Brandon Blankenagel

The return of the Commute of the Century

Brandon Blankenagel, Senior Engineer, Integrated Capital Management, No Phone Number Available

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 3:11 p.m.

The return of the Commute of the Century

Photo by Hank Greer

Great weather has been upon us early this year, and I hope you've had a chance to get out and ride already!  We've got another great Commute of the Century event planned, and hope that you will join us for this year's event and conversation.

The 2014 Commute of the Century was focused on riding Spokane's bicycle infrastructure and gathering public feedback on the level of comfort experienced on various street types. The event brought many people out onto our bicycle network, and provided input about what Spokane's bicycle-commuters value.

For 2015 we are switching gears a little. The 2015 event will still entail group rides during Bike to Work Week and will offer a full 100-mile “century” route, but the focus will be on neighborhood connections. The group rides will range from five to seven miles and will showcase potential “greenways” – neighborhood streets that prioritize walking and biking for all ages and abilities.

The goal of this event is to explore neighborhood streets that make connections to our daily destinations. For instance, one route will showcase the streets that approach the Perry District commercial center from the surrounding neighborhoods. By exploring these potential routes, we hope to obtain feedback regarding the best type of routes for those folks who are “interested but concerned” about cycling on the city streets. As we discover what works great now, we can better shape future greenway implementation.

We look forward to riding with you in 2015! More information about Commute of the Century.

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