News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Maple Leaf bike-to-work riders equal city average

February 22nd, 2013 by Mike

Our news partner The Seattle Times has an interesting story today on which neighborhoods use bikes to  commute to work.

Bottom line: Maple Leaf bike commuters are right at the citywide average. We’re 2.46 percent, the average of ride-to-work residents is 3 percent. (Use the interactive map on the Times story to see more.)

This is interesting for a lot of reasons, but one of them is that it’s actually kinda hard to bike commute from Maple Leaf.

In our previous post, It’s all uphill to here, we pointed out not only that Maple Leaf is the third highest hill in the city, but that Fifth Avenue Northeast, a very common route between Maple Leaf and downtown, is a whopping (that was our word) 11 percent grade at its steepest section.

The Times says the highest percentage of bike commuters are just north of the U District, at 9.46 percent.

What we’d like to know, though, is how they know. The story is by their librarian, the “FYI Guy,” and he says he analyzed 2012 bike commuting estimates from data provider Experian. It’d be good to know what those estimates are based on.

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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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