Art: Spotted on Pacific Ave


Spotted this on Pacific Ave. Courtesy of Wayzgoose and Spaceworks. All I needed was a sticker with “.com” on it and the window would’ve been complete.

Spaceworks Tacoma is a joint initiative of the City of Tacoma, Shunpike and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. The project is designed to activate empty storefronts in downtown Tacoma with art and creative enterprise.

Busy Bike Month Winding Down

RideTacoma has attended many of the local Bike Month events and there’s still one more tomorrow, the Bike-In Movie Night at The Red Hot (21+ only.)  Along with the movie and some bike-themed beers, they’ll be celebrating Tacoma’s first on-street bike corral, installed outside their door on 6th Ave between Pine and Junett Streets. RideTacoma was the first to try it out!

Here’s a recap of some of the Bike Month events that we enjoyed. What events did you attend? Any event suggestions for next year?

Tacoma Bike Swap: This event continues to be a huge draw for riders in every part of Tacoma’s cycling community. Mattias volunteered at the bike corral while I pitched in with 2nd Cycle in the vendor area. There was something for everyone, even an obstacle course for the kids.

Bike to Market Day: The Tacoma Farmers Markets are happening more often and in more parts of the city. We missed the Broadway Market on May 3, but biked to the 6th Ave Market the following week for some produce. A friendly farmer liked our bike and gave us this tomato start.

National Bike to School Day: I biked to school with my kids and was happy to see a few other families trying it for the first time, too. We’ll be posting more on family cycling in the coming months.

Zeit Bike: Letterpress Ride/Seek: My kids loved this event! Not only did we get to see the cool artwork from Wayzgoose and other local artists, but we also made our own art and jewelry from recycled bike tires. I’d like to see the Tacoma Art Museum make this happen again next year.

National Bike to Work Day: Mattias and I are both avid commuters, and it was obvious that there were more bikes on the road this particular day.  Remember that if you log at least five bike trips with Pierce Trips during May, you’ll be eligible for some cool prizes. Be sure to log those trips before the end of the month!

Bike to a Better Tacoma: Mobility coordinators from the City were on hand to talk with riders about plans and efforts to make Tacoma more bikeable. There were seasoned riders wanting to know what the city has planned for the future, and just as many new riders looking for more information and advice on how to include bikes in their daily lives. Attendance included all types of riders: families, racers, tourers, bike shop employees, and many commuters. If you’re looking for a do-it-all event to attend next year, this might be it. I helped with the valet bike parking out front: we had nearly 60 riders plus another 10 kids that arrived in trailers and on cargobikes. I have a good idea of where the City can place the next on-street bike corral…

Bike to a Better Tacoma


Bike Month: Zeit Bike: Letterpress Ride/Seek – Thursday 5-8pm


Local artists, including Beautiful Angle, Wayzgoose, and Stadium High School students, will unveil letterpress posters inspired by spokes, frames, and chains. Also view “Bill Cunningham New York,” a documentary about the Schwinn-riding photographer behind the NYTimes weekly “On the Street Fashion.” Showings begin at 5:00 and 6:30 PM. Admission is free as part of Third Thursday.

Thursday, May 17th 5-8PM, Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA. Map


Poster: 2nd Cycle

2nd Cycle Awesome PosterI

I was paying Chris down at Defiance Bicycles a visit and spotted this brilliant poster for 2nd Cycles, Tacoma’s Community Bicycle Project.

If you can check the place out, it’s tucked in behind Lele’s on MLK. They rebuild bikes to sell to people in the community who need them, and have an open door (during opening hours) for anyone who has wrenching needs. It’s a great project and place to drop by and visit.

Check out their Facebook page