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Issue: 10
October 2013


The Season's a Changing: 

Let's Keep Walking, Biking, and Riding!

Seattle fall days can be full of crisp air and autumn sunshine. Let's be honest, they can also be full of rain and darkness. That doesn't mean we can't keep walking, biking, and riding transit as the season changes. This month, don't forget to be seen and look out for others when you're on the road. If you're out walking or riding a bike at night, make sure you're properly lit and take extra caution. Get out and continue to enjoy the fresh air. Go for a stroll and check out the changing leaves. Seattle is a beautiful place in the fall. Just don't forget your umbrella!


Options to Get Around

Try Out a New Way to Walk and Bike in Ballard

SDOT recently opened a 2.1 mile-long neighborhood greenway in Ballard that improves walking and biking access to a park, schools, shops, restaurants, and services along NW 58th Street. Some improvements include new stop signs to control key intersections, bicycle pavement markings, new curb ramps, speed humps, and crosswalks. These make the residential street safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to walk and ride bikes. Try it out!

Aurora BAT Lanes:
Open For Business

No, not that kind of bat. The  Aurora Avenue BAT (Business Access and Transit) lanes  opened in September, between N 38th and N 115th Streets. The lanes give buses priority in both directions during the morning and evening commute. SDOT also put traffic signal timing improvements along the corridor. So hop on the Route 358 and enjoy a faster ride!


Tools to Help You Walk, Bike and Ride

Walking Safely on Halloween


Make sure you and your kiddos 

look both ways when crossing 

the street for that next candy bar! 

Check out these safe walking tips 

for Halloween.

  Get Your Bike Back!



Ever had the unfortunate experience of getting your bike stolen? It's certainly no fun. The Seattle Police Department has a new tool to help you get it back! Check out SPD's newest Twitter Feed, @Getyourbikeback 



Inspiration to Walk, Bike and Ride

Wheel Options - October 1 - 31

Choose not to drive alone to work at least six days this October and you could win a trip for two to Hawaii, as well as other great prizes! Sign up for Wheel Options.



Shrinking Bigfoot Calendar Contest


When it comes to energy use, a big footprint is a big problem! Seattle City Light is asking kids in grades 3-6 to show others how they can save energy and shrink their carbon footprint by sending creative artwork for their 2014 calendar contest (deadline for submission is October 11). Your budding artist could win an awesome prize! Need ideas on reducing your travel footprint? Remember that fossil-fueled ground transportation accounts for nearly 40% of our carbon footprint here in Seattle.




Walk2More Challenge in the Rainier Valley - now until November 9


Feet First's Walk2More Challenge encourages people living and working near light rail stations in southeast Seattle to walk to more local destinations instead of driving. Weekly prizes are up for grabs!










Light Up Your Ride - Oct 24, 4 - 6 pm


Head down to McGraw Square for Commute Seattle's newest event - Light Up Your Ride. Get your fill of snacks and swag, like bike lights and reflective bands, to make sure you're seen this fall while walking and biking. More event details coming soon.



Applications for Safe Routes to School Mini Grants due Oct 25


Learn more about these $1,000 grant opportunities to improve safety around your neighborhood's school.




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