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Once Around the Web: Bike Month Keeps Rolling!

Bike Works’16th Annual Kids Bike Swap is This Saturday!

If your kid needs a bigger bike, stop by Bike Works’ Bike Swap on May 12th, 2012, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118). This event is an opportunity for families to trade in a bike their child has outgrown for a larger bike – just in time for the summer riding season!

This year there will be lots of entertainment (Bubble Man, Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, Jug Banditos and more!) and free bike helmets and fittings from Seattle Children’s Hospital. SDOT is a sponsor of the bike swap this year and we’ll be out there looking for input from families on biking. Stop by and tell us what you think!

Admission is free and everyone is welcome at the festival. You don’t have to bring a bike to join in all the activities. Families looking to buy a bike, who do not have a bike to trade-in, are welcome to shop for a low-cost bike after 12 p.m.

“Share Your Style” Bike Fashion Show

Over at the Cascade Bike Blog, they have put out a call to any and all bike fashionistas – the Bike to Work Day Ballard Street Party is next weekend and they want to see you strut your stuff. The event is part of SDOT’s Summer Streets and is Friday, May 18, 2012 from 4 – 7 p.m. on 22nd St NW between Market St. and Ballard Ave. next to Bergen Place Park in Ballard. Put it on your calendar and come celebrate Bike to Work Day in style!

New York City Announces Citi Bike Bike-Share Program

People are pretty excited; Citi Bike will disperse 10,000 bikes at 600 docking stations across Manhattan by this summer and at no cost to the city or taxpayers. It is designed to provide a low-cost transit alternative in a city where almost half the workforce lives within five miles of its place of work. Helmets will be encouraged, not required, which is consistent with New York state law.

Citi Bike will work similarly to car sharing programs like Zipcar. Residents will pay an annual fee of $95, which entitles them to free trips if they are 45 minutes or less. Longer trips will then cost an additional $2.50, and accelerate in price if a journey lasts longer than 75 minutes. But as Streetsblog points out Bike-Share Is for Short Trips, Not Four-Hour Jaunts

The vast majority of trips on DC's Capital Bikeshare are less than 30 minutes long. Short trips are what makes bike-share tick. Image: JDantos


What’s SDOT’s position on bike-share programs you wonder? Will Seattle have one? Find out here

If you’re interested in this topic, you might also want to read this:  Social Equity and Bike Sharing Systems as well as this one:  New Survey Shows Overwhelming Support for Federal Investment in Bike-Ped

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