Elliott Bay trail nears completion!

ImageThe work on the Elliott Bay bike trail is nearly complete. Tonight, the south-bound portion was open which is pretty exciting if you’ve been riding through the crazy construction zone for the last few months.

I expect the north bound section will open in a the next day or two.

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This is going to be a very nice, safe improvement for people who ride from the south end into Pioneer Square.

The biggest improvement is with the north-bound section: bikes will continue from the current bike lane straight through onto the new section. It keeps you out of the way of trucks pulling onto the new overpass near the Bertha Big Dig. It’s been pretty unpleasant for the last few months, crossing a few lanes of truck traffic, threading your way onto the bike path. It’s been downright dangerous at times as noted elsewhere

SDOT is really making room for bicycles and people on our streets, a sign that things are improving here in Seattle. This is also a very nice improvement for pedestrians walking to and from Pioneer Square.  Another reason to enjoy living here!

 

 

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Bike Share coming to Seattle this summer

Puget Sound Bike Share is coming this year – in September – just in time to miss the usual, wonderful summer weather!

Personally I think it will be great to be able to grab a bike to run quick errands around town during the day, or as a way to safely navigate place to place in our various wonderful neighborhoods around town. I’m sure we’ll all figure out a way to make it work even with our stupid helmet laws in place. There have been complaints raised by people in other cities about how well the system works (see Citi Bike complaints from the BikeSnobNYC guy about availability of bikes and parking), but generally it is fantastic idea. I was in London and Paris over the holidays and saw tons of people using the bike share bikes there, even in the cold winter weather.

What are your thoughts on how this might work out?

April 2014

500 bikes, coming right up!

Wondering why you haven’t heard from us for awhile? We’ve been busy pulling together all the pieces for a 2014 launch! That’s right – by September of this year, you will be able to get around Seattle via 500 bikes docked at 50 stations in Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Downtown and the U-District. Some details about our plans moving forward:

Who will be supplying the equipment?  
We will be purchasing our station equipment from the newly formed 8D/Alta Bicycle Share joint venture partnership. An order for bikes will be placed with a well-known global manufacturer later this month.

Has all the needed funding been secured?
It sure has! Over the past few months, we’ve confirmed a number of additional supporting sponsors as well as a local presenting sponsor. Stay tuned for our big announcement with the Mayor next month!

Drumroll please…

In May, we’ll be unveiling the official program name and logo along with the bike color, and we’re certain you’re going to love it. Chances are, these bikes will soon become an iconic fixture around our City.

Help Others Stay Informed!

With so much exciting news on the way, encourage those you know to sign up for our mailing list and help your friends and coworkers stay informed.

We want your input

Weigh in via the online map

Now live, this public input tool is an opportunity to tell us where you think a bike share station would work best in your neighborhood. Navigate through pre-approved station locations and vote for those you feel are most suitable for that particular area.

We look forward to your suggestions!

Attend a planning workshop

Throughout the month of May, we’ll be hosting neighborhood planning workshops. These workshops are an opportunity for the public to learn more about the program’s launch timeline, functionality, installation, ongoing operations, membership, etc. and most importantly, to weigh in on station locations. Workshop dates and times to be announced soon.