Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36Don’t Apologize, Enjoy the Sunshine! FairWeather Riding Rocks They often get looked down upon by the “hardcore” cyclists, who “dis” new riders because they avoid biking in the rain. But guess what? The hardcores are wrong. I know, because I was one of them. Now I usually only bike to work if it’s nice outside. And I am happier for it! You don’t have to be dedicated to bik- ing 20 miles each way, five days a week, rain or shine, to be an authentic com- muter. Getting to work should not be about whether you identify as a driver, a cyclist, a walker, or a transit person. It should be about what makes the most sense to you. So this summer, give your bicycle a chance while the sun shines. It’s okay if you only ride once a week. And if you don’t feel confident enough to bike to work just yet, try testing the waters with little rides around your neighborhood, an important step to- wards improving your health and tak- ing charge of your commute. Riding can be an uplifting experi- ence, especially during the warm, sun- ny months. Mornings transform from a frenetic traffic jam to the office to an enjoyable way to wake up and get moving. Biking to work energizes, im- proves concentration, and lets you soak up a lot more sun than from behind the wheel. Biking is also a great solu- tion to the summer stress of the Pacific Northwest – you know that you haven’t wasted a beautiful day when you bike to work! If you’re feeling a bit wobbly on two wheels, check out Cascade Bicycle Club’s adult riding classes. They also offer an Urban Cycling Techniques class to teach safe riding in the city. And nothing beats having a partner for your commute – convince a coworker or another bike commuter to help you get started. So give it a try. You might be surprised to discover how much you like bike commuting under sunny Seattle skies! As someone who spent two years commuting almost exclusively by bike, I know the label “fair weather rider” has negative connotations when describing those who only ride under sunny skies. UrbanStreets Seattle | 17 PHOTO CREDIT: COMMUTER RESOURCES Many large employers participate in programs providing benefits to bike commuters. To find out more, ask your employer or visit Some resources include: ➤ Education programs and seminars ➤ Ride-matching tools to find a partner for your bike commute ➤ On-site bicycle repair ➤ Annual reimbursements for bike expenditures RIDING TO TRANSIT Combining a bike with transit for your commute? See pages 6 and 31 for information. by Kevin Lugo Fair Weather SEATLLE S2016 SWFIN.indd 2 7/29/16 12:15 PM