Looking at photos of the damage to the block, it’s amazing that no one was killed yesterday. It’s all so incredibly sad and I feel for all the people affected.
Searching my blog for “family cyclery” I found so many posts. The shop–and the people of the shop (Davey, Tyler, Donald, Karl, and Forrest)–are big parts of our lives as well as for so many other members of the Seattle family biking community (and well beyond Seattle, too!).
I remember when Davey first told me he was planning to open a family-friendly bike shop. Had we not bumped into one another on the Burke-Gilman Trail I’m sure I would have grabbed him by the shoulders and shaken him as I shouted “WE’VE ALMOST OUTGROWN OUR TRAIN TABLE, YOU MUST LET ME DONATE IT TO THE SHOP! EVERY FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHOP NEEDS A TRAIN TABLE!” As it was, I just shouted it while gripping my handlebars.
And Davey obliged me:
There’s a kid tucked in there, too:
Our first visit to G&O Family Cyclery was one of countless visits. I’ll admit I probably make more visits to say hello than for bike repairs. I’ve made many new friends in G&O, used it as a meet-up spot, and had a million wonderful conversations with other customers.
G&O is a huge part of the robust family biking scene in Seattle. Making it easy for people to test ride bikes and purchase bikes–not to mention be able to talk about bikes with kids in tow–is so important.
If G&O has touched your life in some way, even just through the stories of others being sent on their journey of family biking joy, please help save them.