Category: Northwest Cycling

Bellevue (WA) council votes for multi-use trail, not bike lanes

Bellevue is going ahead with a plan to build a multi-use trail for bicyclists and pedestrians on West Lake Sammamish Parkway, instead of marked bike lanes for cyclists and a separate path for pedestrians.
By a vote of 5-0, the City Council directed the staff to find ways to fund the estimated $20 million project. Earlier in the meeting, a bicycling advocate had testified that Bellevue would find it difficult to compete for funds because the project didn't meet generally accepted professional standards concerning bicycle facilities.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/12/bellevue-wa-council-votes-for-multi-use-trail-not-bike-lanes/

Letter: Redmond opposes Bellevue's West Lake Sammamish Pkwy plan

Here is the letter detailing Redmond's objections to Bellevue's use of a multi-use trail instead of bike lanes in improvements to West Lake Sammamish Parkway:

“Redmond does not agree that the alternative currently identified as Bellevue's staff preference should be the option selected for construction …”

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/08/letter-redmond-opposes-bellevues-west-lake-sammamish-pkwy-plan/

Cyclists object to Sammamish Pkwy plan; Bellevue (WA) council votes Monday

That plan to “improve” the dangerous stretch of West Lake Sammamish Parkway without adding dedicated bike lanes is scheduled for a vote by the Bellevue City Council on Monday night.

The staff recommendations are opposed by the Cascade Bicycle Club, the Friends of Lake Sammamish, and Bellevue's own Pedestrian and Bicycle Citizens Advisory Group (CAG), and the City of Redmond.

The Cascade Bicycle Club is urging …

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Wrong-way cycling; unsafe at any speed

When my friends and I learned to ride bikes, our parents told us to ride against the traffic. Today, we know that wrong-way cycling is terribly unsafe, don't we? Wrong-way cycling actually makes it harder for motorists to see the bicyclists. And it's motorists seeing bicyclists that we should be most concerned about.
The issue of “wrong-way” cycling comes to the Bellevue (WA) City Council on Monday night when it considers the staff recommended plan to make improvements to West Lake Sammamish Parkway.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/08/wrong-way-cycling-unsafe-at-any-speed/

Bike access around Lake Sammamish

The Seattle-area cities of Bellevue and Sammamish will be considering proposals for bicycle access on the parkway around Lake Sammamish in the next week. While the Bellevue proposal is going to a City Council vote and has bicyclists up in arms, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/05/bike-access-around-lake-sammamish/

Bike to work? Win a bicycle from BikeTown USA

The BikeTown USA project is offering 50 free bicycles to commuters in Seattle and 9 other metropolitan areas in the US.
All you have to do is explain — in 50 words or less — how using a bicycle to commute to and from work would change your life. Are there strings attached …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/04/bike-to-work-win-a-bicycle-from-biketown-usa/

Bicycle trails springing forth

New bicycle trails — or plans for new trails — are blooming across the country this spring.

The Seattle Times reports a section of the Centennial Trail in Snohomish County will be opened on Saturday. It's just one of the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/03/30/bicycle-trails-springing-forth/

Bellevue, WA: West Lake Sammamish Pkwy improvements a step back for bicyclists?

An analysis concludes that Bellevue's plan for improvements to West Lake Sammamish Parkway could actually make the road more hazardous to bicyclists than it is today.

The city's proposal for improvements to the 5.5-mile, two-lane road calls for no bikes …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/03/22/bellevue-wa-west-lake-sammamish-pkwy-improvements-a-step-back-for-bicyclists/

A summer's worth of cycling in Washington

Starting in early April, bicyclists in Washington State can find an organized cycling event to ride in just about every weekend through October.

The list I compiled over this past weekend starts with a colorful ride through the tulips and ends …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/03/20/a-summers-worth-of-cycling-in-washington/

No bicycle lanes planned for busy West Lake Sammamish Parkway in Bellevue, Washington

Bicycling advocates are fighting for the addition of bike lanes to proposed improvements to the dangerous West Lake Sammamish Parkway in Bellevue. Currently, the city's staff is proposing a multi-use trail on the southbound shoulder that forces northbound and southbound bicycle riders and pedestrians to share the same 8- to 10-foot space. Bellevue City Council meetings on the issue are coming up.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/03/17/no-bicycle-lanes-planned-for-busy-west-lake-sammamish-parkway-in-bellevue-washington/