Courtesy of Anne-Marije Rook/Cascade Bicycle Club.

Get cranked for the fourth annual Ballard Bike Street Party

The City of Seattle’s Summer Streets project is partnering with Cascade Bicycle Club to top off National Bike Month with the fourth annual Ballard Bike Street Party.

On Thursday, May 29, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., a good chunk of downtown Ballard will be reserved for bicycle revelry at Ballard Avenue Northwest from 22nd Avenue Northwest to Market Street and 22nd Avenue Northwest from Ballard Avenue Northwest to Market Street.

Disciples of the bike can anticipate a profusion of peddle-preponderance because the event has expanded since last year.

Peter Verbrugge, Event Producer of the Ballard Bike Street Party, said that this year is unique because they have added two more streets to the party thanks to the Ballard Chamber of Commerce and are able to offer a lot more festivities than past years.

The party has a staggering array of featured events, guests, and activities for people new to the wheel and cycle-freaks alike.

Partygoers can expect to stomp and swagger to live music from local Ballard band, Swearengens, on the main stage.

Ride & Glide BMX Stunt Team and the NW Trials Team will stun tread-heads by manipulating their machines with gravity grooving maneuvers and dangerous face-melting feats of wheel worshiping spectacle.

Prizes will also be given to fashionably conscious bikers during the Share Your Style fashion show presented by Hub and Bespoke from 6:30 to 7p.m. Attendees are encouraged to don their most in vogue bike garb and accouterments. Verbrugge said they plan to randomly pick people that look good from the crowd and give cycle centered prizes from local vendors.

Local cycle technicians from Bike Sport, Performance and Velo Shop will also provide mechanical assistance for crank-cramped citizens.

In addition, for those cyclers that happen to be beer enthusiasts, Peddlers Brewery beer will be served on special at the BalMar, and more brews can be imbibed at the Ballard Annex Beer Garden.

There’s more, kids. Yes, six local schools will be doing a bike train with their parents and teachers down to the event wearing wild costumes in a parade. There will also be an obstacle course and bike rodeo where families can test their tire tread and control in the face of terrible terrain.

“It's very much a celebration of people and peddle power with the premise that you don’t need to have a car to get out and enjoy the neighborhood,” said Verbrugge.

The carbon-fiber frame of the party is to celebrate biking and walking in Seattle and to also support Ballard businesses.

“It’s the top to National Bike Month, but its also building awareness, said Verbrugge.

Vergrugge said 60 to 70 percent of all errands are done in cars within two miles of peoples’ houses and that with transit being slashed, parking saturated, and density growing in Ballard, mindfulness of transportation options like walking and cycling is important.

“I think the event lets people know you can get around in more ways than a car. Ballard is a real dense urban area and there’s no parking, so the event shows people you can get around and it also gets people out to support local businesses and the community.”

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