NE 65th Street will get autumn quick fixes, bigger remake in 2018-19

Andres Solomon, now a candidate for mayor, organizes neighbors to protest traffic dangers on NE 65th. The crane in the background marks the site of Roosevelt Station.

Andres Salomon, now a candidate for mayor, organizes neighbors to protest traffic dangers on NE 65th. The crane in the background marks the site of Roosevelt Station.

After years of community urging and protest, Seattle is about to kick off a road safety project on NE 65th Street to address the street’s serious ongoing safety problems.

People walking, biking and inside cars all continue to get seriously injured and killed on the street, which forms a barrier that splits the neighborhood in two.

Councilmember Rob Johnson joined a June 2016 neighborhood march and protest calling for a safe streets overhaul of the street. He was then able to add the project to the 2017 budget.

After more horrible collisions along the street that left people seriously injured, Johnson and community members behind the #Fix65th effort convinced Mayor Ed Murray to make the project a priority. Though SDOT fell short of Johnson’s call for a design plan to be in place by February 14, the department did have a public meeting and design schedule complete by that date.

The first big meeting about the project will be 6 p.m. February 28 at Roosevelt High School.

The department hopes to have some early safety fixes ready to be installed by Fall 2017, followed by a final design of the street and a more significant changes in 2018-19.

Inga Manskopf, a community member active in the #Fix65th effort, recently wrote a post for the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association blog outlining some cheap and quick fixes the city could make in the near-term. Continue reading

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The 45th Chilly Hilly is Sunday on Bainbridge

The 2011 Chilly Hilly. Photo from Cascade Bicycle Club

The 2011 Chilly Hilly. Photo from Cascade Bicycle Club

Cascade Bicycle Club’s major event season kicks off Sunday with the 45th annual Chilly Hilly.

Thousands of people will meet up at Colman Dock to catch the ferry to Bainbridge. Numbers swell when weather is sunny and warm, but that’s not the point of this ride. It’s still fun to bike when it’s rainy and cold. And the colder it is, the better a bowl of chili tastes at the end.

Or so I’m told.

Online registration ends Wednesday ($35), but Chilly Hilly is one of the few major Cascade rides that allow people to register at the start ($45).

Folks on the Bainbridge side of the bay can skip the ferry ride and save some cash. Swing by the B.I. Cycle Shop or Classic Cycle during normal business hours Wednesday through Saturday to register.

And, as has been tradition alongside Chilly Hilly itself, there will be several adjacent events. You can expect the 12th annual Fucking Hills Race to happen on Bainbridge, as usual. There’s also the “Willy Nilly” ride on Vashon, as posted to our events calendar.

More details on the Chilly Hilly from Cascade Bicycle Club: Continue reading

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Bike News Roundup: NCDOT accidentally made the scariest short horror film of 2016

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! As always, this is an open thread. Discuss anything localish and bikeish in the comments below.

First up, the most terrifying short horror film of 2016 was released in October by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Watch as this proposed road widening project demolishes old buildings and builds an impenetrable division in the middle of the humble communities of Matthews, Stallings and Indian Trail. Rated R for graphic community violence.

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How One Center City can finally build the vital Pike/Pine bike connection

One concept for Pike Street on Capitol Hill, from the One Center City plan.

One concept for Pike Street on Capitol Hill, from the One Center City draft plan (PDF).


Option A is the “no action” option, so we’re leaving it out.

Pike/Pine is one of the most needed and promising connections in the entire Seattle bike network. And the multi-agency One Center City partnership is looking to make major near-term changes along the corridor between Pike Place Market and Broadway that include protected bike lanes.

We already wrote about the One Center City ideas for north-south streets downtown, so this post will focus on the Pike/Pine elements. You can give feedback on the entire plan via this online open house.

Not only are Pike and Pine packed with destinations (video), they also provide the most bike-friendly climbs between downtown and huge swaths of densely-packed Capitol Hill and Central District neighborhoods.

But between playing leap frog with buses and dodging parking or turning cars and deliveries, biking these streets today often feels like completing an obstacle course. And unfortunately, not everyone makes it. Police data shows 15 collisions involving someone on a bike and 23 involving people walking on Pike and Pine between 1st Ave and Broadway in 2016 alone (many more likely went unreported).

So what can be done to make these streets work better? Well, lets start with a few priorities: Continue reading

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King County Council approves the Eastside Trail Master Plan 9-0

The plan's concept image of the possible view from the awesome Wilburton trestle.

The plan’s concept image of the possible view from the awesome Wilburton trestle.

Cover Letter, Acknowledgements, Summary & Table of Contents-mapThe King County Council approved a master plan for a trail along the Eastside Rail Corridor Monday by a unanimous vote of 9–0. The vote is a key step towards creating the region’s most significant new trail since the Burke-Gilman opened in 1978.

Connecting through or near the hearts of major Eastside communities from Renton to Bellevue to Kirkland to Woodinville, the Eastside Trail promises to completely change the game for non-motorized transportation east of Lake Washington.

“We will be connecting thousands of residents up and down the Eastside to transit, trail, recreation and economic development opportunities,” said Councilmember Claudia Balducci in a press release after Monday’s vote (see in full below). Balducci chairs the Eastside Rail Corridor’s Regional Advisory Committee and, along with County Executive Dow Constantine, has been a major force behind making this happen and putting a sense of urgency into getting it done as quickly as possible.

There are many pieces of funding and work all moving at the same time. If everything comes together as planned, most sections of the trail could be open by 2020. As we reported in October, the County has already secured $10 million from various sources to rehab the Wilburton Trestle, one of the most challenging and promising segments of the whole route. Building a missing nearby crossing of I-405 is also scheduled as part of a major WSDOT freeway project that should be complete by the end of 2020. Continue reading

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Alert 2/17-22: Temporary Sounder shuttles will have limited or no bike capacity south of Puyallup

Graphic from Sound Transit. I hope the buses at least have spaces for a couple bikes...

Graphic from Sound Transit. I hope the buses at least have spaces for a couple bikes…

A lot of people in south King County and Pierce County have discovered the commuting magic of bringing your bike on Sound Transit’s Sounder trains. Bike to the station, easily carry bikes onto the train, enjoy a traffic-free ride to King Street Station, then bike to the rest of the way to work. Easy, low-stress and dependable.

Unfortunately, upcoming work on the Tacoma Trestle means train service will end at Puyallup. Anyone going further south will need to catch a shuttle bus, and taking a bike with you may not be possible.

“Shuttle buses may not have capacity to carry bicycles, so plan on securely locking your bicycle at your station’s bike racks during this time,” reads a note on the Sound Transit rider alert.

The good news is that this only affects a handful of weekdays starting Friday and wrapping up Wednesday.

Maybe this is a good excuse to use Pronto while it is still operating. They are currently offering a special $10 membership deal that is good through the end of service March 31. Lock your bike at the station, then take Pronto when you get to downtown Seattle. So convenient!

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Opinion on Missing Link route coalesces even further + send City Hall a Valentine to say: Build it!

You can send this adorable drawing to city leaders asking them to complete the Missing Link.

You can send this adorable drawing to city leaders asking them to complete the Missing Link.

“Roses are red, violets are blue. Complete the Missing Link, it’s long overdue.”

That’s the text on the adorable valentines Cascade Bicycle Club is urging supporters of the Burke-Gilman Trail to send to city leaders. It is much more friendly than my first attempt at a Missing Link valentine.*

Cascade staff (including my wonderful spouse who, full disclosure, works for Cascade) were also at the Ballard Farmers Market Sunday helping people send physical versions of the valentines urging the Mayor, SDOT and City Council leaders to choose the Shilshole South route and get to work building it.

The timing is important because SDOT is presenting the options to the City Council noon Wednesday, and as we reported in January the choice of an official preferred alternative is imminent.

“Let’s finish this and move on. We have other things to finish,” said City Council Transportation Committee Chair Mike O’Brien to a room full of people gathered at the Elks Lodge in late January to support the trail. He wants to see ground break this year.

Jessica Dickinson, who crashed on the Missing Link and seriously injured her wrist, told her story of dealing with chronic pain and being afraid to bike in Ballard ever since.

“I wonder who will be next,” Dickinson said after telling her story. And she is right to wonder. Nearly two people are hospitalized by Missing Link crashes every month that the trail remains unfinished. Many more are injured, just not badly enough to be hauled away in an ambulance. The status quo is beyond unacceptable. Continue reading

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2017 Seattle Bike Swap is Sunday, now hosted in Magnuson Park

Parking SwapAfter many years at Seattle Center, Cascade Bicycle Club is moving its annual Seattle Bike Swap to Magnuson Park near the club’s headquarters.

Vendors from all over the region bring stuff for all kinds of bikes, from locally-made to imports and from high end to vintage to bargain. It’s $7 to get in ($5 if you’re a Cascade member), or $25 if you want to get in an hour early at 8 a.m. for a chance to get first pickings.

Kids under 15 get in free. Swap ends at 2. More details from Cascade: Continue reading

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Only 5% of new downtown Seattle commute trips are made by driving alone, but biking is flat

2016Commute_Seattle_modesplit_Infograph-1Downtown Seattle has added 45,000 jobs since 2010. During the same time, only 2,255 new drive-alone trips have been added to downtown streets, according to a new Commute Seattle survey. The other 95 percent of commute trips were absorbed by transit, walking, biking, telecommuting and shared car trips.

The survey, released every two years, suggests that efforts to increase and improve transit service and build more homes near jobs are working. It also suggests that downtown streets are basically at capacity for peak-hour car trips, a truth anyone who spends any time downtown during peak hours could tell you. We can add more jobs, but we can’t add more cars.

Transit is by far the biggest winner in the survey, drawing very close to reaching 50 percent of downtown commute trips (it’s currently at 47 percent, so it could reach half very soon). Transit absorbed a net of 31,000 of those 45,000 new commute trips, a combination of new commute trips and exiting commuters who switched to transit.

The survey was conducted between Spring 2015 and Fall 2016, so the data likely does not fully account for the Capitol Hill and UW light rail stations. Continue reading

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Barb Chamberlain will head WSDOT’s new Active Transportation Division

Barb Chamberlain announces that the Bicycle Alliance of Washington would change names to WA Bikes in 2013.

Barb Chamberlain announces that the Bicycle Alliance of Washington would change names to WA Bikes in 2013.

One year after leading Washington Bikes through a merger with Cascade Bicycle Club, Barb Chamberlain is leaving the organization to become the first ever Director of WSDOT’s new Active Transportation Division.

As head of the division, Chamberlain will be tasked with “lead[ing] the integration of active transportation modes into WSDOT’s culture and provide technical services and funding assistance to public agencies in support of active transportation for health, safety and economic development,” according to the job listing.

That’s no small task! But Chamberlain has a remarkable amount of energy, and she’s able to bridge gaps between engaged residents and professional engineers, and between western and eastern Washington (she got her bike advocacy start in Spokane, and in the early 90s she was a young Idaho state legislator for the Coeur d’Alene area).

Chamberlain was picked to lead WA Bikes (then called the “Bicycle Alliance of Washington”) in 2012, succeeding Barp Culp. She helped start and organize the now-annual Washington Bike Summit, which draws everyone from professional engineers to bicycle advocates from communities big and small across the state. This year’s Summit is March 20-21 in Olympia.

Since merging WA Bikes with Cascade, Chamberlain has served as the organization’s Chief Strategic Officer.

Here’s the full statement from Cascade: Continue reading

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SDOT installs truck safety sideguards + What would it take to get them on every truck?

Photo from SDOT

Photo from SDOT

Seattle’s Department of Transportation is retrofitting all department trucks to include sideguards designed to reduce harm to people walking and biking in the case of a collision.

One of the biggest dangers for people around large trucks is not the initial collision, but the likelihood that someone will be knocked to the ground, then run over by the rear wheels. The sideguards are a very simple way to help push people out of the way of the wheels in the case of a collision. People may still be injured, but the seriousness of those injuries and the likelihood of death would be significantly reduced.

A study out of the U.K. found that “fatalities from side-impact collisions with trucks were reduced by 61% for cyclists, and 20% for pedestrians, after sideguards were added,” according to SDOT. That’s not zero, but it’s a big improvement. This is an easy way to work that much closer to Vision Zero.

Sadly, a terrible collision in Portland this morning highlights why sideguards are so needed: A man biking was killed in a collision with someone driving a box truck without sideguards. While details are very early, Bike Portland reports from the scene that the man’s bike was lodged near the rear wheels, likely due to a right hook collision. Our condolences to the man’s friends and family.

The SDOT action follows a similar decision by the University of Washington in Spring 2015, which added sideguards to all campus trucks.

Obviously, the first goal should be to prevent a collision in the first place, but sideguards are an extremely easy way to reduce harm when collisions happen.

New York City and Boston have also required the guards on city vehicles for years now, and Boston estimates that the cost to install the guards is only $1,800, a small percentage of the cost of a large truck. Boston goes an extra step by also requiring sideguards on trucks used by contractors the city hires, which is one step Seattle could take immediately.

UPDATE 2/7: NBC News posted a very timely report today about a national effort to require truck sideguards. The effort is mostly focused on the safety of people driving, of whom about 200 die each year after crashing into the side of unguarded trucks. There’s even an online petition you can sign. So the issue is not just about biking and walking safety. (h/t Bike Portland)

While it’s great that SDOT is working to set an example, what will it take to get sideguards on all large trucks operating in the city/county/state? Could the King County Board of Health require them the way they require adults to wear bicycle helmets? It makes more sense to require safety equipment on dangerous machinery operating in public than on possible victims.

Due to the interstate nature of trucking, a comprehensive solution would need to be national, though maybe a couple big states passing such laws would be enough to set the standard. Perhaps insurance companies could start calculating sideguards into their premiums for commercial trucks, which only makes sense considering the harm (and, therefore, payout) reduction sideguards could provide. That may get nationwide results faster than waiting for a Federal regulation.

More details on the SDOT effort, via the SDOT Blog:

SDOT is committed to making our streets safer for everyone, and we’re taking a big step by retrofitting all SDOT trucks with sideguards.

Sideguards reduce the risk of serious injury or death by preventing pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcycles from being caught underneath a large truck. According a study in the U.K., fatalities from side-impact collisions with trucks were reduced by 61% for cyclists, and 20% for pedestrians, after sideguards were added.

Sideguards can also help save on gas by reducing air drag an increasing fuel efficiency.

In addition to retrofitting all existing large trucks, SDOT is requiring all new large trucks be equipped with sideguards straight from the manufacturer.

To learn more about side guards, and how they help save lives and fuel, check out the U.S. Department of Transportation information page.


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Seattle should divest from Dakota Access Pipeline, and we also shouldn’t buy the oil they’re trying to pump

Photo from Seattle City Council via Twitter.

People rally to divest from Wells Fargo outside City Hall Wednesday. Photo from Seattle City Council via Twitter.

The City Council is set to vote Monday to end its banking business with Wells Fargo as a political act in response to the bank’s funding of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This action is in solidarity with Native American communities leading actions to protect their water and the Standing Rock Sioux’s rights.

The Council’s Finance Committee recommended passage of the bill Wednesday 8 – 0 within hours of news breaking that the Trump administration is pushing to restore the pipeline’s permit to cross waterways in the Standing Rock area.

Aside from demonstrating solidarity against the project, the point of the action is to show Wells Fargo that investing in the Dakota Access Pipeline does not make businesses sense (the bill also takes issue with the bank’s phony account scandal). The city would likely be the largest account to divest from Wells Fargo over its pipeline investments, following the lead of individuals who started closing their accounts in the wake of the water protection actions.

The Seattle bill would also include social responsibility as a factor in deciding on which banks to work with going forward. That, of course, may prove difficult, since so many competing large financial institutions have their own problematic investments and behavior. But if regular people, companies of all sizes and public institutions start demanding socially-responsible investing from their banks, perhaps that will change. At least that’s the theory.

But more immediately, if pressure is high enough perhaps Wells Fargo will drop their stake in the pipeline, a financial hole that could stop the project entirely.

The city is also working to support state legislation that would give Seattle more leeway in choosing a bank, such as allowing city banking business to go through credit unions or maybe even someday create a public bank.

These are all good efforts by the city, and they are only happening thanks to strong leadership from communities on the ground at Standing Rock and the many people here at home who support them.

Of course, there’s an additional way to work against the business models of Dakota Access, Keystone XL and other major oil projects: We can use less oil. Seattle has the plans and the power to divest from one end of the balance sheet and reduce demand at the other. Continue reading

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With cargo bike full of tamales, Andres Salomon announces run for Seattle Mayor

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Anna helps serve tamales out of the family cargo bike.

Anna helps serve tamales out of the family cargo bike.

Andres Salomon was born in Ecuador and moved to the United States when he was three. His wife Anna moved to the U.S. as a refugee when she was five. They met at MIT and named their son Atom (which is a bad ass name).

Their family does not own a car. Instead, they get around using a cargo bike. And at his campaign announcement outside UW Station Wednesday, that cargo bike was full of homemade tamales.

“We can say all we want about being a welcoming sanctuary city,” he said in response to a crowd question, “but unless our housing is affordable, unless you can get around safely without a car, we’re not really a welcoming city.”

He has been a dedicated volunteer leader of Northeast Seattle Greenways for years, working to advocate for safe streets. He has — to name just one example — been an unshakeable organizing force for a safer NE 65th Street for years, a project he helped convince the City Council to add to the budget for 2017. He has written guest posts for Seattle Bike Blog, and I have had the pleasure of watching him evolve as a grassroots activist over my years writing this blog. So, full disclosure, I can’t claim to be some kind of neutral voice about him.

His announcement focuses on his experience as an immigrant, the need for serious action to make it easier to build more housing affordably, a call to end homeless camps sweeps, to end youth incarceration, and to not spend money on an “exorbitant police stations that isolate them further from the communities they police.” Continue reading

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‘Our crumbling streets can be rebuilt later, our humanity cannot’

Saturday's memorial for Ronacin Tjhung

Saturday’s memorial for Ronacin Tjhung

As advocates for safe streets, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has spent a lot of its efforts lobbying, campaigning and building support for infrastructure investments. So with lots of local transportation funding at risk if the Trump administration succeeds in its threat to pull federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities,” where does Seattle Neighborhood Greenways stand?

“Our crumbling streets can be rebuilt later—our humanity cannot,” SNG Executive Director Cathy Tuttle wrote in a joint statement with Rich Stolz of the Washington immigration rights organization One America (posted in full below).

Seattle should fight hard against punitive action by the federal government. But if that fails, we must defend our values and our neighbors before defending our budgets.

The joint statement was released just days before the Muslim ban executive order was signed, kicking off another weekend of massive protests in the region.

It was also released days before neighbors, co-workers and loved ones gathered on S Graham Street to remember Ronacin Tjhung, a recent immigrant from the Philippines and father of five who was killed in a collision with someone driving an SUV while he was biking to his second job.

“Working people of all nationalities need safe bike routes,” Councilmember Kshama Sawant said at the memorial, “so that people don’t have to make dangerous decisions to get to their jobs.”

Hours later, I was in another crowd listening to Sawant lead, this time in SeaTac Airport. We were demanding the release of people detained at SeaTac and ports of entry across the nation because of where they were born.

We must keep working for safe streets for everybody. But that starts by fighting to make sure everyone can get to our streets in the first place. All of you out there who are organized around the issue of safe streets should also utilize those networks to organize for other causes as the need arises. Continue reading

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The One Center City plan includes some bold ideas, but fails to prioritize safety

The One Center City partnership (SDOT, King County Metro, Sound Transit and the DSA) announce their near-term strategies.

The One Center City partnership (SDOT, King County Metro, Sound Transit and the Downtown Seattle Association) announce their near-term strategies.

The One Center City partnership released a set of “near-term strategies” for a major redesign of downtown streets Thursday that would increase bus capacity, could increase car capacity, and neither commits to building a connected network of safe bike lanes nor prioritizes safety for people walking (by far the fastest-growing mode downtown).

Aside from the fact that this plan has already delayed the city’s downtown bicycle network for a year, there are some good parts in it. Protected bike lanes are included in most (but not all) options. And there is a joint campaign underway to make up for lost time by expediting a connected network of bike lanes, which Seattle Neighborhood Greenway and Cascade Bicycle Club call a “Basic Bike Network.”

But safety is not measured or prioritized in the One Center City plan, which is a major red flag and cause for concern and scrutiny. Continue reading

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CM O’Brien urges the Mayor, SDOT to make a choice on the Missing Link

Jessica Dickinson tells her story of breaking her arm in two places in a 2014 crash on the Missing Link. She still experiences pain.

Jessica Dickinson tells her story of breaking her arm in two places in a 2014 crash on the Missing Link. She still experiences pain.

Councilmember Mike O’Brien joined neighbors and representatives from nearby businesses Friday to urge SDOT and Mayor Ed Murray to make a decision about their preferred option for the Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link in Ballard.

“I believe if the city prioritized this as they should … we could have have it begin construction by fall and have it open by the time the weather turns nice in 2018,” O’Brien said.

SDOT’s Environmental Manager Mark Mazzola said the city is hoping to have a preferred alternative “within the next several weeks” and a final environmental study out in May. Here’s the full statement sent via email: Continue reading

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CM Johnson calls on SDOT, Mayor to have plan to fix 65th ready by Feb 14

Councilmember Rob Johnson addresses a neighborhood march demanding a safer NE 65th Street in June 2016.

Councilmember Rob Johnson addresses a neighborhood march demanding a safer NE 65th Street in June 2016.

As neighbors once again fired up the well-worn #Fix65th hashtag after yet another person was injured on that street, Councilmember Rob Johnson and Mayor Ed Murray announced a plan to expedite an already-budgeted effort to improve safety on NE 65th Street.

“I join my neighbors in their demand that the City #Fix65th,” Johnson said in a joint statement with the Mayor late Thursday. “As a City, we need to emphasize and prioritize investments in critical road safety projects to prevent the next tragedy from occurring. I’m calling on SDOT and Mayor Murray to release a design plan and timeline by Valentine’s Day detailing how they will make NE 65th Street safer because everyone deserves to use our city streets without threat of injury or death.”

The neighbors of NE 65th Street have been very loud and very organized in their calls for a safety project on the street. In June 2016, neighbors organized under the #Fix65th banner and held a march along the street demonstrating the need and public demand for changes. That action was one of many efforts that helped push Councilmember Johnson to add NE 65th Street to the SDOT budget for 2017.

We’ve already waited far too long to fix this street. It’s good to see the city finally moving with the sense of urgency the deaths and serious injuries of our neighbors deserves. SDOT should not only expedite the plan, but also implementation. There are far too many streets like NE 65th Street in our city that need to urgency, as well.

Here’s the full statement from Murray and Johnson: Continue reading

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O’Brien will join Ballard Missing Link happy hour Friday

The choice is obvious. Just build it already! Data from the Draft Environmental Impact Study.

The choice is obvious. Just build it already! Data from the Draft Environmental Impact Study.

The city has not yet released its preferred alternative for the Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link, but the choice is obvious. Like, really, really, really obvious.

However, just in case the city somehow hasn’t already received that message loud and clear, neighbors and business managers and owners are hosting a happy hour Friday evening with Councilmember Mike O’Brien as their special guest.

The happy hour is a chance to hear the latest news about the project, get involved in advocacy for the trail or just get a drink with good trail-loving company. Oh, and did I mention the “complementary” booze?

The catch is that you gotta register online, since space is limited. Details from the event page: Continue reading

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Take a minute right now to support the E Lake Sammamish Trail permit

samm-segmentsIt has taken an enormous amount of advocacy pressure over many, many years to get to this point: The final section of the East Lake Sammamish Trail is finally applying for the permits needed to become reality.

But this is no time to relax. Though work is already underway on the penultimate section of the trail (“South Sammamish A”), permits are not yet in hand and ground is not yet broken on the final segment, dubbed “South Sammamish B.” King County has the funding, a nearly-complete design and a legal win giving the project a green light.

Half the trail is already complete, including connections to Redmond and Issaquah. This last missing piece connects these investments to each other. Crews are ready to get to work as soon as the design and permit are final.

Add your support to help push the project over what is hopefully the final hill. Cascade Bicycle Club has a handy online form to help you add your support. Submit your comments by 5 p.m. Friday.

Once complete, people getting around the region by bike or visiting lakeside parks will reap the benefits for generations to come.

More details from Vicky Clarke at Cascade: Continue reading

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Dad killed while biking to 2nd job, leaves 5 kids orphaned in Philippines

Photo from Ronacin's GoFundMe page.

Photo from Ronacin’s GoFundMe page.

Ronacin Tjhung was working more than 60 hours a week at two jobs to send money back to support his five children in the Philippines. Those children, between 9 and 16, lost their mother in the terrible typhoon Haiyan (also known as “Yolanda”) in 2013. Now, they have lost their father an ocean away in Seattle.

Ronacin was biking from his first job at McDonald’s to his second job at UW when he collided with someone driving a Toyota Rav4 SUV on S Graham Street just west of MLK. The collision remains under investigation. For more, see our previous story.

Family reports on his GoFundMe page that Ronacin died Saturday evening after more than a week in Intensive Care:

Today has been by far the most hardest day for us. Ronacin passed away this evening at 7:50 pm along side him was our whole family and some close friends. No more suffering. We will really miss your smiling face. Your time with us here in Seattle wasn’t very long. I know you are in a much better place. Rest in peace kuya. We love you so much. We will make sure all your children are taken care of. We will try our best to be able to bring you home to the Philippines so your children can see you one last time.

Our deepest condolences go to his friends and family.

KOMO’s Lindsay Cohen spoke with Ronacin’s family in Seattle. My heart breaks for them. Ronacin deserved better. People should not die simply for trying to get around our city and provide for their families. Watch the report on the KOMO website. Continue reading

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