Pierce County News

1. PCN highlights Lake Taps, tourism and going wireless

This week’s Pierce County cable television news show, Pierce County News, will highlight:

— A new destiny for Lake Tapps, Sumner-area reservoir that is popular with boaters, jet skiers and swimmers;

— How voters will be impacted by election reform bills signed this week by the governor;

— The positive effect of increased state tourism on Mount Rainier and nearby communities.

The show also includes stories about UW Tacoma becoming a four-year campus, a better understanding of the new state transportation package, and the PALS lobby is now set up with wireless technology enabling persons to surf the web. In addition, some Seattle Seahawks went to Lakewood to help in our county’s version of Extreme Makeover, and Parks and Recreation Director Jan Wolcott tells us about the “Walk for the Benefits” happening at the Foothills Trail.

The 10-minute newscast is produced by C-RCC and can be viewed on channels 22-Comcast and 86-Click! Broadcasts are Sunday through Thursday at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.

For more information about C-RCC programming, call 253-589-5878 or visit http://www.rcc.pierce.wa.us.

2. Bike Month offers riding and learning opportunities

Break out the bicycles and bike helmets, because May is Bike Month in Pierce County. Throughout the month there will be several riding and learning opportunities for all ages and skill levels.

Events will be held throughout May around Pierce County. Highlights

— May 10 – basic bike maintenance class at Tacoma REI

— May 14 – Information booth at University Place farmer’s market

— May 15 – Ride with the Big Wheels at Point Defiance Park

— May 16 – Start of Bike to Work Week

— May 21 – Pedaling in Parks ride with the Tahoma Audubon Society
Families can also enjoy easy rides on the Foothills Trail and at the Snake Lake Nature Center. Events continue into June with Pierce County Parks and Recreation’s CarLESS Commute Weeks and the annual Tour de Pierce bike ride.

“The purpose of the month is to highlight bicycling for recreation, health and as a transportation option,” said Megan Roberts, coordinator of Tacoma-Pierce County Bike Month and commute trip reduction coordinator for the city of Tacoma. “We want to interest noncyclists and remind former riders about the fun and benefits of biking, and also to recognize the activities of area cycling groups including the Tacoma Wheelmen, Single Track Mind and the Foothills Trail Coalition.”

Pierce County joins the city of Tacoma and Pierce Transit this year as sponsors of Bike Month.