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Bike Happy: Set your clocks to vote

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



You know what’s worse than not voting? Having Donald Trump for president.  Are you having troubles figuring out who to vote for? Here’s who Washington Bikes, Seattle Bike Blog, The Urbanist, Seattle Subway, Seattle Transit Blog, and Sierra Club agree on, with additional footnotes provided:

Seattle Mayor: Cary Moon

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*While the six above listed organizations endorsed Moon, Transportation For Washington endorsed Durkan.

Seattle City Council, Position 8: Teresa Mosqueda

*Transportation For Washington also endorsed Mosqueda while the Seattle Bike Blog stayed out of this race. Vote Mosqueda.

Seattle City Council, Position 9: Lorena Gonzalez

*Everyone endorsed Gonzalez. Vote Gonzalez.

Plus One More:

Seattle Public School Board, Dist. 5: Zachary DeWolf

No organization that focuses on bicycling, transit, or urbanism issues endorsed in this race.  However, I’m giving my Bike Happy endorsement to Zachary DeWolf, who is committed to the intersectionality of quality public education and safe streets.  He wants to help continue a conversation on the role that the school district can have in supporting greater bicycle education in schools, traffic calming around schools, and installing more school zone enforcement cameras. Vote Zachary DeWolf.

2. Attend the East Lake Sammamish Trail Project Public Hearing Tomorrow

As mentioned last week, 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 today (Friday).

3. Wins & Progress for Mountain Biking & Regional Trails

(1) A new backcountry trail opened up at Olallie State Park. (2) Private forest land that was a key access point to Lake Serene was saved from a timber harvest, and now there’s an effort to preserve nearby forest lands for mountain biking trails. (3) DNR is attempting to build hiking and mountain biking trails at Singletary, near Wallace Falls (although, there’s litigation & negotiations that appear messy). (4) The Snohomish County Parks Department and cities of Monroe and Arlington are working to connect their communities with a regional trail.



Thursday, November 2

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

– 4:30pm, Tacoma’s Light Up Your Ride

– 7pm, Point 83 Ride

Friday, November 3

– 7pm-2am, Dead Baby November Ride

Saturday, November 4

– Time Unknown, Rocket Ride

Tuesday, November 7

– 6-7pm, Trek’s Fix-A-Flat Clinic

– 6-9pm, The Bikery’s WTF Night: What to Wear?

Thursday, November 9

– 7-9pm, Redmond Police Foundation’s Ride for Rooms
– 7pm, Point 83 Ride


– Velocity: Rocket Ride Celebrates 10th Year
– SDOT: Let’s get lit
– Suburban Times: Light Up Your Ride Just in Time for Winter Commuting
– Stranger: Eight Dead After Vehicle Drives Down Lower Manhattan Bike Path, Law Enforcement Says
– KING5: Seattle man recalls recent bike ride on NYC trail
– Jan Heine’s Blog: We Aren’t Models!
– Jan Heine’s Blog: City Cycling in Kyoto, or How to Make a Fully Equipped Bike for $300
– Bicycle Retailer: BikeFit releases updated, lower priced Saddle Changer



•VOTE. VOTE. VOTE. Find your ballot box.

•Attend tomorrow’s hearing on 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, 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

Tuesday, November 7 — ELECTION DAY

– 6:30-8pm, West Seattle Bike Connections monthly meeting

– 8pm, Election Day Deadline to turn in your ballots. Find the closest drop box.



– Seattle Bike Blog: Endorsement: Cary Moon for Mayor

– Seattle Bike Blog: What City of Kent candidates say about biking and safe streets

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

– Bainbridge Island Review: Letter: Nassar will work to find solutions

– The Daily Herald: The race for Position 2 in Mukilteo is a contentious one


– Seattle Bike Blog: Support budgets for a Georgetown/South Park trail, SDOT Equity Program, Summer Parkways + more

– Cascade: You can help make 2018 a bike-friendly budget year

Bike Share

– Seattle Magazine: Knute Berger: It’s Actually a Good Thing That Bike Shares Are Being Left in Trees

– Better Bike Share: Q&A: Can private bike sharing change the course of road design?

– tnooz: Dockless: Exploring the fastest growing sector of the sharing economy

Bike Theft

– UW Daily: UWPD talks crime trends and crime prevention

Center City

– CHS Blog: Central Hills Triangle Collaborative focuses on ‘lidding I-5 in the heart of Seattle’

– Urbanist: Lid I-5 Awarded $48,000 Grant for Community Outreach

Capitol Hill

– CHS Blog: Review board says Bonney Watson development needs better connection to Cal Anderson Park

– Urbanist: Gerding Edlen Finalizes Design for Capitol Hill Station TOD

35th Ave NE

– KIRO: Another Seattle bike lane angers residents


– Redmond Reporter: Redmond contributes to state’s top bike-friendly ranking in the country

– MTSG Trust: New Backcountry Trail Opens at Olallie

South King County

– Urbanist: Sound Transit Shares Design Concepts for Federal Way Link

Pierce County

– UPS The Trail: Creating a More Equitable Tacoma: City Plans Major Transport Projects

Snohomish County

– Snohomish Tribune: River trail along Sky would bridge cities

– The Daily Herald: DNR promises to build bridges — and ends up buying three

– Seattle PI: Connelly: Hikers’ dollars save popular trail from logging


– SDOT: Check out SDOT’s Life (saving) Guards!

– SDOT: What do all those pavement markings mean?

– NY Times: Following the (Bike) Trail to Amazon’s Second Headquarters



Saturday, November 4

– 9:30-3pm, Cascade Cross: Hannegan Speedway (Bellingham)

Sunday, November 5

– 9:30-4pm, MFG Cyclocross: North 40 CX P/B The Athletic (Tacoma)

Wednesday, November 8

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


Nov. 11, SPACE RACE 2017


Bike Retail

Professional Bike Mechanic, Aaron’s Bicycle Repair

Seasonal Bike Mechanic, Bike Works


Program Coordinator, Bike Works

Development Director, Bike Works

Major Taylor Ride Leader/Instructor, Cascade

Outreach Coordinator, Commute Seattle


New Mobility Strategic Advisor, SDOT

Communications Lead, SDOT

Principal Urban Designer, SDOT

Senior Capital Projects Coordinator, SDOT

Senior Multi-Modal Design Engineer, SDOT

Associate Multi-Modal Design Engineer, SDOT

Public Space Management Inspector, SDOT

Traffic Records & Data Supervisor, SDOT

Senior Capital Projects Coordinator, SDOT

Traffic Safety Investigations Engineer III, King County DOT

Principal Transportation Planner, PSRC

Traffic Safety Management Supervisor, WSDOT


In the Seattle area, 16 bikes were listed as stolen to Bike Index and 7 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.


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One response to “Bike Happy: Set your clocks to vote”

  1. Tom Fucoloro

    Thanks, Brock!

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