Cascade Bicycle Club ride leaders are
offering in-city social rides for conference
attendees. Pick up a Cascade
Courier at the conference or visit
www.cascade.org for other local rides
occurring during your stay.
Other shorter walks and rides are
available that you can enjoy while at the
Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference. Free
area maps are available at the Local
Information table in the Grand Foyer if
you wish to take self-guided tours.
For the bicycle rides listed below,
ride space is limited to 20 participants.
Riders should sign up in advance for
rides. You may also pre-register for
rides by emailing Serena Lehman at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by signing up at the Local Information
table during the Conference.
Rides will last about two hours and
riders must be ready with helmet and
bicycle at the start time, just outside
main door of Westin. Mechanical help
is not available at the start. Please make
sure your bike is in proper working
order. If you need to rent a bicycle, there
is a list of rental shops at the local host
committee info table, and also available
on-line at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 conference web site: http://www.bikewalk.org/2008conference/.
Monday, September 1, 3 p.m: Parks and Views: We will cycle south through the International District to see the new Chinese gate; over the hill through the bike tunnel on top of I-90; down through a park to Lake Washington Blvd., with a stop a Seward Park for views of the lake and Mount Rainier.
Tuesday, September 2, 3 p.m: Saltwater Views and Fish: We will cycle on the waterfront trail past the new sculpture park, then over Magnolia hill with sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. We will stop at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to view the Pacific salmon navigating the fish ladders on their spawning route and the boats passing through the locks.
Friday, September 5, 3 p.m: Commuter Routes: Start on Dexter Ave. and cycle over the Fremont Bridge, Washington State’s busiest bike bridge. Cycle part of the Burke-Gilman Trail used by thousands of commuters going to the University of Washington and into downtown. We will return past the new Mountain Bike Park under the I5 freeway.
Friday, September 5, 3 p.m: Green Building Ride. Join us for a tour of some recently-constructed “green buildings” in downtown Seattle. Nathan Miller of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council (www.cascadiagbc.org) and Cascade Bicycle Club ride leaders will make several stops at eco-friendly buildings downtown and provide short discussions to highlighting sustainable design practices.
Saturday, September 6, 2 p.m: Spokespeople ride!.
Please join SPOKESPEOPLE for a fun, low carbon, community ride. We meet
at the south end of Wallingford Playfield and ride on the road to an
adjacent urban center. On September 6 we will ride to the Green Lake PCC
to get a free donated piece of fruit, after stopping at the Seattle
Tilth Harvest Fair at the Good Shepherd Center. All ages and skill
levels welcome! We've invite our friends attending the National Pro
Walk-Bike Conference in Seattle to ride with us too! All rides include
expert commuters and can offer encouragement and model good road riding
techniques for new, returning and reluctant cyclists. For more info, see:
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Seattle is a great city for walking, and
the Westin Seattle is centrally located.
Here are a few walks you might want to
try; check the local host committee
information table for other recommended
walks in the area.
The Space Needle
It’s an easy walk to the Seattle Center
and the Space Needle, vestiges of the
1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Within two
blocks of the hotel you can catch the
monorail train that will take you
directly to the Space Needle. Or, to
stretch your legs, head northwest from
the Westin on 5th Avenue for approximately
9 blocks. Join Denny Way, and
then turn right on 4th Avenue.
If you’d like some spectacular Seattle
skyline views without the expense of
going up in the Space Needle, try Kerry
Park. It’s a bit further, but it’s a great
walk. As with the Space Needle walk,
leave the hotel and head northwest on
5th Avenue. At Denny Way, turn left and
walk past the Pacific Science Center on
your right. At 1st Ave. N., turn right and
walk north to Mercer Street. Turn left
and go one block to Queen Anne Ave.
N. Walk up the hill about six blocks
and turn left onto W. Highland Drive.
Continue until you hit Kerry Park.
You’ll get an unsurpassed view of Elliott
Bay and central Seattle, and with luck,
you’ll have the backdrop of Mount
The Central Library
One of Seattle’s newer attractions is
not far from the Westin: the Central
Library. This is a piece of architecture
you won’t want to miss. There are selfguided
and guided tours available in the
Central Library, which is located at
1000 Fourth Avenue. From the Westin,
turn southwest on 5th Avenue and cross
Olive Way. Continue for six blocks until
you reach Spring Street. The Central
Library is between Spring and Madison
Streets. When you see a lot of glass,
In 1853, Seattle was founded in the
area now known as Pioneer Square.
This area of about ten square blocks has
been designated as a National Historic
District, and plays host to pubs, art
galleries, cafes, and much more. There
really isn’t a square to Pioneer Square.
The area sits, from east to west, between
2nd Ave and the Alaskan Way Viaduct,
and from south to north, between Columbia St. and King St. It
is easy to get here from the
Westin – the square is part of
the Seattle Metro ride free
zone; any bus traveling south
from downtown will get you
within a few blocks.
There’s a lot to see here,
but we’ll just list three items
of interest. There is an iron
pergola that was designed to
shelter passengers waiting for
the cable car that used totravel along Yesler Way. The
original pergola was constructed
in 1905 at a cost of
about $25,000.00 When an
18-wheeler missed the
corner and took out the
pergola in 2001, the historical
oddity was rebuilt at a
cost of $3.5 million!
Nearby is the Tlingit
Totem Pole. The original
totem pole was stolen in
1899 by some of the leadingSeattle citizens from a Tlingit
village in Alaska. It was
destroyed in 1938 by an
arsonist. The city attempted
to purchase a replacement
pole from the Tlingits, who
accepted payment and then
thanked Seattle for paying for
the stolen one. The current
totem was provided by
carvers contracted by the
USDA Forest Service.
Also in the Pioneer
Square district is the Smith
Tower, once the symbol of
Seattle until it was replaced
by the Space Needle. At 522
feet high and 42 stories, the
Smith Tower was the tallest
building west of the Mississippi
River from its opening
on July 4, 1914, until the
Kansas City Power & Light
Building was constructed in
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