Vol. 3 , No. 7  July 2012

In this issue

  • Spotlight on:           The Livable City    
  • Options:                   Find the travel option that fits you.    
  • Tips and Tools:       Tips for the best possible walking and riding experience
  • Inspiration:              One man's commute           
  • Upcoming:               Hydroplane races are here again.  

ThemeMonthSpotlight of the Month:  The Livable City

Roosevelt bike laneLivable = Accessible: Walking, biking and riding to and around Seattle's great neighborhoods builds community and supports local businesses. A robust transportation network can reduce transportation costs by providing lots of travel options. It can enhance our quality of life and draw new businesses and visitors to our city. Streets and sidewalks provide paths to get us from point A to point B. But if we look closer, we can also see them as opportunities for making community connections, supporting active lifestyles and contributing to vibrant neighborhoods. In fact, in 2011 Seattle Magazine featured their opinion of Seattle's Best Neighborhoods and the criteria they used to choose them included livability, accessibility and walkability or in other words "the sweet streets" shaping Seattle's future."  

OptionsHeaderOptions to Get Around

Find the travel option that fits you. Need accessible travel services? Want to know your bike and rail options? Find the travel options that fit you on this handy King County Metro web page.

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Summer is the perfect time to try walking, biking and riding transit for more of your trips. The Seattle Department of Transportation's (SDOT) July and August Walk Bike Ride Challenge may be just the incentive you need to get going. Eliminate at least two car trips per week and track your trips online. We'll enter your name in a drawing to win a new electric bike from Electric Bikes Northwest, a one-night stay for two at Seattle's Pan Pacific Hotel, a Nordstrom $100 gift certificate courtesy of Commute Seattle, a $100 REI gift certificate, $100 Seattle Farmers Market gift certificate, and a Zipcar membership with five+ hours of car use credit, a $150 value. Sign up.  The more trips you enter, the more chances you have to win one of the great prizes.  




ToolsTools to Help You Walk, Bike and Ride

Register by July 30 for the Safe Routes to School Summer Institute August 9-10. Sponsored by the Office of the Superintendent of Publis Instruction, this is an opportunity for teachers, volunteers, and Roosevelt bike lane interested individuals to attend sessions on bike and pedestrian safety education, encouragement, engineering best practices, and many other topics that contribute to Seattle being one of the most livable cities. 


Improve your cycling experience. Use your head; do the right thing; be an easy rider; develop good road sense.  Here are 23 steps you can take to improve cycling performance, safety, comfort, and enjoyment.





Roosevelt bike lane Improve your walking experience.  Here are some Dos and Don'ts from the Walking Site, a web site where you can get walking information, tips and motivation. Follow these tips and not only will you reach your destination, you'll get there more quickly and improve your health.  








Montlake Ped-Bike Bridge Detour:  Construction crews have fenced off the remaining NE area of the Montlake Triangle, closing off the bike/ped ramp that connects NE Pacific Place to Montlake Roosevelt bike lane Boulevard.  If you walk and bicycle in and around University Hospital, the Montlake Bridge and "lower" UW campus, you'll want to check out the detour map.  You also can sign up for Sound Transit's bicycle updates.  Get more bike-related info here


Bike Works, best known for youth programming, a full-service bike shop, and adult repair classes, is adding family biking, an adult riding class and Family Bike Expos to the mix.  Upcoming events include the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Summer Streets August 18, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Rainier Avenue S. and S. Ferdinand Street and Mt. Baker Day in the Park  August 18.  Take advantage of Bike Works' rental fleet to try family cycling without making a major purchase.  Reserve rental bikes with and sign up for Bike Riding For Big Kids - Bicycle Street Smarts for Adults who currently know how to ride.  The August class is on the 29th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

InspirationInspiration to Walk, Bike and Ride

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Read how one man developed a 100% solar-powered commute.  Undriver Bob Edmiston now commutes to work on a bike, clad in business clothes, without sweating, and saved himself $2,245 in the process. It's all in  "Undriving" Story #4267. "My E-bike is my Excuse Eliminator."


Roosevelt bike lane Shuttle to the Hydro Races Friday, August 3, 8:30 a.m. - Sunday, August 5, 6:00 p.m.  Ride a free Metro shuttle between the Othello light rail station and the hydroplane races on Lake Washington this weekend. Shuttle service to the Albert Lee Cup races will be provided Friday through Sunday from Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and S. Othello Street to the Stan Sayres Pits near Genesee Park.




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The Umojafest African American Heritage Festival Rally takes place August 3-5 at Judkins Park.  Take Metro Route #4 or use the Every Trail smart phone app to map a bike route.

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