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Bike Happy: Long live the ‘Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail’

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


  1. Yesterday was the last day of Bike Month.
  2. They’ve finally done it: the John Wayne Trail is dead. Long live the “Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail.”
  3. Pierce County mayors are headed to Copenhagen to learn how to build bike-friendly communities.

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  • Compass Cycles and Swift Industries are teaming up for a Swift Campout photo contest, with the winner getting a $200 gift certificate. Jan Heine’s Blog.
  • A “Womxn’s Bike Month Happy Hour,” hosted by Cascade, SNG, & The Urbanist, is tonight. SBB.
  • Metier is opening a bike+brewery location in Woodinville on Saturday. Metier.
  • Ballard-based Rad Power Bikes is opening a showroom in Vancouver BC. BikeBizBicycle RetailerPSBJ.
  • Rants to homeowners that complain about trail users using adjacent trails, and to people riding strewn bikeshare bikes without helmets. Seattle Times.
  • Someone wrote a bicycle etiquette haiku letter that would make John Forrester proud. Seattle Times.
  • S.J. Brooks was a leader for inclusivity within the bicycle community. Seattle TimesBicycle Retailer.





  • Seattle
    • Mayor Durkan seeks a new SDOT Director, and is taking public input in what qualities to look for. MyNWSDOT.
      • The next director needs to be bold and creative on how to deliver the City’s bus and bike commitments under the Move Seattle Levy, says the Seattle Bike Blog.
    • New apartment building planned for along future Burke-Gilman Trail in Ballard. MyBallard.
    • Construction is beginning on the $50 million Lander Street Overpass Bridge to improve freight mobility from the port in SoDo. The bridge includes a wide sidewalk to accommodate people biking. PSBJKING5Seattle Times.
    • SDOT begins construction of the West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway this summer. WSB.
    • At a panel discussion about Vision Zero in San Francisco, SDOT’s Darby Wilson discussed the agency’s data-driven effort to reduce traffic fatalities. SF Streetsblog.
  • Bus Rapid Transit
    • Metro & SDOT are planning a new RapidRide H line from Downtown Seattle through Delridge and White Center to Burien, improving bus times by 13% and increase ridership by a third. Metro is still taking public input on the project and could use comments on how to integrate Seattle’s BMP-prioritized bike infrastructure for the route. Urbanist.
    • Sound Transit is planning a new BRT line from Burien to Shoreline’s future 145th Street Light Rail Station, and has a public meeting in Lake Forest Park for the project.  Again, it’d be good to provide public input in how to integrate bike routes to the bus stops, and to encourage an extension to Aurora Ave – SR99. STB.
  • Kitsap
    • The Washington Recreation & Park Association honored the Bainbridge Parks District’s Youth Mountain Biking Initiative for outstanding innovative programming. Bainbridge Review.
  • Pierce County
    • Local mayors and leaders from Tacoma to Puyallup are headed to Copenhagen for a study trip in how to build bike-friendly communities. KOMO.
  • Statewide & More
    • State renames the John Wayne Trail aka Iron Horse Trail as the “Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail.” Seattle TimesEllensburg Daily Record.
    • A UW PhD candidate discusses her research into the environmental health effects of breathing in toxic chemicals while bicycling. EHN.




  • Chris Froome won the Giro d’Italia, just the third person to have won the Tour de France, Vuelta a España, and Giro in succession (“The Grand Tour Treble”). Froome faces doping allegations from the Vuelta. BicyclingGuardian.

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