While change is nothing new to the bike commuters along East Marginal Way/Alaskan Way, we want to make sure you know that more change is headed your way. Beginning May 10, there will be a new detour in place for bicyclists between S Jackson St and Spring St. Bicyclists and pedestrians will be detoured onto a shared-use path under the viaduct, and along a section of the Elliott Bay Trail. The existing sidewalks on the west side of Alaskan Way will remain open if you prefer to use this route. Please see WSDOT’s detour map along with their waterfront detour video for more information. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the detour accommodations for bicyclists during this time, please contact Tessa with Cascade Bicycle Club and/or Broch Bender with WSDOT at 206-805-2817.
Why do you ride? For fitness? For transportation? To feel the wind in your hair? Being on a bike represents different things to different people. To capture the stories of these many, awesome reasons for getting on a bike, Raleigh has recently launched a new website that’s designed for sharing videos about what riding means to you.
All you need to do to enter is visit the site, create an account, and upload a video, tagging it to Cascade Bicycle Club under “Cause ride name.” At the end of the month Raleigh will chose their favorite of all the videos tagged to Cascade to receive the bike.
So get out your camera (or camera phone!) and tell us your story. With everything going on during Bike Month it’s the perfect time to reflect on all of the great reasons for getting on a bike!
What an amazing turnout at today’s Bike to Work Breakfast! I am humbled when I look around the room at this event and see all of the people, companies and organizations who believe in — and support — our mission.
A special congratulations to Public Health — Seattle & King County, which was recognized with the Doug Walker Achievement Award for theirCommunities Putting Prevention to Work. Through CPPW, Public Health awarded 55 grants to community-based organizations, school districts, consultants and local governments to tackle the prevalence of poor health in communities of south and east King County, specifically through policy and environment changes that will lead to healthier transportation choices and healthier places.
Supported by CPPW funding, Cascade worked with seven jurisdictions in south and east King County to provide guidance and training around the development and adoption of active transportation policies and plans. Eighteen months later, we’re excited to announce that this collaboration has paid off. Communities, including Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, SeaTac and Snoqualmie now have new policies and plans in place — such as Complete Streets — establishing the vital voundation for bicycling and walking to be comine viable and attractive means of transportation and recreation in these communities.
Today’s keynote speaker, Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon held Seattle up as Portland’s “big sister” to the north. He praised us for being the nation’s most popular city. But, alas, we are falling behind Portland and other cities in terms of bicycling leadership. Portland gets that bicycling is part of a lifestyle that matters to people, and it helps attract talent and businesses. Based on changes that Rep. Blumenauer sees across the country — notably in the District of Columbia — bicycling isn’t just a passing fad or “weird Pacific Northwest thing”. It’s a movement that’s taken hold and accelerating.
Chuck Ayers, Cascade Executive Director, reminded us all in the room — citizen activists to elected leaders — that there is much work to be done in our region, and that we’re hungry to see Seattle and Washington lead the way for bicycling and accelerate the movement locally. Some of our work over the next year — working for the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan 2.0, launching the Advocacy Leadership Institute and releasing BizCycle — are some of the key ways we’re working to push the dial.
For me, the best moment (after hearing Blumenauer wax poetic about Portland) was our new video. Please meet three people who — with your support and the support of Cascade Bicycle Club and our Education Foundation — are helping lead the way in their communities. Brooks Stanfield of Burien, Madi Carlson of Seattle and Oliyad Beyene of Seatac.
Do you ever cruise the streets of Seattle thinking, “My ride would be so much better if…”? Well, next time don’t just ride by the problem area – whip out your smart phone and film it!
When you are out on the road or trail this May for Bike Month we want your help capturing areas of Seattle that need improvement in order to be better for bicycling. With the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan up for an overhaul this year, it’s essential that you be the eyes on the street. Show us what would make your bike ride all that much better and we’ll help get it in the plan.