The Alki Beach Creeps are planning “the largest costumed bike parade in West Seattle” Sunday during the Alki Summer Streets event.
The Alki Beach Creeps have joined forces with the SDOT Summer Streets to bring you and your family the largest costumed bike parade in West Seattle’s 111 year history!
Bikers, plan to meet at 12:45pm on 63rd and Alki Ave in front of Alki Arts. At 1:00pm we’ll head North Alki Ave to the Don Armeni Boat Ramp, turn around and end our parade in front of El Chupacabra where we will be greeted by the soapy stylings of the one and only, Bubbleman!!
After the parade, performing right next door on the rooftop of the Alki Homefront, the Beach Creeps are proud to present an after-party of epic proportions featuring some of West Seattle’s finest Musicians!!!
DJ Zach Galafinotkiss
The Dolly Rottens!
So come one, come all, friends and families, and join us on Alki Car-Free Day for a day of bikes, bands, and bubbles!
Details on Alki Summer Streets, the first Summer Streets event of the year: Continue reading
A light drizzle kept Bike to Work Day numbers a little lower compared to recent years, but that didn’t stop scores of people from donning a rain jacket and pedaling to the jobs Friday.
After a ride from the KEXP studios to City Hall, Mayor Mike McGinn made the case that the city has gotten a lot more bike-friendly under his watch.
He also took full ownership of the label Mayor McSchwinn, which his opponents have often used to attack him.
“I say, let ‘em,” the Mayor told the crowd. McGinn is in a tight race for reelection, and is certainly hoping for big turnout from people motivated to make the city safer for cycling.
In the morning, he tweeted a campaign image featuring a person on a bike and the word: Forward. Continue reading
An excellent visual from a recent study by Kay Teschke of the University of British Columbia
Study after study in recent years has shown exactly what might be common sense to the average person: Bike lanes protected from heavy traffic are safer. Not only that, but more people choose to get around by bike once a protected bike lane is installed.
The reason really is not complicated. There is something inherently human that tells us riding a bike in the same lane as fast-moving cars and trucks is dangerous. Biking with traffic can be learned, and it can be done with reasonable safety. But only a small percentage of people will ever want to try it, let alone make it a daily habit. Most people see someone biking down Rainier Avenue and think, “That person is crazy.”
But beyond the many people who choose not to try it, biking in heavy traffic is not an option for children or people with mobility issues that prevent them from being able to cycle quickly. If no other argument in favor of safe bike lanes convinces you, the need to make our streets safe for people of all ages and abilities should.
We know this very clearly in Seattle, where decades-old and well-established “vehicular cycling” education programs and cycling clubs were not enough on their own to get everyday cycling levels much higher than a couple percentage points. But they have been extremely successful at embedding safe cycling practices into Seattle’s cycling culture. They are also a huge reason why Seattle driving culture is so much more patient and friendly to people on bikes than most other US cities. Continue reading
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The crosswalk before removal. Image via King 5
One morning, they were just there: Crosswalks and a short bike lane in a Tacoma business district to help people get across a dangerous street.
Business owners loved it.
But the city recently spent $1,000 to grind away the illegal crosswalk paint, leaving one business owner to ask King 5, “How much is paint versus having this grinding machine…?”
Tacoma’s response was decidedly less polite than Seattle’s response to a recent guerrilla-installed protected bike lane on Cherry Street. But the message to both cities is clear: If your citizens feel they must resort to breaking the law in order to make your streets safe, you’re doing something wrong.
Watch the report: Continue reading
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Friday is Bike to Work Day, which is basically a holiday where, for one morning, we have a chance to glimpse a few years into the future to experience what it will be like with even more people biking to work every day.
There will be Commute Stations set up all over the city (see map below), some staffed by Cascade and others independently organized. Each will be different, but expect lots of free granola bars, coffee and encouraging smiles.
The centerpiece event of the day is a morning ride from KEXP’s Dexter and Denny studio to City Hall for a rally. The ride leaves KEXP at 7:45 a.m., and the rally starts at City Hall at 8.
There will also be an after party at Velo Bike Shop’s new location in the Via6 building at 6th and Blanchard. Then there’s an after-after party at Peddler’s Brewing in Ballard, where from 5–10 p.m., anyone who shows up on a bike will get a half-price pint.
You can apparently also get a free coffee from Starbucks all day long. Just show then you got there by bike.
More details from Cascade: Continue reading
What would happen if a major earthquake hit the Seattle Fault, causing roads to collapse and public transit to shut down? Portland explored how bicycles could help in just such a scenario during last year’s Disaster Relief Trials and more recently in the real world, bikes played a big role in Sandy relief.
We in Seattle will climb from the wreckage of our own mock earthquake on Friday, June 21st at 3:00 p.m. The event is part of Bicycle Urbanism Symposium and registration will be available soon at the event’s website.
Here’s a video from last year in, of course, Portland: Continue reading
Last week’s Fremont Bridge bike count: 28,414. Another record-breaking week, but we need to do better if we want to top one million trips in 2013.
What should our reward be for getting to one million? A big bike party in Fremont? A safer Fremont Avenue? A fixed Ballard Bridge? All of the above?
Mayor McGinn announced Tuesday that the city will spend $700,000 on near-term paving work and a possible temporary cycle track on E Marginal Way. The city will also spend $200,000 on design work for a permanent longterm solution, which will likely include a future full reconstruction of the street.
A dangerous stretch of industrial road, E Marginal Way is a vital bicycle corridor and one of the biggest impediments to cycling from West Seattle and parts of South King County. Long considered a top priority for cycling improvements in Seattle, E Marginal Way got increased attention after Lance David died in a May 1 collision with a truck at S Hanford Street.
The new investments also include funds to move the Westlake Cycle Track through final design and into construction, as well as work to improve walking and biking safety around Lower Bridge to West Seattle. This includes fixing dangerous trail crossings and improving the infamously awful intersection at W Marginal Way/SW Marginal Pl/Delridge Way SW/Chelan Ave and the Alki Trail:
Image from Google Street View
The funds come from savings after the Spokane Street Viaduct project came in millions under budget. More details on the investments, from the Mayors office: Continue reading
The city has passed a milestone in the Westlake Cycle Track project, selecting a firm to lead design work on a safe connection between the heart of South Lake Union and Fremont, the Ship Canal Trail and beyond.
Here’s a completely theoretical concept image from a 2012 Cascade Bicycle Club report to get those creative juices flowing:
And while the project would only cover the area between the Fremont Bridge and the northern end of South Lake Union, we have suggested that it could be continued down Westlake Ave to downtown. This would solve three huge problems: Provide a fast and safe regional commuting route, fill a hole in South Lake Union’s desperately poor bike route network (or lack thereof) and fix the still-dangerous cycling environment on Westlake Ave created by the poorly-planned South Lake Union Streetcar.
Details on project progress, from the SDOT Blog:
SDOT is excited to announce the kick-off of the Westlake Cycle Track project. This project improves safety for people biking, improves the pedestrian experience, and will be done in coordination with the Ballard to Downtown Seattle Transit Expansion Study, because Westlake is one of the possible corridors being considered for future rail. Continue reading
Seattle Ride of Silence 2012
Every year, people in cities across the country will ride in honor of the people who have been killed while riding a bike on our roadways.
Seattle’s ride meets at Gas Works Park at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. See our coverage of last year’s ride.
From Seattle Ride of Silence:
With thousands of cyclists in Seattle, this free and public event remains the single opportunity for the community to come together, to honor our brother and sister cyclists.
The goal is simple, for every citizen and cyclist to know about this event and have the opportunity to participate. 2013 will be Seattle’s 9th Ride of Silence experience.
We have personally invited many individuals to ride with us and encourage you to invite your friends and family, team members and coworkers.