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Bike Happy: Design your own bike lane person 

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


Based on the many, many fun, joyful bike lane “people” in Portland, a couple month’s ago, I asked Seattle’s chief traffic engineer if I could design a bike lane symbol here.  His response, “send some ideas.”

Instead of sending just a couple ideas, I’d love to send him a hundred.  So, I’m holding a contest for who can design the best bike lane person.  I’ll judge submissions based on originality, creativity, whimsy, and storytelling.  Winners will win gift certificates to Peddler Brewing.

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Get all the details here and submit your bike lane person by Dec. 12.



Thursday, Nov. 30

– 7pm, Point 83 Ride

Friday, Dec. 1

– 5-8pm, Ladies Night at Tacoma iDEA

Saturday, Dec. 2

10am-2pm, Evergreen MTB’s Vashon Island Build/Grill/Ride

– 6-7:30pm, Holiday Lights Ride in Fircrest

Sunday, Dec. 3

– 5-9pm, Trek Store’s Coco Joe’s Sunday Night Ride!

Monday, Dec. 4

– 6:30-8pm, Moxie Monday Monthly Ride

Thursday, Dec. 7

– 6-7pm, Trek Store’s Fix-A-Flat Clinic

– 7pm, Point 83 Ride


— Scenes from Cranksgiving 2017 (Seattle Bike Blog)

— Your Giving Tuesday roundup of bike and safe streets orgs (Seattle Bike Blog)

— The Forgotten Pass (Jan Heine’s Blog)



● 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, Nov. 30

– 5-7pm, Open House for Bellevue’s Downtown Protected Bike Lane Plan

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

Saturday, Dec. 2

– 1:30-3:30pm, Kirkland Greenways’ Finn Hill Scouting Ride

Tuesday, Dec. 5

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

Wednesday, Dec. 6

– 6-8pm, Seattle Bike Advisory Board Meeting



— This week, the City of Seattle’s Hearing Examiner is hearing an appeal of the SDOT’s Final EIS of its plan to complete the Burke-Gilman Trail through Ballard, known as the “Missing Link.” (Crosscut, Seattle Times, MyBallard)

— Mercer Island is beginning a master planning process for improving the Aubrey Davis Park over I-90.  The project team is considering improvements to the I-90 trail, including removing the wooden trail bollards. (MI Review)

— The City of Bainbridge is considering designs for a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge to facilitate an extension of the Sound to Olympic Trail crossing Highway 305 south of High School Road, but the public doesn’t seem too keen on anything too fancy. (BI Review, BI Review)

— Puget Sound Energy added art on new transmission wire polls along the Foothills Trail in Pierce County. (The News Tribune)

The Future is Female

— On Tuesday, Jenny Durkan was sworn in as Seattle’s second female mayor, the first in 89 years, and Teresa Mosqueda was added to city council as its sixth female councilmember. Not that you need a reminder, but both U.S. senators, Seattle’s congressperson for district 7, six of nine state supreme court justices, the state secretary of state, the state lands commissioner, and the new King County Sheriff are all also female. (Publicola)


— WSDOT is taking public comment through Dec. 20 on using $3.5 billion in federal funding to construct 1,400 highway, transit, ferry, walking, and bike infrastructure projects to be funded over the next four years. (Kent Reporter)


— Envisioning an I-5 Lid in the U District (The Urbanist)

— Sound Transit’s second parking garage to feature improvements (Auburn Reporter)

— Can Seattle’s ‘Safest Driver’ app teach people to drive more responsibly? (Seattle Bike Blog)



Saturday, Dec. 2

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

Sunday, Dec. 3

– 9:30-3:30, NW Cross Cup #4 (Lakewood)

Wednesday, Dec. 6

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


— Gear Grinders Mountain Bike Team hosts meeting (BI Review)


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


Senior Capital Projects Coordinator, SDOT

Assistant Civil Engineer Specialist I, 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


Dec. 9, Tour de Vashtown

Dec. 9, Evergreen MTB’s I-5 Colonnade Cleanup & Maintenance

Dec. 16, Back Alley Bike Repair’s The Shortest Day/Longest Night Get Dowwn Downhill

Jan. 20, Outdoors For All’s Stinky Spoke


Twelve bicycles were listed as stolen in the Seattle-area to Bike Index, and eleven 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.

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One response to “Bike Happy: Design your own bike lane person ”

  1. Tom Fucoloro

    Thanks, Brock!

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