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Issue: #3
October 2012
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Spotlight: Together We Can Keep Seattle Moving on Snow Days

Did you know the City of Seattle designates major east-west and north-south corridors for snow and ice clearance to keep you moving on snow days?  These corridors are the busiest in the city. They are the streets that connect neighborhoods to downtown, major employment centers and the greater Puget Sound region. They serve major institutions like hospitals and schools and are the streets used most frequently to deliver public safety and transit service. SDOT is relabeling these snow routes as "Gold" or "Emerald." Gold routes have regional significance, and SDOT's objective is to restore bare pavement on all gold route lanes within 12 hours of a significant lull in a storm. Emerald routes have citywide significance; SDOT'S objective is to restore bare pavement on one lane in each direction within 12 hours of a significant lull. New maps that display gold and emerald corridors will be available online by mid-November. Get familiar with these routes and you'll know where to grab transit service on snow days so you can get around the city without having to drive.  

  

Speaking of helping one another get around in the snow, you can do your part, too!  Shovel your sidewalk. It's neighborly. And it's the law. While SDOT and King County Metro ensure that bus routes are clear, residents and businesses can keep their sidewalks clear of snow and ice so riders can get to bus stops and other destinations safely.

   
Options to Get Around
Safety and mobility improve, especially for north-bound bus and bike riders at Mercer Street and Dexter Avenue North.
Adding a south-bound lane on Dexter between Roy and Valley Streets makes it easier for motorists to get into the left turn pocket and not block north-bound buses and bikes. Get updates on the Mercer Corridor project here 
Sounder trains now serve South Tacoma and Lakewood, providing more transportation and opportunities for people to walk, bike and ride. Read the Seattle-Lakewood schedule to learn about new stops.  Then experience plush seating, bicycle storage and great views! 
Tools to Help You Walk, Bike and Ride
New Pedestrian and Bicycle Overpass CompleteNot only does the W. Thomas Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Overpass connect lower Queen Anne Hill to Myrtle Edwards Park, it completes the Lake to Bay Loop. Walkers and bike-riders who use it will enjoy views like this! This is a big deal for lower Queen Anne as the overpass' proximity to Seattle Center activities could make the neighborhood a top bicycling destination.

 

 

The Eastlake neighborhood now has critical bicycle and pedestrian linkages to South Lake Union, Downtown, and the University District. Bike or walk in the neighborhood, and you'll appreciate the extended sidewalk and pedestrian space at the intersection of Fairview Avenue E. and Fairview Avenue N. The improved intersection shortens the distance pedestrians have to cross the road.  The project also fills a gap by connecting the existing path on the north and the Fairview Avenue Bridge to the south; so, what had been a missing piece in the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop is no more. Now, there's a 6-feet-wide asphalt walkway along the water side of Fairview Avenue E. that connects to the walkway on E. Blaine Street.

 

Miss the September-October Walk Bike Ride Challenge? Show us you've got the right stuff. Take the pledge and sign up now for the winter challenge. 

Inspiration to Walk, Bike and Ride

 

Riding the big wheel to work. Frustrated with the bus and the costs of driving, Keith Board learned that taking the train and then riding his bike saved him lots of money and helped him lose 75 pounds. Earlier this year, Board supersized his wheels to a new 36-inch big wheel unicycle. With handlebars and hydraulic brakes. It allows him different views and is a real attention-getter. Board is a big fan of his multi-modal commute. Riding the unicycle is "like recess twice a day and the best therapy ever."

  

Don't let the rain stop you from biking. With the right gear and a little preparedness, riding in the rain actually can be quite nice.  The Cascade Bicycle Club has great tips to keep you riding through the winter including how to stay dry, warm, mud free and most importantly...safe!

 

Think you have to dress like a racer when you get on a bike?  Think again. The style conscious can see what's new from finalists in the Seamless in Seattle contest, designers of metamorphic gear, recycled and urban cycling clothing for the professional. 

 

 

   

Ride up and be counted! Bike counters increase the visibility of bicycling and demonstrate that bicycles are a legitimate and popular mode of transportation. Seattle's first bike counter is now located at the Fremont Bridge. It is a visual reminder of the contribution cyclists make to protecting the environment, reducing traffic congestion and promoting a healthy life style. 

 

  

Corral those bikes! Beacon Hill's Red Apple grocery store now features a bike "corral" in a prime location--its parking lot!  You don't have to drive a car to do your shopping. Get bikes corralled in your neighborhood. Show this web article to local merchants.

 

Upcoming

 

Bike Master Plan Update Public Meetings. Do you bike everywhere? If not, would you like to?  Come to a public meeting to see a citywide map of proposed bike lanes and other bike facilities and tell SDOT if you would ride a bike on these streets and where you see gaps. All three meetings are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

November  7   City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room, 600 4th Avenue

November  8   New Holly Gathering Hall, 3815 S. Othello Street

November 13  Gould Hall at the University of Washington, located on N.E. 40th Street between Brooklyn Avenue N.E. and University Way N.E

 

Mayor Mike McGinn submitted his 2013-14 budget proposal to the City Council in September. It included funding for high capacity transit planning, safer routes to schools and basic maintenance. Now you can make your voice heard. Share your priorities online, by email or over the phone.

 

November 23 and 24 kick off the holiday season with Winterfest. Activities start on November 23 with the Macy's Holiday Parade, tree lighting at Westlake Center and activities at the Seattle Center. On November 24, it's Magic in the Pike Place Market. Leave the car at home. Take the bus, light rail and monorail to travel among events.

 

 

Car and van-poolers spending the day downtown can use e-Park to find parking faster using the bright e-Park signs. Try the new mobile friendly site and get real-time parking space availability at your finger tips. 

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Regards from the Way to Go, Seattle! Team

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