Bicycle Spot Improvement Program
The Bicycle Spot Improvement Program makes low cost improvements to enhance bicycle safety and convenience for bicyclists by allowing them to use the existing street system more comfortably. Projects include:
Surface Improvements - pothole patching, drain grate replacement, etc.More bike rack information or requests for rack installations can be made by citizens and business owners by calling the Seattle Bicycle Program at (206) 684-7583.
Signing and Striping - motor vehicle warning signs at trail crossings, bicycle lane striping and stenciling, etc.
Access Improvements - adjusting of electronic detection for bicyclists at traffic signals, traffic island modification, etc.
Sidewalk Bike Rack Installation - over 2,300 sidewalk bicycle racks have been installed in business districts since September of 1993.
If you have complaints or concerns, WalkAndBike@Seattle.gov email the Bike Spot Program.
Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board
The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board was created through Resolution 25534 on May 11th, 1977 to advise the City on the concerns and needs of the growing bicycling community. It is composed of 11 Seattle residents that serve for up to two 2-year terms. In 2001 it added an additional position for the YMCA Get Engaged Program that serves for a 1-year term.
What We Do: The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board advises the Mayor, City Council, and City Departments and Divisions on projects, policies, and programs that improve and/or affect bicycling conditions in Seattle.
Vision: Make Seattle a world-class city for bicycling. Make bicycling a viable transportation choice by encouraging active participation in policy and planning efforts through all levels of government. Build a more inclusive bicycling community by representing the needs of the diverse population of bicyclists in the city.
Meetings: Open to the public and are generally held 6-8 pm on the first Wednesday of every month in room L280 in City Hall (600 4th Ave). Please enter via the 5th Ave entrance and take the elevators down to L2. Because the doors lock promptly at 6:00 , please try to arrive a few minutes early. To receive monthly meeting agendas by email, please contact Douglas Cox at Douglas.Cox@seattle.gov
Excerpt from Feb 2011 Minutes:
- A local bike messenger expressed appreciation that the counterflow lane in the area around 1700 7th Avenue didn’t go through and is hoping that it doesn’t. Traffic to I-5 is very heavy there and would create a conflict if the lane was implemented.
- Doug Beeman mentioned that the City has a tracking system for reporting street lights that are out. One must list the pole number when reporting. There is a delay related to the fact that the tracking system uses the pole number as an address, and they don’t run on the same system as the street numbering, so the map tracks incorrect locations for the lights.
Excerpt from March 2011:
- Merlin Rainwater stated that Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91 (site of the Seattle Bicycle Expo) and Nordstrom (which is directly above the Westlake Transit Center) do not include bicycle directions on their websites. She also stated that the Amtrak station does not have bike parking. She is encouraging them all to include more information and facilities for cyclists.
Excerpt from April 2011:
- There is a bike detour in the Terminal 46 area. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has, however, removed its restriction of bicycles from the street. Now bicycles can use the street both directions. They have also changed signage to read “bicycles merge with traffic”. Navigating the construction is still difficult southbound.
- Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw – Reported on her visit to Portland to see their Neighborhood Greenways. Thirty delegates from Seattle attended this visit. Delegates went on a bicycle tour to see converted residential streets. Noted that process of developing these greenways was very participatory; the City went door-to-door to assess neighborhood interest. Of special interest to Councilmember Bagshaw were the traffic-calming “sleeping policemen” speed bumps that slow vehicle
Bikewise is run by Cascade Bicycle Club, in partnership with sustainability activist and software developer Phil Mitchell. We're based in Seattle, Washington, but this site is meant to be useful anywhere in the world. We started bikewise in the belief that we can make biking safer and more fun by gathering good data on the things that sometimes go wrong.
Crashes: It's estimated that 75% or more of all crashes go unreported. We believe that by gathering detailed information on how and why crashes happen, we'll be able to ride smarter. Also, we hope that knowing where crash hotspots are will help us to identify issues with traffic behavior and road design.
Hazards: How many times have you ridden past a dangerous sewer grate or overgrown vegetation and wished there were someplace to report it? Now there is. We aim to not only collect hazard reports, but to pass these on to the appropriate authorities. (Please note: we're still putting this part of the system in place.)
Thefts: Tracking where and how bikes get stolen is a key part of making preventing thefts. We're currently working on other pieces of this system, so that if your bike does get stolen, you have a better chance of getting it back. More to come on that.
You can contact us at support email address . For press, please contact: M.J. Kelly at 206-853-2188 or m.j.kelly at cascadebicycleclub.org.
Click on the red, yellow and blue markers on the map, then click "view full report".
This sounds like the area referred to in catgrrl's post: http://www.bikewise.org/pub/report/hazard/921