By Yokota Fritz
The Interstate 5 construction project that begins today in Seattle is projected to create major traffic hassles all the way into Tacoma as 130,000 vehicles per day are re-routed from I-5 onto surface streets. For those who try to avoid or bypass the mess and give bike commuting a try, here are Seattle area bike commute resources:
Bicycle Alliance of Washington Bike Buddy program pairs the new bike commuter with an experienced and trained volunteer who will help you with route selection, safe riding in traffic, bike commute gear, taking your bike on the bus and other helpful tips and tricks.
I was in DC for a business trip and had two hours free to play tourist. I rented a bike from Bike The Sites behind the IRS Building on 12th and Constitution and biked around the White House, toward the Washington Monument, up the Reflecting Pool to the Lincoln Memorial, and up the National Mall by all of the various memorials, museums and other landmarks around the Mall toward the Capitol Building.
I'm in a conference in the nation's capital, I haven't been on a bike in two days and I'm jonesin' bad.
I love the DC Metro light rail system. It's like BART in San Francisco in so many ways, except it's cleaner, newer, shinier, doesn't stink, and I don't push through a phalanx of panhandlers to get into the stations. After lunch I have about an hour free; I don't know whether to see the tourist sights or just ride the DC Metro.
Making bicyclists of all ages feel more secure in city traffic is a top goal of the city of Seattle, which will soon release the final draft of its Bicycle Master Plan for public comment.
At the heart of the 10-year strategy is a call to designate more than 200 miles of roadway as bike lanes, along with guidelines for safely sharing roads and trails with cars and pedestrians. While the city currently offers only 25 miles of designated bike lanes, the plan anticipates a huge increase in recreational and commuting bicyclists.
What excites Wayne Wentz, the city's director of traffic management, is that the plan was mandated by the people -- as part of a $360 million property tax levy passed last fall -- which means it comes with the funding to make it happen.
The best place to find information on beating the I-5 backup in Seattle is the Cascade Bicycle Club. They're setting up "bike bus" schedules (there's a morning bus from West Seattle to downtown)and listed commonly used bike commuting routes around the construction zone.
Thanks Gene for that find!
Washington DC by bicycle
Bikes make the world a better place
Before I came here I commuted from MD to WETA in SHirlington, every day. Loved it ... flahsed my "go everywhere" pass to get from two blocks from the house to the front door of work (tho' it helped to have a brother who worked out the transfers). An hour-long one-way commute also means a 35-minute one on the cycle doesn't even begin to be "a long time," even not factoring in the pleasures of it.
I love this:
... the DC Metro light rail system. It's like BART in San Francisco in so many ways, except it's cleaner, newer, shinier, doesn't stink, and I don't push through a phalanx of panhandlers to get into the stations.
I don't suppose it actually goes where you'd like to go too. Or does it?
Seattle to increase bike lanes 800%
seattle cyclists such as myself can't wait for this to go through! of course it hasn't been without hiccups already; at the first few 'town hall' meetings on this topic, cycling cleats weren't allowed in the building! hopefully the organizers will get more in touch with actual cyclists..
btw the link in the article points to gmail, here's the original: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/transportation/309232_rudebikers28.html