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Lost a bike or Ford key this week?

September 21st, 2013 by master

We received a couple of emails from readers about items lost in the past week.

Emily Irwin with North Seattle Orthopedic & Community Acupuncture, 11329 Pinehurst Way N.E., told us:

On Monday someone locked a bike up to our bike rack but has not come back to get it since. It isn’t it great shape but we were wondering if you could post something on your blog asking the owner to come pick it up? It almost seems as if it is stolen because it does not look rideable but the odd thing is that it is locked up. We have a very small bike rack and we need to be able to accommodate our patients who are cyclists. If we do not find the owner soon we will need to move the bike.

If you think the bike might be yours, call the clinic at (206) 524-6428.

Reader Tamara Oki also emailed us about a Ford key and remote lock control, shown at left, that she found Wednesday on 15th Avenue Northeast between 82nd Street and 85th Street. Email her at for more information.

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Locally organized Spoke and Food returns July 30

July 23rd, 2013 by master

The fourth annual Spoke and Food, an event created and organized by Maple Leaf residents Garett and Heather Slettebak, returns from 5:30-9:30 p.m. July 30 and again includes a stop at Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon, 8917 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Participants are asked to bike to one (or more!) of the 20 host restaurants participating in the event, which also includes nearby Duke’s Chowder House in Green Lake, Vios in Ravenna, Peaks Frozen Custard in Roosevelt, and plenty more if you’re willing to ride a little farther.

From the website:

Participation is easy. All you need to do is to bike to and from one of our participating host restaurants on the evening of our event. Invite your friends or family to meet you, bring your neighbors, pack up your kids or go at it alone.

Each of our participating host restaurants have agreed to donate 20% of ALL of their patron revenues from the evening of the event directly to the local non-profit that we select each year. This means 100% of the funds raised via the restaurants go to helping a local Seattle area non-profit. The 2013 Spoke & Food event will benefit the Bike Works non-profit.

Last year, participants helped raised more than $4,450 for FamilyWorks Resource Center & Food Bank.

Do you plan to participate in this year’s Spoke and Food? How far do you plan to ride?

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Next Maple Leaf Community meeting is Jan. 30

January 17th, 2013 by master

Join your neighbors on Jan. 30 to discuss some of the issues that are important to fellow Maple Leafers!

The January Maple Leaf General Community Meeting is from 7-9 p.m. at the Olympic View Elementary School Cafeteria, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free licensed child care service will be provided.

The main topic of the meeting will be transportation challenges, which are front and center in many Maple Leaf neighbors’ minds after last week’s bus fire on Interstate 5 that brought traffic both on the freeway and through Maple Leaf to a standstill.

But cars aren’t the only topic bound to come up in the transportation discussion, which likely also will include pedestrians, bicycles, buses and more. You’re invited to share you concerns with the Maple Leaf Community Council’s executive board, along with representatives of local government agencies who have been invited.

Other topics at the meeting will include:

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Open letter – and an apology – to a Maple Leaf bicyclist

June 11th, 2012 by Mike

We hear a lot about the “war” between cars and cycles. It even crops up, benignly, in the comments on our Northgate Station post earlier this month.

On Friday we got a different kind of story from Sarah, who wanted to reach out to a cyclist she and her husband almost hit in one of our roundabouts.

The incident apparently ended with the cyclist screaming at the car, and Sarah and her husband – cyclists themselves – distressed.

“I didn’t like how things were left; of course there was no opportunity for communication,” she writes. “But we are neighbors up here and I feel like it’s important that we all be on the same team, especially with rising crime in our city, etc. I’d like to think he was just having a bad day and is not naturally this violent a person, but I was totally shaken by this.

“Is there any chance you could post the following open apology to this fellow, just in case he might happen to see it? The thing I love about Maple Leaf is how tightly knit the community is; this morning was a sad thing, and I want to feel like maybe we can make amends.”

Her open letter is below: [

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City asked for help after traffic circle smashed

August 16th, 2011 by Mike

This was the scene Friday evening, Aug. 12, ago after a motorist smashed right over the speed circle at Northeast 88th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

Now the Maple Leaf Community Council says it will ask the city for help in stopping persistent speeders. “MLCC will request a speed analysis on 88th and ask SDOT if any additional traffic mitigation techniques are available,” writes Joshua Newman, council president.

Northeast 88th Street is the last through street on the north before the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park blocks east-west travel, and as a result gets heavier traffic. It’s also designated as a bicycle route by the Seattle Department of Transportation.

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$80 – more or less – added to your car tab fee to back transit, street repairs, bikes and pedestrians?

August 11th, 2011 by Mike

Update: David Miller of the Maple Leaf Community Council is on the video (at the bottom of the post) at 48 minutes 48 seconds. Donna Hartmann-Miller, also on the council executive committee, follows him.


We’ve had a couple of readers this week wonder about the additional car license fees that voters may face this fall.

1) Andrea wrote on Wednesday: “I saw a flier posted at the 72/73 bus stop on 15th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 75th Street today advocating for the $20 Congestion Relief Charge that needs to be adopted by King County Council in order to not lose our 72 and 73 buses.

“According to the flier, the final decision is to be made on Monday, and this website was named:”

The King County Council is now supposed to vote on that $20-per-car tax hike for buses on Aug. 15, according to our new partners The Seattle Times. That’s the day before the deadline to put the issue on the November ballot.  We last reported on the issue, which could also affect routes 67 and 41, in July.

2) Today Louise took note of a story The Times published last night on a Seattle City Council board hearing on a different tax voters might be considering this fall.

That one relates to a fee of up to $80 per car that the City Council might put on the fall ballot, as Mayor Mike McGinn strongly urges.

Louise, a Lake City resident, quotes the Times story on last night’s public hearing: “The Cascade Bicycle Club also urged support of an $80 license fee and collected more than 800 signatures online.

“Some Maple Leaf residents urged the council to spend more on sidewalks so people could get safely to transit and to their local schools and shops.”

She says:

I’d like to get in touch with the Maple Leaf residents mentioned above who favor spending more on sidewalks. If the Cascade Bicycle Club can gather 800 signatures online to promote more bike lanes, those of us who favor sidewalks for pedestrians should be able to collect at least that many.

Want to watch the full (two-hour) hearing from Wednesday night’s meeting of the council’s Seattle Transportation Benefit District Board Public Hearing? Here’s a link. The video is below.

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Head on out to Bike to Work/School Day

May 20th, 2011 by Mike

Cyclists started whizzing down Roosevelt Way Northeast’s new bike lanes early this morning on Bike to Work/School Day.

Later this morning Olympia View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St., is slated to have a visit from Seattle firefighters and police officers.

From the school’s website:

Starting at 9 AM, the OV community will welcome some very special guests to our playground. Come get a special stamp for biking, walking or riding the bus to school on Friday—any way you can help reduce pollution from cars!

Bikes at Olympic View Elementary

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Friday is Bike to Work/School Day

May 18th, 2011 by Mike

Commute cyclists – who seem to be all over the news currently (here’s today’s column by Danny Westneat in The Seattle Times) – will be out in force Friday.

May is National Bike to School Month, and this Friday is our local Bike to Work/School Day, sponsored by the Cascade Bicycle Club.

Among those participating is Olympic View Elementary, 504 N.E. 95th St., which will up the ante with special guests from the Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department, plus an emergency response vehicle featured at the school.

The bike club is hosting 41 cycle commuter stations around the area, although the closest to Maple Leaf are at North Seattle Community College and Green Lake. There’s an interactive map here.

Remember to give Maple Leaf cyclists extra credit, as they commute up the third highest hill in Seattle!

Anybody have plans for bicycling on Friday?

(PS: No, the photos are not from here. They are from a recent trip to Italy, where practically everybody seems to ride a bike. When they aren’t riding scooters or Smart Cars.)

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Beer for bikes Saturday at brew fest

January 28th, 2011 by Mike

The Bike Shack, a volunteer effort to help people get and fix bicycles, is having a fund-raising, home-brew party on Saturday just south of Maple Leaf.

Enjoy delicious home-brew beer and cider while listening to amazing local musicians perform live! Potluck dishes and non-alcoholic beverages to share are very welcome. Please bring your own reusable cups.

The Bike Shack is a donation-funded community bike shop that seeks to increase cycling as a real form of  transportation. It helps people learn to fix their bikes and provides tools for community use.

Admission to the 7:30  p.m. to 1 a.m. party is a $10 minimum donation and includes as much brew as you want. All donations support the Bike Shack. “Casa Luna has kindly offered to host Brewfest again. The house is located at 7321 12th Ave. N.E.”

To reserve tickets in advance e-mail seattlebikeshack@gmail, or use  PayPal.

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More car crimes, AND a stolen bike

December 14th, 2010 by Mike

Two more cars were stolen and six vehicles ransacked since our last report.

And a reader reports a bicycle was stolen Monday morning from near 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 98th Street. The bike is a purple Gary Fisher Tassajara, and is the primary transportation for its owner, who is out of the country but coming home soon.

If you have information about this bike please e-mail Jesse at

One car was stolen Saturday morning, Dec. 11, from the 11000 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast, police report.

Another was taken Friday afternoon, Dec. 10, from the 8000 block of 14th Avenue Northeast.

Cars were prowled, but not taken entirely:

  • Sunday morning, Dec. 12, in the 2000 block of Northeast 90th Street.
  • Sunday night, Dec. 12, in the 8900 block of Ravenna Avenue Northeast, and in the  7300 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast.
  • Saturday night, Dec.11, in the 10500 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast.
  • Thursday, Dec. 9, in the 1500 block of Northeast 88th Street.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the 8500 block of First Avenue Northeast.

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