Bike Happy: Vote for your favorite Happy Bike Lane Person

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


TOP THINGS TO KNOW & DO

  1. Vote for the winners of the #HappyBikeLanePeople Contest >>
  2. SDOT is making progress on designing RapidRide Corridors from the Delridge and Roosevelt neighborhoods into downtown, which could mean new protected bike lanes along those routes.
  3. The wickedly fun “Shortest Day / Longest Night Get Dowwn” Race is this Saturday.
  4. Cyclocross season comes to a close this weekend at Fort Nugent Park on Whidbey Island.
  5. Queen Anne Greenways is hosting a discussion with Robin Mazumder on Monday.
  6. The bike path on the SR520 floating bridge opens Wednesday 3pm, forever transforming our region’s commute and recreation rides.

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE BIKE LANE PEOPLE!

More than 50 ideas were submitted for the #HappyBikeLanePeople contest. Now, help choose the winners by voting in an online poll.  Winners will be announced in next week’s email.  Vote >>


SOCIAL, LIFESTYLE, & ADVENTURE

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES​

ARTICLES & POSTS

  • The former Seattle PI blog Velocity is now Seattle in Motion and covers more outdoor activities.
  • Bicycle Magazine named local companies REI, Tableau, Allen Institute, and Zillow to their top 25 pro-bicycling business list.
  • BikePortland profiled Seattle-based crafter Liz Carlis about her clocks made of bike gears.
  • Eagle Scout Sam Harris is giving away 200 bikes he collected to families in need at the Edmonds United Methodist Church. (MyEdmonds)
  • Crosscut tested out Spin, Lime, and ofo to see which bikeshare system was best in Seattle.
  • Eli Goldberg and Bob Edmiston wrote a trip report of the Green River, Interurban, Sumner Link, Puyallup Riverwalk, and Foothills Trails in South King County and Pierce County. (Seattle Bike Blog)
  • The Center for Architecture & Design is hosting an exhibit entitled, “Futurama Redux: Urban Mobility After Cars & Oil” through February 17. (Seattle Bike Blog, Seattle Transit Blog)
  • The Bicycle Quarterly magazine has arrived in mailboxes with many great articles, like a review of 333fab’s AirLandSea bicycle. (Jan Heine’s Blog)
  • Read an inspiring story how Scott Bianchi overcame osteosarcoma to hand-cycled his way to the STP finish line. (Cascade)

COLLISIONS

— Celso “Pete” Diaz, 61yo, was killed while biking by a driver of a Prius on 1st Ave S at S Andover Street. Pete was working at iClick, a job that helped him work his way out of living in a homeless encampment in “The Jungle” and move into his own place. (Seattle Bike Blog, Q13)


POLICY & INFRASTRUCTURE

ACTION

UPCOMING EVENTS​

NEWS

  • Seattle
    • SDOT released scoping documents of the Roosevelt RapidRide Corridor project for a 40-day public review, which will provide express bus service from downtown to the future Roosevelt light rail station. The project includes protected bike lanes along Fairview Avenue N near Lake Union, Eastlake Avenue N through the Eastlake neighborhood, and along 11th/12th Avenues through the U District. The current design would require north-bound bicyclists to cross from a right-side protected bike lane to a left-side protected bike lane somewhere north of the University Bridge. (SDOT, Seattle Bike Blog)
    • SDOT began planning a new RapidRide H line from downtown, through Delridge, to White Center and Burien. The project will include bike improvements, especially in Delridge. (SDOT)
    • SDOT released its 90% design work for the NE 65th Street Vision Street Project. My understanding is that the project will install protected bike lanes for most of the stretch from Ravenna Blvd to 20th Ave NE (SDOT, Urbanist, Seattle Bike Blog)
    • The Department of Neighborhoods announced several recipients of Community Partnership Fund grants, including projects for a community crosswalk at 7th & Westlake in downtown, pedestrian safety improvements to N 137th Street, pedestrian safety improvements in Broadview, and a Community Mobility Vision plan for the U District. (DON)
    • SDOT recently added protected bike lanes and sidewalk improvements as part of a repaving of Northlake Way N near the University Bridge. (Urbanist)
  • Around the Region
    • WSDOT will open the new bike path on the SR520 floating bridge across Lake Washington on Dec. 20 at 3pm. (Curbed, WSDOT)
    • Lynnwood is studying how to make 168th St SW safer for people walking & biking from 44th Ave W to the Meadowdale Playfields. (MyEdmonds)
    • Bothell approved the purchase of the entirety of the Wayne Golf Course, which is slated to become a nature preserve, park, and destination for people biking on the Burke-Gilman, Sammamish River, and Tolt Pipeline Trails. (Bothell-Kenmore Reporter)
    • Kenmore received $28 million from several sources to fund a new West Sammamish River Bridge, which will include improved side paths for people walking and biking. Construction will start in 2019. (Kenmore)
    • The state Transportation Improvement Board awarded Mercer Island with $500,000 for improving walking and biking safety on SE 40th Street between Island Crest Way and 88th Ave SE, providing key safety improvements to Northwood Elementary and Mercer Island High School. (Mercer Island Reporter)
    • Along the Eastside Rail Trail Corridor, King County removed the rails and graded smooth a new base layer of gravel trail from Coulon Park up to N. 37th Street, north of Kennydale Beach Park. Crews are presently removing tracks and ties from areas around the Seahawk’s Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC) and Ripley Lane. Sections of the interim gravel trail have been graded smooth with a base course of gravel; an additional layer of finely crushed, compacted, ADA accessible gravel will go on top of this base. (King County)
    • North Bend and Si View Metro Parks named the newly acquired, 32-acre future park “Tennant Trailhead Park,” which is at the foothills of Rattlesnake Ridge. Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance will design and install new mountain bike trails in the park. (Snoqualmie Valley News)
      • Sumner drafted a new Parks & Trails Plan that includes creating new connections from the Sumner Link to the Interurban and Foothills Trails. (The News Tribune)
  • Statewide
    • WSDOT reports that drivers are driving more, leading to significantly more traffic fatalities and greenhouse gas emissions. (Seattle Times)

SPORT

UPCOMING

News

  • The Mount Si Mountain Bike Club (a high school club) is celebrating its fifth year and is recruiting for next. (Issaquah Reporter)
  • The 2018 “Tapeworm Time Trial” Mountain Bike Racing Series, now 20 years old, will be held January 7, January 14, and February 10. (TTT)

SAVE THE DATES


BIKE INDUSTRY JOBS


RECENTLY STOLEN BIKES

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


WEEKLY TIP

Read the Seattle Times’s Traffic FAQ article on your legal rights as a pedestrian when crossing a street, default vehicular speed limits in Seattle, and legal requirements for lights on bikes at night.


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One Response to Bike Happy: Vote for your favorite Happy Bike Lane Person

  1. Tom Fucoloro says:

    Thanks, Brock! I love the bike lane person contest so much.

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