With more of these downtown, the risk of bike theft would decrease, thereby increasing bike commuting, decreasing motorized traffic, and scaling back carbon emissions. In other words, adding bike racks to downtown Seattle will save the planet. Fact.
With more of these downtown, the risk of bike theft would decrease, thereby increasing bike commuting, decreasing motorized traffic, and scaling back Seattle's carbon footprint. In other words, adding bike racks to downtown Seattle will save the planet. Fact.

For Today

Rackathon: A Regional Summit to Hack the Bike Parking Code

Biking is tough on the legs. Biking to a place with no bike rack to lock up to can be tough on the wallet (bike thieves are always a threat), and we all know which hurts more.

As of 2010, only 25% of downtown employers offered bike parking to their employees, and that number has not improved enough since. Join Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Cascade Bicycle Club at Rackathon to evaluate existing bike racks and discuss methods to ensure the city is properly racked going forward.

Based on the simple but obviously extremely accurate logic in the adjacent photo caption, this might also be the best way to stop global warming. 

Rackathon, Wed, July 9, 2:30–5:30pm, Union Station Great Hall, 605 5th Ave S, free with pre-registration.

For Thursday

A Conversation with UN Under-Secretary-General Leila Zerrougui

Impoverished regions in conflict often cause direct harm to what should be their source of hope: the children. From starvation to excessive labor to forced service as child soldiers, these regions treat their kids in ways difficult for many Americans to imagine.

Algerian human rights law expert Leila Zerrougui has spent her life trying to ease the burden facing children in regions including South Sudan, Syria, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has worked to establish programs addressing children's welfare and protecting boys and girls in areas of armed conflict, and will be putting her experience on display in Seattle when she speaks to the World Affairs Council at the World Trade Center.

Conversation with Leila Zerrougui, Thu, July 10, 7:30–9am, World Trade Center, 2200 Alaskan Way, $30.

For Friday

July Friday Forum

July's edition of Transportation Choices Coalition's Friday Forum will focus on Seattle's Comprehensive Master Plan, with input from Futurewise executive director Hilary Franz, King County Equity and Social Justice manager Matias Valenzuela, and a surprise representative from the Seattle Department of Planning and Development. 

Join the discussion next Friday to find out what alternatives already exist and possibly help sculpt Seattle's best future.

July Friday Forum, Fri, July 11, noon—1pm, Chinook Building room 121, 401 5th Avenue, free.

Advance Notice for July 18

We ❤ Seattle: Second Annual Planned Parenthood NW Benefit Concert

Planned Parenthood's Someone You Know Fund—a collection of donations used to provide healthcare to women and men unable to afford it—got a significant boost at last year's benefit concert, and this year the organization hopes to top their numbers. 
They can't do it without some help from the community. Head to Nectar Lounge in Fremont next Friday to see performances from a lineup of indie/alternative bands incluing La Luz and The Gods Themselves, and let at least some of your weekly entertainment budget double as a donation to a great cause.
We ❤ Seattle: Second Annual Planned Parenthood NW Benefit Concert, Fri, July 18, 8pm, Nectar Lounge, 412 N 36th St, $12–$30. 

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