PHOTOS: We Debut The Newest Official Blog Vehicle For Burien Bike Day 2012
Chances are good you’ve seen our “Blog-mobile” cruising around town. The little green Mini Cooper with the B-Town logos on the side. It’s been in parades and is frequently parked at the Burien Farmers Market.
BTB photographer Michael Brunk has been agitating for his own official blog vehicle for some time now. But hey, we operate on a budget around here and another Mini wasn’t in the cards. So we offered him a bicycle, figuring we could count it as his employee health plan too.
To our surprise he was actually enthusiastic about the idea. Go figure!
We asked him what kind of bike we should be looking for and he replied, “Stealthy, punk rock, rat rod.”
Now frankly, that didn’t describe any bike we were familiar with but we turned to our friends at Bicycles West and they rolled out a shiny, new Trek Cruiser Classic. Except it wasn’t shiny. It was flat black. Everywhere.
We showed it to Mike and he got a funny grin on his face, dubbed it his “Blog-o-cycle” and starting making plans for last Friday’s Burien Bike Day.
Burien Bike Day
Turns out our timing was pretty good, since May is Bike Month. And more specifically last Friday (May 18) was National Bike To Work Day and the first annual Burien Bike Day conducted by new local organization Walk/Bike Burien (WABI).
WABI set a stretch goal of getting 100 riders out and about in Burien for this first year, and organized two events to help make it happen.
From 6:00 to 9:00 AM they hosted a Bike Commuter Support Station in Town Square Park. The site featured coffee, organic fruit and snacks from Freggies, free swag and a crew from Bicycles West on hand to help with mechanical adjustments and flat tires. WABI counted 50 riders during the morning commute, a good start!
Next up a 10:00 AM was the Bike SaFaRi (Safe Family Ride), departing Town Square Park for a cruise through Olde Burien, past Lake Burien School Park and down to Eagle Landing Park and back. With many local schools closed for the day, it was a chance for parents at home with their kids to get out of the house and take part in a healthy activity. About a dozen riders — and several young passengers — took part.
After the morning activities were complete, WABI President Brooks Stanfield made updates on the WABI Facebook page throughout the day as Burien bike commuters were spotted or reported in, with a final tally of 104 riders at around 5:00 PM. Goal achieved!
And of course, BTB photog Michael Brunk was there — on the Blog-o-cycle — shooting time lapse footage using a bike-mounted GoPro camera and stills with his normal camera.
Mike was a little shaky on his first day getting back into cycling, but the Blog-o-cycle performed like a champ.
Here’s the video Mike put together (set to audio excerpted from a bike safety film from the Prelinger Archives) and a gallery of photos from Burien Bike Day. You can click individual thumbnails to view larger images.