Paid for by Committee to Reelect Judge North, P.O. Box 27113, Seattle, WA 98165
On May 17, at 6:30 p.m., bicyclists will meet at Gasworks Park to participate in a 14-mile silent ride honoring cyclists who've been killed or injured by cars. The ride—called, appropriately enough, the Ride of Silence—is part of a three-year-old nationwide event started in Dallas by the friend of a bicyclist who was struck by a bus and killed. Although cyclists have the legal right to share the road with cars, drivers are frequently reckless or inattentive in their presence; nationwide, about 750 bicyclists are killed in traffic accidents every year. Although the image of hundreds of bicyclists traveling on city streets sparks images of another mass bike ride, the civilly disobedient Critical Mass, ride coorganizer Gary Strauss says it will be "anything but. We're not going to block the streets; we're going to stay single file as best we can. We're going to obey the rules of the road." ERICA C. BARNETT
The 30-year-old B&O Espresso, a squat, sprawling dessert and coffee shop at the corner Belmont Avenue East and East Olive Way on Capitol Hill, will likely be torn down this year or next to make way for a mixed-use development with underground parking, 2,400 square feet of retail space, and 75 apartments or condos. Calls to one of the B&O's owners had not been returned by press time, and a spokesman for Nicholson Kovalchick Architects, the firm listed on a posted land-use information sign, said it was too early to characterize the development. ERICA C. BARNETT
Music didn't cause the Capitol Hill shootings, but it might help ease the pain. That's the hope among friends of the victims and survivors who on April 29 will stage a "memorial/celebration" at Seattle Center.
It's all done in memory of the victims, but ultimately, the event is a celebration of the subcultures to which they belonged. DJs from the rave scene will perform, artists from the Burning Man community will be displaying work, and rock bands and hiphop groups will play. And the event wouldn't be complete without some clown participation—clowning was a hobby of those who lived at 2112 East Republican Street, especially victim Jeremy Martin.
"It will be all over the board," says Jesiah Martin (no relation), who lived in the house. "We want to show that this tragedy affected a lot of different communities."
Families and friends have been asked to recommend acts that the victims themselves admired. "We want to remember the victims of the tragedy through the music they enjoyed," says Martin. THOMAS FRANCIS