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We all have the potential to be superheroes. By looking out for each other as we travel, we have the power to save lives.
Issue: #4
January 2013
Spotlight: Prepare for a happy and healthy new year. Resolve to improve your health by walking and riding a bike more. This issue of Walk Bike Rider features resources designed to support your efforts.


Options to Get Around


In the event of an emergency, is your bike part of the plan for getting around? As Seattle continues to develop emergency preparedness plans, bicycles will play a critical role, especially when it comes to post-disaster mobility. Adding a working bicycle to your emergency preparedness plan with spare tires, tubes, an air pump and fix-a-flat kit will put you ahead of the game, providing a mobility option you may not have considered. Read more here.


Metro receives praise for some new routes since the September service changes. Route 50 improves connections between West Seattle and Link light rail and Route 40 better connects downtown Seattle, Ballard and Northgate. There is more frequent service now on routes 31 and 32 between the University of Washington and Interbay, more midday trips on Route 21 between West Seattle and downtown, and more frequent service on routes 131 and 132 between Burien and downtown. Stay on top of service changes this year by signing up for Metro Alerts to receive text messages and email alerts about service changes and disruptions. Preview snow routes, transit news and tips for winter travel at Metro Online and check out the new interactive snow map.


Car2Go is a new and different way to carshare in Seattle

It's a free-floating network of cars that are available on-demand for point-to-point trips. Members have unlimited access 24-7 and can use cars without a reservation. Read more and register now to be eligible for a free lifetime membership and 30 free minutes of drive time.

Tools to Help You Walk, Bike and Ride

Bicycles are the key to walkable, accessible American streetscapes. Learn solutions to five common excuses not to ride to work, and read about an innovative light to prevent bikes being caught in a car's blind spot.


AAA Washington now provides roadside bicycle service. Bicycle transportation service for riders of disabled or inoperable bicycles, including tandems, rented bikes and bike trailers, is now available to all AAA Washington members.


Inspiration to Walk, Bike and Ride


The recent transformation of Maynard Avenue South includes more than street trees, pedestrian safety improvements, and a new sidewalk extension. Beautiful art inlays like this are one example of the joyous experience of a walk through the Chinatown-International District.


Kids can master their own neighborhoods by bike. Reading how one kid did it could inspire your family to do the same in 2013.


Could pedestrians and bicyclists be better for the economy? Some people believe they are likely to spend more than drivers. Read about the recent study here.



"Let Freedom Ring," a region-wide celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, birthday, happens Monday, January 21. Workshops begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a rally at 11 a.m. and march from Garfield High School, 400 23rd Avenue, to the Federal Building on Second Avenue.  Read about it here and use Metro Transit's online trip planner to find a bus route to get there. 

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