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Issue: 2
February 2013
Happy Valentine's Day. Love the way you move.

Last month we gave you New Year's resolution ideas to help you incorporate walking, biking and riding transit into your lifestyle. Hopefully you are off to a great start in 2013! This month we're sharing inspirational stories to keep you motivated.


Rachel completed the Walk Bike Ride Challenge this summer and has this story, "My favorite experience during the Walk Bike Ride Challenge was biking from Ballard to Greenlake, over Phinney Ridge. I wouldn't have done it before, or even thought that I could do it! I also had the satisfaction of biking from Ballard to First Hill for a doctor's appointment, and having the doctor compliment me on my low blood pressure. Not driving = good for you!"


Yingzhao donated his car to live a car-free lifestyle and noted, "I sound like a Mastercard commercial. Today: Handmade mochi from the Japanese church: $4. Excellent Banh Mi sandwich at the Vietnamese grocer: a whopping $2.25. Injera for an Ethiopian dinner: $9. Living in Seattle's walkable Central District, where running an errand is pure pleasure, with the magic of traveling: priceless! I walk back, carrying groceries and filled with gratitude and wonder."


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Options to Get Around
You pilot, we navigate. Special events build a sense of belonging and community pride. Construction activity is a necessary part of maintaining and improving the infrastructure you use every day. However, navigating these things can be a pain. To help you avoid congestion and make good travel choices, SDOT created a map showing major planned transportation construction and special event street closures. The map also highlights bike facilities. Bookmark the link so you can plan your trip before you go.

Traffic signals give the green light to transit. Over the past five years, SDOT has been improving traffic light signals 

along the new RapidRide C and D line corridors to give priority to buses so they can stay on schedule. You will also see signs at many RapidRide stops that provide real time bus information so that you can better plan your trip.   
Tools to Help You Walk, Bike and Ride

One stop transportation resource. SDOT has a ton of information on how to maintain your street trees and sidewalks to make it easier for people to walk; plans for improving walking, biking and transit service in Seattle; information on street permits; construction projects and more. Our 684-ROAD phone line is a one-stop resource to contact us with any questions or assistance regarding SDOT services or issues. If you prefer, zip us an email at

More transit choices in the future. 2013 is an exciting year for advancing transit in the city of Seattle. Here are some ways to get involved:

  • You have probably heard about the new First Hill Streetcar scheduled to begin operations in early 2014.  But did you know SDOT is designing an extension of the First Hill Streetcar into Broadway's retail corridor? Let us know what you think about the possible alignment. Read about the options on our web site and take a moment to fill out our online survey.

  • We want to improve north-south transit through Downtown Seattle and connect the First Hill and South Lake Union streetcars. The first step is happening this year to decide which street, or streets, to use and what transit mode would work best. Come to our first Open House on February 6 at City Hall and learn more.   

Inspiration to Walk, Bike and Ride


A new way to date. Valentine's Day is almost upon us. This year ditch the chocolate and try some of these healthy options instead:  




Take a walk with your Valentine and enjoy the views Seattle has to offer, our great parks, public art and more. Visit Seattle All Stairs, click on the map and choose a walk that incorporates one of our many public staircases.

Image compliments of SF Bicycle Coalition



Join a drop-in bike repair party for adults interested in helping Bike Works get bikes out of landfills and back on the road. Parties are held every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. This can be a fun date night or an opportunity to meet new people . Each session has a slightly different focus.




February 7 Bike Love Party. During First Thursday

Art Walk in Pioneer Square, Bicycle Alliance of Washington will throw open its doors for an Open House. Admission and beer is free, and there will be awesome music and raffle prizes. Don't miss out on this fun event to learn more about bicycling and other travel options!  

February 9 Stairway Walks Day. 

Feet First hosts urban explorations of Seattle, Bellevue, and Burien's beautiful outdoor stairways. Don't wait to sign-up, participation is limited.   


February 28 Women on Wheels 2013. This free event to celebrate women and cycling will have complimentary wine, beer, and food; representatives from major brands; inspiring speakers; discounts on clothing, accessories and bikes; and a free gift bag to the first 350 guests. New and experienced riders are welcome. 

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