Do you live, work or play in West Seattle? Do you ever feel like West Seattle is behind the rest of the city in safe, continuous bike routes? You’re not alone.
West Seattle Bike Connections formed recently with the primary goal of making sure West Seattle needs are included in the Bike Master Plan update, which is currently underway.
The group’s first outreach event is Thursday morning, when folks will be hanging out on the west end of the lower bridge meeting commuters:
Thursday, October 25 from 6:45 – 9:45 am, rain or shine
West Seattle Bike Connections will be meeting, greeting and treating bike commuters at the West Seattle lower bridge where the Alki, Duwamish, and West Seattle Bridge Trails converge.
Homemade cookies, Halloween treats, and information about how to get involved in our mission to provide advocacy and assistance for those traveling by bicycle to, from, and around West Seattle
The group was formed by a dozen West Seattle residents, including two recent graduates of Cascade Bicycle Club’s free Advocacy Leadership Institute. From Cascade’s blog:
“West Seattle needs alternatives to the clogged bridge, the closing Viaduct, and the tolled tunnel with no exits downtown,” [ALI graduate Don] Brubeck stated, expressing a need for more safe bicycle routes that cater to people of all abilities.
With a mission statement to “provide advocacy and assistance for those traveling by bicycle to, from, and around West Seattle”, WSBC hopes to engage its community members who are interested in bicycling to advocate for improvements in bicycling infrastructure, and provide a cohesive input to decisions that could affect bicycling in the West Seattle area.
Want to get involved online now? The group recently asked people to list their top West Seattle spots where bike infrastructure improvements are needed.