There’s been a lot of buzz here (and elsewhere) about Stone Way. So, why should you care? Perhaps you’re not a hard-core cyclist and simply enjoy a stroll with the family along the Burke-Gilman. Or maybe you’re a roadie who can’t stand to ride in-city. Maybe you don’t even own a bike. Here’s why you should care.
Cascade’s Advocacy Organizer, Pat McGrath writes:
blockquote>Most people don’t normally spend a lot of time thinking about the configuration of the roads on which they drive or walk. But the factors that you nevertheless register subconsciously “ the width of the lanes, the layout of the sidewalk, the presence or absence of bicycle lanes “ influence the way we live. For example, wide roads tend to induce speeding and more severe crashes. The presence of bicycle lanes has been linked to increased bicycle use and its attendant benefits. The length of crosswalks is positively correlated with your likelihood of being struck in one. These behaviors and factors take on a particular relevance when we consider their impact on issues like global warming, public health, the obesity epidemic, and personal safety. Roads literally shape our lives.
REMINDER: Today’s Seattle Likes Bikes ride leaves tonight at 5:00 from Gasworks!!!
WHAT: A ride of enough cyclists in a loop thru lower Fremont at rush hour . This will be a legal ride, which means we ride two by two and obey all traffic laws.
WHY: The city has caved to pressure from businesses and developers and decided to go against the recommendations of the Bicycle Master Plan and leave a six-block gap in bike lanes between 34th & 40th on Stone Way N, leaving this vital corridor unsafe for cyclists.
If the city feels they can eliminate bicycle lanes as desired for commercial interests, no part of our bicycle network is safe! Read the Cascade Bicycle Club’s excellent description of the situation here.
WHO: All cyclists who are concerned about responsible community-planning and preventing private interests from trumping public safety.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 1st, 2007. We’ll meet up briefly at Gasworks Park at 4:30 (like now…oops, long day). Then we’ll start riding around the following loop, counter-clockwise, following all traffic laws. If you can’t make it until later just join in on the loop!
My neighbor Billy got me into cycling some 20-odd years ago. He had a fancy 1987 Trek 400 Elance (still does) that he upgraded with cool black and yellow Mavic components. He helped me through my first Chili-Hilly and STP. The year I graduated college I rode from Seattle to San Francisco, with Billy helping me plan the route.
A hugger reader wrote in this morning to say …
“Have you ever put your foot down at a light on a bike trail right into a pile of dog shit? It happened to me this morning and pretty much put a damper on the morning commute. “
Well no, but that does suck. I have ran over a seagull (and felt horrible about it), seen a crow fly into another cyclists wheel, and then saw a squirrel jump up onto a fender rack, the person’s butt, back, shoulder, and off into a tree. That was a total trip.
What’s your weirdest or gross commute story?