Bike Happy: Don’t capsize the ferry system with stranded bikeshare bikes

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


  1. Don’t leave your bikeshare bike on a ferry. The system shuts down.
  2. E-bikes will likely be allowed on most Seattle trails soon.
  3. Mayor Durkan is expected to “reboot” the planned projects in the Move Seattle Levy. Keep your eye on how this will impact planned bikeway investments.




  • “Take a group bike tour and visit every Everett fire station: the second annual family-friendly event features a slower pace to promote bicycling,” Everett Herald.
  • “Cyclists take over Alaskan Way Viaduct for Emerald City Bike Ride,” KING5.
  • “The 2018 Bicycle Sundays Opening Celebration is May 20!” Seattle Parks.
  • “Head gear,” Biking in the Rain.
  • “Myth 8: Modern Components are Lighter,” Jan Heine’s Blog.
  • Seattle-based Nuun launches “immunity” tablets (Bicycle Retailer).





  • eBikes
    • Seattle Parks may allow e-bikes on its major trails (KIRO7).
  • Bikeshare
    • Abandoned bikeshare bikes on the state ferry causes massive, costly delays as Coast Guard must conduct man-overboard searches (Maritime Exec.WorkBoatKIRO7KOMODJCKitsap SunKUOWSeattle TimesCurbed).
    • SDOT and Metro will participate in a national convening hosted by Transportation For America about bikeshare, carshare, and other new mobility devices/vehicles (SDOT).
  • Bike Theft
    • Issaquah Police arrested bike thieves who stole from bike shops in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, including from Element Cycle in Redmond, Redmond Trek, and Gerk’s Ski & Cycles in Issaquah (KIRO7Lake Oswego Review).
  • Citywide Funding & More
    • Mayor Durkan is expected to “reboot” the Move Seattle Levy’s planned investments to account for the expected loss of federal funding (The C is for Crank).
    • SDOT is installing the 33 projects selected in the 2017 Your Voice Your Choice Program, and the 2018 YVYC process just completed its participatory project development phase (DON).
    • Of the nine councilmembers and the mayor, Mike O’Brien and Sally Bagshaw regularly biked to work last week (Seattle Times).
  • Downtown
  • Central Seattle
  • South & West Seattle
    • SDOT will not complete the 35th Ave SW Safety Project (Urbanist).
    • SDOT installed a new crosswalk in Georgetown (SDOT).





Bike Maintenance & Retail
Seasonal Bike Shop Sales & Retail Assistant, Bike Works
Mechanics & Retail Staff, Gregg’s Cycles

Bike Product Industry
Sales and Marketing Specialist, Sportworks
Director of Sales and Marketing, Sportworks
Product Design and Development Engineer, Sportworks

Bike Education & Training
Major Taylor Ride Leader/Instructor, Cascade
Summer Camp Head Counselor, Cascade
Summer Camp Counselor, Cascade
Counselor-in-Training (Seasonal), Cascade
Walk N Roll Teacher Assistant, Intercity Transit
Bicycle Specialist – Recreation Leader II, City of Auburn
Specialized Recreation Cycling Assistant – Recreation Leader I, City of Auburn

Commute Services & Other Outreach
Sounders FC Bike Valet Parking Manager, Bike Works
Outreach Ambassador – South Bellevue #1, Alta
Outreach Ambassador – South Bellevue #2, Alta
Outreach Ambassador – Kent, Alta

Policy, Planning, & Engineering
East King County Policy Manager, Cascade
Designer – Level 1, Alta
Group Leaders – Senior Associates, Alta
Curbspace Management Supervisor, SDOT (4/17)
Public Space Management Inspector, SDOT
Traffic Records & Data Supervisor, SDOT
Supervising Project Manager, SDOT
Neighborhood Traffic Safety Intern, Bellevue
Transportation Planning Intern, Bellevue
Multimodal Transportation Planning Specialist 3, WSDOT
Commerce Specialist 3 – Community Development Block Grant, State Dept. of Commerce

Communications, Development, & Management
Development & Communications Coordinator, Bike Works
Program Coordinator, Bike Works
Accounting Manager, Cascade


In the past week, ten bikes were reported as stolen to SPD, not counting stolen bikes part of burglaries and assaults. Help fight back by (1) registering your bike on Bike Index, and (2) always locking up your bike with a U lock, even inside a bike room. Bicycle Security Advisors provides additional information on how to keep your bike safe.


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1 Response to Bike Happy: Don’t capsize the ferry system with stranded bikeshare bikes

  1. asdf2 says:

    “The Coast Guard, Washington State Ferries and the rental-bike companies encourage passengers to leave the rental bikes at one ferry dock and pick up a different bike after the ferry crossing.”

    At least for now, that suggestion isn’t really possible because there usually aren’t bikes sitting around by the ferry terminal on Bainbridge Island. The bike rental companies obviously know this, so it’s not exactly clear what they’re trying to say (beyond the obvious – don’t leave a bike on board when you exit the boat). If the intent was to prohibit taking a bikeshare bike to Bainbridge Island altogether, they would have simply said so. This statement almost has the feel of being written by someone from corporate headquarters, halfway around the world, with no local knowledge of where the ferries actually go, with respect to where the bikes are.

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