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Bike Happy: Spooky Edition

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks again to Brock Howell of Bike Happy for putting together this amazing weekly email newsletter.


1. Seattle Joins Global Cities on Climate Change Action
Mayor Tim Burgess joined the mayors from Aukland, Barcelona, Cape Town, Copenhagen, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Milan, Paris, Quito, and Vancouver to make major areas in our cities free of fossil fuel emissions by 2030.  One way Seattle might achieve a zero carbon transportation network is by charging a congestion price, and several city councilmembers have proposed including funding in the city’s 2018 budget to study it.

2. East Lake Sammamish Trail Project Running into Troubles
Cascade Bicycle Club reports that hundreds of public comments that their supporters sent to the City of Sammamish regarding completing the final phase of the East Lake Sammamish Trail were not included or mentioned in a staff report.  With the project pending before the city’s hearings examiner, Cascade asks people to attend a hearing next Friday.

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3. Halloween Events: Critical Mass & Play Streets
Halloween is already the best holiday for folks who love placemaking and building a sense of community, and SDOT is making it even better by allowing neighbors to close down their streets to cars and let their children run free through the agency’s “Play Streets” program.  Are you older than twelve but want to still celebrate Halloween in the streets? Then join the Halloween-themed Critical Mass ride tomorrow — the last Friday of October.

4. Commute Seattle’s Annual “Light Up Your Ride” event is next Thursday
Get bike lights, bagels, and other goodies next Thursday, 7-9am.



Thursday, October 26

– 6:30-8:30pm, Cascade Presentation Series: Family Bike to the Movies- E.T.

– 7pm, Point 83 Ride

Friday, October 27

– 5:30-10pm, Critical Mass Halloween Ride

Saturday, October 28

– 10am-2pm, Poulsbo Pump Track Grand Opening Celebration

Tuesday, October 31 — Halloween

SDOT’s Halloween Play Streets

Thursday, November 2

– 7-9am, Commute Seattle’s Light Up Your Ride

– 7pm, Point 83 Ride


– SDOT: Pedal Your Way Through Seattle: 5 trails for a leisurely fall bike adventure

– Biking Bis: Bike ride to fall color on Snoqualmie Valley Trail

– Family Ride: We’ve Moved from Seattle to Portland



● Attend a hearing about the East Lake Sammamish Trail

● Tell City Council you want a trail connecting Georgetown to South Park.

● Tell SDOT to add protected bike lanes to 35th Ave NW.

● Tell the King County Public Health Board to repeal the bicycle helmet law.

● Shape bike parking plans for First Hill, Columbia City, and Georgetown.


Thursday, October 26

– 5:30-7:30pm, Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee meeting

– 6-7:45pm, Beacon Hill Safe Streets monthly meeting

Tuesday, October 31

Last Day to Apply for Safe Routes To School Mini Grant

Wednesday, November 1

– 6-8pm, Seattle Bike Advisory Board meeting

Thursday, November 2

– 5:30-7:30pm, SDOT’s Judkins Park Station Access Study Final Workshop

Friday, November 3

– 8:15-2pm, City of Sammamish Hearing on the East Lake Sammamish Trail



– Seattle Bike Blog: Endorsement: Cary Moon for Mayor

– Everett Herald: Q&A with candidates running for Snohomish County Council

Center City

– Seattle Times: Proposed study would consider tolling downtown Seattle streets to reduce congestion

– Planetizen: Analysis Debunks Equity Criticism of Congestion Pricing

– KING5: Study seeks to improve NODO transportation infrastructure

– KOMO: Mobility plan on KeyArena and SLU draws extensive public input

– CHS Blog: Renaissance ‘Act One’ plans include improved streetscape, one-way Pike and Pine below Hill

– Seattle Bike Blog: Last chance to weigh in on the visionary Pike Pine Renaissance plan

23rd Ave Corridor

Capitol Hill, First Hill & Central District

– CHS Blog: Moving on from streetcar extension plan, city also ditches Broadway bike and street improvements

– CHS Blog: 23rd Ave corridor ‘Vision Zero’ work to continue in 2018

– SDOT: Our first Go SEA! Mobility Fair

North Seattle

– Urbanist: New Bike Lane Aims To Prevent Burger-Related Collisions [in Wallinford]

– Seattle Transit Blog: Issues to Watch in the Seattle ST3 Alignment [to Ballard]

Move Seattle

– KIRO: Kubly: Seattle late on projects because it’s ‘being responsible’

Bike Share

– KIRO7: Nearly 8,000 bikes in Seattle share program to stay this winter


– Cascade: Your Comments for a Safe and Accessible East Lake Sammamish Trail Didn’t Count!

Crashes & Litigation

– Seattle Times: Bicyclist sues King County after accident left him quadriplegic

– The News Tribune: A bike wreck left him quadriplegic. The trail wasn’t safely maintained, his suit says

– Seattle PI: Bicyclist sues King County after serious injury on trail

Bike Theft

$6,300 bike returned to Element Cycles

Bike-Friendly State

– Seattle Bike Blog: For 10th year in a row, 49 states somehow fail to be more bike-friendly than WA

– Cascade: Washington State Ranked Number One “Bicycle Friendly State” in the Nation for the 9th Consecutive Ranking

– Bicycling: Why Washington Keeps Getting Named the Most Bike-Friendly State in the U.S.

Climate Change

– NY Times: Twelve Big Cities to Buy Zero Emissions Buses, Extend Green Areas

– CBC: 12 big cities sign ‘fossil-fuel-free streets’ declaration

– Mayor’s Office: Mayor Burgess joins global mayors on international climate effort



Saturday, October 28

– 6-7pm, BMX Racing (SeaTac)

Sunday, October 29

– 9am-4pm, Cross Revolution’s “Cross Out Cancer”: CSR Race #4 (Graham)

Wednesday, November 1

– 6-8pm, Beginners’ Bike Polo Night (Cal Anderson)


Nov. 7, Final Election Day

Nov. 11, SPACE RACE 2017



In the Seattle area, 15 bikes were listed as stolen to Bike Index and 17 bikes were reported as stolen to the Seattle Police Department in the last week. In case your bike is ever stolen, make sure you’ve registered your bike on Bike Index.


Keeping Your Glasses Dry: I never understood the beauty of a cycling cap with its tiny brim until I started riding in the rain with eyeglasses. When snugly fitted over your glasses, the brim is just big enough to keep them dry while just small enough that you can still see in front of you.

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One response to “Bike Happy: Spooky Edition”

  1. Tom Fucoloro

    Thanks, Brock!

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