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Different Spokes 2017
Seattle, Washington

On top of Queen Anne

Farewell, Different Spokes!

Dear Fellow Spokesters,

It is with great sadness that the Board must announce that Different Spokes Seattle will cease operation at the end of 2017. DS has been the queer bicycling group in the Puget Sound region since the late 1980s and we have had a lot of fun! You, our members, have organized and ridden on hundreds of rides, mostly in Seattle and King County, but also in Portland, the San Juan Islands, the Gulf Islands of BC and Walla Walla. You’ve attended our potlucks, maintained our website (Ray!) and served on our governing board. Many lasting friendships were made through Different Spokes. However, fewer individuals are leading fewer rides and we can’t be a bike club if we don’t offer bike rides on a consistent basis.

In accordance with our articles of incorporation as a non-profit and with Washington State law, we will be donating the club’s small assets to Bike Works, a wonderful non-profit organization in Seattle that “promotes the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth and build resilient communities.” If you joined in 2017, your membership fee will be refunded.

Want to continue cycling with other queers? We encourage you to consider joining OutVentures, which offered quite a few bike rides this past summer. And, as you probably know, Cascade Bicycle Club, has the largest and most diverse riding schedule in our area. Do keep biking! And safely.

All our best in the years ahead,

    Mike Kleer, President
    Nancy Helm, Vice-President
    Kirk Smith, Treasurer
    Kam Lee, Secretary

Bike with Different Spokes!

Different Spokes is a bicycling club for the LGBT community and their friends in the Seattle/Puget Sound area. For a one-time fee of $5, you can become a member, which allows you to post/access bike rides and social events on our calendar*, discuss club activities on our message board, and share photos. To join, you sign up here. *Note: The calendar is best viewed in Mozilla Firefox.

Volunteerism is the basis of Different Spokes. You lead our rides, serve on our board, and organize our social events. The money from membership fees goes solely toward the maintenance of our website. For additional information on Different Spokes, check out the FAQ and Club Info sections..

Participation is Easy
Simply look through our calendar and pick the ride that interests you. If you have any question about the ride, you can contact the ride leader beforehand. You must wear your bike helmet and obey traffic laws.

Volunteer Opportunities
Lead a ride! To find out how, consult the "Ride Leader Tips" in our Rides section. And our board always needs new faces and fresh ideas.

Contact Us!
Still have questions about Different Spokes Seattle? Just contact us.

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