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Maple Leaf, Metro buses and Pronto rental bikes

October 5th, 2015 by Mike

Two things about transportation:

1) Metro is considering a plan that could dramatically increase mid-day bus service in northeast Seattle. Specifically, from about 8,700  to 28,000 households served by a bus every 15 minutes.

There’s a meeting Tuesday night, 6 p.m., at The Mountaineers Club at Magnuson Park, hosted by Rod Dembowski of the King County Council, which oversees Metro.

The address is 7700 Sand Point Way N.E. More details are here.

2) Meanwhile, the city of Seattle,in a bid to rescue the apparently faltering Pronto bike ride-share program, is proposing spending millions of dollars to, among other things, put a Pronto bicycle-renting station at North Seattle College.

From our news partners The Seattle Times:

The proposal to boost the bicycle network is laid out in Mayor Ed Murray’s budget proposal, announced this week. Murray called fora $5 million city contribution to purchase 2,000 new bicycles, to go with a potential $10 million in matching federal grants for stations and other needs….

The idea surfaced earlier this year, as a section of a $25 million federal grant request, primarily to seek $15 million toward the Northgate Station walk-bike bridge over Interstate 5, plus $10 million for the citywide bicycle network.

The grant request touts bike stations around North Seattle College and South Seattle College, which serve higher proportions of low-income and minority students than the city population in general.

The full Times story, and several hundred mostly not-supportive comments, is here.

For more supportive comments, try the Seattle Bike Blog, here.

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Come to Tuesday night's Road Safety Summit at Northgate

November 14th, 2011 by Mike

Update: The mayor’s office promises to live stream the summit here.

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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who called for a Road Safety Summit after recent bicycling deaths, and Seattle City Council members are holding a north end public forum at the Northgate Community Center on Tuesday Nov. 15.

The summit runs from 6-8 p.m. at the center,  10510 5th Ave. N.E., and will center around three basic questions:

1. What do you think are the highest priority safety problems to solve on Seattle roads?

2. What do you think are the most important things to do to make Seattle roads safer?

3. We often talk about what government can do to promote safety. What are the ways that non-governmental groups and individuals can promote safety?

Conclusions are due Dec. 12.

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Come to Tuesday night’s Road Safety Summit at Northgate

November 14th, 2011 by Mike

Update: The mayor’s office promises to live stream the summit here.

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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who called for a Road Safety Summit after recent bicycling deaths, and Seattle City Council members are holding a north end public forum at the Northgate Community Center on Tuesday Nov. 15.

The summit runs from 6-8 p.m. at the center,  10510 5th Ave. N.E., and will center around three basic questions:

1. What do you think are the highest priority safety problems to solve on Seattle roads?

2. What do you think are the most important things to do to make Seattle roads safer?

3. We often talk about what government can do to promote safety. What are the ways that non-governmental groups and individuals can promote safety?

Conclusions are due Dec. 12.

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Expect bicyclists aplenty at Snappy Dragon tomorrow for Spoke & Food

June 27th, 2011 by master

Don’t be surprised if you see a slew of bikes parked outside Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon on Tuesday night.

The Maple Leaf restaurant, located at 8917 Roosevelt Way N.E., is participating in the second annual Spoke & Food fundraiser, which encourages people to ride their bikes to participating local restaurants, which will donate 20 percent of the proceeds from the cyclists to the Children’s Garden program at Seattle Tilth.

The event is the brainchild of Maple Leaf residents Garett and Heather Slettebak.

Other participating restaurants include:

If you decide to hop on your bike to take part in this event, just be sure to tell your server that you cycled in for Spoke & Food. And please let us know where you went!

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Stolen – or at least gone – tricycles

June 15th, 2011 by Mike

Update 9:30 p.m.: The trikes are back!

A huge THANK YOU to Maple Leaf Life! The bikes were found and returned to us this evening.  A neighbor had found the bikes in the bushes down the street (apparently a common dumping ground) and after seeing this post returned them to us.

My boys went to bed tonight with smiles on their faces

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Amy emails to say she lives near Northeast 85th Street and Fourth Avenue Northeast, on a street with many kids. “It is very common to see bikes, or toys left in the yard from kids playing. I didn’t think anything of it when my boys left their bikes in the yard and hopped in.

We had been riding the bikes up and down the sidewalk before ‘parking’ them on the grass to head to swim class. When we returned an hour later they were gone. I realize that when you leave things near the street it may look like they are ‘free’, but there was no sign, plus we had someone working on our front window, so if you were unsure you could have asked.  One is an old metal red and white tricycle, the other is a Kettrike Tricycle.

Can anyone help?

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Bike lanes coming this month on Fifth Avenue

September 10th, 2010 by Mike

Anthony wrote to ask what is happening on Fifth Avenue Northeast:

“I noticed some preliminary lane markings on 5th Ave NE between the 9700 and 9800 blocks. It looks as though a bike lane might be added. Do you know the details on this project and how it is going to affect street parking along 5th Ave? Thanks!!”

That’s a chunk of Fifth that’s quite steep, running down to Northgate Mall and Thornton Place on Maple Leaf’s north side.

The city’s Brian Dougherty responds:

“The Seattle Department of Transportation is installing a bicycle lane in the uphill direction with shared lane markings (sharrows) in the downhill or flat sections of 5th Avenue NE between NE 85th Street and NE 115th Street.

“There will not be any reduction in the number of travel lanes, although the new general travel lanes will be slightly narrower than before.  There will be some temporary parking restrictions during installation.  The project should be complete by the end of this month if weather allows.”

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Cooper's bike rack is back

September 2nd, 2010 by master

Cooper’s Alehouse, 8065 Lake City Way N.E., was gushing yesterday on Twitter that it finally got a new bike rack after “months (and months and months) of waiting.”

It looks like the city has cycling on the brain. Not only is it installing bike racks around the city, but also bike corrals, such as the one recently installed in front of R+E Cycles at 5627 University Way N.E., according to our news partner U District Daily.

I’m not sure how much room Maple Leaf has for the more-elaborate bike racks, though, especially if the Seattle Department of Transportation follows through with its plans to remove 10 blocks of parking on Roosevelt Way Northeast. U District Daily explains:

As part of the Bicycle Master Plan adopted by Seattle in 2007, the city will continue to install on-street bike parking.  These corrals usually eliminate one space for vehicle parking.  SDOT hopes to have six of these corrals up around the city by the end of this year.  

Can you think of a practical space for a bike corral in Maple Leaf? Where else would you like to see new bike racks in the neighborhood?

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Revolution Cycles closes up shop today

August 31st, 2010 by master

The pickings are slim on the last day that Revolution Cycles has its doors open at 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E., but the prices still might make it worthwhile for you to stop by before the end of the day.

If all you really need is a tune-up for your bike, though, Revolution Cycles will continue to have you covered. Owner Trask Fredrickson says he has plans for a valet service for the greater Maple Leaf neighborhood, in which he will pick up and drop off bikes that are in need of service, and provide a mobile service that will do the work at your house if all your bike needs is a quick fix.

Fredrickson also plans to offer corporate bicycle repair citywide for businesses that have about 10 bicycles in need of service. He’ll show up at the office and provide the needed maintenance at the expense of the bike owners, but the business gets a tax credit for organizing the event.

“I’m trying to think of newer, greener, 21st century ideas,” said Fredrickson, who also lives in Maple Leaf.

His website, RevolutionSeattle.com, will have maps that show his service area and that detail his services soon, he added.

For those of you who may be interested in leasing the space Revolution Cycles is vacating, here are some of the details: [Read more →]

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Revolution Cycles closing Tuesday – but will live on

August 27th, 2010 by master

The store Revolution Cycles is closing its doors on Tuesday, but the business itself as well as the “personal attention to bikes” its patrons have come to expect aren’t going anywhere.

“Having a store like this is really important to the neighborhood,” said owner Trask Fredrickson, “but I just don’t have deep enough pockets.”

He explained that even though he’s no longer able to keep the store open, Revolution Cycles will continue to service bicycles and cyclists throughout the Maple Leaf and greater North Seattle area with a “personal bike mechanic” service, which he compared to a personal trainer.

Now, instead of driving to the store at at 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E., Revolution Cycles will come to you, pick up your bike (or your skis and snowboards in the winter), then bring it back to you after it’s been fixed or assessed.

Or, if your bike just needs a quick fix, Revolution Cycles also will have a mobile shop to work on your bike at your house.

“We still have access to the same stuff,” he said. “We just won’t have a brick-and-mortar facade.”

Fredrickson, who lives in the neighborhood, said he’s also hoping he can establish a partnership with a Maple Leaf business that lets him set up shop once a week in a parking lot to offer his mobile services, as well as a drop-off service for tune-ups and other more complex services. Just come back the next week, and he’ll bring your bike back. And in the winter, he says he hopes to offer the same services for snowboards and skis, and possibly even rent out snowboards.

“The standard model of a business isn’t necessarily the best anymore,” Fredrickson said.

In the meantime, you’ve got until Tuesday to check out what remains at the store, which still has a couple of dozen bikes and plenty of accessories. And just remember, if you want to make an offer, you’d best heed the sign on the window above that says “Cash talks.”

Even though the storefront is going away, the website and phone number are staying the same. Check out RevolutionSeattle.com or give Fredrickson a call at 206-525-3068.

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Take a poll on bike lanes, “road diets”

August 18th, 2010 by Mike

Few things have so engaged some of our readers as changes proposed for existing roads to, according to the city, make them safer and friendlier to bikes and pedestrians.

The changes suggested to Roosevelt Way Northeast have caused an uproar in Maple Leaf proper, and the ones to Northeast 125th Street to our north have been covered citywide.

Now the Puget Sound Business Journal has posted an online survey to gather an (unscientific) overview of what the public thinks.

Editor George Erb wrote us this morning to say: “The survey went up Monday morning on our home page and asks the question: ‘Are Seattle’s bike lanes making local reaffic more dangerous?’ As of this morning, we had 872 responses, with 60 percent of the respondents saying bike lanes are increasing risk. The survey will be up until Sunday.”

What do you think?

Erb has written a blog post on the issue as well. And PubliCola continues to raise the issue.

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