Vol. 3 #2 

In this issue: 

Spotlight onTransit Master Plan

Options:         Walk and bike during Mercer Street construction

Tools:             New Metro On-line.  Bicycle repair shop reopens in Pioneer Square

Tips              Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street

Upcoming:     Learn about bicycling at Women on Wheels & Bike Expo

ThemeMonthSpotlight of the Month: Transit Master Plan

See what Seattle is doing to make riding transit the way to go.  Good public transit ties our neighborhoods together, helps alleviate congestion, reduces pollution and improves community health. Transit improvements are one of the best, most cost-effective investments to improve Seattle's streets.  This March, the city of Seattle is launching its newly developed Transit Master Plan.  Based on a large amount of public input and data, the plan contains important information about current and projected transit ridership and defines the priorities that will guide future transit investments.

OptionsHeaderOptions to Get Around

How bikes and pedestrians are getting around the Mercer Street project.  Click here and scroll down to see the details of the detour maps below that were developed especially for pedestrians and bicycles. 


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Learn about travel options during Mercer Corridor construction. Pedestrians and bicyclists are encouraged to stay safe and follow the signed detour routes through the project area during Stage 2 construction. To help with this, crews are installing fencing around pedestrian detours and re-painting crosswalks. Click here to subscribe to e-mail alerts on the Mercer Street project and here to see a calendar of major construction projects and events that will affect your commute, subscribe and receive updates.  

ToolsTools to Help You Walk, Bike and Ride

'Test drive' the new version of Metro online.  Give King County feedback on how this website can help you get around better. Also, changes are coming to the transit system in Seattle and communities to the north and south of the city. They'll increase connections, reduce duplication, and make the system more efficient.   Click here to have your say about what's proposed.


Pioneer Square's Back Alley Bike Repair is open for business.  Repairs and other service previously availble at the now-closed bike station have reopened at a new location in Nord Alley.

 InspirationTips to Help You Walk, Bike and Ride


Walk Bike Ride Challenge Year-end Raffle winners tell their stories of how they changed the ways they travel.


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Silvio S. won an electric bike donated by e-Moto!  "The Walk Bike Ride Challenge was easy for me. I'm used to riding my bike and taking public transportation. I found that the biggest obstacle I had to overcome was carrying heavy groceries home using my bike and public transit.  My favorite experience with the Walk Bike Ride Challenge was just getting around town with fellow Seattleites!  My advice for others is just to start changing how you travel, and like everything else, it just becomes a part of your routine."




Roosevelt bike laneKarlyn B. won a one-night stay at the Pan Pacific Hotel! Karlyn notes:  "I had fun participating in the Walk Bike Ride Challenge.  I bought a scooter as a 50th birthday present to myself last fall.  I began using my scooter as the first leg of my commute (1.5 miles); taking the 303 or 41 bus to my job downtown from Northgate. I also found how much more I learned about my neighborhood and my neighbors when traveling by scooter instead of car.  I learned one of the neighbors on my scooter route is a fabulous gardener and has chickens in his back yard!"


Join Silvio and Karlyn in the Walk Bike Ride Challenge, Registration for the next round starts February 24th


Road Safety: Winter driving conditions still exist in many parts of western Washington. Driver, pedestrian and bicyclist interactions can save lives.  When you are at an intersection waiting to cross, acknowledge any nearby drivers to make sure you are seen and avoid being in a collision.



W.O.W. - Women on Wheels March 1  Pick up a schedule of cycling events; chat with local cycling advocates; meet other women cyclists, industry reps and cycling pros.  For details, go to  WOW!  Bike and ride on Metro routes 16, 26, 48 and 359, or use the 2011 Bicycling Guide map to bike all the way!! 




 Cycle to the 2012 Seattle Bike Expo March 10-11 at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal. Instruction and games for younger riders; two stages and a performance arena will showcase world class athletes, coaches and speakers. How about trying to bicycling to the event? If you do, use the Elliot Bay bike trails and links to get there.  Click here to download a detailed venue map  Secure bike parking is available directly in front of the facility at the bike corral for a small donation to Bikeworks. The first 350 riders each day who use the corral will get a free giveaway item.

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