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Bike Happy: Chilly Hilly, YVYC, & Last week for Bike Happy Month Fundraiser

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


  1. With less than a week left to reach our fundraising goal to hold Bike Happy Month and Pedaler’s Fair, we still need quite a few donations. It’s a critical we reach our $2,500 goal so we can cover the basic permitting and website costs. Plus, for every dollar donated we are hopeful to match it with two dollars in city grant funding. Contribute now >>
  2. The city’s Your Voice, Your Choice program to fund 4-5 $90,000 street and parks projects in each council district enters its “project development” phase this next week, and our calendar is completely overwhelmed by the YVYC meetings. Learn more >
  3. This weekend, join the end-of-the-month Critical Mass ride, celebrate and learn about Seattle’s Black history on a ride with Merlin Rainwater and Jessica Evotia Hall, and start your season with a truly Chilly Hilly.
  4. Tell Mayor Durkan you support a safer 35th Avenue NE in Wedgwood/Ravenna-Bryant >>

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Fundraiser Countdown: 5 days left

Seattle needs more fun on bikes! That’s why we’re organizing “Bike Happy Month” — a month of crowdsourced, DIY bike fun to close-out the 2018 summer in the vein of Portland’s Pedalpalooza — with a huge street party in Ballard to cap it off.

We need your financial and volunteer help to make it a reality. That’s why we’re launching a crowdfunding campaign.  Help us reach our initial goal level of $2,500, which assures we can fund the basics of the events.

With every dollar you donate, we can get $2 in grant funding from the city, if we’re successful in our grant application. And for every hour you commit to volunteering, we can get $40 in grant funding.  So, please contribute and volunteer today.





  • In a feature profile, the owner of Wright Brothers Cycle Works, a long-time Fremont presence, says Seattle sucks (GeekWire).
  • Seattle-based EVELO Electric Bikes, which is a consumer-direct e-bike company, is seeking brick-and-mortar shops to serve as demo shops (Bicycle Retailer).
  • Jan Heine provides a review of the North America Handmade Bicycle Show (Jan’s Blog).
  • A newly formed Port Townsend Cycle School will provide bike maintenance classes (Peninsula Daily News).
  • “Big (and exciting) changes coming to the 2018 Ride for Major Taylor,” (Cascade).


  • Ryan Joe, age 29, was killed while riding a bike on Meridian Ave E in Milton, when his bike was struck by a tow truck driver and then fell off and was run over by another driver who fled the scene (The News Tribune 123).





  • Mode Splits
    • Commute Seattle reports that the percentage of people commuting by driving alone to work in downtown has dropped to 25%. While the percentage of people regularly commuting by bike has remained steady at 3% for many years, downtown’s employment growth means the number of people biking has increased significantly. During summer months, as many as 13% of people bike to work downtown at least once a week. (Commute SeattleSeattle TimesThe AtlanticCityLabStreetsblogSeattle Transit Blog)
  • Bikeshare
    • Lime has raised $132 million in investment (WiredTechCrunch).
    • Lime might add electric scooters its Seattle fleet (Curbed).
  • Bike Parking
  • Pike-Pine
    • The architects behind the Pike-Pine Renaissance project discuss how the Downtown streets will be remain, including with protected bike lanes and woonerfs (DJC).
  • Arboretum Trail
    • A new bike path opened in the Washington Arboretum (Seattle Times).
  • 35th Ave NE
    • SDOT finalized its plans for paving and restriping 35th Ave NE in Seattle’s Ravenna-Bryant and Wedgwood neighborhoods to be safer for all people, but a few individuals are attempting to derail the project while caring neighbors and Cascade Bicycle Club are building a counterforce of support (KOMOSeattle Times).
  • Bellevue
    • “Bellevue Bikeway Happy Hour – Let’s Keep Rolling Towards the Bellevue Bike Network,” (Cascade).
  • Kitsap
    • Kitsap Transit is purchasing two new passenger ferries for the Bremerton to Seattle route. The new boats’ bike racks will address a problem that bikes with disc brakes had difficulty locking-up (Kitsap SunKING5).
    • The Bainbridge Island Review editorial board continued its crusade against the Sound-to-Olympics Trail, publishing two letters to the editor deriding the trail (12).
  • Creaky Bottom Bracket
    • Random person rants about the loss of on-street car parking in favor of bike lanes (Seattle Times).
  • National
    • “Cascade calls Trump’s infrastructure plan a ‘bad deal for biking in Washington,’” (Seattle Bike Blog).






In the past week, six bikes were reported stolen to the Seattle Police Department. In case your bike is ever stolen, make sure you’ve registered your bike on Bike IndexBicycle Security Advisors provides information on how to keep your bike safe.


Bike Retail
Professional Bike Mechanic, Aaron’s Bicycle Repair
Mechanic-in-Training, Aaron’s Bicycle Repair
Mechanics & Retail Staff, Gregg’s Cycles
Community Organizer, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
Program Coordinator, Bike Works
Advocacy Engagement Event Coordinator, Cascade
Director of Development, Cascade
Sponsorship Manager, Cascade
Major Taylor Ride Leader/Instructor, Cascade
Outreach Coordinator, Commute Seattle
Associate Civil Engineer, SDOT
Public Space Management Inspector, SDOT
Traffic Records & Data Supervisor, SDOT
Supervising Project Manager, SDOT
Transportation Planner II, SDOT (3/7)
Senior Transportation Planner – Parking & Mobility, SDOT (3/11)
Transportation Engineering Intern, Bellevue (3/5)
Program Manager – Transportation Funding, PSRC (3/5)
Assistant Planner, PSRC (2/12)
Senior Transportation Analyst, PSRC (3/5)


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