The first Bicycle Sunday of 2011 is May 8, kicking off a series of car-free Sundays on Lake Washington Boulevard this summer. The event stretches from Mt. Baker Beach to Seward Park, creating a long, temporary lakeside park.
This year, there will be a couple fewer Bicycle Sundays compared to the past two years, according to Biking Bis:
Seattle’s Bicycle Sundays returns to the shoreline road along Lake Washington for 12 Sundays this summer beginning May 8.
The 2-1/2 mile scenic stretch of Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from Mount Baker Beach to Seward Park between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Unfortunately, the number of dates offered by the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation has been cut back from 19 the previous two years. There are two in May, June and August, and three in July and September.
Usually the road is closed to cars every Sunday during the summer, except for special events such as Seafair Weekend and marathons.
Seattle is BROKE people.
There are now four SDOT Summer Streets events. In 2009 there were six.
We can step up and plan parties too!
I am very curious what would happen if we got the ball rolling on a larger parkway/summer streets/ciclovia event and maybe found a corporate sponsor or two. Seattle Summer Streets posted an article about cicLAvia in los angeles on their facebook page, and I asked when cicWAvia was happening. The answer: All we need are sponsors.
Sounds like we jut need someone to step up and make it happen. Who’s up for the challenge?
How about a car-free weekend instead of just a few hours in one part of town. Multiple events in three or four different neighborhoods connected with existing bike facilities/road diets and future ones, add increased bus service or reduced/free Metro shuttles between venues. The northern end one day and the southern end the next. Think of it neighbors meeting neighbors, neighborhoods meeting neighborhoods. Business, arts, music, food, alternative transportation all in one big weekend whirlwind of fun.