Bicyclists/Pedestrians

On Thursday, July 2 Peace Lutheran Church will host a potluck-presentation block party from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring the Tour de Revs, a trio of Lutheran pastors travelling cross country on a bamboo bicycle built for three to promote wellness and raise awareness and funds to end hunger. 

This will be stop 39 of 65 in their 13,000 mile journey traveling on their custom bamboo bicycle created by Craig Calfee from a design originally created for local production in the developing world.
 
The cycling Revs will share about their trip, the bike, and their mission to end hunger.  Cycling youth from Peace Lutheran, St. Luke's in Bellevue, and Our Savior's in Issaquah will be cycling in that evening from a local cycling and service trip and will also share about their experience.
 
West Seattle and White Center Food Banks along with other local charities and community agencies will be represented, the grills will be grilling and the people chilling.
 
Bring a non perishable food item for the West Seattle and White Center Food Banks and something to share.
 
Ride your bike and end the evening with a sunset ride in beautiful West Seattle with the Revs.
 

06/08/2009
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Photo courtesy Tour de Revs

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society invites residents to bike into history as its 2nd Annual Bike Tour returns to West Seattle Sunday, June 7, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

The bike tour accompanies the historical society's popular walking tour series, showcasing some of West Seattle’s most influential landmarks.

Beginning at the Log House Museum on Alki Beach, the Bike Tour is a casual five-mile bike ride around the Duwamish Peninsula via Alki and Harbor Avenues and West Marginal Way. Featured sites on the route include the Log House Museum, the newly reconstructed Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza, Alki Beach, Anchor Park (formerly Luna Park) and the new Duwamish Longhouse on West Marginal Way.

Bike tour creator and museum assistant Sarah Frederick and museum director Andrea Mercado are excited about the bike tour’s unique format in reminding Seattleites of West Seattle’s central influence on the city’s history.

06/01/2009
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The Southwest Seattle Historical Society, which operates the Log House Museum, is hosting its second annual bike tour June 7.

Seattle Summer Streets is a city program that opened up Alki Avenue to pedestrians and bicyclists on May 31.

Its aim is to celebrate the spirit and personality of the neighborhood and support local businesses, according to the city.

Bicycles, trikes, skateboards, wheelchairs and pedestrians took over Alki Avenue Southwest from California Way Southwest to 63rd Avenue Southwest between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The weather and automobile traffic cooperated, and many took advantage of the day.

05/31/2009
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Steve Shay

The Rivas family chose four-wheel drive to enjoy the city’s Seattle Summer Streets program. Cones blocked off most traffic along Alki Avenue between 9 a.m. and 5:0 p.m.

The next Southwest District Council meeting is on June 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. and will include a presentation of the City of Seattle's Pedestrian Master Plan, which was released in draft form on May 7.

Read about it here.

View the draft plan here.

The meeting will be held in the President's Board Room at South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W.

05/26/2009

The West Seattle High School Parent Teacher Student Association’s 5K Run will take place in conjunction with the Alki and Seattle Summer Streets Party, Sunday, May 31 on Alki Avenue Southwest from California Way Southwest to 63rd Avenue Southwest 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Seattle Summer Streets is a city program that will open up streets to pedestrians and bicyclists, and aims to celebrate the spirit and personality of their neighborhood, and support local businesses, according to the city.

Each event is organized by a local group.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to showcase Alki Beach in a way the locals and visitors don’t get a chance to see on a daily basis,” said Joe Fraser, general manager of Duke’s Chowder House. “People can walk along the boardwalk and see what the buzz is about. From boutique retail shops to restaurants, Alki is the place to be.”

05/19/2009
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West Seattle's Summer Streets event is Sunday, May 31. Alki Avenue Southwest will be opened up to pedestrians and bicyclists only to California Avenue Southwest to 63rd Avenue Southwest.

Mayor Greg Nickels is seeking candidates for the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board, which consists of 11 members who serve two-year terms in a volunteer capacity.

The board’s primary role is to advise the mayor, city council and all city departments and offices on matters related to bicycling and the implementation of the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan.

Specifically, board members seek to improve safety, access, and mobility for bicyclists. Board members contribute to planning and developing projects, as well as evaluating and recommending changes in city policies, design guidelines and regulations.

If interested in being considered, send a letter of interest and resume, which demonstrates your knowledge, experience, and insights into bicycle-related current issues.

Applicants must reside within the city limits. The board meets in City Hall on the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m.

E-mail a letter of interest and resume by July 6 to Douglas.Cox@Seattle.gov or by mail to:

Doug Cox
Seattle Dept. of Transportation
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3900
P.O. Box 34996
Seattle, WA 98124-4996

05/18/2009
Mayor highlights what's been done, what's to come

Mayor Greg Nickels said today, May 13, that transportation investments through the voter-approved Bridging the Gap levy continue to make improvements to roads, bike lanes and sidewalks.

Bridging the Gap was proposed and approved in 2006 to catch up on a multi-million backlog of needed infrastructure projects. Since then, more than $159 million has been invested on transportation upgrades.

“The Bridging the Gap levy is transforming Seattle,” said Nickels, in a statement. “From walkways to roadways, from bus service to bike lanes, you see the benefits in every neighborhood of the city. We’ve made lots of pedestrian improvements, too, and thanks to Bridging the Gap funding, we’ve got a plan to make walking even safer.”

During the first two years of the levy, the Seattle Department of Transportation has:

- Paved more than 68 lane-miles of road

- Secured 20,000 new hours of transit service

- Striped 57 lane-miles of bike lanes and sharrows

- Replaced 17,135 regulatory signs

- Replaced street name signs at 2,119 intersections

- Planted 1,604 new street trees

05/13/2009
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Mayor Greg Nickels poses with city transportation department workers May 13.

Have you ever considered how a minor shift in the emphasis on words in a sentence changes the meaning of the sentence? You may well consider such an exercise a little too pedantic – teacher like – for your taste, but my reason for even mentioning it, I hope, will become clear.

Let’s look at the well known and over used sentence, “Life is good,” as an example. I use this sentence as an example because it’s one that I take to heart. One of my favorite caps has this logo stitched on it.

Let’s first place emphasis on the word “life.” “Life is good” has a different meaning than does “Life is good.” While this isn’t a huge shift in meaning, it does tell us something about your focus.

Life is good” signifies that the mere presence of life is good, that just living is somehow adequate and that the alternative should be avoided. I can’t argue with that view. Then I place emphasis on “good” and things change.

05/11/2009
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Provided by Dave Kannas

Life is good, for bike columnist Dave Kannas.

Mayor Greg Nickels today announced the release of the city’s draft Pedestrian Master Plan, the first citywide action plan aimed at making walking safer and easier in Seattle.

Launched by the mayor’s 2005 Pedestrian Safety Initiative, the Pedestrian Master Plan provides the city with a comprehensive strategy for making Seattle the most walkable city in the nation.

In the next six years, the city will invest $60 million to support pedestrian improvements through the 2006 Bridging the Gap levy. The Pedestrian Master Plan systematically examines the needs of walkers across the city and helps identify and prioritize projects in areas with the greatest need, according to a press release from the mayor's office.

Improvements include: new sidewalks, sidewalk repairs, safe routes to school, pedestrian countdown signals, crosswalks, pedestrian signage, and stairway rehabilitation.

05/07/2009
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The Seattle City Council’s Joint Pedestrian Safety and Transportation Committee today, April 24, got a look at the recommendations for the city's first Pedestrian Master Plan.

The Pedestrian Master Plan Advisory Group was convened soon after the council created an Ad Hoc Pedestrian Safety Committee in January 2007. The committee's vision is that Seattle become a “walking city” that recognizes that as we grow, people will walk in ever-increasing numbers.

In the committee's own words, “the plan:

Cites the best of what Seattle has done thus far and encourages a continuing sense of pride in accomplishment;

Demands respect and safety for pedestrians;

Requires that pedestrian connections be made to and among parks, schools, transit, shops, civic spaces, work spaces, and other land uses;

Encourages people to walk for their own benefit, for the life of the city, and for the good of the natural environment;

Obligates all branches and sectors of city government to conduct their work with reference to the vision; and

Names the public and private investment that will be necessary to meet the vision.”

04/24/2009