Archive for 'Bikes'
Here are some recent additions that might interest you….
The Broadway Cycle Track now has a webpage of its own:
And you can see more photos of the Broadway Cycle Track here:
If you missed the Center City Pedestrian Safety Holiday Campaign kickoff, you can still catch up on all the fun!
And one more thing - are you concerned about traffic safety in your neighborhood? Go to our Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program webpage for a list of 2014 Safety Meetings scheduled around the Seattle.…the final dates will be added later, but you can make a note on your monthly calendar.
A bikeable city is one where people of all ages and abilities ride bicycles for any trip purpose because it is a convenient, fun, safe, and healthy transportation option. The 2013 Seattle Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) aspires to encourage and accommodate more people to ride a bike. Over the next 20 years, Seattle will add approximately 100,000 new people and jobs within the city limits. One way to accommodate this growth will be bicycle investments, done in conjunction with other transportation improvements improves the city’s livability, affordability, public health, transportation choices, economic competitiveness, natural environment, and the creation of safer streets for all users. The BMP charts a path to these outcomes.
The recommended plan is online now, go here to review the recommended document: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster_materials.htm
- A reader’s guide that summarizes major changes in the Mayor’s recommended BMP as compared to the public review draft plan, which SDOT published in June
- Recommended plan (by chapter)
- Recommended bicycle network map
The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) determination for the BMP will be published on Monday, December 2nd. There is a comment period on the SEPA determination. The determination and environmental checklist will be posted on the project website on Monday the 2nd.
Some future dates to be aware of:
- SDOT presentation and discussion with the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (SBAB) on Wednesday, December 4
- SDOT presentation to City Council Transportation Committee on Tuesday, December 10
- Special meeting of the City Council Transportation Committee on Wednesday, December 11 to take public input on the recommended plan
- Additional deliberations by City Council on the recommended plan will occur in early 2014; dates of subsequent meeting will be posted on the project website.
SDOT thanks you, the public, for your participation in the development of the Bicycle Master Plan.
SDOT crews recently installed some very unusual pedestrian lights on the south side of – and underneath – the Columbia Street on-ramp to the south-bound lanes of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. As you approach the intersection you notice a white glow coming from below the ramp, within feet of the sidewalk and extending higher and higher as the ramp climbs to the west. This long strip of LEDs is supplemented by three strands of closely spaced white bulbs strung overhead to the building just to the south.
Now, here’s the kicker. Underneath the on ramp between First Avenue and Post Alley you’ll find three long strips of lights affixed to the beams that support the ramp. All that can be said is that the space is no longer dark or dingy. Or dull for that matter.
So, the next time you’re in the area, swing down to Post Alley and Columbia Street to see what is killing off our gloomy corners.
Seattle is a great place to ride a bike and unlike many locations across the county we can pretty much ride our bikes year-round. The rain doesn’t stop a lot of hearty Seattleites from riding to work or for play – they just allow more time, use added caution, and throw on an extra layer or two. Thanks to the Bridging the Gap (BTG) transportation initiative passed by voters in 2006, biking is becoming safer, easier and more accessible throughout the City.
2013 has been a great year for BTG cycling projects across the city and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews are working to wrap up their work, making it easier to ride a bike in Seattle. So far this year, SDOT crews have completed work on installing seven miles and restriping 70 miles of bike lanes and sharrows; inspected 40 miles of trail across the city; and made improvements to ten key locations (such as the Burke Gilman Trail near the University of Washington). Crews are currently working to finish installing more than seven miles of neighborhood greenways, 25 miles of bicycle route signage, and 400 bicycle parking spaces across the city. All this work will be buttoned up by the end of the year.
Over the first seven years of the BTG program, SDOT has made key investments to make bicycling a transportation alternative for Seattle residents whether they are navigating to work, home, school or for pleasure. SDOT is working hard to keep the promises made as part of the BTG program and is working to keep Seattle moving.
For more information on BTG and work it is doing please visit the web site.[More]
It was a busy Wednesday night, with multiple community meetings happening November 6 – Beacon Hill Pedestrian Improvements, Bicycle Advisory Board and 23rd Ave Greenway - with the latter drawing a large crowd. Approximately 150 people showed up to Nova High School Auditorium to hear about the 23rd Avenue Neighborhood Greenway project, and provide comment to the City. The team is now working hard to review that input and respond to questions.
The 23rd Ave Greenway project would install a neighborhood greenway near 23rd Avenue, a busy arterial, for a more comfortable environment to walk, run, skate and bike in. Many concerns raised by community members, however, were in regards to the larger more expansive 23rd Ave Corridor project. That project held open houses in March and June of this year, and expects to continue work on design through May of 2014.
Meeting attendees talked a great deal about potential traffic backups with the larger 23rd corridor paving project, and with cars spilling into nearby neighborhood streets due to corridor changes. Also raised were concerns about speed and traffic volumes on already narrow streets as well as the need for safer arterial crossings.
Regarding the greenway plans specifically, community members voiced support and a desire for safer routes for families to walk and bike. SDOT is appreciative of everyone’s participation and plans to continue gathering input, then report back to the community sometime in early 2014.
For more information on the 23rd Greenway or the 23rd Corridor projects, visit:
Corridor Project – http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/23rd_ave.htm
Greenway Project – http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/23rdgreenway.htm
The Bridging the Gap (BTG) Transportation initiative was passed by Seattle voters in 2006. BTG committed not only to construct city-funded transportation projects, but also to leverage other funds and support a variety of regional and federal partnership opportunities.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and BTG have delivered on that promise. Over the first six and half years of the BTG program, more than $167 million has been raised from outside partners. Grants leveraging BTG funds make up over two-thirds of the grants awarded to SDOT. Since passage of BTG, the average annual amount of grants awarded to SDOT has increased more than 50 percent.
To date, approximately $340 million in BTG funds have been spent, while stimulating a gain of $167 million in grants. This is well above the commitment of 20 percent in grant funding. BTG has helped SDOT keep its commitment and solidify a very successful grant program that is based on solid projects – projects that are ready to go and qualify for available local matching dollars.
These awards have enabled completion of projects SDOT manages: roads and bridges, public transit, bikeways and sidewalks, safety programs and school zones, major projects, historic preservation and basic pavement maintenance.
For additional information on BTG, please visit the web page.[More]
The fall application deadline has passed for the Safe Routes to School Mini Grant program and we have received this year’s crop of submissions. In all, 19 different groups submitted applications for up to $1,000 to fund their school program that encourages kids to bike or walk to school. This year’s applicants will be notified of awards by early December for fund distribution in early 2014.
The types of requests vary greatly, from a request to fund pedestrian crossing flags to an appeal for funds to support a fledgling Walking School Bus. A group of seven elementary and K-8 schools requested funding for an impressive community-oriented program that will encourage active transportation to school rain or shine. A Bike to School Month celebration will include a bike rodeo, helmet fit, bike maintenance and more.
A second round of funding will begin in spring of 2014, with applications due in April. If you have ideas for a program at your school to encourage bicycling and walking, be sure to check the Mini Grant web page in the spring and apply for a grant.[More]
Next Wednesday evening join SDOT staff to learn more about pedestrian safety improvements coming to the North Beacon Hill area! A public open house begins at 6 p.m. at Beacon Hill International School.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Presentation at 6:15 p.m.
Beacon Hill International School
2025 14th Avenue S
Accessible by Metro Routes 36 and 60
- a new sidewalk on Beacon Avenue S
- intersection realignment at Beacon Avenue S and 14th Avenue S
- curb bulbs at 14th Avenue S and S College Street
- a new ramp on the Holgate Street bridge leading to SODO.
Many of these improvements were recommended in plans including the Southeast Transportation Study (SETS), Beacon B.I.K.E.S. Circulation Plan, and applications through Neighborhood Park and Street Fund.
See you next Wednesday with details![More]
Fall has arrived in the Northwest, although it has been somewhat atypical with lots of sunshine, fog and the lack of rain. One thing is clear, the days are getting shorter and darker as Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews work to wrap up their work for the year.
Thanks to the Bridging the Gap (BTG) Transportation initiative, crews have been busy with lots of construction that will continue deep into the fall. SDOT crews are working to finish up more than 12 lane miles of paving; construct 7 blocks of new sidewalk; install 130 new curb ramps; repair 25 blocks of sidewalk; install 7 miles of greenways; replace 1,575 new street name signs; plant 600 trees; install 25 pedestrian countdown signals; implement 42 crossing improvements; and complete 190 bridge maintenance requests. As SDOT strives to complete their work plans for 2013, the department is already starting to look ahead and plan for 2014.The end of summer saw SDOT complete its work on nine Safe Routes to School projects, the remarking of 533 new crosswalks, the installation of 2400 new regulatory signs, five new stairways rehabilitated and the selection of 12 neighborhood projects for construction.
While it has been a very busy year for BTG and SDOT crews, daylight savings ends this weekend. As the days get shorter and darker, please remember there is still a lot of work to be wrapped up before the end of 2013 so please slow down and watch for SDOT doing this work to make Seattle a little easier to get around.
For more information on the BTG program please visit the web page.[More]
As many of you might know, 23rd Avenue is a heavily trafficked transportation corridor. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) plans to install a neighborhood greenway near this busy arterial to provide a more comfortable environment for people of all ages and abilities to walk, run, skate and bike.
Please join us for a project open house and be part of creating a great greenway for all!
Wednesday, November 6
5:30 – 7:30 pm, presentation at 6 pm
Nova High School Auditorium
300 20th Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98112
For more information about the project, or for a flyer to invite friends and family, please visit our website: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/23rdgreenway.htm[More]