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Issue: 7
July 2013
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Summer in the City
  
When the sun is out in Seattle, Seattleites get busy enjoying all the city has to offer. July's sunny weather brings great opportunities to walk, bike, and ride to your summer destinations.
  

 

Walk to a downtown park for some midday fun at the Out to Lunch concert series or check out one of Cascade Bike Club's youth bike camps or daily rides. Cool off by taking transit to one of the city's beaches or wading pools and sprayparks. Also, don't miss Bike Fridays at the Henry Art Gallery, offering several biking-related events as well as free Friday admission for cyclists.

And remember, you can win prizes if you log your trips with the Walk Bike Ride Challenge - the more trips you report, the more chances you have to win prizes like a new bike, Zipcar and car2go memberships, tickets to the zoo.... and many more! Not signed up yet? What are you waiting for? July is the perfect time to get moving, get active, get prizes.

Options to Get Around

The Street is Complete

 

The Linden Avenue North Complete Street Project is finished, along with the City's first urban cycle track. Urban cycle tracks provide a lane for bicyclists that is physically separated from cars and distinct from the sidewalk, helping reduce perceived risk, fear of collisions, and the risk of dooring crashes. Don't miss the opening ceremony on July 13 from 10 am to noon.

 

Safer crossings at NE Pacific and Latona Streets

Several positive changes happened at NE Pacific Street at Latona. A new marked crosswalk is allowing for safer crossings at this location. Accessibility for people with mobility challenges has been improved with new curb ramps on the northwest and southwest corners; and a wider curb ramp on the southwest corner has improved bicycle access to the Burke-Gilman Trail. These projects were funded through the City Neighborhood Park and Street Fund project, which allows the community to propose solutions to transportation issues.

Students from John Stanford International School use the new crosswalk to safely cross NE Pacific Ave while trekking to Gasworks Park for their annual Field Day.

 Photo Credit: Meg Chadsey

 

 

Tools to Help You Walk, Bike and Ride

Safe travel tips for high temperatures

Want to beat the heat? Did you know you should drink about one cup of water per mile of walking? These Safe Walking Tips and Hot Weather Bike Tips from goDCgo will help you stay cool while walking, biking, and riding in summer weather. 

Increased evening and weekend bus service 

 

The City of Seattle is buying added service on nine high-ridership routes. This funding allows Metro to increase evening and weekend frequency from 30 to 15 minutes or from 60 to 30 minutes.

Inspiration to Walk, Bike and Ride

You Count

There is a new bike counter on the South Spokane Street swing bridge. It is located along the east approach to the bridge and counts all cyclists as well as their direction of travel.

The daily total of bikes crossing the bridge is displayed along with a 'bar' showing the running total for each calendar year. You can also view the numbers on SDOT's website.

Upcoming

Bicycle Sundays - selected Sundays through September

Join your neighbors to bicycle or walk along Lake Washington Boulevard south of Mount Baker Beach to the Seward Parks entrance. Lake Washington Boulevard is closed to cars from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m for these events.

 

Subpop Jubilee - July 13

Subpop Record's 25th anniversary party takes over Georgetown for one day of free live music and celebration of the label that helped establish Seattle as a world-class city for music. With great bus service to Georgetown as well as secured bike parking at the event, leave your car behind and take part in this "25th Anniversary Public Display of Affection" for the iconic Subpop Records.

 

Capitol Hill Block Party - July 26 - 28

The Capitol Hill Block Party showcases over 100 of the best bands and DJs from the Northwest and beyond and features six stages over three days in the center of Seattle's South Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Party raises money for local organizations including the The Vera Project, KEXP, and the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. The Block Party is a supporter of this year's Walk Bike Ride Challenge, and is helping attendees learn about greener, healthier ways to travel to the event!

 

Out to Lunch concert series - Wednesdays and Fridays through September 22

The 35th year of the Out to Lunch concert series features free lunchtime concerts in Downtown Seattle's public parks every Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer. Take a stroll outside during the day and check out these exciting community events.

 

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Regards from the Way to Go, Seattle! Team

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