Connecting Families through Outreach and Cycle Tracks

The area around Westlake Avenue N is growing, which means more people are traveling to and through the Westlake area, whether for work or for fun. And like the rest of Seattle, a lot of those people are on bikes. Westlake is especially popular because it’s a direct, flat and scenic connection between Lake Union and the Fremont Bridge.

To provide a safer place for people biking, walking and driving in the Westlake area, SDOT is building the Westlake Cycle Track – a protected bicycle lane along Westlake that improves safety, connectivity and accessibility for all travelers.

We’ve been hard at work reaching a diverse group of community members – including the bicyclists of tomorrow: kids!

Last summer, we met some aspiring future bicyclists at the South Lake Union Block Party, and shared the importance of always wearing a helmet when riding a bike.

Interactive games such as Pin the Helmet to the Cyclist were used to engage kids and instill life-long riding safety habits such as wearing helmets.

Pin the Helmet on the Cyclist education game

Later in the fall at a project open house, we had hands-on activities for kids…

Open House attendees getting lessons in biking.

 

So they could learn the rules of the road…

Rules

And tell us what they love about their bikes:

Your Bike

On Tuesday, May 26from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  at the MOHAI – we’re hosting a “meet the artist” event. Westlake users will be able to meet Jennifer Dixon, the selected artist for the Westlake Cycle Track, share what they love about the Westlake area, and see Jen’s past art experience.  And, like all Westlake events, friends and families are welcome.

The Westlake Cycle Track will open in early 2016. We are looking forward to a safer, more predictable corridor that welcomes ALL ages and abilities!

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Project Information Line: 206-909-8578
Project Email: WCT@Seattle.gov
SDOT Communications Lead: Dawn Schellenberg