Bike Happy: This weekend, Ballard Crit & Evergreen MTB Festival

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


  1. The Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival is on Saturday and Sunday. Go to Duthie for the jump show, skills clinics, 50+ vendors, new bike demo rides, and more.
  2. The 25th Annual Ballard Criterium is on Saturday.
  3. Seattle’s bikeshare systems are a big success.
  4. Expedia will rebuild the Elliott Bay Trail near its new headquarters.
  5. The bike network should be built with repaving projects, says Andres Salomon.


A driver killed Constantin Dragomir (57yo), who was biking in a marked crosswalk on Auburn Way S and Fir Street SE in Auburn. Auburn Reporter, KOMO, KING5.




  • “12 uses for corn starch in a bike shop,” Recycled Cycles.
  • “9 beginner bike rides in Seattle,” Curbed.
  • “5 cool things from Topeak, Julbo, WTB and Compass Cycles,”
  • “3 facts to know about electric bikes,” Montlake Bikes.
  • “May 19th’s Cougar Attack,” Evergreen MTB.
  • “Join us June 9-10 for the 9th Annual Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival!” Evergreen MTB.
  • “Our Biggest Event of the Year! This Weekend!” Evergreen MTB.
  • “In the absence of a bike lane, what does the law say about where you should ride?” TNT.
  • “Bike2Health classes, rides in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace this summer,” MyEdmonds.





  • Seattle
    • In preparation for legislation to establish a permanent policy for the dockless bikeshare systems, SDOT presented to Seattle City Council the results of its bikeshare program. During the first six months of the program, 468,000 trips were taken. Based on a statistically valid survey to 600 people in February, one-third of Seattleites have ridden a bikeshare bike, and one-third are willing to try a bikeshare bike. 74% of respondents have a positive view of the bikeshare system. Urbanist, SBBSTBGeekWire, KOMO, KING5, CHS BlogSeattle Business Mag.
    • The Seattle Aquarium cleaned up the waters around its Pier 59 building, and found a couple trashed bikeshare bikes. KIRO.
    • In building its new headquarters, Expedia will upgrade the Elliott Bay Trail. This work will require a detour for people biking from July 18, 2019 to fall 2019. PSBJ, PRN.
    • SDOT will repave and improve the safety along Sand Point Way NE, but most recent designs pulled back on improvements like adding bike lanes. A recent pedestrian death brings new urgency to moving forward with the full safety improvements. City Living.
    • SDOT will repave arterial streets in the Green Lake and Wallingford neighborhoods and add protected bike lanes for many of the sections next year. SDOT is currently at about the halfway stage for designing the safety improvements and is seeking public input. Wallyhood.
    • Former mayoral candidate Andres Salomon calls for installing protected bike lanes with every arterial repaving project. Urbanist.
    • SDOT may (or may not) add new rapid-flashing beacon crossing 30th Ave SW & SW Barton St as part of a school zone safety improvement to Roxhill Elementary. WSB.
    • “A Near-Term Action Plan for city & regional commuters [in Downtown],” SDOT.
    • SDOT has used Strava data to plan the city’s bike network. GovTech.
  • Eastside
    • Kirkland will install its first neighborhood greenway on NE 75th Street in the South Rose Hill neighborhood this summer. Kirkland Reporter.
    • A recap of the Raging River Mountains Bike Trails Grand Opening. Evergreen MTB.
  • Snohomish County
    • A new ferry terminal will open next year in Mukilteo. The new vehicle parking layout should reduce the back-up of car traffic on the Mukilteo Speedway, and the project includes bike/walk improvements. Construction Equipment Guide.
  • Pierce County
    • Video of Foothills Trail Grand Opening. PCTV.
  • Kitsap
    • WSDOT seeks public input on potential transportation projects, including the Sound to Olympics Trail. BI Review.




  • The 25th Annual Ballard Criterium is this Saturday. NW in Motion.



Bike Maintenance & Retail
Mechanics & Retail Staff, Gregg’s Cycles

Bike Product Industry
Sales and Marketing Specialist, Sportworks
Director of Sales and Marketing, Sportworks

Bike Education & Training
Major Taylor Ride Leader/Instructor, Cascade
Summer Camp Head Counselor, Cascade
Summer Camp Counselor, Cascade
Counselor-in-Training (Seasonal), Cascade
Bicycle Specialist – Recreation Leader II, City of Auburn

Commute Services & Other Outreach
Sounders FC Bike Valet Parking Manager & Assistants, Bike Works
Transportation Program Coordinator (Temporary), City of Kirkland

Policy, Planning, & Engineering
East King County Policy Manager, Cascade
Designer – Level 1, Alta
Group Leaders – Senior Associates, Alta
Transportation Engineer, City of Mercer Island
Supervising Project Manager, SDOT

Communications, Development, & Management
Contract Grant Writer, Bike Works
Development & Communications Coordinator, Bike Works
Program Coordinator, Bike Works
Individual & Annual Giving Manager, Cascade
Staff Accountant, Cascade


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5 Responses to Bike Happy: This weekend, Ballard Crit & Evergreen MTB Festival

  1. Dave says:

    That’s nice the sharp corner on the Elliott Bay Trail will be fixed, but having the trail closed for 2 summers with a reroute onto Alaskan Way is totally not worth it. The corner isn’t that bad, and could be fixed in a weekend.

    • jessica says:

      Where exactly is the corner they are talking about? I agree with Dave, closure for 2 summers is a bummer.

      • other Dave says:

        Yes, the dates for the closure above are wrong – would be July 18, 2018 as per the link rather than July 18, 2019. My suspicious mind suggests that Expedia wants to do some other construction that would otherwise block the trail.

    • (Another) Tom says:


      Also, there is a typo in the write-up, “…from July 18, 2019 to fall 2019.” Should read “from July 18, 2018 to fall 2019.” Which is way worse and completely ridiculous.

      I fail to understand why they need to close the whole trail for that long and I really don’t understand why they are being allowed to do so. There is plenty of park space in front of Expedia’s future campus. Figure out a better plan that doesn’t involve taking away a big chunk of a premier park/waterfront destination and major bike commuter route for more than entire year.

      Even worse is how they try to spin it as some great gift to the walking and cycling community. There are zero curves on the trail I would describe as “abrupt.”

      “We are excited to have the opportunity to give back to the community…” Give me a break. You aren’t giving back. You are taking a trail from the public for more than a year. F*&% Expedia and F&*% Cascade for going along with this plan and providing them political cover.

      • Ballard Steve says:

        It looks like they’ll be routing cyclists on Alaskan Way W aka the Amgen Backdoor detour. I often go this way anyway when I know there will be lots of people on the waterfront trail, and to avoid the sharp blind corner. I think the bike bypass route will be fine experienced cyclists but not that great for kids and tourists who come for the waterfront view. The back way is also an active construction/rail area so I sure hope the bypass will be made safe for all people on bikes. The pedestrian detour is not acceptable.

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