Sunday, January 28, 2007

Critical Mass conquers the Alaskan Way Viaduct!!

The showing at this month's Mass (on 1/26/07) was larger than I expected, definitely more than 150 people in cold and dark (but dry) weather. I hadn't gone to 'mass' in a few months, but I finally made it to one. It was a good crowd, as usual - there were even two boom-boxes this time.

We started off with the usual random snaking route through downtown, including the usual stop in the Seattle Center, under the Space Needle. (not sure why we go there since there's no cars but...)

About halfway thru we started to go up the entrace ramp to the Alaskan Way Viaduct, so I knew this was gonna be interesting.. (For those of you not blessed to be in Seattle, the Viaduct is a two-level freeway going thru downtown Seattle. It's not somewhere you can ride a bicycle). We had to wait a few minutes to re-group, and after about five minutes we moved forward, into 50+ mile-an-hour traffic!!

(sidenote: there was a guy who RAN along with us for the whole route, even on the Viaduct!)

The running man ran out in front of a car and signaled for it to slow down, which it did. Then we (the cyclists) took up the 4+ lanes for about a half-mile, exiting at about the stadiums. It was an exhilarating ride, not a place that any bikes usualy go. We ruled it!

Route saved at the mapping site.

1 comment:

chumly said...

Do you know Greg McClatchy? I was in the Coast Guard with him and he lives near Seattle.