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Pedal With The Politicians

I think this should be a more common event. After the first round of public workshops for City Of Spokane Valley Bike/Pedestrian Plan, you are invited to help showcase the needs and opportunities for Valley cycling.

Join local bicyclists, elected officials, and staff for an evening ride through the City of Spokane Valley. We’ll meet on Wednesday, August 18th, at 5:30pm-8:00pm at the rear parking lot of City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. So far, Mayor Tom Towey, and council members Bill Gothmann and Gary Schimmels are on board.

Groups of 8-10 will head out at intervals following a safety orientation at 5:30pm. The route is mostly flat, about 13 miles long, on some streets with bike lanes, some quiet residential streets, and some busier streets suitable for bikes.

Image of Marc Mims, courtesy of Bicycle Alliance Of Washington.

Valley cyclists need plenty of experienced cyclists to help lead these small groups of riders. If you can help, please contact Marc Mims( and participate in a pre-ride so you're familiar with the route, rules, and goals.

Be warned this ride is not suitable for children. That's not because we might be passing sketchy shops in the Valley mind you but inexperienced riders 16 and older who would like to learn to ride safely on city streets are welcome.

RSVP on Facebook and the event was created by Spokane Valley Cyclists FOR the Broadway Safety Project. Also, read this story on Mims written by Dave Janis of the Bicycle Alliance on how he used social media to save the Broadway project.

Check out the bike/ped plan website and follow links there to view a preliminary map based on information from the first public workshop and to provide your input before a second workshop scheduled in September.

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