Family Biking Workshop June 28th

green-bikeFamily Bikers (and aspiring bikers) –

Are you interested in biking more with your family, but not sure how to get started? Or have you been doing it awhile, and want an infusion of excitement and information? Are you tired of waiting in the line of cars during preschool/school drop-off/pick-up? Do you have questions about safety, equipment, practicality, or whether you can “do it”? If so, then this highly participatory 3 hour workshop is for you!

Bring your questions, concerns and curiosity for a lively session of information and discussion. Learn: What are the biggest hazards, and how to avoid them. What equipment is out there and what are the pluses and minuses of each. What to do about hills and rain. What resources are available to support you on your journey, and more!

Taught by veteran family-biker Morgan Scherer in an in-home setting, this session is relaxed and supportive of all questions, levels of fitness, and goals. Get the information and support you need to make the best transportation decisions for your family. For the last half hour we will be outside looking at different family biking setups, and trying them out. Bring your helmet if you have one (there will also be helmets available to borrow).

bike-and-guySunday, 6/28/15, 1pm-4pm
Fee: Sliding scale, $5-35
Mount Baker Ridge, Seattle home location (check FB Event page for info)
Pre-register by emailing Morgan Scherer, morgan@familybike.org

For more information you can view and join the Facebook Event here!

The History of Mount Baker and Madrona

Madrona TrolleyMadrona was first platted in 1889, almost 20 years before Mount Baker was platted (1907).  With Seattle still in its infancy, both Madrona and Mount Baker were considered far from town when they were incorporated.  To allow people to access the new neighborhoods, privately funded trolley car lines were built from central Seattle, but the developers of each neighborhood took different tacks to draw residences.  Madrona used motivations similar to Madison Park and Leschi to draw in residents: amusement parks.  The company that platted Madrona created a park open to the public with a boat dock, benches and paths along the shores of Lake Washington.  On the other hand, Mount Baker was created to be an exclusive residential area with a private beach and park.  The plan of the Hunter Improvement Co, the developer of Mt. Baker, was Seattle’s first attempt at city planning from streets to sewers to exclusive covenants.   To administrate and care for the community, the Mount Baker Improvement Club was organized in 1909 and incorporated in a holding company in 1914.

To learn more details about the histories of these respective neighborhoods click the links to Madrona History and/or Mount Baker History.