This year’s Bike Everywhere Day came at an interesting time. Earlier this week, people who ride bikes and those who love them packed City Hall to ask the City Council to do more to make sure the Seattle Master Bike Plan’s most important features don’t get cut, scaled back, or delayed any further.
CHS reported here on the Capitol Hill and Central Seattle losses in the latest updates to the plan including a scaling back of planned neighborhood greenways designed to make bike and pedestrian friendly routes on side streets criss-crossing the area. The presence at City Hall seemed to make a difference:
After Councilmember Mike O’Brien asked directly, SDOT staff committed to restarting the downtown bike plan in July when the Center City Mobility Plan releases its analysis of 2018 bus movements (buses will be kicked out of the tunnel as early at 2018, so the city wants to make sure it knows where those buses will go). This still represents a year of delay, but it probably would have been much longer had people not spoken up.
Friday’s Bike Everywhere Day put bike stations with giveaways and tune-up stations at a few sites around the Hill and several around the city.
At the Capitol Hill Tool Library’s station at Pine and Belmont, volunteers were offering helpful advice — CHS is going to try that sandpaper suggestion out to fix some squeaky brake pads — and keeping track of bicyclists spotted with a tool rack tally board. Around the end of their three hour shift Friday, the crew had spotted more than 300 riders racing down E Pine.
If you missed out, there’s still one more station to come. E Union’s Metier is taking the afternoon shift this year:
Métier Coffee and Bike Wash p/b Morgan Blue
Open 3- 6:30 p.m. Location: Near 11th Ave and E Union St, in front of Métier Racing & Coffee, and in the parking spaces and alley Info: We would like to welcome everyone to stop by Métier Racing and Coffee and celebrate your cycling commute home. We will be providing coffee, snacks, bike washes, and more! Sponsored by Métier Racing & Coffee
If you weren’t yet a member of the Pronto bike share, you could also enjoy free rides on the system for the day.