious injury is devastating to family friends and broader communities. So heres what we want to do We want to build on our safety reputation we want to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on our streets by 2030. This goal this commitment is Vision Zero. Its part of a worldwide movement that argues that death and injury on city streets is preventable. For the most part these arent acci- dents as weve become accustomed to calling them. Theyre usually the re- sult of poor behaviors and unforgiving street designs. So we need to redesign our streets in a way that encourages safer behavior and prioritizes safety over speed and throughput. Targeted enforcement and public education will complement these engineering efforts. Seattle will need to use this three- pronged approach if we want our streets to be safer for everyone from our 8-year-old children to our 80-year- old grandparents whether theyre walking driving biking taking transit or moving goods around the city. And as more and more people call Seattle home we want to make sure that our streets become even safer places to travel on and enjoy. This is a driving force behind why were build- ing out a network of protected bike lanes and neighborhood greenways. Designing safer streets and providing more travel options are key strategies to help Seattle grow gracefully. We want to end this safety session with a little heart-to-heart. Lets be honest. Youve jaywalked before we all have. Maybe you didnt stop for someone trying to cross the street or you rolled through a stop sign. Many of us have probably been in near-miss situations. Itll take all of us working together making conscious decisions every day to get to zero. We all have a part to ensure those decision and behaviors add up to zero fatalities and well be a better stronger safer city for it. For more information visit seattle.govvisionzero. Safer streets for Seattle Safety First Vision Zero eattle has a pretty stellar safety record. Were consistently recognized as being one of the safest cities in the country for walking and biking. Seattle Department of Transportation staff teach kids and their parents about bike boxes traffic circles and more. Just a few strategies that will be important to achieve Vision Zero. S BE PREPARED Carry a spare tube and patch kit and take advantage of the Fixation Stand. BikeLife Seattle 13 Pop-up bike repair station in West Seattle Fixation Stand at McGraw Square makes bike repair convenient Seen Around Town L ooking for some free advice about bike maintenance or bike commuting On Thursday mornings Brad Loetel from West Seattle Cyclery hangs out under the West Seattle Bridge offering just that. Just west of the low-level bridge Brad sets up a rest stop com- plete with free refreshments and an- swers questions about bikes commut- ing maintenance and everything else bike related. He is an experienced bike mechanic and comes equipped with all the tools to provide a quick fix for whatever ails your bike. He provides tire changes brake adjustments and other quick repairs. For more info contact Brad at D id you know there is a small bike repair station downtown in McGraw Square A growing number of people are bik- ing downtown to work shop and play. The Fixation Station is a great way to support alternative transportation and make downtown a more accommo- dating place for people riding bikes. Commute Seattle an organization that works with businesses to keep people and goods moving in Center City Seattle installed the bike repair stand including a bike pump and tools to fix flat tires. STOP BY Thursday mornings under the West Seattle Bridge ENJOYTHE URBANBIKELIFE TREK LYNC 3 This silvery blue nine-speed commuter bike is tricked out with integrated front and tail lights fenders and the ability to add a Bluetooth sensor in the frame so you can log your rides if you choose. Reflectivity on the frame and tires boost your visibility after dark. 1020 When you ride a bike in the city there are so many pluses. You dont waste a second stuck in traffic. There are no payments for tolls or tow charges. Parking is a snap. And you get some exercise while youre pedaling. For many cycling to work is the start of a great love affair with the sport. The choices of city bikes keep growing and growing as more people choose bikes as a way to travel. Depending on your budget and willing- ness to spend more for higher quality or more features you can find a wide array of price points ranging from about 400 on up. Ask at your local bike shop for a bike that fits your bud- get offers efficient pedaling and includes the features you need. And of course let them help you get the proper fit. Weve picked out six great city bikes all with different features and in a range of prices to suit a variety of pedaling needs and styles to help you get around town. 6 new city bikes for traveling around town ByBECCAHEATON 14 BikeLife Seattle BikeLife Boulder 3 GIANT MOMENTUM STREET This classic style bike is fast rolling with upright positioning so youre always in control. Comes with smart integrated features like a built-in cup holder a chain guard to protect your clothes from dirt and grime and a rear rack to carry cargo. 425 STATE BICYCLE FOUR PEAKS Four Peaks Brewing State Bicycle Co. have pulled out all of the stops for this fun beer-inspired commuter. Mustache-bars coaster brake bell and an affixed bottle opener will keep you well equipped on your next pub ride. 579 LINUS LIBERTINE II With a traditional upright riding position the lovely Libertine II is a comfy and speedy commuter with eight speeds of shifting. Pick from teal or black. 899 NOVARA BARROW The 24-speed Euro-style Barrow features a nice storage basket in front that stays steady in the turns with a stretchy cover to keep everything secure. When youre zipping around town on this seafoam green beauty disc brakes make stopping a breeze. 749 RALEIGH CAMEO Designed just for gals the pretty purple Cameo has seven speeds of shifting and a nice upright position for riding. The step-through frame makes it easy to ride in a skirt too. 400 THOSE LITTLE EXTRAS Here are a few goodies to make your bike even more fun to ride. ... Green Guru Touring Townie Handlebar Bag Made from recycled banners in lots of fun colors and patterns this handy insulated bag mounts on your handlebar. Good for storing drinks snacks phone wallet and more. 34.95 Mirrycle Telebell Ring this beautiful little bell to let people know when youre approaching or passing. Its melodic sound will be music to their ears. 18 iOMounts NOMAD Keep your mobile device handy with the easy-to- attach NOMAD handlebar mount. Put your device in the special case the super-strong magnet keeps your device on tight through any bumps. 60 BIKE WORKS JOURNEY 16 BikeLife Seattle An adventure for kids of all ages Ever since he was young Emmett liked riding his bike and seeing where it would lead him. But at that point in his young life video games were the top priority. With a little parental prodding Emmett went to that first class with his sister and then on to the intermediate repair class. When he wanted to sign up for the advanced repair class his mother was actually concerned about whether he was ready for the challengeand the home- work. But by then Emmett was hooked. Fast-forward five years and 15-year- old Emmett has nothing but positive things to say about Southeast Seattles Bike Works the organization behind the courses. I liked the classes because fixing bikes is really a puzzle its about prob- lem-solving . . . but you have to really study for the tests at the end he said with a smile. Over the past two decades Bike Works has become an institution in Seattles Co- lumbia City neighborhood and surround- ing communities. Founded by a group of grassroots activists in 1996 the organi- zation is committed to increasing access to alternative transportation investing in youth pushing for environmental justice and fostering more sustainable commu- nities. It has grown to serve more than 2000 adults and youth annually. One of Bike Works priority initiatives is the Bicycle Recycle Reuse program. Through its collection of thousands of used bikes it decreases the annual waste stream by more than 170000 pounds. Meanwhile youth and adults in their classes and community service programs refurbish the bikes and return them to the roads as affordable environmentally friendly transportation or sources of fun healthy recreational activity. But Bike Works true heart lies in its programs for young people. Many start where Emmett did signing up for the beginning Earn-A-Bike repair class. This eight-week after-school pro- gram teaches basic hands-on mechanic skills. Participants practice on bikes that will be donated back to the community. By logging community service hours the kids earn the opportunity to pick out and fix up a bike to take home. Emmett remembers his touring trip a few years ago in the San Juans as both peaceful and beautiful but the moment that stands out for him was toward the end of a day when he was faced with yet another grueling hill. I wasnt sure if I could psyche myself up one more time to climb this big hill he recalls. Until one of his teammates Ellie rode up next to him and called out Emmett youve got this It was that precise moment when he began to hear the little voice in his own head whispering what has since become his mantra when confronted with a chal- lenge Just push through it. Emmett however has gone far beyond just pushing through it. Bike Works is now his second home. As the pres- ident of Bike Works Youth Advisory Committee YAC and a member of the Board of Directors he is an organiza- tional leader as well as a mentor for the younger cyclists. His passion is letting other kids know about what Bike Works has to offer and when he is met with a No thanks. Not interested he smiles to himself . . . and then tells them a little more. Learn more about Bike Works at THE Guest Author Deb Salls Bike Works Executive Director No thanks. Not interested. That was 10-year-old Emmetts response when his older sister tried to get him to sign up for a beginning bicycle repair class she had heard about. Ridingabikeisjustanexcuse tohaveanadventure... Wherewillmywheels takemetoday Additional Youth Programs SaturdayMorningStreet-Burners rides and activities take youth to parks and trails around Seattle teach safe riding skills and expose youth to varying biking styles like BMX and mountain biking. R.I.D.E.S.Club Ride Investigate Discover the Environment Society invites young people to explore their local communities build their cycling skills and expand their green living knowledge. Summercampsarealsoavailable More than 70 youth are dedicating weeks of their summer to learning bicycle repair skills navigating around Greater Seattle on day rides or challenging themselves to two weeks of touring through the North Cascades or on the Kitsap Peninsula. 2 5 o Augmenting not replacing human power Electric bikes Folding bikes Bike rentals Now open 7 days a week 11am6pm 4810 17th Ave NW Seattle WA 98107 206 547-4621 100 off your bicycle purchase of 1000 or more expires 1.15.16 25 off your tune-up or repair expires 1.15.16 Safer community travel for families and neighbors Making the Healthy Easy Choice BikeLife Seattle 19 eattle is consistently recognized as one of the safest cit- ies in the U.S. and its laid out an aggressive goal to reach zero deaths and serious injuries on our streets by 2030.SAs one of the key steps toward Vision Zero see the Vision Zero article for more details Seattle has developed the Safe Routes to School Action Plan to improve safety on streets near schools. Today a large majority of Seattle stu- dents 83 percent live within a walk zone which shows the opportunity for improving safety and increasing biking and walking in school communities. Improving safety for school communities means building healthy places where kids can safely walk and bike to school and in their neighborhood. Students that walk and bike to school are healthier more alert and ready to learn when they arrive. Research shows that giving opportunities for healthy transpor- tation can reap the greatest benefits in underserved neighborhoods where health risks are often higher. In addition reducing the number of parents who drive their kids to school will benefit the larger community via reduced roadway congestion and air pollution. As we work to improve infrastructure use the tips at right to make it safer and easier for students to bike and walk to school BE VISIBLE Take extra steps to ensure you can be seen when walking or biking. Wear light-col- ored clothing and reflective gear so drivers can spot you. MAKE GOOD DECISIONS Dont let your cell phone distract you or listen to music while biking. Take an active role in safety and keep your ears and eyes on the road. FOLLOW THE RULES Every intersection is a legal crosswalk whether there are pavement markings or not so drivers should always stop for pedestri- ans. Pedestrians should cross the street at intersections or cross- walks where drivers expect to see you. And always look both ways before crossing.Formoreinformationabout SDOTs Safe Routes to School Program visit seattle.govtransportationsaferoutes.htm. Seattle Area Tern Dealers Montlake Bicycle Shop 2223 24th Ave E Seattle 206.329.7333 Top of the World Its that moment when you just want to stay in it. Learn more at VisitTucson.orgTopOfTheWorld BikeLife Seattle 21 A bus drivers perspectiveShare the Road I n the last edition of Bike- Life Seattle we interviewed Warren Aakervik the retired owner of Ballard Oil on what it is like to drive large trucks near people bicycling. The article was a hit so this time were engaging an experienced Metro driver on what it is like to drive a bus on Seattle streets. If you read the last article you wont be surprised by what we learnedpredictability is key Monica DeWald from the Seattle Department of Transportation SDOT interviewed Gerald Freeman a 21-year employee of King County Metro about buses and bicycles traveling in harmony. MONICA What is it like to drive a bus around Seattle particularly around people biking GERALD Driving a bus is chal- lenging work. You have to make sure your passengers are comfort- able and safe follow the rules of the road and be alert for changing surroundings. If a person bicy- cling sneaks up on the side of a bus or suddenly moves in front of one it places everybody at risk. MONICA What precautions do you take when driving near people riding bikes GERALD Buses are large and hard to see around. If someone is crossing the street in front of the bus while Im stopped Ill signal to them if it is unsafe. I can use my mirrors to see if vehicles are moving and potentially passing in the other lane. Otherwise if peo- ple follow the rules of the road buses and bikes can co-exist just fine. Id prefer people not try and pass a bus at transit stops. It is too hard for them to know when passen- gers have finished boarding and the bus is preparing to pull out. As mentioned before sneaking up on the side of a bus is not safe due to visibility challenges. MONICA People are often nervous the first time they use the bike rack on the bus any advice for them GERALD The bike rack is your friend. Dont be nervous. If you are unsure do not hesitate to look at the driver and ask for help. We dont mind. Like you we want you to successfully load and unload your bike while we get people to their destinations. Advocates effect change on their local streets JanineBlaeloch LakeCityResident Meet Janine Blaeloch. She ditched her car in 2008 and turned to walking biking and transit to get everywhere she goes. Living in the No Sidewalk Land of Lake City she experienced the first-hand chal- lenges of traveling car-less in a world designed for cars. This is particularly true for the vulnerablechildren older adults and the mobility challenged. To Jane it seemed deeply unjust that those who use non-car modes should not have an equitable and safe use of streets we all own. In 2012 she attended a meeting where Councilmember Sally Bagshaw was enthused about neighborhood greenways and she quickly connected with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways SNG starting a Lake City group. She started with a plan to create a network of greenways in Lake City and inevitably ended up tackling the spectrum of transportation safety issues as she heard wider con- cerns from neighbors. For example Lake City Way is an intimidating barrier running through the middle of her community. Through a Traffic Safety Corridor Project jointly led by the city state and community the neighborhood is securing real on-the-ground changes in traffic signal and intersection design to make Lake City Way less of a car pipeline and a more human-centered street. Completed in late 2014 the neighbor- hoods first greenway has been a sweet success as a calmed street inviting walkers bicy- cle riders and stroller pushers. Neighbors have also forged a strong sense of community and are championing their own safety projects whether its a new crosswalk or a traffic-calming idea. When asked how people can do the same thing in their neighborhoods Ja- nine said Ive found the knowledge and support of colleagues in SNG invaluable. Neighbors are deep wells of insight and observationeveryone takes very personally their desire to travel safely through the community. Listen to them. Our public servants at SDOT should be appreciated as people who truly believe in making things better. Cultivate positive relationships with staffers and treat them with respect. When you go to them for help be a steadfast advo- cate for your community carry some patience and know your stuff. Great job Janine We look forward to seeing more people following in your footsteps. Power to the Pedal Neighborsaredeepwellsofinsightandobservation everyonetakesverypersonallytheirdesiretotravelsafely throughthecommunity.Listentothem. 22 BikeLife Seattle BikeLife Seattle 23 PhyllisPorter RainierValleyActivist Phyllis Porter works in South Seattle and loves being part of a community that not only fights to end disparities but rejoices in the spirit of brotherly and sisterly love. Knowing this it should come as no surprise that shes also a member of the Rainier Riders Cycling Club. The club promotes riding bikes in commu- nities disproportionately affected by health issues and uses bicycling to foster camaraderie. Recently her college-bound daughter urged her to become active in something as she transi- tioned to being an empty nester. So the following year Phyllis attended her first neighbor- hood greenways meeting. She learned that greenways create more comfortable places to travel and since then has become a passionate leader bringing safe streets to people of all ages and abilities. Phyllis has helped lead two major initia- tives to calm Martin Luther King Jr Way So MLK and Rainier Ave S. The first happened after a seven-year old girl was hit crossing the street on the way to the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club. Knowing that tragedies like this can be prevented Phyllis invited elected officials community leaders and residents to a vigil followed by a solutions meeting. Second after wit- nessing a family of three pinned between a car and a counter when a driver swerved off Rainier Avenue Sand nearing being hit herselfPhyllis actively petitioned City Councilmembers and transportation staff to make changes to Rainier. She helped rally support and in August Raini- er Avenue S was changed from a four-lane street to a two-lane street with a center turn lane in the Columbia City neighborhood. Later this year the community can look forward to a lower speed limit as well. We asked how others can support similar transformations in their neighborhoods and Phyllis said If you feel passionate about change and are open to different possibilities get involved with a community group. Her interests are safety transportation and passage. Rainier Valley Greenways which she is a part of are south end advocates working as part of a citywide grass- roots movement to transform Seattle into a city where everyone can walk and bike safely. Phyllis also wanted to share a special thank you with Mayor Ed Murray Councilmember Bruce Harrell SDOT Director Scott Kubly and everyone who had a part in making Rainier Avenue S safer. Theclubpromotesridingbikesincommunities disproportionatelyaffectedbyhealthissues andusesbicyclingtofostercamaraderie. LEARN MORE about the safe streets advocacy group Seattle Neighborhood Greenways at BIKEGOTSTOLEN State Bicycle Co. will get you back on the road with 100 off a new bike. with a police report from the past 90 days E-mail for details. SHARE THE ROAD Make the streets more bike-friendly with a SHARE THE ROADlicense plate Support safety education for people who bike walk and drive. Includes a one-year membership in Washington Bikes when you tell us your plate number. 314 1st Ave. South Historic Pioneer Square MF 930430 WAbikes.orglicenseplates C Y C L I N G A T T O R N E Y Member of Cascade Bicycle Club Washington Bikes Sponsor of Bikecafe Blue Rooster Cucina Fresca Dyna Racing Fell Swoop Fischer Plumbing Garage Group Health Lakemont Project 13 Recycled Cycles SCCAStarbucks SnoValley Velo and Spin Cycling Teams Free Consultation 206-343-1888 or 206-714-1085 206.604.6171 Get The Real Estate Broker Who Gets YOU It takes one to know one ByBECCAHEATON PhotocourtesyofAbus T oo often cyclists especially kids are wearing their helmets the wrong way. Youve probably seen it the low-riding neck crawler where the back end of the helmet sits low on the base of the neck instead of on top of the head. Or gasp someone wearing their helmet backwards. Yep it happens. A properly fitted hel- met is essential to prevent head injuries resulting from a bike crash. Heres how Eyes The helmet should sit level on your head and rest low on the forehead one to two finger widths above the eyebrow. You should be able to see the very edge of your helmet looking up past your eyebrows. Mouth The buckled chinstrap needs to be loose enough that you can breathe easily. There should be enough room so you can insert a finger be- tween the buckle and chin but tight enough that if you open your mouth you can feel the helmet pull down on top. Ears The straps should be even and form a Y under the earlobe where the earlobe meets the head and should be snug against your head. Straps and buckles can loosen up over time so check them frequently. Protect Your Noggin Always buy a helmet that has the Consumer Product Safety Com- mission CPSC sticker on the interior. Avoid used helmets and inspect any helmet for cracks or damage. Helmets are good for just one crash. After a crash con- sider yourself lucky and replace the helmet. Expensive helmets are not nec- essarily safer but are often easier to adjust or have better venting. Old helmets might not meet the most current standards. Your local bike shop will have the best selection of childrens and adult helmets from entry-level to the newest styles for racing. How to fit a helmet just right plus fun new city helmets These tips come courtesy of Pima County and the City of Tucson. 26 BikeLife Seattle ByBECCAHEATON BikeLife Boulder 3 For bike and ski Integrated LED light Super colorful and fun patterns BERN WATTS FOR MEN LENOX FOR WOMEN Featuring Berns signature built-in visor to help shield your eyes from the sun or rain the Watts and Lenox helmets are urban-styled in a range of cool colors. Fitting is easy thanks to the Sink Fit padding and Crank Fit knob on back. Like to ski or snow- board Both helmets convert to winter use Just snap out the washable summer liner and pop in the optional winter knit liner. 60 GIRO SUTTON MIPS The sleek light Sutton has clever features like a detachable clip to attach a bike light a removable leather visor to shade the eyes and reinforced vents that double as U-lock ports so you can easily snake a bike lock through and attach the helmet to your bike. MIPS stands for Multidirectional Impact Protec- tion System Giros helmet safety technology. 100 ABUS URBAN-I V.2 SIGNAL Lightweight and well vented the Urban-I v.2 Signal is designed for urban riding with an integrated LED rear light with 180-degree visibility and big reflectors. It also features an easy-to-secure magnetic lock system on the chinstrap and interior padding that is removable and washable. Dont like the visor Just snap it off. 130 NUTCASE METRORIDE A stylish urban commuter hel- met the Metroride is lightweight with big air vents for a cooler ride. Other features include an easy-to-use magnetic chinstrap buckle removable visor and re- flectivity in the straps. In typical Nutcase fashion the graphic designs are super colorful with fun pattern names like American Dream Heart Soul Shark Skin and Technicolor. 80 HAND-PAINTED HELMETS Visual artist Danielle Baskin was tired of seeing all of the dull bicycle helmets around New York City so she decided to do something about it. Inkwell Helmets was born. All of the helmets are CPSC certified and hand painted in fun funky beautiful designs by Danielle. We hope to change the way people interact with and think about utilitarian objects and to get cyclists to ride more safely says Danielle. And safety doesnt have to compromise style. Prices start at 85 AIRBAG FOR YOUR HEAD Dont like to wear a helmet Self conscious about helmet head hair Then check out the Hvding helmet. Designed by two industrial design students at the University of Lund in Sweden as part of a masters thesis Hvding is essentially an airbag for your head. Its designed as a fashionable-looking collar that secretly stores an airbag with sensors. If the sensors recognize abnormal movement when youre biking the airbag quickly inflates to absorb the impact shock and protect your head face and throat. Aside from being a stylish option several tests show that the Hvding is three times more protective than some of the top helmets on the market. It isnt cheap 340 and once it inflates it cant be used again. Check out the helmet video at HeadsUponSomeCoolHelmets FunUrban-StyleHelmets Vents double as U-lock port For bike and ski 28 BikeLife Seattle Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. ALBERT EINSTEIN Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel . . . the picture of free untrammeled womanhood. SUSAN B. ANTHONY abolitionist and suffragette leader When the spirits are low when the day appears dark when work becomes monotonous when hope hardly seems worth having just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road without thought on anything but the ride you are taking. SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE British writer and creator of Sherlock Holmes What goes around Many great minds have sung the praises of cycling Photo CAMILLE WASINGER Planning makes a major artery safer and more efficient Complete Street The S.Dearborn Case Study A s employment opportunities population and our econo- my grow so does Seattles efforts to plan build and maintain a high-quality transportation network for everyone. We are reconstructing pedestrian ramps and upgrading traffic signals adding protected bike lanes and increasing transit options as well as repairing bridges and paving streets so goods and people can move easier. The citys core values to be innovative and improve safety and mobility are reflected in everything we do. These core values are embraced in Mayor Ed Murrays 10-year strate- gic plan Move Seattle. Move Seattle integrates our modal plans prioritizes projects and identifies the budget needed to construct them. Since Seattle is an established city with a fixed-street grid our focus must be on using the streets and sidewalks we have in the most efficient way possi- ble. Efficiency means prioritizing the uses of street space that serve the most people at the most times of the day in the most ways. An example of how Seattle is balancing transportation modes is on S. Dearborn Street which happens to be a major truck route and an import- ant link for people biking between Rainier ValleyBeacon Hill and the International DistrictDowntown. We looked at our bike transit and pedestrian master plans and coordi- nated with the staff and stakeholders involved in drafting a freight master plan. As a result we found a way to organize S. Dearborn Street to be safer and more predictable for all travelers. The changes include modifying a crosswalk and adding a bus queue jump at the busy intersection of Rain- ier Avenue S and S. Dearborn Street. The bus-queue jump will move bus passengers through the signal more efficiently. We are also upgrading the current bike lane to a protected bike lane by creating a painted buffer with plastic posts between people biking and vehicle traffic. An important aspect was to understand if these improvements would impact freight movement so a model was developed to study the before and after effects results show very minor impact. As you read this article we should be close to wrapping up public outreach and looking forward to starting con- struction in late 2015. For information on the S. Dearborn Street Project visit transportationdearbornpbl.htm. Seattleisexpectingtoadd 60000 people and 50000 jobs over the next 10 years and SDOT is tasked with delivering a transportation network to accommodate the growth. Learn more about Move Seattle and our goals to balance transportation modes at seattle.govtransportation moveseattle.htm. BikeLife Seattle 29 30 BikeLife Seattle Be SeenFinding the right bike light THE BEST-LIT BIKE is one with front a white LED and rear lights a red blinkie for best visibility to drivers and pe- destrians. If youre riding on roads with street lights lower- to medium-output bike lights work well. But if youre riding on dark streets or trails you should go for higher output or lumens. WHAT ARE LUMENS A lumen is a measure of the to- tal amount of light emitted by a source. The higher the lu- mens the brighter the light and also the higher the price. But when it comes to staying safe paying for the best light that you can afford is wise. Lumens are typically listed in a product name such as Volt 300 300 lumens or Blaze 180 180 lumens. RECHARGEABLE LIGHTS are the best way to go. They can be charged hundreds of times making them a more eco- nomical and environmentally sound alternative to disposable batteries. Unlike battery-powered lights that dim slowly over the battery life most rechargeable lights deliver a consistent beam until their power is exhausted and have a low-battery warning so you know when its time to plug in. WHEN CHARGING BATTERIES be sure to fully charge them. Because inactive batteries lose their charge over time plug in and charge your system before every use just in case. YOUR LIGHTS BATTERY LIFE will depend on what settings you use. The higher steady setting is the brightest beam but also has a shorter total run time compared to flash- ing modes which use less battery power. Most rechargeable lights have multiple settings so you can switch between them depending on what you need when riding. A HEADLIGHT IS TYPICALLY MOUNTED on the han- dlebar but some lights come with an option to mount on your helmet. Red rear safety lights can be mounted on the seat post or a backpack or pannier depending on what mount accessory they come with. Some can also be attached on a rear bike rack. T he long days of summer are winding down bringing cooler temps and less daylight which means its time for lights on your bike for riding in the early morning or after dark. Dont have a light Let us help you pick one. 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ByBECCAHEATON PhotocourtesyofCateye BikeLife Seattle 31 TheLatestLights NITERIDER LIGHTNING BUG 150 SABRE 35 Easy to pop on and off your handlebar with a tool- free mount the Lightning Bug has three settings low high and a super-bright flash. Team it up in back with a Sabre 35 tail light which also has side lights for added visibility. Lightning Bug 150 35 Sabre 35 2960 for both. PLANET BIKE BLAZE 180 USB SUPERFLASH USB Bright rechargeable and compact for riding after dark the Blaze 180 has high and low settings plus a flashing mode. Easy to mount on your handlebars this light has a built-in low battery indicator so you know when to recharge. Pair the Blaze with a red Superflash in back which mounts on your seat post or clips on a pack or pannier. Blaze 180 USB 45 Superflash USB 35. CATEYE VOLT 300 RAPID XREAR The Volt 300 offers up a nice beam for city riding and features five modes from high to normal to slow and fast flash settings. It can be easily mounted on the handlebar or on your helmet. Match it up with the Rapid X-Rear red LED which mounts with an O-ring to your seat post or seat stay and has 6 modes. Volt 300 70 Rapid X-Rear 40. LIGHT AND MOTION URBAN 350 Available in four fun colors the Urban 350 has three mode settings high medium low and is easy to attach on your handlebar with its tool-free strap. Amber side lighting offers up 180 degrees of visibility to vehicles as well as to other bicyclists and pedestri- ans. A battery charge status indicator lets you know when its time to recharge. 60. All of these lights are available in various lumens and prices. Remember the higher the lumens the brighter the light but also the higher the cost. These lights are all USB rechargeable so you can take them to work with you and charge them on your computer or via other devices at home. Nite Ize has a cool new light called the Inova Swipe-To-Shine Bike Light. No buttons simply swipe the touch sensor left or right for either red or white light. Swipe once for a high steady beam twice for medium beam three times for flash mode. Mount the light on your handlebar or on your seat post its multi-purpose Uses 3 AAA batteries. 35. 36363636of all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidents occur at dawn or duskoccur at dawn or duskoccur at dawn or duskoccur at dawn or duskoccur at dawn or duskoccur at dawn or duskoccur at dawn or duskoccur at dawn or duskoccur at dawn or duskoccur at dawn or duskoccur at dawn or duskoccur at dawn or duskoccur at dawn or duskoccur at dawn or duskoccur at dawn or duskoccur at dawn or duskoccur at dawn or duskoccur at dawn or dusk 48484848of all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidentsof all fatal bicycling accidents occur between 4 p.m.occur between 4 p.m.occur between 4 p.m.occur between 4 p.m.occur between 4 p.m.occur between 4 p.m.occur between 4 p.m.occur between 4 p.m.occur between 4 p.m.occur between 4 p.m.occur between 4 p.m.occur between 4 p.m.occur between 4 p.m.occur between 4 p.m.occur between 4 p.m. and midnightand midnightand midnightand midnightand midnightand midnightand midnightand midnightand midnightand midnightand midnight USDOT National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2014 For added visibility and to protect your pants from chain grease slap a Nite Ize SlapLit around your ankle. The bright red LED can be set to glow or flash modes. 12. PhotocourtesyofCateye O ne of the Seattle Department of Transportations most popular publications is the Seattle Bike Map. A new version is produced every year to reflect progress being made to build a citywide bike network for all ages and abilities. The map presents information about riding a bike in Seattle in a clear easy-to-use and friendly format. PRINT Visit Seattle.govTransportationBikeMaps.htm to download the map or order a paper copy free of charge. ONLINE You can also plan your trip in advance by using the new interactive online bicycle map. Its designed to appeal to the various comfort levels of riders frequent average or occasional. Check it out at Seattle.govTransportationBikeMapOnline.htm. Seattle Bike Map whatwherewhen BIKECLUBSORGANIZATIONSAROUNDSEATTLE ONLINERESOURCES Seattle Bike Blog Find group rides biking meetings how to change a flat free commute workshops or just about any type of biking events. Website www.seattlebikeblog.comcalendar Washington Bicycle Ride Calendar This calendar has rides from family outings to long endurance rides with big hill climbs. Website www.bikingbis.comwashington-bicycle-ride-calendar-index Cascade Bicycle Club This clubs event page highlights group rides bike classes bike tours and volunteer opportunities. Website www.cascade.orgcalendar In-Person Perks Stop by your local bike shop and ask about on fun biking events near you and while youre there support a local business Arthritis Foundation Bike Classic Cycling Group Train for events. meetup.comthe-peoples-coast- classic-cycling-group Bicycle Meetups Various group rides. citiesuswaseattle Bike 2 Climb Cycling and climbing group. meetup.combike2climb B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County Group rides and weekend tours. Cascade Bicycle Club Group rides classes and more. Cyclists of Greater Seattle C.O.G.S. Great rides fun people and social events. Different Spokes Club for LGBT community and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance States largest MTB group. Evergreen Tandem Club Tandem biking. meetup.comevergreentandemclub Marymoor Velodrome Association Track riding. velodrome.orgmva Native Planet Cycling Group rides. facebook.comgroups nativeplanetcycling Outdoors for All Rides and other activities for people with disabilities. Pacific Northwest Freeride Club Freeride mountain biking. www.meetup.comPacific-Northwest- Freeride-Club Rainier Riders Bicycle ClubMajor Taylor African American cycling group. Redmond Cycling Club Group rides. Seattle Bicycle Club Group rides. Seattle Electric Bikes Meetup Group rides. meetup.comseattle- electric-bikes-meetup Seattle International Randonneurs Long-distance rides. Seattle Recumbent Riders Recumbent bikes and trikes rides. meetup.comseattle- recumbent-riders SnoValley Velo Club Group rides. South Sound Cycling Friends Group rides. Meetup.comsouth- sound-cycling-friends Washington Bikes Bicycle alliance of Washington. Whidbey Island Bicycle Club Group rides. 2020 Cycle 2020 E Union St. Aarons Bicycle Repair 9988 15th Ave. SW Alki Bike and Board 2606 California Ave. SW Alpine Hut 2215 15th Ave. W ASUW Bike Shop 4001 NE Stevens Way Back Alley Bike Repair 314 1st Ave. S Bicycle Center of Seattle 4529 Sand Point Way NE The Bicycle Pull Apart 2312 3rd Ave. The Bicycle Repair Shop 928 Alaskan Way Bikesport 4810 17th Ave. NW Bike Works 3709 S Ferdinand St. Bike So Good 6107 13th Ave. S Bill Davidson Cycles 2116 Western Ave. Bobs Bike Board 5206 University Way NE Branford Bike 2404 10th Ave. E Cascade Bicycle Studio 180 N Canal St. Counterbalance Bicycles 2943 NE Blakeley St. Cycle University 3418 Harbor Ave. SW Dutch Bike Co. 4905 Leary Ave. NW Free Range Cycles 3501 Phinney Ave. N GO Family Cyclery 8417 Greenwood Ave. N Greggs Cycles 4 locations Hampsten Cycles 4200 NE 105th St. Hello Bicycle 3067 Beacon Ave. S Herriot Sports Performance 101 Nickerson St. JRA Bike Shop 8318 8th Ave. NW Mobile Bicycle Rescue 1961 9th Ave. W Montlake Bike Shop 2223 24th Ave. E Performance Bicycle 4501 Roosevelt Way NE The Polka Dot Jersey 121 Lakeside Ave. Rad Power Bikes 2288 W. Commodore Way RE Cycles 5627 University Way NE Recycled Cycles 1007 NE Boat St. REI 222 Yale Ave. N Revolution Cycles 9634 Roosevelt Way NE Check out these community websites to learn more about biking events around the Puget Sound Region. Ride Bicycles 6405 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle E-Bike 570 1st Ave. S Seattle Electric Bike 8310 8th Ave. NW Velo Bike Shop 2151 6th Ave. West Seattle Cyclery 4508 California Ave. SW Wright Brothers Cycle Works 219 N 36th St. SHOPS 34 BikeLife Seattle Life on the Road with the IMBA Trail Care Crew E veryday it happens like clock- work I meet another rider on the trail or am just pumping gas and I get asked So where do you live I still stumble over the answer which usually ends up being On the road or In that there Subaru. Before I can explain I am interrupt- ed with But where do you really live Depending on the day I usually just give an answer that people are expecting to hear which is to pick one place a defini- tive home base that I go back to. I either tell them Idaho where I lived one year ago or Colorado where I grew up. But the truth is my boyfriend Jordan Carr and I live out of a brightly colored hard-to-miss Subaru Outback flashing the IMBA logo complete with two Trek bikes on the back and a Yakima roof box bursting with dirty riding gear and trail building tools. We travel the country working to share our passion for moun- tain biking and trail-based recreation as members of the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew. We visit a different community each and every weekend to educate the local mountain bikers and trail users on sustainable trail development. We col- laborate with land managers to find the balance between their agency goals and providing quality recreational opportu- nities to benefit both locals and visitors. We discuss the health and economic ben- efits with community officials in hopes of getting them excited about trails. Every weekend whether its in Brook- ings South Dakota or Ithaca New York or Moab Utah we are welcomed into the community by enthusiastic mountain bik- ers eager to improve access to trails and the experience of those trails. I accepted this job dreaming of all the different trails I would ride and never adequately an- ticipated the impact these communities would have on me. In each place we vis- it passionate individuals have mobilized into tight-knit communitiesindividuals who may have never crossed paths oth- erwise. It is a passion for the sport of mountain biking and a passion to build and have high-quality trail experiences that bond these individuals. Regardless of anyones profession background or even their riding ability level bikes break barriers that would otherwise inhibit relationships. Riding bikes provides a platform for friend- ships to develop and most of all for a community of likeminded individuals to flourish. As the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew my boyfriend and I take bits and pieces from each visit and share them with the next weaving together a stronger bigger and more inclusive com- munity of mountain bikers. And while nothing puts a smile on my face quicker than a rowdy rocky trail or a fast flowy section that rips through aspen groves it is the close but diverse communities of trail lovers that make me want to set- tle down and find my placeto have my own community that I can be a part of. I am indeed one of the millennial gen- eration who is deliberately choosing to lead a different life than the stereotyp- ically mapped-out path of my parents generation the baby boomers. The majority of folks I get to work with are Boomers and the idea of not having a home is foreign to most of them. While I sometimes agree with the person who wants to hear Ketchum Idaho in re- sponse to their question about where I live the IMBAru is my place for now and allows me to get a taste of communi- ties all over the country. Printed with permission from Dirt Rag and IMBA. Read more great mountain bike content at or Life on the Road THE FINAL MILE By LANI BRUNTZ The author with boyfriend Jordan Carr. Below Jordan with their home base the hard-to-miss brightly colored IMBA Trail Care Subaru aka the IMBAru. Per 1 oz serving of OBERTO ORIGINAL Beef Jerky 2015 OBERTO BRANDS KENT WA YOUGETOUTWHATYOUPUTIN. TM High in Protein Great Taste Only 6 Carbs and 80 Calories