Outdoors

Dispatches with Jan. 24

Citizens group

Tacoma seeks advisers for bike, walking group

The city of Tacoma is looking for two residents for its Bicycle and Pedestrian Technical Advisory Group. A youth representative, age 16-18, also is needed.

The eight-member group formed in 2013 to help guide the city’s Transportation Commission on nonmotorized transportation issues. Meetings are 5:30-7:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St.

According to a statement released by the city, preference will be given to people living in Districts 4 and 5 “to ensure a range of perspectives and expertise. Residents with knowledge or first-hand experience about pedestrian, bicycle, health, parks and Americans with Disabilities Act issues are particularly encouraged to apply.”

To apply, go to cityoftacoma.org and send applications, due Feb. 12, to Application to Tacoma Active Transportation coordinator Diane Wiatr at dwiatr@cityoftacoma.org or call 253-591-5380.

Travel

Olympians visit parks on cross-country trip

Visiting national parks will be the focus of the next Adventure Speaker Series presented Feb. 4 by the Olympia Mountaineers.

In September 2013, Dirk and Dixie Havlak set off from Olympia in a small recreational vehicle. Their goal was to see as many national parks and other natural areas in the United States as possible.

Their program will look back at the nine months they spent on the road and all the places they have hiked, biked and paddled.

The evening begins at 6 with a potluck dinner and social hour, followed by the presentation at 7. All members and anyone interested in learning more about the Mountaineers are welcome to attend.

The program will be held at Friends Meeting House at Priest Point, 3201 Boston Harbor Road, Olympia.

For more information, go to olympia mountaineers.org.

Cycling

Oso Strong bike ride set for March 15

A March 15 bike ride starting in Arlington will raise funds for a community trail and will honor the people affected by last year’s Oso mudslide.

The McClinchy Mile Oso Strong Ride offers routes of 34 and 56 miles. Proceeds from the event, organized by the BIKES club of Snohomish County, will go toward the Whitehorse Trail and local bike tourism. Some community members feel bike tourism could benefit the local community, which saw tourism drop last year after the mudslide.

The rides will travel on state Route 530 through the mudslide area. Food stops are planned in Oso and Darrington. Registration is $30 and the first 200 to sign up get an Oso Strong coffee mug. The fee is $35 on the morning of the ride.

For more information, go to bikesclub.org/ mcclinchy.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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