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Eric NeumannMomentum's Seattle editor Erik Neumann.
By Erik Neumann
Photography: Katrina Herzog
Anyone who rides a bike can recall an array of experiences while in the saddle. Personal stand-outs for me include flying down steep hills on the Oregon coast on a warm June day with lush forests to my left and breaking ocean waves to my right. Another memorable one was my first ride home from Gregg’s after buying clip-in shoes, stopping at an intersection before I’d learned how to “unclip” and a slow descent to the pavement below. Though I’ve personally had countless great experiences since becoming a regular rider, I know Seattle’s diverse culture of racers, randonneurs, polo players, commuters and bicycle freaks and geeks guarantees a wealth of stories waiting to be told. For that reason alone, I’m excited to step in as editor of momentum’s new Seattle Section.
In this issue, we’re exploring the theme: Trailblazers: Bicycle Advocates 1970-2010. There’s no single way of defining who an advocate is and what they do. Some of Seattle’s best bicycle champions are mechanics and shop owners. The Cascade Bike Club and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington lobby in Olympia for bicycle infrastructure and traffic laws. Similarly, individual community members have started grassroots projects, such as the Seattle Colonnades, an elaborate mountain bike course built under the Interstate 5 corridor in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood.
In this issue, you’ll meet Kent Peterson, a local advocate who has worked in many of these capacities. Josef Bellucci brings you a story about electric assist hubs and their application on cargo bikes, and Anne Mathews writes about Columbia City’s Bike Works and how members of a local housing cooperative are making bicycle transportation practical for daily life. Plus, Katrina Herzog, Anne Mathews and Galen Maynard bring you a delectable array of images.
To me, the bicycle marks a special intersection between education, fitness, transportation and good times. I look forward to hearing from you and bringing you stories about why we ride.