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Record number of bicycle trips made last week

 

peeps at Fremont BrdgRESIZEWay to go Seattle. With a dose of good weather, many Seattleites chose a healthy bike ride as the way to travel last week. We set new one week highs according to our counters at Fremont and Spokane.  For the week of May 12, 32,427 people rode bikes over the Fremont Bridge and 9,812 passed by the Spokane counter. While we didn’t break any day records last Friday, the official Bike to Work Day, it was fun watching the numbers click upward. Interested in seeing the data for yourself? Click here for Fremont and here for Spokane.

 

Help Get Seattle Moving

The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board is seeking new members

The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (SBAB) is accepting applications for new members to advise the City on the concerns and needs of the growing bicycling community. The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1977, plays an influential role in implementing the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan. The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Photo courtesy http://carfreedays.com (used with permission).

Photo courtesy http://carfreedays.com (used with permission).

Board members serve a two-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Current members represent all types of cyclists and skill levels, from casual weekend riders to year-round commuters. Members must be Seattle residents and may not be city employees. The board meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Seattle City Hall.

Mayor Murray and the City Council are committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, youths, seniors, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities, and persons of color are encouraged to apply. Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by June 6th to walkandbike@seattle.gov with “SBAB” in the subject line. Interested persons without internet access may call 206.684.7583.

To learn more about the board or join the mailing list for agendas and other board updates, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/sbab/default.htm.

Bike to Work, Day of Play, and Roxhill Block Party!

OH_helmet fitting 3Today is Bike to Work day! Need to drop your kids off at school? Take them with you by bike! Show your kids how to plan a comfortable route and drop them off at school on your way to work. Biking is fun and it’s not just for kids!

Throughout the city, SDOT is making safety improvements for walking and biking to school. Since 2007, SDOT’s Safe Routes to School program, funded in part by funding the Bridging the Gap levy, has improved safety at 39 schools in Seattle. SDOT is also building neighborhood greenways to schools all over town. These safer, calm residential streets are getting kids to school in West Seattle, Beacon Hill, Ballard, Wallingford, Greenwood, and Wedgwood.

In celebration of Bike to School month, SDOT’s Safe Routes to School program is sponsoring walk and bike to school events. These events encourage families to get outside, have fun, and use newly improved infrastructure around schools like sidewalks, curb bulbs, planting strips, street trees, public art, and street lighting.

photo 2On Saturday April 26th SDOT’s partners Cascade Bicycle Club, Feet First, and Seattle Greenways organized The Day of Play at Olympic Hills Elementary in Lake City, promoting healthy ways of getting to school.  More than 115 kids were fitted with helmets and received prizes for successfully making it through a bike rodeo that taught safe bicycling skills. The Seattle Fire Department’s Senior Fire Cadet Program brought a shiny red fire truck for kids to see and taught kids about fire safety and how to dial 911 in an emergency.

Roxhill Elementary School’s Block Party was held on Mother’s Day, celebrating the important role mothers play in keeping kids safe, healthy, and active. Feet First and Cascade Bicycle Club were again teaching kids the skills for walking and biking in their neighborhood. 50 kids received new bike helmets and navigated through a bike rodeo. Two beautiful brand new bikes were raffled off. Roxhill Principal Sahnica Washington and PTA President Alejandra Diaz joined in the fun riding on the Walking School Bus.

The fun continues today at Roxhill with an All School Walk Day where school buses drop kids off a few blocks from the school and everyone walks to school together. Denny Middle School marching band will provide tunes for the walk, and State Representative Eileen Cody and School Board Member Marty McLaren will be there to support walking to school.

For more information about Safe Routes to School, visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/saferoutes.htm.

Record Number of People Ride Bikes Over Fremont and Spokane Street Bridges

Warm weather, Bike to Work competitions and improving bike infrastructure seem to be attracting more people to jump on their bikes. Tuesday, Seattle 8080139598_6200bb6d59hit an all-time high with 6,088 people crossing the Fremont Bridge on bikes. And this wasn’t the only location experiencing high bike volumes. Spokane Street had its  highest day with a cool 1,847 people riding by yesterday. The official ‘Bike to Work Day’ is tomorrow, Friday. The weather isn’t predicted to be as warm, but it feels like a challenge is brewing. Seattle, let’s blow these new highs out of the water! Tune in on Monday to see how we do.

Please remember when crossing the Fremont Bridge that pedestrians are vulnerable users too. Ride slowly, or walk your bike and always let someone know if you are passing. Roll on!

 

Broadway’s Artful Bike Bollards and Power Poles

Protective blue bollards edge the bike lane in Broadway,

Protective blue bollards edge the bike lane in Broadway,

Have you been to Capitol Hill lately and seen the low lying loops along Broadway? The burly blue barricade? What are they? Where’d they come from? What are they for?

"Eye of the needle" caps the tops of a power pole on Broadway.

“Eye of the needle” cap on pole supporting streetcar power line.

They’re called “bollards,” and they’ve been placed along the newly opened Broadway Protected Bike Lane to help drivers identify the edge of the bike lane. They also provide a visual and physical barrier to protect people riding bikes. The Broadway Bike Lane was developed as part of the First Hill Streetcar Project.

The bollards’ design is the work of Seattle artist Claudia Fitchwho worked with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) staff and First Hill Streetcar Project designers, including Mithun, to develop site-integrated artwork along the entire route of the streetcar. Imagining the streetcar’s continuous power wire as a thread tying neighborhoods together, Fitch drew on metaphors related to sewing, needlework and beadwork in conceiving her creations. That’s why the bollards are suggestive of ”stitches,” and large sculptural “beads” and “eye-of-the needle” caps adorn the poles supporting streetcar power wires.

There are 21 bollards along the 1.2 mile bike lane within a 2’ wide buffer separating bikes from cars. They were manufactured of molded plastic by Landscape Forms in Kalamazoo, Michigan and are filled with hundreds of pounds of sand.  Members of the Seattle Conservation Corps assisted with their installation.

Fitch’s artwork includes many public art installations in the Northwest, including at CenturyLink Field and in the South Lake Union neighborhood. She has also exhibited her work in museums and galleries nationally and internationally.

Her streetcar artwork was commissioned with funds transferred to SDOT from Sound Transit. SDOT partnered with the Office of Arts & Culture to administer the art project.

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Another “eye of the needle.”

"Beads"on streetcar poles at the Yesler platform.

“Beads”on streetcar poles at the Yesler platform.

 

 

Just in-time bicycle path!

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Biking to work this month? Why not ride your bike on the fancy new shared-use trail located at the south end of downtown? The Washington State Department of Transportartion recently opened this brand new connection between South Atlantic Street and South King Street - just in-time for Bike to Work month.

Features include:

  • Dedicated 14-foot-wide shared-use pavement.
  • Pedestrian/bicycle-scale lighting.
  • A northbound and southbound separation to make it easier for users near South Atlantic Street.
  • Landscaping (to be completed at a later stage).

These bicycle/pedestrian improvements are associated with a project that opened a new overpass to the west of Seattle’s stadiums in January 2014. By allowing traffic (including pedestrians and bicyclists) to bypass the busy railroad track that crosses South Atlantic Street, the overpass helps move freight and daily commuters more reliably through the area.

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Bike to Work Day – Friday, May 16th!!!

Bike route signage - making it easier to find your route.

Bike route signage – making it easier to find your route.

Are you a seasoned veteran or a newbie rider?!  It’s time to celebrate Bike to Work Day this Friday, May 16.  Bike to Work Day is an annual event and has been used to inspire many folks to try riding to work for the first time.  Biking to work can be a challenge, but with a little pre-planning and thought, many of the obstacles can be overcome fairly easily.  Below are a few of the common questions we hear from folks:

What route should I follow? 

The City of Seattle has an on-line bike map to help you pick the best route to get from home to work and back.

Can I ride on the street or sidewalk? 

\Bicyclists must follow the same rules of the road as other vehicles.  This link will help you become reacquainted with the do’s and don’ts of riding a bike in Seattle!

Where can I take a shower or get cleaned up after my ride?

Check with your building management to see if there are locker facilities in your building.  Many of the new buildings offer these facilities.  If that is not an option, check with a local gym as many offer day passes.  As a last resort, you can always clean up in the bathroom at work.  Many long-time riders utilize this option daily.

Green bike lane along N/NW 130th Street.

Green bike lane along N/NW 130th Street.

How do I get my clothes and shoes to work?

Plan ahead!  Many riders will bring stuff in the day before or keep a set of clothes at their desk.  Many items needed for one day can be packed neatly in a back pack for the day.

What if I can only ride one way? 

You can always put your bike on the bus if you can only ride one way.  All King County Metro, Sound Transit, Pierce Transit and Community Transit buses have bike racks for your use.  For information on how and where to load your bike on a bus, please visit King County Metro.

Planning ahead and doing a little bit of research can make your ride much less worrisome.   The Cascade Bicycle Club has a whole host of links, tips and ideas available on their commuter webpage.    In addition, Washington Bikes is a great resource for issues facing cyclists across the state, for information please visit their web page.

Bike Lane along Columbian Way.

Bike lane along Columbian Way.

There has been a big increase in the number of cyclists on the road already this month with the good weather.  However, you can expect to see many more this Friday.  It’s a good opportunity for all of us to slow down, look out for each other and be respectful of all roadway users!  For more information on Bike to Work day and the scheduled events please visit the webpage.

Have Coffee on Us and Tell Us What You Think about Biking and Walking!

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In celebration of Bike Month and perfect springtime weather, we’re hosting coffee chats around the city to hear what YOU think we can do to encourage more walking and biking in your neighborhoods.

1. Complete a fast and easy online survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/neighborhoodgreenways

2. Stop by for Free Coffee:

3. Email your thoughts to: WalkAndBike@Seattle.gov

Share your thoughts with us between Friday, May 9 – Monday, June 2, 2014.

Accommodations are available upon advance request to Dawn Schellenberg, Community Engagement Liaison, at (206) 684-5189 or by email at Dawn.Schellenberg@Seattle.gov.

Corridor Safety Projects Improve Safety for All

We’ve blogged extensively about Corridor Safety Projects over the years including projects on Aurora Avenue N and our latest effort on Lake City Way. With these projects come signs alerting drivers that a “Traffic Safety Project” is occuring on the roadway. But these projects address much more than just “traffic” safety, they address safety for pedestrians and bicyclists too.

Our first Traffic Safety Corridor sign on Rainier Ave S

Our first Traffic Safety Corridor sign on Rainier Ave S

Corridor Safety Projects occur mainly on principal arterial roadways. These are generally the busiest streets in the city with the highest vehicular speeds. In other words, they are the most difficult streets to cross for walkers, bikers, and transit users.

Our latest endeavor on State Route 522/Lake City Way will make substantial improvements for those that choose to travel via human power. Using traffic data and local knowledge to identify difficult crossings, a number of areas will soon receive much needed ped and bike safety upgrades. Locations include Lake City Way at NE 145th Street, NE 130th Street, the mid-block crossings near NE 125th Street (shown below), NE 110th Street, 24th Ave NE, NE 95th Street, and 14th/15th Avenue NE. Improvements range from complete intersection reconstruction to the installation of curb ramps and from transit stop improvements to flashing beacon installation. Be sure to check out the project’s Action Plan for all of the details.

The mid-block crossing north of 125th

The mid-block crossing north of 125th – cyclists crossing!

Just to be sure we get this point across to those folks who, sadly, do not read the SDOT Blog, we emphasized pedestrians and bicyclists on the Lake City Way project signs. Six of these signs will soon adorn the side of this roadway reminding drivers to watch out for vulnerable users. And remember, stop for peds and bikers, it’s the Lake City Way!

Yep, there's plenty of ped and bike activity along Lake City Way

Yep, there’s plenty of ped and bike activity along Lake City Way

Be a tourist in your own town!

 

Bicycle Sundays are for everyone!

Bicycle Sundays are for everyone!

 

Did you know they have already started?  Bicycle Sunday is one of the oldest open streets events in the country, a time honored tradition that makes our City so great!  Hundreds of people flock to the street to enjoy one of Seattle’s most beautiful streets without cars.   Lake Washington Boulevard between Mount Baker Beach Park and Seward Park is closed to vehicle traffic, and becomes the exclusive domain of bicyclists, tricycles, walkers, runners, and baby strollers for 12 consecutive Sunday afternoons, from May to September. It is a fun, safe, free and healthy recreation opportunity available to all ages and abilities.   No matter your age, your level of mobility, or your preferred mode of non-motorized transport, everyone in the family can enjoy this event.

Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed to motorized traffic from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. for the following 2014 dates:

May 4, 11 and 18

June 1, 15 and 29

July 6 and 13

August 10 and 24

September 14 and 21

Tips for safe riding:

  • Be in control of your bicycle and ride on the right side of the road
  • Wear a helmet at all times
  • Give pedestrians the right of way
  • Ride at a safe speed and slow down in congested areas
  • Use hand signals and look before turning
  • Obey all traffic signs and vehicle traffic laws
  • No more than  two cyclists side-by-side in either direction
  • Respect the rights of property owners
  • Stay aware: boulevard residents and boaters need access by car

Sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation and Cascade Bicycle Club.

Join in on the Sunday fun!

Join in on the Sunday fun!