Bike Happy: Ride naked & in circles

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


  1. Today is the 30th Annual Fremont Solstice Parade, which comes with the well-attended unofficial pre naked/painted bike ride.
  2. Also today: the Taco Time NW Volunteer Park Criterium. Watch people ride in circles very very fast.
  3. Mayor Durkan may have pulled back on the 4th Avenue Protected Bike Lanes, but Seattle Neighborhood Greenways reports that she has committed to building out protected bike lanes on Pike and Pine in 2019 and are asking folks to write a thank you letter.
  4. The Seattle Colleges Board of Trustees approved an easement agreement with SDOT that will ensure the Northgate Pedestrian Bridge that will connect the North Seattle College to the future Northgate light rail station can get built by the station’s opening in 2021.
  5. Biking is up 37% on the 2nd Ave Protected Bike Lane this year, thanks to extension and dockless bikeshare.




  • “Bicyclists: Riding on far right not always safe,” TNT.
  • “Riding 100 Miles* on a 102-Year-Old Bike,” Outside.
  • “Myth 11: Rear tires should run at (significantly) higher pressure,” Jan Heine’s Blog.
  • “Bicycle Quarterly’s Biggest Adventure Yet: Copper Canyon Mexico,” BQ Youtube.
  • Donate your bike to Bike Works at the Recology Store in Issaquah on Saturday. Issaquah Reporter.
  • Ballard High School seniors pull parking lot prank with LimeBike and Ofo bikeshare bikes. Seattle MagMyNwMyBallardGeekWire,
  • Lewis County bike event supports Seattle Children’s Hospital. Daily Chronicle.
  • Bicycling Magazine lists Cycling the WAVE as one of nine “totally awesome” charity rides. Bicycling.





  • Seattle
    • Citywide & Bikeshare
      • “Seattle must deliver on promised transit, sidewalk and bike projects,” writes SNG, 350, & Sierra Club in Seattle Times.
      • “Seattle’s future hinges on mayor’s picks to head police, SDOT,” Seattle Times Editorial.
      • Letter to the Editor: “Seattle streets: ‘Boondoggle,’” Seattle Times.
      • “The Bike Share War Is Shaking Up Seattle Like Nowhere Else,” Wired.
      • “Dockless Bike-Sharing Startups Are Wreaking Havoc on Seattle,” Jalopnik.
      • “Dockless in Seattle,” Seattleland Podcast.
    • City Center
      • “Bicyclists, pedestrians to be rerouted as stretch of Elliott Bay Trail in Seattle closes for improvements,” Seattle Times.
      • “Arena Redevelopment to Bring Walking and Biking Improvements to N. Downtown,” SNG.
      • “Biking on 2nd Ave downtown is up 37% as bike share and bike lanes expand,” SBB.
      • How the Convention Center Community Package was won. SNG.
      • The bike-friendly Via6 Apartments has major water pipe issues. Seattle Times.
    • North Seattle
      • “Are North Seattle’s Legislators Opposed to Protecting Vulnerable Road Users?” Mike Eliason, Urbanist.
      • Greenwood’s can-do neighbors “daylight” sidewalks. SNG.
      • Mayor Durkan should get a “win” by finally completing the Burke-Gilman Trail through Ballard, says a letter to the editor. Seattle Times.
      • Person bikes into mother and child in stroller on Burke-Gilman Trail, injuring mother. KIRO.
      • Aurora is ready to be rezoned for people instead of cars, says Ryan DiRaimo of ALUV. Urbanist.
      • On Thursday, the Seattle Colleges Board of Trustees approved several easement agreements that will allow SDOT to proceed with planning and constructing the Northgate Pedestrian Bridge, connecting the North Seattle College to the future Northgate light rail station by the time it opens. Cascade.
      • In order to take advantage of a new state law that should encourage greater affordable housing, King County is rebooting its request for proposals for affordable housing at the Northgate Transit Center. As a result, the development likely won’t be done by the time the Northgate light rail station opens. Seattle Times.
      • MyNorthwest thinks transportation in Seattle is awful, except perhaps the Roosevelt Protected Bike Lane. MyNw.
    • Central Seattle
      • “Safer Crossings for Madison Park Business District,” SNG.
    • South & West Seattle
      •  “Fixing Rainier Ave: Group Bike Ride Looks at a Contested Street,” SNG.
      • “West Seattleites Organize for a “Multi-Modal” (Walk, Bike, Transit) Delridge Corridor,” SNG.
      • SDOT began construction of intersection improvements for walking and biking at the intersection of Harbor Ave SW, SW Avalon Way, & SW Spokane St. Westside Seattle.
  • Rest of King County
    • Bothell adopted its 5-year transportation improvement plan with road widening and safe routes to school projects. Everett Herald.
    • Over the next couple weeks, Bellevue will install new bike lanes to 108th Ave NE and 112th Ave NE. Bellevue Patch.
    • King County recognizes 83 schools for their “Green School Programs,” which include student teams that promote bicycling. King CountySammamish Patch.
    • Construction of 21 three-story, 12-unit residential buildings and two six-story 120-unit mixed-use buildings will soon begin upon a former golf course along the Green River Trail in Kent, with phase 1 to be complete by 2020. Bisnow.
  • Snohomish County
    • A new 18-floor apartment building we be built near the Interurban Trail and future Alderwood light rail station in Lynnwood. Everett Herald.
    • The state Department of Natural Resources seeks public input on new biking and hiking opportunities in Reiter Foothills Forest near Gold Bar. DNR.
  • Pierce County
    • A Tacoma city councilmember writes an excellent letter to the editor about prioritizing people over parking. Justin Camarata, TNT.
  • Kitsap County
    • A developer will begin construction of a small addition to the Sound to Olympics Trail on Bainbridge. Kitsap Sun.
  • Statewide
    • “Pedestrian and bicyclist deaths double statewide in recent years,” Seattle Times.
    • Dori Monson says something inane about how walking and biking is more dangerous than our car culture, and how efforts to calm traffic is really about writing speeding tickets and generating revenue for government. MyNw.
    • “WSDOT performance report analyzes agency-wide retirement trends,” Suburban Times.




  • “Young Rider Profile: Sam Zivin,” NW in Motion.
  • “Criterium Delirium,” SDOT.
  • “New book celebrates the American bicycle racer whose name we should know,” Seattle Times.
  • “Kelsey Withrow: Woodinville’s Cinderella Woman,” Woodinville Weekly.
  • “Gear Grinders snag podium spots at Roslyn Race,” BI Review.



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 Field Coordinator, Cascade
Major Taylor Ride Leader/Instructor, 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
Program Coordinator, Bike Works
Individual & Annual Giving Manager, Cascade
Staff Accountant, Cascade


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1 Response to Bike Happy: Ride naked & in circles

  1. OneCyclist says:

    Psst! If you enjoyed your Solstice Cycling yesterday (wow!), have you considered the Body Pride Ride?

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