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Join the Disaster Relief Trials to feel the empowerment of biking through the city bringing emergency supplies to grateful citizens! The Disaster Relief Trials will take place Sunday, September 25th, partnering with the West Seattle Summer Parkways event.
This fun, emergency preparedness event simulates a supply run after a major disaster, and mobilizes bicyclists to carry emergency supplies to and from six checkpoints, including Community Emergency Hubs, a P-Patch, a new traffic garden, and more, throughout West Seattle and White Center.
Riders will be required to stop at checkpoints in a certain order, and suggested routes will be provided, including one local Greenway. Greenways are residential streets generally one off of main arterials with low volumes of cars going slowly enough so that people who walk or ride bicycles feel safe and comfortable.
Each checkpoint will include a ham radio operator (Seattle Auxillary Communications volunteer), who will relay messages from station to station, and track the Cargo racers.
Additionally, each station will be staffed by volunteers from that community or communication hub who can provide relevant outreach to the local community, and can help activate the community for the event.
All riders choose to participate in one of 5 classes. For the Responder and E-assist classes the DRT is an alleycat, and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. The Resilient and Family classes are more leisurely, and you will have time to participate in family- friendly mini-workshops (see below) at each checkpoint as you ride. "Citizen", non-riders participate for free!
- Responder—30 miles, 100 lbs of cargo, all checkpoints/no workshops, timed with awards for top three
- E-assist—same as Responder, but with an e-assist on their bike, timed with awards for top three
- Resilient—30 miles, up to 20 lbs of cargo (water and food for volunteers), all checkpoints/all workshops, not timed, includes participation ribbon
- Family—10-30 miles, with or without e-assist, up to 20 lbs of cargo plus at least one child, minimum 3 checkpoints/workshops, not timed, includes participation ribbon
- Citizen—no cargo or checkpoint requirement; enjoy as many workshops as they want, not timed, no participation ribbon
Cargo & Checkpoint Activities
Checkpoint activities include emergency response mini-workshops for the Resilient, E-Assist, Family and Citizen classes, as well as for the general public, including:
- Water Purification
- Emergency Medical Aid
- Shutting down your household systems in an emergency
- Fix a Flat In a Pinch
- Tsunami Evacuation / Safety Information
- Solar powered demo
Each of the 6 checkpoints will include a cargo activity for the Responder & E-Assist classes. Cargo items may include:
- Buckets of water from the Puget Sound
- Tools from the West Seattle Tool Library
- Bags of Rice to be donated to Rainier Valley Food Bank
- Wool Blankets
The goal is to provide a realistic practice of how bicyclists can be a vital link in transporting supplies to citizens, in cases where the roads are impassable to larger vehicles, within the context of educating the public and having a great time!
Opportunities to get involved
- Staff a checkpoint and provide an Emergency Response activity.
- Provide materials such as wool blankets, 5-gallon buckets, 5 lb bags of apples, burlap coffee sacks, or water filtration supplies.
- Sponsor the event, and receive your name/logo on the DRT tshirt, website, and program.
- Volunteer at the event for set up, take down, photography, or myriad other fun opportunities.
- Partner with DRT in some other way that furthers the mission of fun, community-focused disaster preparedness!
Child Participant Guidelines
Given that the DRT is a Familybike event, children participants are welcome and encouraged! Here are the parameters for child participants:
- Children are welcome to ride on either separate bikes or as bike passengers with an adult guardian that is registered in the Family and Resilient classes.
- Children accompanying adults registered in the Responder or E-Assist classes must ride as a passenger on their adult guardian's bike, OR register and ride separately if they are at least 16 years of age. Their weight does not count toward your 100 lb payload.
- Each paid registration equals 1 entry packet, including a t-shirt, doorprize ticket, finisher ribbon, stamp card,etc.
- If your child is not a registered participant, but is riding with you, you may purchase extra t-shirts upon registration check-out.
When & Where
Familybike Seattle works to decrease barriers and increase access to bicycling for families, for the purpose of creating social, economic, and cultural transformation toward long-term sustainability and social and environmental justice. Our programs include Kidical Mass free family rides, mentoring, family biking classes, Family Bike Expos, a low-cost rental fleet, and coordinating the new Disaster Relief Bicyclists contact list.