EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks again to Brock Howell of Bike Happy for putting together this comprehensive weekly newsletter.
TOP THINGS TO KNOW & DO
- Help launch the 2018 Bike Happy Month and Pedaler’s Fair >
- Lime & Spin bikeshare systems will add e-bikes this winter/spring.
- After nixing a key bridge for the Sound-to-Olympics Trail last week, this week Bainbridge City Council reversed course.
- Metier is opening a new cycling destination in Woodinville: a brewery.
August 24 — September 23
Seattle needs more fun on bikes! That’s why we’re organizing “Bike Happy Month” — a month of bike fun to close-out the 2018 summer — with a huge street party in Ballard to cap it off.
We need your financial and volunteer help to make it a reality, which is why we’re launching a crowdfunding campaign. Help us reach our initial goal level of $2,500, which assures we can at least fund the bare bones of the events.
You will receive rewards at set contribution levels, such as a poster, t-shirt, beer glass, and an invite-only ride and party.
The platform that has no fees except for credit processing, so more of your dollars will go directly to the project. However, the platform will suggest a “donation” to fund its operation — you can easily change it to $0.
SOCIAL, LIFESTYLE, & ADVENTURE
- Thursday, Jan. 11
- 7pm, Point 83 Ride
- Friday, Jan. 12
- Saturday, Jan. 13
- 9:30-11:30am, Saturday Defiance Ride (Tacoma)
- 10am-3pm, I-5 Colonnade Cleanup and Maintenance
- 11am-1:30pm, Silverdale Cyclery’s January Ladies Group MTB Ride
- 5:30pm, 5th Annual Winthrop Winter Fatbike Meetup (through Sunday)
- Wednesday, Jan. 17
- Thursday, Jan. 18
ARTICLES & POSTS
- “Ahzi, go! Go little one!” I proclaimed. “Ride as far as your little feet can take you. This world is big, bright and waiting for you to spread the joy that was given to you.” — A mother wrote a deeply moving article about going through chemo treatment, a neighbor’s Christmas goodwill, and the joy of seeing her daughter riding a brand new bike. (MyEdmonds)
- Cascade is creating a “STP Hall of Fame” for people who’ve ridden the ride at least five times (The News Tribune).
- Metier is opening a “Metier Brewing” in Woodinville as a cyclist destination (Metier).
- Ballard-based Rad Power Bikes has launched a commercial division to sell electric cargo trikes to logistics and delivery companies (Bicycle Retailer).
- “Myth 2: Titanium is Lighter than Steel” (Jan Heine’s Blog).
POLICY & INFRASTRUCTURE
- Comment on the Scoping of the Roosevelt RapidRide Corridor. The deadline is tomorrow, Jan. 12, 5pm.
- Provide your ideas to Metro about the Delridge RapidRide H Corridor project.
- Submit an idea for a $90,000 street or park improvement in your neighborhood.
- Join the Walk/Bike Burien (WABI) Board.
- Tell the King County Public Health Board to repeal the bicycle helmet law.
- Tuesday, Jan. 16
- 6:30-8pm, Rainier Valley Greenways meeting
- Wednesday, Jan. 17
- Spin and Lime will release e-bikes into their fleets later this winter, as soon as February. Both systems’ bikes will cap the e-assist to 15 mph and will have higher pricing structures than their standard bikes. Spin’s bikes go 50 miles per full charge. (Seattle Bike Blog, Seattle Times, MyNorthwest, Inhabitant, GeekWire, c|net, Curbed, Stranger)
- ofo has made its bikeshare fleet free to use during January, and Lime is offering free bonus rides (Seattle Patch).
- There are allegations that ofo isn’t treating its contract employees, who are hired through the Millionair Club, aren’t treated well (Seattle Bike Blog).
- Through the first three months (August – October), people rode the Lime, ofo, and Spin bikes more than a million miles. Lime reported that through mid-December, 45 percent of its trips ended within 50 meters of a transit station and their average trip length was one mile, taking 7.5 minutes. (Curbed)
- Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link
- Stimson Marina, Olympic Athletic Club, Seattle Farmers Market, and several others are co-hosting a Missing Link Happy Hour with Councilmember Mike O’Brien on Wednesday, January 17 at Peddler Brewing (Cascade).
- PCC will open a new grocery store at NW 45th St &15th Ave NW along the future completed Burke-Gilman Trail (KING5, DJC).
- An apartment developer purchased another major property along the future completed Burke-Gilman Trail, on NW Market Street (PSBJ).
- Center City
- An excellent article illustrated nearly all the upcoming transportation infrastructure and new development projects in the Center City, including the 4th Avenue Protected Bike Lane, 7th Avenue Protected Bike Lane, Waterfront Seattle Project, and Pike-Pine Corridor, which together will substantially improve biking in downtown (Seattle Times).
- The Pine Street Pavement-to-Parks Plaza opened on Monday (Curbed).
- The Waterfront Seawall is complete, laying the foundation for tearing down the Viaduct, building the Waterfront Plaza, and building the two-way protected bikeway, all scheduled to be completed in 2024 (SDOT).
- RapidRide Corridors
- Tomorrow (Friday) is the last day to comment on the Roosevelt RapidRide Corridor scoping documents (SDOT).
- SDOT released its designs for the Madison Street RapidRide G Corridor, including new protected bike lanes on Sprint St from 6th to 9th Avenue (CHS Blog).
- King County Metro has started the community input phase for the Delridge RapidRide H Corridor, which might include protected bike lanes along the route (Urbanist).
- City Council has taken up legislation to allow parking garages to serve both tenants and day-visitors, clarify the definition of frequent transit service so it’s more straightforward to determine where developers must provide vehicle parking, and improve bike parking requirements. (KING5, KOMO, CH Times, MyBallard, West Seattle Blog ). One writer thinks this improved flexibility is social engineering (KVI).
- Your Voice, Your Choice
- The Department of Neighborhoods is accepting ideas for improvements to streets and parks that cost less than $90,000 (CHS Blog, Urbanist)
- The Department of Neighborhoods seeks applicants for a committee to advise Seattle Children’s Hospital’s development plans, including new transportation investments (DON).
- Vision Zero
- One week after voting to nix a bridge for the Sound-to-Olympics Trail, the Bainbridge City Council reversed course with a 4-3 vote (BI Review).
- The Bellevue Downtown Association, HNTB (engineering firm with 130 employees in Bellevue), Overlake Medical Center (2,500 employees), and SAP Concur (a travel & expense management services company with 1,300 employees), all wrote letters of support for a demonstration protected bike lane on 108th Avenue and bikeshare (MyNorthwest).
- The Bellevue Transportation Commission takes up the protected bike lane project and a bikeshare policy tonight (Cascade, Seattle Bike Blog)
- Snohomish County
- Sultan will connect to parks with a trail this year, Skykomish completed a mini pump track for BMX bikes last year, and Forterra and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance will create a new mountain bike trail in a new/expanded Maloney Creek park (Monroe Monitor).
- State Legislature
- The state legislature is back in session. High on the priority list for many legislators is reducing the amount of car tab fee revenue from the 2016 voter-approved ST3 ballot measure. When Sound Transit’s funding has run short for its first and second funding measures, one of the first things cut was the budget allocation for bike-ped access ST3 allocated more than $300 million to bike-ped improvements, so this is an important legislative issue to follow. (KING5, Urbanist)
- Governor Inslee is championing a $20 tax per ton of carbon, and reinvesting the revenue in energy transformation, water & natural resource resilience, and vulnerable communities transition assistance (Urbanist). More than 40% of the state’s emissions, and 50% of Seattle’s emissions are from transportation sources (KUOW).
- Washington Bikes’ legislative priorities: (1) Updating Washington’s electric-assist bicycle laws to national standards; (2) Protect the multimodal account so all Washingtonians can get around; (3) Measuring the economic impact & health cost savings of biking and hiking in Washington; and (4) Protecting and connecting trails statewide (WA Bikes). Editorial note: I personally don’t support the national standards for e-bikes.
- Research & Guides
- Washington State’s #1 ranking by the League of American Bicyclists for bike policies and investments was highlighted in Sierra Magazine.
- Seattle was named the 4th healthiest city and 9th best for biking to work in America (Trulia, Architectural Digest)
- Seattle was named the 3rd best city for biking to work in America by Start Standing (SWX).
- Saturday, Jan. 13
- Sunday, Jan. 14
- 12-4pm, Tapeworm Time Trial Series (Renton)
- 1-4pm, U.S. Cyclocross National Championship Live Streaming at Rapha
- Wednesday, Jan. 17
- 6-8pm, Beginners’ Bike Polo Night (Cal Anderson)
SAVE THE DATES
- Outdoors For All’s Stinky Spoke, Jan. 20
- Cascade’s Chilly Hilly, Feb. 25
- 2018 Gorge Gravel Grinder, Apr. 8
- Washington Bike Summit, Apr. 29–30
- Bicycle Sundays: Twelve Sundays, May 20 – Sept. 16
RECENTLY STOLEN BIKES
In the last week, eight bikes were reported as stolen to the Seattle Police Department. In case your bike is ever stolen, make sure you’ve registered your bike on Bike Index. Bicycle Security Advisors provides information on how to keep your bike safe.
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