Bike Happy: Introducing the weekly newsletter to Seattle Bike Blog

EDITOR’S NOTE: The weekly Bike Happy newsletter is a huge dump of local bike events and advocacy news curated by Founder Brock Howell. Brock reached out and suggested the newsletter could be a great addition to Seattle Bike Blog. I agree! You can sign up to receive the newsletter on the Bike Happy website.

Note that this newsletter includes Bike Happy’s opinions on the upcoming election. Seattle Bike Blog has not yet released endorsements. Stay tuned for our mayoral endorsement tomorrow.

TOP THINGS TO KNOW & DO THIS WEEK

1. Elections! Elections!

Last year taught us all that elections matter.  You should be receiving your ballots today or tomorrow, and you need to return them by Tuesday, November 7.  Washington Bikes, The Urbanist, Seattle Subway, and Seattle Transit Blog all endorse the same three awesome people to represent you at the City of Seattle:

— Cary Moon for Mayor
— Teresa Mosqueda for Council District 8
— Lorena Gonzalez for Council District 9

2. Construction on 2nd Ave Protected Bikeway Extension Starts on Monday

The two-way 2nd Avenue Protected Bikeway will be extended from Pike Street to Blanchard, with construction starting on Monday and last four weeks. Like the existing 2-way protected bikeway on 2nd Avenue from Pike Street to S Washington Street, the extension will be on the east side and every intersection with have “no turn on red” restrictions” for drivers. An added feature is the buffer will be a concrete curb with concrete planters.

3. Activists Land $83 million for Bikes, Housing, Placemaking

As part of its expansion proposal, the Convention Center agreed to the investment requests of a coalition of neighborhood, bike, and housing activists, including $31.1 million for bicycle and pedestrian improvements and $29 million for affordable housing.

4. Activists Push SDOT’s Buttons

With a few cheeky stickers on crosswalk beg buttons, this week the City was on the defense of its crosswalks policies, writing a whopping three city blog posts (1, 2, 3). Receiving such a high level of response will surely encourage these anonymous “SDOTransformation” activists to ratchet things up further. For the City’s sake, hopefully SDOT’s good work on crossings to schools and community centers won’t go unnoticed.

5.  City Budget Season is Here

Today, city councilmembers will submit their proposals for amending the mayor’s proposed 2018 budget. Duwamish Valley Safe Streets is asking for funding to build a trail to connect Georgetown to South Park, and Bicycle Security Advisors is working for funding to register bikes and investigate bike theft.  Council committees will consider these changes over the next few weeks, and the full council will vote on the final budget in mid November.

SOCIAL, LIFESTYLE, & ADVENTURE

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES​

Thursday, October 19

Friday, October 20

Saturday, October 21

Thursday, October 26

Friday, October 27

ARTICLES & POSTS

POLICY & INFRASTRUCTURE

ACTION

UPCOMING EVENTS​

Thursday, October 19

Saturday, October 21

Sunday, October 22

Tuesday, October 24

Wednesday, October 25

Thursday, October 26

NEWS

Election

Downtown

Trails

Vision Zero & Crashes

Crosswalks

Bike Share

Designating New Urban Centers

More

SPORT

UPCOMING

Saturday, October 21

Sunday, October 22

Wednesday, October 23

RACE REPORTS

SAVE THE DATES

BIKE INDUSTRY JOBS

RECENTLY STOLEN BIKES

Twelve bikes were reported as stolen to the Seattle Police Department. In case your bike is ever stolen, make sure you’ve registered your bike on Bike Index.

WEEKLY TIP

VOTE! Bike, transit, and urbanist advocates all agree on Cary Moon for Seattle Mayor, Teresa Mosqueda for Seattle Council District 8, and Lorena Gonzalez for Seattle Council District 9.  Live outside Seattle? Washington Bikes may have a few recommendations for you.

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5 Responses to Bike Happy: Introducing the weekly newsletter to Seattle Bike Blog

  1. Tom Fucoloro says:

    Thanks for all the work to put this together, Brock!

  2. Brock says:

    Happy to do it, Tom!

  3. Phil says:

    Hey, this looks great! Goes together like peanut butter and jelly. Thanks to both of you for doing all you do to make Seattle a better, safer place.

  4. Barb Mathewson says:

    I love this mash up of bike stuff!

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