Recap of May 21 EBAG Meeting Topics and Announcements

We had a terrific discussion with Blake Trask of WABIKES.ORG last night. Sorry if you missed our Edmonds Bicycle Advocacy Group meeting. Here is some info about their Snohomish County bike routes project (gearing toward bike tourism & increasing local economies). You can contact Blake to discuss it if you are interested.

From Blake Trask – WABikes.org (aka: Bicycle Alliance of Washington)

Want to create an online bike travel guidebook for Snohomish County.
We are beginning to highlight opportunities for biking in Snohomish County as a way to draw attention to the positive economic impact of trails and other bike facilities for Snohomish county officials and electeds.

Seeking folks that might have interest in helping us develop content/ideas for rides. [** This is key: he wants cyclist’s to write their stories & send JPGs about their favorite rides in and around our county. I’m working on one of mine already, in between other busy work this month. See an example “Will Bike For Pie” on their website. Take a story like that and add in your bike route to go to your favorite [fill in the blank]. Jan **]

We would like to talk more about potential routes, destinations and other ideas for how to highlight Snohomish County rides and their potential for economic impact (with the intent to grow more support for bicycling).

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Blake Trask, Statewide Policy Director
cell: 206.310.4762, blake@wabikes.org

Also see other stories & Snohomish County info from the WABIKES.ORG website.

Hank mentioned last night about the next CCC – Creating Community Connections meeting. In case you are interested, it will be held Thursday, June 5, 2014, 1:30-3:00pm in the ESC Boardrooms A&B, at the Edmonds School District offices, 20420 68th Ave W, Lynnwood (just south of Edmonds Community College campus). Hank Landau, Peter Hallson, Peter Block, and I often attend these meetings to represent EBAG, and we are always happy to invite others to join us at these meetings, so you can learn more for yourself and share anything that you wish with this group of ~20-30 people.

“Mission Statement: Creating Community Connections is a network of partnerships with educators, non-profit organizations, volunteers, sponsors, and local governmental agencies serving Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Brier, and Woodway. We are a community-based coalition dedicated to improving the health and wellness of our community. We advocate, encourage, educate & promote healthy lifestyles for children, families, and community members.”

Also, if you’re interested in bike/pedestrian access issues to Sherwood & Madrona Elementary Schools (recent Safe Route To School grant awards), there will be a Public Meeting on Wednesday, 6/4/14 @6pm. See info below from the City: Sherwood and Madrona School Walkways.

The City of Edmonds is starting designs on new walkway projects at:
15th St. SW (SR104 to 8th Ave)
238th St. SW (100th Ave to 104th Ave)
236th St. SW (SR104 to Madrona School)

The goal of these projects is to improve the safety of pedestrian and bicycle access to Sherwood and Madrona Elementary schools. This will be accomplished by constructing sidewalks and providing bicycle safety education for students.

A public meeting will be held at 6PM on Wednesday, June 4th in the gymnasium of Sherwood Elementary School. City staff will make a presentation on the scope and schedule for each project. The meeting will provide an opportunity for you to learn more about the projects and provide your comments to the City.

If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Hague at 425.771.0220 x1347 or send an email to ryan.hague(at)edmondswa.gov.

We discussed “zero deaths” and the increasing problem of distracted motorists last night, especially in light of so many cyclists & pedestrians getting hit by vehicles, and either severely injured or killed. This is hitting close to home. Elizabeth Kiker, Executive Director of Cascade Bicycle Club has experienced this heartache recently through her cycling father, who was hit by a car & badly injured. On Tuesday evening this week, another Edmonds woman was hit by a vehicle and killed in downtown Edmonds while crossing a street, the story was reported by MyEdmondsNews.

The League of American Bicyclists is asking us right now to take action to tell the U.S. DOT that bicyclists’ safety counts.

Other items we briefly mentioned at last night’s meeting was our terrific time we had at our Edmonds Bike To Work Day commute station (MyEdmondsNews) last Friday, May 16th.

We had 44 bike commuters stop and/or ride past our station between 5:20-9:00am last Friday. With good weather this year, we saw more cyclists than in past years, and by staying in the same location again this year, we are drawing more repeat visitors. We were located on the newly-opened Copper Pot Indian Bar & Grill’s outdoor patio (formerly Skippers, formerly Vatika), at 102 Main Street, Edmonds. (Very tasty Indian food, by the way, and I handed out more 20% off coupons from the Copper Pot.)

At the Edmonds Health & Fitness Expo Bike Rodeo last Saturday, May 17th, we volunteers (from EBAG, Cascade Bicycle Club & Edmonds School District) worked with 84 young children who rode bikes on the obstacle course we setup in the Edmonds Woodway High School parking lot that was blocked off to vehicles. What a blast! Those kids were smiling ear-to-ear and so anxious to hop on the bikes! Some parents expressed the desire to find safe bike trails/routes to ride with their children too.

Several EBAG volunteers also helped Cascade Bicycle Club run a Bike Rodeo on Saturday, April 26th at the Edmonds City Park, in conjunction with the March for Babies walking fundraiser.

Another Bike Rodeo will be organized on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the GayLynne Ullerich Bicycle Extravaganza, 10am-1pm at the Seaview Elementary School in Edmonds. There will also be a bike exchange and Bicycle Joe will be offering free minor bike tune-ups at this event. For more information contact: Amy Rust, rust(at)edmonds.wednet.edu or Lib Rust, rustl(at)edmonds.wednet.edu.

We will not be meeting in June, but we hope to organize another EBAG group bike ride in June. Last year we had a wonderful ride, led by Peter Hallson. I’ll be asking Peter if he’s available to lead a group ride again this June, and we’ll be in contact with all to see who is interested in riding with us. Our next regular meeting will not be until Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Thanks,
Jan

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