Okay, Seattle — let’s ride. Today is Bike Everywhere Day(or Bike to Work Day), which is an opportunity to ditch the car + enjoy a pedal-powered journey throughout our city, feeling the wind in your hair. Flower baskets optional. 🌸
Participation really just means hoppin’ on a bicycle built for one (or two) and seeing where the day takes you. But if you need to map out a more specific plan, we’re happy to be your guide.
Cascade Bike Club has a Fremont station today with refreshments + swag. | Photo by Cascade Bike Club
Hit the road 🛣️
Of all the many great bike paths ‘round the city, the Burke-Gilman Trail may be one of the most popular, since it connects to several other arteries. For a shorter ride, hit up Magnuson Park — but if you’re feeling really ambitious, connect from the trail in Bothell + ride to Redmond on the paved Sammamish River Trail.
Stations on Bike Everywhere Day include schools, businesses + parks. | Map via Cascade Bike Club
Sharing is caring 📲
No bike? No problem. Bike share companies Lime + Veo are Seattle’s two primary options for those who want to take a ride without the purchasing commitment. Just download the app from either company’s website, track a location on the map + follow instructions to unlock. Once you’re done, be sure to avoid driveways + crosswalks.
Visit these shops 🛠️
If you already have a bike but need a tune-up, be sure to hit up one of these places.
Rat City Bikes, 9614 16th Ave. SW | Maintenance + sales, with some pretty neat low-riders on display.
Bike Works, 3709 S. Ferdinand St. | Columbia City’s go-to for repairs.
Metier, 1017 E. Union St. | A shop for pros — and there’s coffee, too.
Love, Seatown Block Party | Fri., May 20 | 4-6 p.m. | Free | Seattle Center Mural Stage | Enjoy tunes from singer Allen Stone, with the Seahawks Blue Thunder band + the Sounders FC Sound Wave warming things up. 🎉
Harp Sound Bath | Fri., May 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Fremont Abbey Arts Center, $15+ | Harpists April Mitchell + Jessica Gallo seek to soothe the soul — attendees are free to bring a yoga mat or blanket. 🎶
One Seattle Day of Service | Sat., May 21 | All day | Various locations | Free | Volunteer service activities include grocery deliveries, beach cleanups + mural painting. ❤️
Festál: A Glimpse of China | Sat., May 21 | 12-2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Chinese Culture and Arts Festival will include traditional music, dancing + a tea ceremony.
“Howl’s Moving Castle” | Sat., May 21 | 4 + 7 p.m. | Central Cinema | $12 | The Hayao Miyazaki classic features magic + incredible animation. 🎥
Greenwood: A Century of Resilience | Sun., May 22 | 2 p.m. | Benaroya Hall | $30+ | National Geographic Live presents stories + images from the attack on Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tomo Nakayama | Sun., May 22 | 2-4 p.m. | Bainbridge Island Museum of Art | $15+ | The indie folk + synthpop artist plays songs off “Melonday,” which was named one of the top albums of 2020 by several local outlets.
Smells like quinoa spirit. Vegan grocer Isle of Plants recently opened in the former location of the OK Hotel — the legendary grunge venue where Nirvana once played. It’s open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, and appears to have a similar indie vibe to the OK’s rockin’ past. 🥬 (Crosscut)
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will create a new dedicated bus lane on northbound Rainier Avenue later this year. SDOT said the first phase of the project could save riders one minute per trip on Metro Route 7 — with a later extension saving six minutes during times of heavy congestion. 🚌 (The Urbanist)
This week, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the members of the search committee tofind Seattle’s new Chief of Police. The group of local leaders + public safety experts will conduct a nationwide search with the goal of narrowing the candidates down to five — interim chief Adrian Diaz has applied, too. (Seattle Times)
Call it a grocery run, 2.0.Seattle-based startup Veeve is partnering with supermarket chain Albertsons on the tech company’s Smart Cart technology. The carts have touch screens that let shoppers complete their payments as they shop, avoiding check-out lines. 🛒 (GeekWire)
Here’s a pretty cool pilot program. Earlier this week, the Museum of Flight awarded $238,000 in scholarships to 15 Washington students for post-secondary education and flight training. Those students were chosen from a pool of 112 applicants from 44 school districts. ✈️
White Center Pride announced a series of Pride Month events, including a flag-raising at Triangle Park on Wed., June 1 + a collaboration with Future Primitive Brewing the next day. It’ll culminate with a downtown parade on Sat., June 11, featuring vendors + drag performances. 🏳️🌈
The Sonics are coming back, y’all — well, sorta. Iconic coach George Karl + members of the Western Conference-winning 1995-1996 team will be at Dick’s Drive-in’s Queen Anne location on Fri., May 27 from 2-7 p.m. The freeevent will include a Q+A, podcast recordings, and burgers, naturally. 🏀
Well, ain’t this adorbs. According to Washington’s Social Security card application data, the most recent popular baby names in the state are Liam + Olivia. This was the second year in a row that Olivia topped the list for girls — last time, Oliver was No. 1 for boys, but now ranks at No. 3. 🍼 (Seattle Times)
Hear those squeals?K-pop supergroupSeventeen 22, which actually has 13 members, in case you’re counting, will be coming to Climate Pledge Arena on Fri., Aug. 12. Tickets go on sale Fri., June 3 — just a few days after Seventeen 22 releases its fourth studio album “Be the Sun.” 🎤
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Editor’s pick: Looks like we’re finally emerging out of the spring gloom. Maybe? Hopefully? In either case, I’m getting cabin fever and looking forward to a whole bunch of outdoorsy activities this weekend, including Ballard FC‘s first-ever regular season match on Saturday. Should be a kick. ⚽
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