Join us November 9 for #ILookGoodOnAPronto, a bike share scavenger hunt

posterv3In fact, everyone looks good on a Pronto. There’s just something attractive about using efficient and fun modes of public transportation, especially when they’re bright green.

Well, Seattle Bike Blog invites you to an afternoon multimodal scavenger hunt around Seattle using only bike share, public transit and your own two feet. And, of course, you’ll have have to take a bunch of selfies along the way and post them to #ILookGoodOnAPronto (you don’t actually need a smart phone to join the event, but you will need a camera of some kind).

Participants will get a list of locations to get to and photo challenges to complete before time is up. You are not allowed to use a personal bike or any kind of car/ride sharing, but you can mix public transit, Pronto and your own two feet. Remember that Pronto users must be 16 or older (family bike folks are allowed to bring their own bikes if they’re hauling kids, and people under 16 can ride their own bikes as well).

The event will end with an afterparty at Pike Brewing where we will have all kinds of prizes, like Pronto schwag and, if you’re lucky, a Top Banana Award (some mystery person mailed me a dozen of these last month and I don’t know why, but now you have a chance to win one!).

It’s free to enter, but you will be responsible for your own Pronto and public transit costs. And, of course, you gotta buy your own food and drinks.

The event starts at 11 a.m. November 9 on the covered sidewalk in front of the Washington State Convention Center at 7th and Pike (get there early to sign the waiver and such).

See you there!

If you want to help spread the word, RSVP via Facebook and invite your friends! You can print this pdf and hang ‘em up or hand ‘em out.

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City will install temporary protected bike lane on Roosevelt + Neighbors urge city to extend plans further

Roosevelt PBL Fact Sheet - FINAL copy-mapFor much of northeast Seattle, Roosevelt Way is the primary bike route connection to the University of Washington, the University Bridge and beyond. Unfortunately, it is also a hotspot for collisions and injuries for people biking. Nearly 20 people have been injured in collisions while biking on Roosevelt in just the past four years.

As Andres Salomon noted in a guest post here in September, the city has plans and funding to repave Roosevelt Way and parts of 11th Ave NE. But early plans included few if any bike facility updates despite the street’s collision history and recommendations in the city’s Bike Master Plan for protected bike lanes.

Well, the city listened and is planning to try out a temporary one-way protected bike lane on Roosevelt between NE 45th Street and the University Bridge before paving begins. Crews are scheduled to install this bike lane in December and January.

The current bike lane is a skinny, paint-only lane squeezed between fast cars and buses headed downhill and parked cars. Much of the bike lane is well within the door zone, meaning someone opening the door of a parked car could easily open it in the path of a person biking down the hill.

The city’s proposed temporary bike lane upgrade would move the bike lane to the curb and use the existing bike lane as a buffer space lined with reflective posts. Here’s what that would look like, according to SDOT: Continue reading

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SDOT and PeopleForBikes make a video about 2nd Ave that’s … well, just watch it

There are a couple ways to encourage and teach people to use a new piece of bike infrastructure. In the first handful of days after the 2nd Ave protected bike lane opened, for example, volunteers and SDOT staff were out telling people face-to-face how to use it. Then the police focused enforcement on the bike lane, handing out tickets and warnings to people driving or biking who were still using it wrong.

Or, of course, you can do this:

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Light Up Your Ride with Commute Seattle Thursday

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, eating away an hour of light in the evening. So you gotta get your bike ready for darker commutes if you haven’t already, and Commute Seattle wants to help.

1798985_10152801494314853_4121604270059350078_oThis is the second year Commute Seattle has help Light Up Your Ride, an event to provide folks with a place to ask questions about bike commuting in the dark and to get some advice on how to stay visible through the winter. Plus, there’s free coffee and prizes and stuff.

Personally, I finally made the jump to dynamo lights (powered by a generator in the front wheel hub), and so far I’m loving it. It wasn’t exactly a cheap upgrade (you gotta get a new wheel), but neither was replacing finicky battery-powered lights that break every year. In many European countries, bikes cannot legally be sold without lights, and some countries even require that dynamo-powered lights come standard on new most bikes.

But the US bike market never adopted a bike light requirement, so it’s up to you to figure out a solution that works for you and fits in your budget. But lights absolutely are not optional. You are legally required to have a headlight and a rear reflector, though a rear light is highly recommended.  Studies suggest that people biking at night without lights often feel more visible than they really are.

Details on Light Up Your Ride: Continue reading

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Pronto operator Alta Bicycle Share bought by New York company

Image from Pronto

Image from Pronto

Rumors have been swirling around for months now, but Alta Bicycle Share officially announced Tuesday that they have been bought by a New York-based investment group. Alta Bicycle Share operates many of the biggest bike share systems in the US including Pronto Cycle Share.

The purchase comes amid challenges expanding and improving successful systems in New York and Chicago. Citi Bike in New York has especially had challenges with software and with demand overwhelming the supply of station docks and bikes. The new owners plan double the size of Citi Bike to an astounding 12,000 bikes, according to the New York Times.

Holly Houser, Executive Director of Pronto, said she does not expect the buyout to effect the Seattle-based system.

“The short answer is that Pronto won’t really see any direct effects of this buy out,” she said. “Overall, we see it as a positive step in the evolution of a still very young bike share industry.” Houser directs Puget Sound Bike Share, the non-profit organization that owns Pronto. PSBS contracts with Alta to operate the system, so Houser is not an Alta employee. Continue reading

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Bike News Roundup: Every Capitol Hill Pronto station in 7 minutes

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! By the way, you’ve voted already, right?

First up, here’s a mesmerizing tour of every Capitol Hill Pronto station by Capitol Hill Seattle:

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Saturday: Join Mayor Murray on a vigil walk for 7-year-old struck on MLK

Map from Rainier Valley Greenways

Map from Rainier Valley Greenways

Someone driving down MLK struck and critically injured seven-year-old Zeytuna Edo September 30 while Zeytuna was on her way to a tutoring session at the Boys & Girls Club. The person behind the wheel did not stop. In fact, witnesses said the driver did not even slow down.

Nearly a month later, Zeytuna is still hospitalized, and her family and community is holding a vigil and walk Saturday to send her their best wishes and to talk about how to prevent this from happening again. Mayor Ed Murray is schedule to speak.

You can join by meeting at the Columbia City light rail station at MLK and S Alaska at 2 p.m. The walk will head to the Genesee Street, where she was struck, then to the Boys & Girls Club for a “solutions meeting.”

So far, more than $30,000 have been raised online to help support her family through this very tough time. You can still contribute.

Details on the walk from Rainier Valley Greenways: Continue reading

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