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  • Wednesday: Commute Seattle will host ‘Bike Month Send Off’ in Lake Union Park

    Bike Month Send Off event poster with an illustration of a bicycle. Event details in the story text.

    Commute Seattle is hosting an end of Bike Month celebration 4–6 p.m. Wednesday (May 22) in Lake Union Park. A great excuse to hang out in a beautiful place, get some free food and swag, and talk with some cool folks.

    Details from Commute Seattle:

    WHEN: Wednesday, May 22, 4 – 6 p.m.

    WHERE: South Lake Union Park (next to MOHAI), 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

    Join Commute Seattle, the Seattle Department of Transportation, and our partners as we send off Bike Everywhere Month in style! Celebrate the end of Bike Month by spinning our prize wheel, learning about safety improvements, and preparing your bike for summer with an on-site bike mechanic!

    Plus, we’ll have FREE food, helmets, bike lights, and more!

    Side note: I am traveling, so if you’re wondering why content is light on the blog, that’s why. We’ll back up to full speed next week.

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  • Still Calling Me Daughter: an essay in my late 40s

    Jessica Cherry reached out to invite me to get coffee a few months back. She was reading my book and had an idea for an essay that needed to get out but did not have any other home. I am so glad she decided to share it through Seattle Bike Blog.

    Selfie of a woman with a bike helmet in front of a mural with a hummingbird and butterfly.

    This February it was dark and sprinkling rain and I was walking up a steep hill in Wallingford from the Burke-Gilman Trail pushing the silver Gary Fisher mountain bike that my sister-in-law bought in 1994. In fact, she and I bought the same bike, the same week, back when she was my brother’s girlfriend, now 30 years ago. I remember that she bought the silver one that I wanted from a shop in our hometown that everyone called CycleJerks, and I was stuck with the purple one. She remembers that she bought the bike from our friend who worked at an entirely different store and, doubting my own memory, I’ll assume she’s right. My bike moved to New York City with me and lived there for 10 years with a stable of other bikes until I sold it and moved to Alaska, 18 years ago. My sister-in-law’s followed her back and forth across the country, until it landed in her garage in Seattle.

    I was walking the bike up the steep hill because, only a couple of weeks prior, I was still living in Alaska, in the cold slumber of mid-winter, where on any given day my leg muscles might see only hot yoga or a lazy ski, if anything. My embrace of home weight lifting and a bit of snow biking in the pandemic years has tapered, to say the least. Like many of us, my husband and I had been floating, drifting, passing along in the post-pandemic, post-insurrection era, waiting for the next shoe to drop, and then just after Christmas, on a routine health test, it did.

    Wait what? Really? We survived the Pandemic years so we could face this? We cursed, wept, and packed for the Good Hospital, in Seattle. Then, Boeing 737s started falling apart and cold temperatures in Kansas canceled our dog’s flight. I pleaded with the customer service “he’s an Alaska husky…and we aren’t going to Kansas…” “I’m sorry ma’am, the whole pet concierge service is shutting down.” I thought about what else I might apply the term “concierge” to and how absurd this all seemed. But, the afternoon before the treatment would start, we made it here, our family of three, collapsing into a friend’s backyard cottage. A few hours later, at the Good Hospital, I watched the first bag of poison flow directly into my husband’s heart.

    In the days since that all started, I had found a temporary office out at Sand Point, and now I was biking back to the cottage after the sun had already set. Despite the sprinkling rain, a warm wind brushed my face, just as I dismounted for the steep hill to Wallingford. It had been so long since I’d felt a warm wind at night that I was immediately transported back to the 1990s, and the bike and its creaking gears sent chills down my back. This was a dream, a nightmare, a surreal mindset. I am on my high school bike again, but it isn’t mine. I am living in the same city as my brother again, but it isn’t our home town. He is still the same, but thirty years older, a scientist and a dad. His girlfriend is the same, but now a medical doctor and mother of their children. Our ailing parents now live just a few doors down from them. In 1994, I could not get far enough, fast enough, from my parents and now, here we all were in Seattle.

    Did my husband really exist, or had I dreamed him into being, these past eighteen years? Were our home and dogs and Alaskan adventures all erased by some accidental time travel? Was I really still 17 years old, biking home from the coffee shop where I worked after school, my bank account empty but for a thousand tomorrows? I felt dizzy and alarmed. And then, in the intersection, a young man rode past me on a skateboard with a plaid shirt, torn jeans, and a stocking hat over long, blond hair. Maybe it was still 1994 and I was just a daughter. Now I wanted to scream.

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  • Map: Where to stop during Bike Everywhere Day Friday

    Friday is Bike Everywhere Day! There will be a lot more people in the bike lanes and “celebration stations” located all over town worth stopping by. So wake up earlier than usual so you can hit up as many as you can. Or just take the day off and try to hit them all. Tell your boss I said it was OK.

    Below is the map of station locations from Cascade Bicycle Club:

    Map with icons marking the locations of Bike Everywhere Day stations.
    See the interactive version of the map from Cascade, which includes the hours for each station.
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  • Rita Hulsman donates $20,000 from GoFundMe for late husband Steve to benefit safe streets orgs

    Screenshot of a news report. A woman faces the camera in an office with bicycles behind her.
    Watch the KIRO 7 News report.

    In the aftermath of the devastating news that Steve Hulsman was struck and killed while biking in West Seattle, 177 people donated more than $20,000 to help his wife Rita cover costs related to his death. But Rita had a different idea in mind for this money raised with love for her and her late husband: Use it to make streets safer so this doesn’t happen again.

    Rita donated $10,000 to both Cascade Bicycle Club and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways to support their work to improve street safety. “I don’t want anyone else to go through what my husband went through and I know the work you do will move that along,” she said to Cascade Executive Director Lee Lambert during a KIRO 7 News report.

    The driver who struck and killed Steve, who KIRO 7 News identified as Aaron Ludberg, has not been charged for actions directly related to the collision. He is facing lesser charges for driving with a suspended license and driving without a court-mandated ignition interlock device. We reported previously on the investigation in which SPD’s Traffic Collision Investigation Squad did not begin working the case until after the scene had been cleared and streets were reopened.

    Steve sought out difficult rides with lots of climbing, which is why he was riding on Marine View Drive that evening in December. It was a route he had done countless times, and he was scheduled to lead a free group ride along it just days later. After his death, many people posted remembrances of how he had been an encouraging presence to help them complete difficult rides like the annual Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day (RAMROD) event with its 10,000 feet of elevation gain. Rita told KIRO 7 News that Steven didn’t count miles, he counted feet of elevation gain. His goal was to log 1,000,000 feet of climbing to his cycling tracker Strava. When he died, he had climbed 787,641 feet, just 212,359 feet short of his goal.

    From Rita:

    Dear Tom,

    Thank you for your suggestions on which organizations I should consider for distributing the proceeds of the Remembering Steve Hulsman fundraiser I set up on GoFundMe several months ago.  After getting acquainted with each organization, I zeroed in on two that seem centered on the kinds of efforts I want to focus on in the aftermath of my husband’s death.  And since then I have distributed all of the proceeds of the Remembering Steve Hulsman fundraiser to two organizations.  

    This evening I posted an update on the Remembering Steve Hulsman GoFundMe page to let the almost 200 donors know how their contributions had been distributed, and I thought you might be interested as well, so I’ve included that update below my signature.  Please feel free to share it with your readers if you wish.

    Best regards,

    Rita Hulsman

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  • Seattle’s first fully-protected intersection is now open at Dexter/Thomas

    A person walking and a person on a scooter use the new intersection with the Space Needle in the background.

    The goal: No more deaths or serious injuries at Dexter and Thomas.

    This seemingly unremarkable intersection has been the site of at least two tragedies in recent memory. Mike Wang was killed by someone making a left turn there while biking home from work in 2011, and Jaahnavi Kandula was killed by a speeding Seattle Police officer while walking in the crosswalk in 2023. Though this project was planned before Kandula was killed, its opening this week feels like the city is saying, “No more. Not again. Not here.”

    The new design includes several features Seattle has not used previously, but they are all designed to maximize safety by slowing motor vehicles, shortening crossings, separating modes of travel, and creating redundant safety buffers. It is something of a showcase of safety features, a test of what a high-budget, complete rebuild intersection project could look like. There are curbs and separators all over the place, carefully placed to slow turning traffic, improve sight lines between all users, and make it clear where everyone is supposed to be.

    Aerial photo of the intersection with fully separate walking, biking and driving spaces.
    Aerial photo from SDOT.
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  • Alert 5/10–13: 520 Bridge Trail, Montlake section of Lake Washington Blvd closed late Friday through early Monday

    Map of the closures, including the freeway lanes and trail across the lake.

    The 520 Bridge Trail will be closed between Montlake and Evergreen Point starting 11 p.m. tonight (May 10) until early morning Monday (May 13).

    Map showing a closure on Lake Washington Boulevard between Montlake Boulevard and the Arboretum.

    Lake Washington Boulevard will also be closed between Montlake Boulevard and the Arboretum.

    Map showing a closure on 24th Ave E south of Lake Washington Boulevard.

    The short section of 24th Ave E south of Lake Washington Boulevard, which is part of the Lake Washington Loop bike route, will be closed as well, though you would not really be able to get there due to the Lake Washington Blvd. closure, anyway.

    Montlake Boulevard will be open. Riders should be able to take the east sidewalk on Montlake Blvd. to E North Street then connect to the alleyway north of E Roanoke St that is part of the signed Lake Washington Loop route.

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