Bike Happy: Winter is coming, so go bike and drink wine in Eastern WA

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


1. Election

You already know that Jenny Durkan will be Seattle’s next mayor, Teresa Mosqueda will be on council, and Lorena Gonzalez will stay on council. Also, Zachary DeWolf won his seat on the Seattle Public School District Board.

As Lorena said of Teresa at their joint victory party, “she gets shit done!” And that applies really well to all three women, which why that although nearly all bike-related organizations supported Cary Moon instead of Jenny Durkan, almost everyone is optimistic about having a strong, smart leader in the mayor’s office and great women on city council. Tom Fucoloro wrote an excellent post here on Seattle Bike Blog that sums up the path forward. Key takeaway: giver her some time before rushing to judgment and hope she provides more political cover for SDOT to be bolder.

Elsewhere, Mukilteo is passing a ballot measure that’ll provide $435,000 annually for biking, transit, and walking improvements over seven years.

2. Escape the Winter Rain and Drink Wine

Both the Seattle Times and the Seattle PI’s Velocity blog have good articles about cycling in the Yakima Valley and in Walla Walla.  I grew up in the Lower Yakima Valley and can attest there are many wonderful rides to be had.

3. Horses versus Mountain Bikes

There’s a fight over whether to allow new mountain bike trails in Snohomish County’s Lord Hill Park.

4. New 21-Mile Trail

Checkout this preview of a new regional trail connecting Puyallup to Buckley by the end of the year.



Saturday, November 11

– 9am-Noon, Showers Pass 7th Annual Warehouse Sale

– 1-3pm, Women’s MTB Ride + Trail work party Banner Forest

– 2-7pm, SPACE RACE 2017

– 6-9pm, Evergreen MTB Community Appreciation Party

Sunday, November 12

– Noon-4pm, Backyard Sale at the Bike Works Bike Shop

Wednesday, November 15

– 7pm, Cycling the Pacific Coast Book Release Party with Author Bill Thorness

Thursday, November 16

– 7-9pm, Cascade’s Bingo For Bikes at Peddler Brewing

– 7pm, Point 83 Ride

Saturday, November 18

– 10:30-4pm, Cranksgiving Seattle 2017

– 10:30-Noon, Cranksgiving with Kidical Mass Tacoma


– Seattle Times: Thanksgiving treat: Touring Yakima wine country by bike

– Velocity: Destination: Walla Walla

– Cascade: New guidebook charts coastal charms, including Southwest Washington

– My Edmonds News: Edmonds Boy Scout seeks bike donations for families in need at Nov 5, 19 events

– Seattle Bike Blog: Cranksgiving Seattle 2017 is November 18

– Seattle Times: Rant & Rave: Rant to thieves who steal bikeshare seats; Rave to King County Parks for maintaining Snoqualmie Valley Trail

– Bicycle Retailer: Rad Power Bikes expands into international markets

– West Seattle Blog: Driver caught on video chasing bicyclist on Alki Trail; Random bike found

– UPS’s The Trail: Campus Bike Shop offers many tools for campus community

– Evergreen MTB: You’re Invited to our Community Appreciation!

– SDOT: Carsharing, biking or bussing it?



•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.


Monday, November 13

– 6-8pm, Central Seattle Greenways’ monthly meeting

Tuesday, November 14

– 5:30-7:30pm, Urbanist Monthly Meet-Up

– 7:30-8:30pm, Licton-Haller & Greenwood-Phinney Greenways Meeting

Thursday, November 16

– 2-3pm, SDOT Streets Illustrated: Informational update on the ROWIM

Friday, November 17

– Noon-1:30pm, World Day of Remembrance – Reflection & Expert Panel

Sunday, November 19

World Day of Remembrance



– Seattle Bike Blog: Congratulations (likely) Mayor-Elect Jenny Durkan

– Urbanist: 2017 General Election Results

Truck Side Guards

– Seattle Bike Blog: SDOT begins installing locally-made side guards on city trucks

– Streetsblog: Seattle DOT Takes Truck Safety Into Its Own Hands

Trail Barricades

– Renton Reporter: Dunn proposes legislation following New York City terror attack

– The Drive: A Lawmaker Hopes to Prevent Vehicle Terrorism on Seattle’s Trails by Building an Elaborate Barrier System

– KIRO: Local lawmaker wants to make trails a tougher target for terrorists

– MyNorthwest: King County lawmaker wants to add safety measures to busy trails

Center City

– KIRO: Seattle grants $48K to further Lid I-5 campaign

– KIRO: Timing of bike lane construction questioned after graffiti drawn into wet concrete


– SDOT: SDOT’s Version of the Hollywood Star

– Mobility Lab: Kicking the drive-alone habit has been key to Seattle’s economic boom

– Guardian: ‘Bike theft is not inevitable’: Vancouver rolls out a cycle crime revolution

South King County & Pierce County

– The News Tribune: Sneak peeks available as Foothills Trail expansion nears completion

– Kent Reporter: City of Kent seeks volunteers for Bicycle Advisory Board



Saturday, November 11

– 7:15am, NW Cyclocross Cup: The Ridge CX (Shelton)

– 4-6pm, Precision Nutrition at Métier

Sunday, November 12

– 9am-4pm, Cross Revolution: Race #5, Fort Steilacoom State Park (Lakewood)

Wednesday, November 15

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


– Snohomish Tribune: Park users skeptical toward latest Lord Hill bike plan

– MyEdmondsNews: Save the date: Upcoming information meetings for Edmonds Mountain Bike teams

– Velocity: Ragsdale & Crew Successful at Moab 240


Nov. 18, Cranksgiving Seattle 2017

Nov. 18, Cranksgiving with Kidical Mass Tacoma

Nov. 23, Seattle Kidical Mass Cranksgiving Ride

Nov. 23, Annual MTB Turkey Ride (Alvins Classic Ride)

Nov. 24, Black Light Ride Critical Mass Seattle


Bike Retail

Professional Bike Mechanic, Aaron’s Bicycle Repair


Program Coordinator, Bike Works

Development Director, Bike Works

Major Taylor Ride Leader/Instructor, Cascade

Outreach Coordinator, Commute Seattle


New Mobility Strategic Advisor, 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


Six 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. The website for Bicycle Security Advisors provides more information about how to keep your bike safe.


The Newspaper Trick

With the wet weather, are your shoes getting wet and you can never get them dry by the next morning? Stuff newspaper into your shoes overnight and the paper will absorb the moisture.

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1 Response to Bike Happy: Winter is coming, so go bike and drink wine in Eastern WA

  1. Tom Fucoloro says:

    Thanks, Brock!

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