Thursday, May 27, 2010

Walk Tacoma: A Lunchtime Walking Event to Introduce Five New Downtown Walking Maps

Wear your walking shoes and come ready to walk - Rain or Shine!

Friday, June 4th 11:45am-1:00pm

The Waterfront Amphitheater
(on the waterfront side of the Museum of Glass and Albers Mill)

Downtown: On the Go! and partners will introduce five new
Walk Tacoma downtown walking maps during this lunchtime walking event.

Enjoy a healthy lunch (free for the first 50 pedestrians), music, a goodie bag full of great giveaways, and a brief interpretive walk along one of the five new walking map routes.

Walk Tacoma Walking Maps Background Info
In early 2010, Downtown: On the Go! convened a group of stakeholders within the downtown community to create downtown focused walking maps. The goals for these maps include: incentivizing walking as a healthy lunchtime activity, encouraging awareness of walkable distances, and cultivating an appreciation of Tacoma’s rich past, present, and future. The stakeholders developed five downtown walking map routes and the maps are now ready for distribution.

The Walk Tacoma maps were designed by talented students from Pacific Lutheran University’s Design Team, and generously printed by MultiCare’s Center for Healthy Living.

Branded as Walk Tacoma, each route takes the pedestrian on an interpretive tour of 8-10 sites. Even veteran Tacomans will discover something new as each map blends information on major landmarks and hidden gems. Routes average 1.5 miles in length, range in difficulty, and include estimates for calories burned.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bike to a Better Tacoma @ The Hub a HUGE SUCCESS!

More Bike-to-Work Week Events Remaining!

Bike to a Better Tacoma, hosted by the City of Tacoma, took place yesterday at The Hub. Over 65 people attended, crowding the temporary bike racks and delighting Tacoma's bike enthusiasts and mobility planners. Participants enjoyed free pizza, contagious enthusiasm about cycling in and around Tacoma, and an opportunity to provide feedback to the City on bicycle infrastructure.

Like other Bike Month events throughout May, the turnout exceeded expectation, and demonstrated the excitement around the potential for Tacoma's future bicycle network.

Interested in participating in the remaining Bike-to-Work week events (including free movies, Zeit Bike at the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Bike Commuter Lunch & Fashion Show)? Check out to learn more!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Eat Fondue with Love Tacoma at the Melting Pot

Come Love Tacoma at Tacoma's finest fondue restaurant, the Melting Pot in downtown Tacoma. This Tuesday, May 18th starting at 5:30PM enjoy mouth-watering samples of cheese and chocolate fondue with old friends and new. The Melting Pot promises an explosive signature cocktail, just for Love Tacoma-- don't miss this opportunity to love this town.

What: Love Tacoma @ Melting Pot
When: Tuesday, May 18, 5:30PM-7:30PM
Where: 2121 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

Explore. Play. Repeat.

Love Tacoma is an informal monthly gathering of individuals who love Tacoma and enjoy exploring the city’s urban hotspots. It’s a great way to meet new friends and celebrate the places, people and activities that make Tacoma great, while promoting new businesses and undiscovered hangouts in Tacoma’s diverse neighborhoods.

For more information, check out our website at

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Exciting Events during Bike-to-Work Week: May 17th-21st

During Bike-to-Work week, regular and not-so-regular cylists are incentivized to dust off those bikes and get to work without their cars.

Aside from biking to work everday and/or forming a workplace team, you can also participate in any one of the several events and activities planned by the City of Tacoma, Pierce Transit, Pierce County, and Downtown: On the Go!.

Daily Bike Commuter Stations
*Monday, May 17: REI at Narrows Bridge Memorial Park
*Tuesday, May 18: Tacoma Bike, 309 Puyallup Ave
*Wednesday, May 19: Old Town Bicycle, 3009 McCarver St
*Thursday, May 20: Rainier Cycle Sports, 3816 N 26th St
*Friday, May 21: Bike Tech, 5408 S. Tacoma Way
Commuters can stop by for some coffee and snacks, and talk to staff about bike maintenance, good commuting routes, and upcoming events. Bike technicians will be available to give recommendations and hand out coupons for specials on bike tunes and gear.

Monday, May 17th
Bike to a Better Tacoma at The Hub
Location: The Hub, 203 Tacoma Ave. South
Join with fellow bicyclists and City staff members to get happy and updated on the Mobility Master Plan. Talk with a bike Technician from REI, and take advantage of valet bike parking! And, if you bike to the Hub, grab a free slice of pizza, enjoy night-long happy hour specials, and be entered into a drawing for a $50 or $25 Hub gift certificate.

Wednesday, May 19th
Bike Movie Series: American Flyers at The Red Hot, co-sponsored by New Belgium

Location: The Red Hot, 2914 6th Avenue
Bike down to the Red Hot for good brews, American Flyers on an outdoor screen and a raffle with great gear from New Belgium Brewing. This event is ages 21+ only.

Thursday, May 20th
Zeit Bike at Tacoma Art Museum’s Third Thursday
Location: Tacoma Art Museum
Come see innovative kinetic bicycle sculptures by local artists at the venerable Tacoma Art Museum. Also, watch the Olympia documentary, “Necessary Folly”, chronicling one man’s kinetic bike adventures. Admission is free as part of Third Thursday.

Bike Month Movie Series: Necessary Folly
during Zeit Bike event, see above
Watch this Olympia documentary, chronicling one man’s kinetic bike adventures.

Friday, May 21st
Bike to Coffee with City Council Members
Location: Market Street Satellite Coffee Co and UWT Starbucks
Start the last morning of the Commuter Challenge off right with a free cup of coffee served up by a City Council Member.

Friday, May 21st
Commuter Picnic & Bike Fashion Show at Wright Park
Location: Wright Park
Celebrate a successful Bike-to-Work Week with fellow Commuter Contest participants at a lunch-time picnic in Wright Park sponsored by Downtown: On the Go!. Free lunch will be provided for the first 75 cyclists. For some entertainment, watch local cyclists strut their stuff on the catwalk during the Bike Fashion Show!

Saturday, May 22nd
Bike Movie Series: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure at the Grand Cinema
10:30 am
Location: The Grand Cinema, 606 South Fawcett Ave.
Come enjoy Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, a fun family film about bikes! Free admission!

To learn more about these great events and more, and to register for great Bike-to-Work Week prizes including $250 and $100 gift certificates, check out the full list of events and the trip logging calendar at