Thursday: Wonky Neighborhood Greenways meeting on Capitol Hill + Bike party in Pioneer Square

Lots of bike stuff going down Thursday, including a wonky safe streets design meeting at Capitol Hill Library and a Bike Month kickoff party during the Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk.

First, if you like discussing the nitty gritty details of safe street designs, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has got the perfect meeting for you. It will also serve as one of the last meetings with great Central Seattle Greenways leader Alexa Heidrich, who landed a job in Portland. Because, you know, that city obviously needs to steal our good safe streets people (damn you, Portland!).

Meeting details:

Neighborhoods throughout Seattle are reclaiming their local streets for family-friendly walking and biking routes using Neighborhood Greenways – safe, low-cost and low-stress walking and biking corridors connecting people with the places they want to go. By adding traffic calming, safe crossings at busy streets, and extra trees and greenery, a network of low-traffic streets can be transformed into useful, park-like routes around the neighborhood.

On May 3rd Central Seattle Greenways is hosting a talk by Michael Hendrix, “Traffic Mike,” who will talk about tools engineers and planners use to analyze current road conditions, how they propose upgrades to problematic intersections, and the costs associated with improving the overall safety of neighborhood streets. He’ll also address how engineers work to utilize existing road infrastructure to improve the safety of streets and intersections.  Mill will provide examples of other city’s failures and successes, and add to our vocabulary as we advocate to the City to implement greenways in our neighborhoods.

Mike Hendrix has been working on designing neighborhood greenways and other bike facilities for over 10 years.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in both Washington State and Arizona and a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer.  He has been on committees for pedestrian safety including school zones and crosswalks for the Institute of Transportation Engineers.  He has also conducted research on bike facilities, some of which will be included in the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide’s new chapter on Neighborhood Greenways.

Please join us at the Capitol Hill Library for this opportunity to learn more about how streets are engineered, and how we can advocate for safer streets in the language of the Seattle Department of Transportation.

What: Designing Streets for Everyone
Who: For everyone interested in safe streets
When: May 3rd, 6 p.m.
Where: Capitol Hill Library
425 Harvard Avenue East  Seattle, WA 98102

Bike Month party in Pioneer Square

The Bicycle Alliance of Washington is holding a party to celebrate the start of Bike Month. Details:

May is Bike Month and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and its Nord Alley neighbors are kicking it off with an Open House and Alley Party on May 3 (First Thursday) from 5:30-7:30 pm.

We’re highlighting the Tour de France photographic work of Mike Hone on our gallery walls. Mike, an Experience Designer for Adobe, is also an amateur Cat 1 racer and the owner/manager of the Audi Cycling Team. Nord Alley will feature moss art palindromes and alley pallet vertical gardens. Check here for more info on the Alley Party: http://alleynetworkproject.com/?p=680

The good folks from Schooner Exact Brewing will be on hand to launch their limited edition Ale-Liance IPA. This tasty beer was crafted especially for the Bicycle Alliance to celebrate Bike Month!

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