SWS & West Seattle Nursery Present GreenLife at the West Seattle Summer Fest

Sustainable West Seattle and the West Seattle Nursery once again are pleased to sponsor and present this year’s GreenLife exposition as part of the three-day-long West Seattle Summer Fest, Friday, July 13, Saturday July 14, and Sunday, July 15, in the West Seattle Junction.  The GreenLife area is at the south end of Summer Fest’s California Avenue line, near SW Edmunds Street in the Tech Services parking lot.

Come visit us during Summer Fest.  We have lots of information and there will be booths from a wide range of local green and sustainable businesses and organizations.

This year, as we did last year, we have a full lineup of presentations and demonstrations which will begin Friday at 1:00 pm.  The presentations continue  every hour on the hour for all three Festival days with the last presentation on Sunday at 4:45 pm.

The presentations will take place on a stage adjacent to the West Seattle Nursery/Sustainable West Seattle tent in the middle of the GreenLife area.  We’ll be very hard to miss.  Plus, we’re providing space for our partners CoolMom, Backyard Habitats, Whale Trail, Community Orchard, and Longfellow Creek Watershed.

Solar Epiphany is sponsoring the presentation/demonstration stage, which also features 15-minute Solar Power updates at the end of each hour’s presentation.

The hourly presentations include everything from how to remake your home in a sustainable manner, how to use a rain garden and harvest and preserve home-grown fruits and vegetables, how to use the Sun’s thermal energy to heat your home and water, how to prevent storm water runoff from getting into Puget Sound, what are Greenways and how can you bike safely, a special presentation by Occupy West Seattle on whether our current economy is sustainable, and a cart of bicycles to try out from Bikeworks, and much more.

The demonstration and presentation schedule is linked below:

West Seattle Summer Fest GreenLife Demo Sked 2012 (a downloadable PDF of the schedule)

The schedule for each day is listed in our Calendar section and also linked below:

A special feature of this year’s GreenLife will be the Mobile Tool Library, which will be on display during the Festival and which will begin serving West Seattle immediately following this year’s festival.  Organizations and work parties interested in using the Mobile Tool Library later in July should contact Micah Summers or Patrick Dunn at the Tool Library.

If you are interested in volunteering at GreenLife, please sign up using our online sign-up sheet.  We hope to see you there!

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Now Online with Comprehensive Website

The grass-roots and community groups which are working together on creating a set of neighborhood greenways have created an online resource – http://seattlegreenways.org/.

What are Greenways?  Seattle Neighborhood Greenways are residential streets generally one off of main arterials with low volumes of auto traffic and low speeds where people who walk and ride bicycles are given priority.

Who are Greenways people? We all are!

Formed in August 2011, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is a rapidly growing volunteer coalition now representing 14 (as of May 2012) neighborhoods across Seattle to plan and advocate for safe, equitable, and comfortable streets connecting us to the places we use, whether we walk, drive, ride a bike, push a stroller, or move by wheelchair.

Imagine your neighborhood, knitted together with quiet residential streets where children and adults safely walk, ride bicycles, play and run. Imagine these streets are close to where you live and connect you to the places you want to go.  Want to know more, check out:

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

See the Neighborhoods page to find your local group.

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways can  be reached at neighborhoodgreenways@gmail.com

DubSea Bikes & Bike Works Offering Adult Basic Class for Bike Repair in White Center

Hey Grown Ups! Want to learn some bike repair, but don’t know your handlebars from your pedals? Interested in helping out DubSea Bikes or Bike Works as a volunteer mechanic, but concerned that your lack of mechanical experience holds you back? Just want some basic knowledge to keep yourself rolling on your own ride? Come join DubSea Bikes and Bike Works in the classroom for a great opportunity to learn and participate in the community starting April 17 and running through May 22.

Learn bike repair in a safe, friendly environment, with Bike Works’ ABC (Adult Basic Class)

  • WHAT: Bike Maintenance ABC: Adult Basics Class
  • WHO: Adults, Ages 18 and Up
  • WHEN: Tuesdays, 6:30 pm to 8:30pm April 17th through May 22nd
  • WHERE: White Center Food Bank, 10829 8th Ave SW
  • COST: $150 full fee or $100 with volunteer commitment to DubSea Bikes or Bike Works.

Call Bike Works at 206-725-9408, ext.1 to learn about the limited number of scholarships available.

Click here to download the application form.






Tool Library Offers Bike Repair/ Fixers’ Collective

West Seattle Spokespeople have been sponsoring free, minor bike repair to anyone and everyone at the Fixers’ Collective Meeting on the first Thursday of every month. Some of the best volunteer mechanics in our area are there to fix flats, lube chains, repair brakes and do other minor bicycle repairs.

Seattle Fixers’ Collective

In the broadest sense, a Fixers’ Collective is a group of folks who love to fix and mend things, which could be any old thing from broken blenders to ripped sweaters to antique dentist drills. Take it apart, put it back together, figure out how it works, refuse to throw it away, and get to know others who do the same!  What the collective works on depends entirely on who shows up but you can be rest assured that there will be plenty of creativity involved.

So feel free to stop by The Community Workshop next to The Tool Library to share your passion for fixing and mending or simply to check out some of the cool projects that walk through our door.

If you’d still like to learn a little more about Fixers’ Collectives before you decide to show up, you might want to check out the Collective in Brooklyn, which we figure pretty much started it all: http://bit.ly/iisQsX

First Meeting for West Seattle Greenways @ Pearl’s

West Seattle Greenways: First Meeting!

The neighborhood greenway movement in Seattle has been gaining a lot of momentum lately. Neighborhood greenways are routes which provide safe connections for bicyclists and pedestrians between neighborhoods, and to schools, parks, shopping and other destinations. Often they are located on quiet streets parallel to busy arterials, and include traffic calming measures, protected crossings, pocket parks, and other elements that make the route safer and more pleasant for everybody.

The city of Seattle has committed to funding eleven miles of greenways in 2012, and twelve new miles per year thereafter. Because of the work of several local advocates, two West Seattle routes are under consideration for 2012: 21st ave SW between the West Seattle Bridge and White Center, and 26th Ave SW along the Longfellow Creek Trail through North Delridge. This is just a beginning: we hope to form a vision of bicycle and pedestrian connectivity through West Seattle as a whole, and prioritize greenway routes for future development.

Please join us at Pearl’s Coffee this Sunday, Feb 19 at 3pm (Pearl’s is located at 4800 Delridge Way SW). We’ll meet with neighbors from around West Seattle to begin discussing our vision for bicycle and pedestrian routes throughout our part of the city. Hope to see you there!

Wallingford Spokespeople Bike Ride to Woodland Park, Fremont

Join Spokespeople Wallingford this coming weekend for a ride.

This Saturday, February 4, we’ll have great weather for a bike ride. We will leave Wallingford at 2 p.m. and ride to the Rose Garden in Woodland Park and Theo Chocolate in Fremont. Hope you can join us!

More information about this ride is on Facebook and at Cascade Bike Club Free Daily Rides.

As we do on the first Saturday of every month, the Wallingford Spokespeople begin at the south end of Wallingford Playfield at 42nd and Densmore at 2 p.m. Come a little before 2 so we can leave on time. We’ll take you back to our start point no later than 4 p.m. You can see photos from our January 2012 ride to UW Self-Service Bike Stations on Facebook.

The West Seattle Spokespeople rides are on the first Sunday.

DubSea Bikes Hosts Yet Another Bike Repair/Tune-Up @ White Center Food Bank

Once again DubSea Bikes will be hosting a free bicycle clinic.  Sunday, February 12, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at 10029 8th Avenue SW (White Center Food Bank), the team will be taking bikes for repair and tune-up.

Our mission to increase cycling in White Center is gathering speed. Matthew Tilton’s beautiful metal bike racks along 16th Ave SW tell folks that White Center believes in the future of bike transport!

Now Rick Jump has offered the FREE use of the spacious, well-lit White Center Food Bank waiting room for our next DubSea Bikes repair event! Downside: no beer, no ice cream. Let’s keep things rolling.

Is your bike out of commission? Bring it to DubSea Bikes at the White Center Food Bank, 10829 8th Ave SW, White Center, 98106, on Sunday, February 12th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. This free event will focus on minor repairs only to get more bikes on the street in White Center and beyond. More complex jobs may be referred out to a full bike shop.

For more information contact: Ellie Weiss, 860-1432, elliep@uw.edu.

These events are ponsored by:


Fall SCALLOPS Meeting @ West Seattle Tool LIbrary

The SCALLOPS group will meet in West Seattle for their Fall session on November 12 from 10:00 am through 2:00 pm. Space is extremely limited (30 people) so RSVP if you’re interested in attending – http://wstoollibrary.org/calendar/new-events/event/fall-forward-with-scallops/

The SCALLOPS meeting will be Hosted by Sustainable West Seattle at the West Seattle Tool Library, located in the rear of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in North Delridge at 4408 Delridge Way SW.

There will be  mini-workshops on these topics:

  • Starting a Tool Library with Patrick Dunn
  • Community Kitchens with Leika Suzumura
  • Neighborhood Greenways with Stu Hennessey (bring your bike!)

There will also be an open circle to share your success stories with SCALLOPS: What have you done this year with local economy, happiness, community solar, rain gardens, raising chickens? Can your success story turn into success for other communities? If so, and you’re excited to help others get their own program going, please let us know more about your exciting program in the comments box when you register.

The new SCALLOPS website will also be previewed at the meeting.

To get there using public transit, Metro routes 120 and 125 stop directly in front of the building & connect to downtown in 10 minutes.  Carpooling and SOV directions.


For questions contact Cathy Tuttle at 206-547-9569 or cathy.tuttle@gmail.com.

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Continue Bike Momentum in White Center, Volunteer to Fix Bikes

The mission to increase cycling in White Center got a great kick-off at the Tunes & Tune-ups Greenbridge Plaza Event on August 24.  And, we need you to keep the momentum going. Justin Cline at Full Tilt Ice Cream will open his doors so that we can repair more neighborhood bikes this Sunday, September 11th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Won’t you please come and wrench for an hour or two?

For more information contact Ellie Weiss, Bike White Center, phone 206-860-1432.

Bicycle Triage: Free Tune-ups for White Center/South Park

 Bicycle Triage for White Center

Several organizations will be donating time and equipment for free bicycle tune ups for White Center-area cyclists Wednesday, August 24th, starting at 4:00 pm, next to DubSea Coffee, 9910 8th Ave. SW, in the Greenbridge community.

Anyone with some skill in bicycle mechanics would be appreciated to attend. This is a first event toward our ultimate goal of a non-profit bicycle shop in White Center. Want to have a more cycle-centric White Center and South Park? We do too! Many organizations partnered to plan this free event for families in our neighborhood. Hope you can come to “Tunes & Tune-Ups”.

Also, look for a monthly bike repair clinic on Sunday afternoons at Full Tilt Ice Cream, planned for September 2011.

Thanks to: Alta Planning+Design, BikeWorks, Cascade Bicycle Club’s Major Taylor Project, DubSeaBikes, King County Food & Fitness, Proletariat Pizza, Sustainable West Seattle, White Center Community Development Association and YES! Foundation.

For more information contact Ellie Weiss, at 206-860-1432, or Stu Hennessey, at alkistu@hotmail.com.

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