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West Seattle Bike Connections


  1. We would like to introduce a new bicycle group for the West Seattle area and environs: West Seattle Bike Connections (WSBC)! We would like to engage those in the area who are interested in cycling, making improvements in the cycling infrastructure and providing a cohesive response/input to decisions that could effect cycling in the West Seattle area.

    We have some upcoming meetings which will be posted here soon. Feel free to comment (play by WSB rules, no bashing of anyone or anyone's mode of travel choice) if you can't join. If you feel ok leaving your email here we will add you to the email list. Otherwise we will have more contact info for you shortly. We hope to meet more cyclists in the area and are looking forward to working with you!

    Mission Statement:
    Provide advocacy and assistance for those traveling by bicycle to, from, and around West Seattle

    Goal Statement:
    Make cycling a safer, efficient and attractive option for travel to downtown and for destinations in and beyond West Seattle neighborhoods, for riders of all ages and abilities.

    Help connect West Seattleites to school, work, transit, shopping areas, friends/family and recreation by bicycle.

    Give West Seattle a strong voice in the 2012-13 Seattle Bike Master Plan update.

    Engage the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the Washington State Department of Transportation (WADOT), King County Metro, the Port of Seattle and other groups (governmental, private and non-profit) interested in providing alternatives to driving; emphasize positive impact of cycling on freight mobility and highlight the usefulness of convenient bike+bus/bike+rail travel options for all modes of travel.

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  2. Count me in, I'll watch for contact info.

    Thanks Al.

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  3. Our Facebook page has been launched: http://www.facebook.com/WestSeattleBikeConnections

    We will be doing an outreach at the lower bridge Thurs, Oct 25 from 6:45 - 9:45 AM.

    The next scheduled meetings are:

    Saturday, October 27, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
    C&P Coffee, California Ave
    Meet to plan our participation in the SDOT BMP public meetings scheduled for Nov 7,8.&9. Other group general planning with likely also take place.

    November 7, 8, & 13, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m,
    SDOT Seattle Bike Master Plan Public Meetings
    http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster.htm
    Meetings to attend under consideration currently since there are multiple dates and locations.

    We will be forming a Google group as well for easier contact/info sharing. Once that's done we will post it here.

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  4. It is very important to hear from everyone who uses a bicycle in West Seattle. This group will provide a unified voice to SDOT. Please join in. Let us know your "hot spots", in your neighborhoods or on your way to other parts of town.

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  5. Don_Brubeck
    Member Profile

    THANK YOU STU and West Seattle Spokespeople! Allies in this effort to give West Seattle a voice in the bike master plan update. And we really value what Spokespeople are doing to make riding in our neighborhoods safer, easier and enjoyable.

    I met "Al" on my ride home from work today. We talked (can't do that in a car commute!) about putting together a "top 10" or "top 20" list of hot spots and desired improvements to present to SDOT that we hear about through this forum and the facebook page and in meetings and events.
    A number of people have listed theirs already on the facebook page. If you have thoughts to share, please do!

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  6. I'm in ! Thanks for being a leader on this!

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  7. Bikewise is a good site to document problem areas. http://www.bikewise.org/ It also links the request to the appropriate agency. However, sometimes there is no appropriate agency for the route along the waterfront/E. Marginal. For biking contacts you can also specifically email walkandbike@seattle.gov with questions, comments and specifics about problem (or good!) locations.

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  8. As a cyclist, what are the most problematic points for you in/around West Seattle? Let's get a list going so we can put together a "top 10" or "top 20" list of hot spots and desired improvements to present to SDOT.

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  9. The improvements I most desire are for secure parking places.

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  10. Fauntleroy between 35th and where it joins Alaska is generally a pretty awful place for cyclists. People drive that stretch like they think they're still on the bridge, and that the bridge is the interstate. Also the stretch of California between the Alaska and morgan junctions needs a bike lane or something. Now that I think about it might as well be all of California. Cars like to "buzz" cyclists on that street.

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  11. Something loosely related to the topic:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuBdf9jYj7o

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  12. Great notes! I will add these to our list.
    DBP - very good link. I am afraid that here in the US, in spite of the huge number of traffic fatalities (not even including those injured) each year, the cost of driving (to both individuals and basic infrastructure), and the increasing interest in alternatives, we are not even close to where the Dutch were when their system was built.

    Maybe it's the US mind-frame (the individual before the collective good?), maybe it's the lack of interest, the way cyclists and bus riders and even pedestrians are marginalized by both drivers (get them out of my way, it's "my" road!) and the city (planning for cars first, then add in ped/cyclist infrastructure rather than planning for all modes of travel at one time - this has been very evident in the waterfront restructure planning from the start). I wish it was as easy as cyclists and pedestrians staging protests, but I fear unless gas becomes unafforable - and no president as far as I can see, or gas companies for that matter, will let that happen in the near future...only a crisis would lead to a Dutch system here on that scale.

    Since we aren't there yet, and often cyclists are fighting for a place on multiple levels we can keep our eye on that model and work towards it, piece by piece.

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  13. That Fauntleroy/Alaska intersection that Smythe noticed is definitely one of my tops as well. Coming up Fauntleroy from the southwest to turn left on Alaska is incredibly hairy and I usually turn right and U-turn to go straight through on Alaska instead because the way the bike lane is configured, I'm concerned about accidentally cutting someone off and getting pasted.

    I mentioned this on the FB group too, but following the bike path eastbound along Spokane, where it intersects with Alaskan Way is very confusing. The path just sorta ends, and across the street there's a bike lane, but there's no obvious way to get there, and half the time there's a bunch of semis parked there anyway. I usually end up turning left on the sidewalk and crossing at the next traffic light.

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  14. Don_Brubeck
    Member Profile

    @Sunset: Yes, the bike is no good if you can't park it when you get where you are going, and have it still be there when it's time to leave. We've wondered about having bike racks and lockers around some of the suddenly very-far-apart bus stops. Some folks who now live too far to walk to the #21 or the new C-line could bike ride-park-n-bus ride. We could ask for this in the bike master plan update.

    Another thing you can do right now is ask businesses that you travel to by bike to request a free sidewalk bike rack from SDOT. Bike Racks
    http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikeparking.htm
    Racks are installed at the request of citizens and business or property owners or managers. SDOT Bicycle Program staff are available to meet with interested businesses to explain the program, answer questions and select locations for racks. They install during the wet seasons when they can't be paving or painting.
    Thanks for bringing this up.

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  15. Hi Don, do you know if SDOT re-activated the bike I parking installation program? It was halted last May due to budget reasons. If businesses wanted a rack they had to pay for it and, I think, get a permit. This is worth following up on. I will see what I can find out. I posted this on the WSBC FB page too.

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  16. on board
    Member Profile

    There are a number of great areas for consideration by this process. One that I hope will be addressed is the 5 way intersection down near the Chelan Cafe. I think it is where West Marginal, Chelan, and other streets converge. The pedestrian signals don't work, and the weigh triggers in the road don't work. There are so many cyclists that use this daily, I don't know why they don't fix this so that the signals are more reliable for pedestrians and bicyclists.

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  17. Great job taking the initiative and forming a local bicycling group here in West Seattle! I plan to attend the meetings and contribute any way I can. Most regular bike commuters know the problem areas, and I'm in agreement. Hopefully there will be a list at the meetings that we can prioritize.

    Was anything ever done from the West Seattle Bikeability Tour back in July? I rode in this, and would be nice to follow-up.
    http://westseattleblog.com/2012/07/west-seattle-bikeability-tour-40-riders-pedaled-then-discussed

    Lots of ideas about where this could lead. 501c3 non-profit status? Take in donations that go back to the community for providing assistance in getting cycling infrastructure? Like helping to pay for a bike rack somewhere that the city doesn't want to spend money on? Just thinking out loud. ;-)

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  18. Jeff, we would welcome you to join our next meeting this Saturday at C&P Coffee, 8:30 am. We will most definitely be prioritizing and getting ready to respond to the BMP. We do have lots of tasks for people to work on so hopefully we can make sure those are taken care of.

    Feel free to join the FB group as well - there's lots of information there too.
    And some of the WSBC will be at the lower bridge (west side) Thursday morning.

    If you do want to participate you can either give your email here if you are comfortable with that or stop by the low bridge or the upcoming meeting. Let me know if you can't do so and I'll give you another option.

    And I do have a copy of the final Bikeability Tour .pdf I can give you once I have your email address.

    Thanks!

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  19. Or I can just post the Bikeability link here: http://www.seattle.gov/sbab/documents/West_Seattle_Bikeability_Tour_Report_09102012.pdf

    Posted 2 years ago #         
  20. Don_Brubeck
    Member Profile

    Thursday morning 6:45 to 9:45 am 10/25

    Stop by to meet, have a treat to fuel the rest of your ride, find out about the group and sign our banner!
    at the approach to the lower West Seattle bridge where the Alki and Duwamish trails meet.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  21. Wish you guys would start earlier, I cruise through there around 6:15 every morning heading to W. Marginal Way.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  22. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hello, got a treat, signed our banner and took a flyer - we'd love to hear from you.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  23. Jeff H. I appreciate your response on the subject of self help and funding through a 501c3. I wanted to point out that Sustainable West Seattle is a 501c3 non-profit and supports bicycle advocacy through West Seattle Spokespeople. At our next Spokespeople meeting Nov. 10th 6pm at Alki Bike and Board we will be discussing exactly the tactic of self support and shovel ready self action. The city budget will always be a thwart to progress if we rely solely on that source. There are a few projects that we as a bicycle community can address ourselves with SDOT permits and some financial support.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  24. Thanks to everyone who could come out to the meeting today. We have a lot of information to sift through and organize. We hope to get more information out about the upcoming Seattle Bike Master Plan (BMP) meeting shortly.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  25. Here are some helpful City of Seattle online forms. Pictures are often incredibly helpful to submit if the online forms allow the image upload.

    * To contact the City to cut back vegetation that may be encroaching on the sidewalk/bike route this link is very helpful. Be aware that someone from the City could contact you personally for more information about location or follow up, so giving your real contact information could be helpful: http://web1.seattle.gov/dpd/complaintform/

    * To report mis-timed or malfunctioning signals, or signals that won't recognize a cyclist, potholes or damaged roadways, or sidewalk/path repairs, you can select the appropriate form from this City of Seattle site: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/potholereport.htm

    * To contact the Seattle Police Department, if it's not an emergency (like a problem area that has lots of speeding motorists or drivers blocking intersections), you can contact them via the "SPD Contact Form:" http://www.seattle.gov/police/contact/default.htm

    * And just a reminder you can also report bike-specific crashes, hazards, and thefts at Bikewise.org. If you enter information here, it will get reported to the appropriate City agency, if an agency is identified for that area. If not, you may want to follow up with the City directly. http://www.bikewise.org/

    * Finally, the City of Seattle has an informational web page with lots of links, good information and contacts for those interested in biking in Seattle: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikeprogram.htm

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  26. Don_Brubeck
    Member Profile

    Let's give West Seattle a strong voice in the Bike Master Plan Update.
    The public workshops on Nov 7 downtown and Nov 8 at New Holly are a big opportunity to be heard and make our presence known.
    We would like to make this our focus for the next 10 days.

    We need volunteers for these tasks:

    Most important: Attend if you can. And invite friends and associates who live or work or play in West Seattle, White Center, Burien, or SODO to attend, so that will be a political force that SDOT and City Council will want to listen to.

    Come prepared with a short personal story to tell SDOT's bike planners and others about why you ride (or don't), what challenges you face that relate to conditions for riding a bike, how that is important to our community, and what the City could do to improve things for bike riders, car drivers and pedestrians.

    We will try to have our most-mentioned routes and spots and types of facilities (bike lanes, greenways, etc.) identified in advance.

    We are recruiting trained ride leaders for a group ride home from City Hall after the 5:30-7:30 pm Nov 7 meeting
    and ride and bus/train group leaders from New Holly after the 5:30-7:30 pm Nov 8 meeting at New Holly Gathering Place. It is at S Holly & 43rd S near the Othello light rail station and #50 bus from West Seattle.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  27. If you want to contact WSBC directly, you can now do so via email. Please have patience if you email us, we will try to get back to you as soon as we can if you have questions.

    wsbikeconnections (at) gmail (dot) com

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  28. Many people would like to inform an agency (government or otherwise) about an opinion or make a suggestion. Many do not follow through because they put it off, or they are scared of doing it wrong. While contacting an agency about your opinion is always good, making sure your opinion is taken seriously is of high importance. Below are some tips about how to express your opinion in a thoughtful and reasoned manner.

    - Make sure you address your letter or email to the correct agency/agencies or person/s and that you have the spelling correct.
    - State why you are writing. What specifically has you concerned? Location? Actions of others? Damaged infrastructure?
    - Explain the problem that stems from the issue you see. Give a logical explanation of why the particular area is a problem – if you have examples give them. Provide pictures if at all possible that illustrate the problem area.
    - Respond quickly. Waiting months after a problem is noticed can create more time before the issue is addressed or fixed.
    - Keep your letter or email short. Stick to the point. Try to keep it within several paragraphs if possible. Don’t resort to name-calling or blame. Be careful to suggest fixes that are possible like filling a hole or replacing a drain grate rather than complain generally about your entire bike route.
    - Use your real name and contact information if you are comfortable doing so. Many agencies will respond to you for either a thank you or sometimes even to obtain more information. Real-world experience is valued and some agencies are quite responsive.
    - Remember that your input can be invaluable for others. If you see a problem, remember that you are likely not the only one. To create a better infrastructure for cyclists mandates good input from cyclists.

    http://seattlelikesbikes.org/wordpress/?p=168

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  29. WSBC recently heard from SDOT about the upcoming Seattle Bike Master Plan meeting format for next week. Below is the summarized information:

    The format of the Nov 7 Seattle Bike Master Plan (BMP) meeting is a public meeting (open house with break-out groups). There will be a presentation about the BMP update and boards with the different draft products SDOT has been developing. The break-out groups will be an opportunity to focus on the draft topics and gather feedback from attendees. SDOT will have draft network maps with facility designations around the room, so people can put direct comments about the lines and facility designations and talk with staff and each other. SDOT is not yet at the point of intersection locations that need better bicycle improvements, though they know sites are numerous, and will have intersection treatments as part of the bicycle facility toolkit.

    The Nov 8 and 13 meetings will be an open house format, so no break-out groups with facilitators and scribes, with the same presentation and all of the same boards from the Nov 7 meeting with staff to talk with participants and gather feedback on the draft materials.

    There will also be an online lunch and learn on Nov 15 where SDOT will also be answering questions/gathering feedback. SDOT will have an online comments opportunity open for a month.

    SDOT encourages those who are interested to come to the meeting(s) and learn/respond to where they are with the BMP update and let us know if they are on the right track.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  30. Don_Brubeck
    Member Profile

    SDOT Bike Master Plan Update Community Meetings are
    Wednesday 11/7 5:30 to 7:30 pm at City Hall
    and
    Thursday 11/8 5:30 to 7:30 pm at New Hall Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave South (corrected address)

    Please consider participating with us, to give West Seattle a strong voice in the Seattle Bike Master Plan Update. We want to make bikes an important part of West Seattle's transportation network, with benefits not just to cyclists, but to car drivers, bus riders, truckers and businesses by helping relieve congestion on our streets, buses and bridges.

    We had a good planning session last night with folks who have quite different interests, routes, riding habits and neighborhoods, leading to a good discussion around a bike map, a composite list of problem points where there are poor conditions or conflicts with car and truck traffic, and our collective experience of good routes for different types of riders and purposes for riding.

    We agreed on this, I think:
    For the SDOT meetings this week, we'll do well if each of us goes to them to talk about the part of West Seattle and the routes we know best. Prepare to explain what and why a particular route is valuable, and what challenges you see in making it work better. It will help to promote what we like, what the City has done well, and make a polite requests for what could be better. This could be a Greenway, a path or trail, or a through-commuter route with bike lanes or just smoother paving to get to workplaces, or a recreational route for fast cyclists or for families, kids, slower riders. Bringing a map already marked up will help, especially at the City Hall meeting, to be able to transfer information to the City's maps in a potentially crowded session. If you bring something, you may be able to hand this kind of written or graphic information to the SDOT reps.

    A common theme among us was the desire to establish routes and facilities that feel and are safe enough to attract riders, like some of our spouses and kids, who presently are not comfortable riding on most West Seattle streets. In addition to places that work well already, like the Alki Trail, and "no-brainer" potential Greenways like the already-identified Delridge routes on 16th, 21st and 26th Avenues, there are other routes that could be in plan for riders wanting low traffic alternatives to arterials. Examples are 45th Avenue from Fauntleroy to Admiral as a lower traffic alternative west of California Avenue, and 34th Ave from Morgan into Arbor Heights, and a proposed Highland Park greenway through Westcrest Park, greenbelt, 11th Ave, South Seattle Community College north to Brandon.

    We do not want to forget or assume that the needs of commuters are other faster riders are taken care of already, or will be served by greenways. Improvements on arterials and trails are needed, and generally were identified in the WS Bikeability report and are in David's spreadsheet. The West Marginal and Duwamish trail has been ignored, but also needs help to work well for people commuting from the east side of WS to downtown or to Tukwila, Seatac, other points south and east, so if you know this route, your input to SDOT will be valuable.

    East-west routes are the obvious challenge. Avalon, Admiral, Fauntleroy, Andover, Alaksa, Orchard, Sylvan Way, Barton... Whichever ones you use or would like to use need advocacy for the type of improvements that deserve inclusion in the master plan.

    Participants: Bob Winship, Bob Weeks, Brian Paetsch, Craig Rankin, Jeff Hallman, Theresa Beaulieu. We enjoyed pizza from Slices on Alki, salad from Brian and my wife Lynn, fresh Pyramid stout and Snowcap Ale from Jeff's bike-mounted growlers, brownies from Craig I think, and halloween candy from Theresa, and have enough left for another group to come over for an election night party if you want to! I hope we can repeat this sometime soon to talk about our next steps, including meeting as a group with SDOT reps in a few weeks.
    Don

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  31. Thanks for the information Don!

    I will be attending both meetings, today via bike downtown tomorrow via vehicle. If anyone needs a ride FROM the New Holly meeting tomorrow I have room for one more (with bike) to West Seattle. Let me know if you want a ride home and I'll reserve a seat for you.

    NOTE:
    SDOT's announcement gave an incorrect address for the New Holly meeting.
    The correct address is 7054 32nd Ave S
    This is about a 12 minute walk or a few minutes ride west from the light rail station on Othello, which turns into Myrtle. Then take a right on 32nd, heading north.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  32. Don_Brubeck
    Member Profile

    We did it again tonight, at New Holly! Nice turnout at a smaller meeting, good conversations and mapping with Seattle Department of Transportation and Alta bike planners. More on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WestSeattleBikeConnections, Website coming soon for those who don't "Like" Facebook.

    Let's follow up soon with a get together to recap our mapping input and other input, so we can add to the WS Greenways google maps, and talk about inviting SDOT staff out here to meet, maybe ride or look at images/video of our favorite areas.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  33. If you couldn't make it to the Seattle Bike Master Plan (BMP) meetings you still have the opportunity to give your input.

    http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster.htm
    On November 15, there is an online lunch and learn sponsored by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). This will take place between 12 - 1 p.m. on any computer you would like to use. Register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/718370686.

    You can also attend the December 5th meeting of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (SBAB), 6 to 8 p.m. in room L280 in City Hall (600 4th Ave - use the 5th Ave entrance and take elevator down to L2).

    Contact Sara Zora at SDOT, sara.zora@seattle.gov with further questions or comments about the BMP.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  34. BIG WINS for WEST SEATTTLE

    The City Council added funding to the budget for the coming year not only for a start of the Delridge Greenways but also for SDOT study and design to improve the 5-way intersection and trail crossings at the low-
    level West Seattle Bridge!

    This is a big win for West Seattle Bike Connections, showing what our involvement can accomplish, working along with WS Spokespeople, WS Greenways and the Seattle Bike Advisory Board and Cascade Bicycle Club. We called attention to the needs and got out there in numbers to influence which areas will get funding priority.

    We owe a lot to our champions Council Members Sally Bagshaw and Tom Rasmussen, who took the lead on this. Please email or call them to thank them!
    Sally Bagshaw: sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov 206-684-8801
    Tom Rasmussen: Tom Rasmussen tom.rasmussen@seattle.gov 206-684-8808

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  35. Don_Brubeck
    Member Profile

    West Duwamish Trail design meeting Nov 20
    It's about one of our "West Seattle bike connections"

    What: South Park Transportation Committee meeting
    Who: Art Brochet
    Why: West Duwamish Trail Design Through South Park
    When: Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 pm
    Where: South Park Neighborhood Center
    8201 10th Ave. S.

    "Art Brochet from the Seattle Department of Transportation will be at the South Park Transportation Committee meeting with a presentation and discussion about the designing of the West Duwamish Trail through South Park.

    "We could sure use some people who ride bikes to join us.-
    Dagmar Cronn
    President, South Park Area Redevelopment Committee"

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  36. Don_Brubeck
    Member Profile

    Family Biking Survey

    Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation passes on this invitation to participate in a short survey. "We’re especially interested in getting feedback from people who are new bicyclists or don’t currently bike very much, or families who have preschoolers."

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/family-biking-survey

    Deadline Dec 15

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  37. West Seattle Bike Connections (WSBC) will be meeting with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) sometime between December 10 - 12th for a “one on one” discussion about the Seattle Bike Master Plan (BMP). The meeting will be focused on bike routes and the BMP mapping process. We would like your input about what routes on the BMP map you like, what routes need to be changed, what routes should be added, what “type” of route would be more/less suitable (i.e. Greenway vs. bike lanes vs. Shared lanes), etc. More information and the bike map, which you can “comment” on by adding/deleting routes (read the instructions for more information) until December 17 can be found here:
    http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster.htm.

    WSBC would like your input about the BMP routes so we can address some of the most pressing, popular, or needed facilities directly with SDOT.
    Respond about the routes you ride regularly or the routes nearest to your residence. We want to keep the feedback very local and very specific. Write about where you ride and why it’s important.

    Please feel free to respond here (West Seattle Blog Forum or the WSBC Facebook page) – we will consolidate the answers for our discussion with SDOT.

    We will need answers by Sunday, December 2.

    Thanks for all your support!

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  38. Note there will be a change this upcoming week to the shared ped/bike path underneath the Viaduct. Broch Bender of WSDOT shared this information:

    SR 99 Tunnel project crews will close the bike/pedestrian shared-use path under the Alaskan Way Viaduct between Yesler Way and South Washington Street Monday to Friday, Dec. 10-14, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. We’re detouring pedestrians onto First Avenue. Signs will direct bicyclists to merge with vehicle traffic under the viaduct.

    The temporary closures are needed to allow crews room to install ground monitors along the tunnel route. Thank you for your patience. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns, email viaduct@wsdot.wa.gov or call (888) AW-LINE (298-5463).

    Broch Bender
    WSDOT Communications and Public Involvement
    Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  39. Received another notice of a sidewalk closure that could effect your bicycle commute if you use the waterfront WEST sidewalk:

    "Construction is really picking up in the closed portion of Alaskan Way between South Jackson and Yesler Way. For safety reasons, the west sidewalk south of Yesler Way will be closed and all foot traffic will be directed to the shared-use path under the Alaskan Way Viaduct
    .

    We plan to close the sidewalk at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 and It will remain closed until crews finish heavy construction in the area, at least through January 2013.

    Thank you for your continued patience. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, email viaduct@wsdot.wa.gov or call 888-AWV-LINE (5463).

    Broch Bender
    WSDOT Communications and Public Involvement
    Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program"

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  40. Yeah, ran into that on my south-bound commute this morning. Signage could certainly be better...

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  41. Do call or email, email is great so you have a trail of contact information, either the phone number or address listed above.

    The more people that contact them the better the signage will be. All the signage I saw this morning was that the sidewalk was closed with an arrow pointing east, then nothing. Unless one rides the street regularly, or the multi-use path next to it (that's also closed and doesn't take you all the way north anyway) there's no signage telling you how to get northbound.

    I'm going to assume the same for the southbound commute...likely the signage is not good for heading south (and it's more complicated to begin with).

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  42. Don_Brubeck
    Member Profile

    Good news for Denny Middle School: Success with a safe routes to schools mini-grant from Seattle Department of Transportation. Theresa Beaulieu, member of West Seattle Bike Connections, submitted the grant applicaiton to create a designated bike route and signage on campus, with incentives to support and encourage more Denny students to choose healthy alternative ways to school. The program will focus on both student and teacher involvement, with promotional materials and prizes to reward regular ridership.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  43. Don_Brubeck
    Member Profile

    On MLK Day, Jan 21, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
    West Seattle Spokespeople are planning a community service project at the West Seattle Bridge trail intersection. West Seattle Bike Connections members will participate and hope to see you there!
    Announcement today in WSBlog and on Sustainable West Seattle's web page.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  44. If anyone was wondering about the construction barrels and signage that is located along the west side of E. Marginal around Hanford to Spokane St here is some helpful information for you from SDOT:

    The barrels and trailer sign have been moved so that they do not block the sidewalk or bike lane on E Marginal Way S. They are in this area as part of the construction that is starting on E Marginal Way S between S Nevada St and Duwamish Ave S. WSDOT is replacing an existing timber structure with a permanent structure. The project web site is here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr99/spokanestovercrossing/

    This project is planned to be completed in June 2014. Most of the time there will not be closures during the weekday daytime that require the use of the barrels for any road closures south of Spokane St. These will occur for short periods mostly at night and on weekends. If you notice the barrels stored in a way that impacts the bike lane or the sidewalk you can contact the project directly to have this addressed. If this does not produce appropriate action you can contact me and I will follow up on the issue.

    If you have additional concerns or comments please feel free to contact me.

    Thank you

    John Arnesen
    Seattle Department of Transportation
    Construction Coordination
    206-684-8921
    206-351-6203 cell
    206-470-6722 fax

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  45. Don_Brubeck
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    West Seattle Bike Connections Meeting
    March 5, 2013
    7:00 to 8:30 pm
    Uptown Espresso

    We will be meeting with an SDOT traffic engineer regarding the intersections at 35th-36th & Avalon, and the 5-way intersection at Chelan/Spokane/Delridge/West Marginal; and to hear reports on WSBC projects including bike parking in commercial areas, safe routes to schools and school bike parking.

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  46. Don_Brubeck
    Member Profile

    West Seattle Bike Connections Meeting
    Tuesday, April 2, 2013
    6:30 to 8:00 pm
    at Cycle U
    3418 Harbor Ave SW Seattle, WA 98136

    Open meeting - come get involved or just check us out.

    Reports from project leads and agency meetings
    Bike Master Plan Update status
    Recruiting volunteers for summer festivals, bike to school, other projects

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  47. We're online and going strong...

    http://westseattlebikeconnections.org

    Events are posted and continually updated...that includes monthly open-to-the-public meetings.

    Please join us if you want help getting around by bike, or if you want to help others.

    http://westseattlebikeconnections.org/join

    There are BIG changes happening around Seattle, and more public input to the Bike Master Plan is needed before it is officially adopted later this year!

    http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster.htm

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  48. Don_Brubeck
    Member Profile

    WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS MEETING

    Tuesday, May 7

    6:30 to 8:00 pm

    at Cycle U (thank u!)

    3418 Harbor Ave SW Seattle, WA 98136

    Agenda:

    reports on projects

    planning for Alki Summer Streets

    bike parking at the store;
    bus stops nearby;car parking across the street in gravel lot

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  49. Come join us if you're curious, a group of neat & dedicated people and usually some tasty treats too!!!!

    Posted 1 year ago #         
  50. Would be nice if they cleaned up some of the blind spots coming up to 35th from the more residential areas between camp long and walgreens. Lots of drivers needing to stop their cars directly on the crosswalks.

    Posted 1 year ago #         

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