While folks back east were getting pummeled with difficult weather, the Tacoma area experienced an uncharacteristically warm and dry spell that is still going strong. I've been biking a ton, with and without kids along for the ride. Between miles and events, February is shaping up to be a busy bike month. Who knew? Here's a recap and a few upcoming events - it's not to late to get a piece of this action!
Mobility Master Plan:
The City of Tacoma issued a draft plan that details how they will address nonmotorized transportation issues in the coming years. I attended one of the public meetings and it felt great to be in a room full of people that share the same level of enthusiasm about these projects as I do. The public comment period ends March 12, after which there will be several opportunities to speak publicly to show your support. Tacoma can be a bike town!
"Caspar" is actually Chris Ballew, front man of The Presidents of the United States, who now plays in a children's music duet. We took a Madsen bucket full of kids to their show at our local library and it rocked! The kids enjoyed it too as they romped around and sang along. It's not a bike event per se, but you could certainly bike or walk there. Two more library shows this month, February 20 and 26. [PS. Our rain cover sat outside in the rain for the entire hour-long show and the bucket stayed completely dry inside - yes!]
TWBC Monday Ride
I took our 4.5 year-old for her first group ride with the Tacoma Wheelmen this week via trail-a-bike. She wrote her own name on the ride roster, hassled me about not keeping us closer to the front of the pack, and played tough-kid despite the fog and <40° temp. We turned around for home after 5 miles (as planned), and made our way back with a stop at the playground and a coffee shop. She's hooked. Maybe we'll see you there one of the next few Mondays (9:30 am start at Proctor Starbucks.)
Community Bike Fair
TWBC and Bicycle Alliance of Washington are hosting this event 7pm, February 24 at The Hub (203 S Tacoma Ave.). Here more about the Mobility Plan, clubs, events, resources, etc.
Road to Roubaix
Local bike shop Tacoma Bike, in conjunction with a few other local businesses, is hosting a screening of the film "Road to Roubaix" on February 27. Me and the Mrs. will be attending. Afterward you can test your prowess with the cobbles on a few of Tacoma's hilly side streets as you bike home.
Laugh at the Weather Ride
What? You haven't been riding your bike this winter?! Well, the TWBC is hosting a FREE cycling event on February 28 to lure you and that dusty bicycle back onto the road. It's a 10 mile ride with FREE pre- and post-ride snacks. Follow the link to sign up in advance so they can plan for the right number of riders. And it's FREE.