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Bike Everywhere Month in Bellevue

Get ready, because good weather is in the air and that means that Bike Everywhere Month is right around the corner! Here are a few exciting opportunities the City of Bellevue is offering to get you out on two wheels during the month of May:

Before we even get to May, the City of Bellevue is hosting a “Basics of Urban Cycling” class on Wednesday, April 25th at noon at City Hall. The class will cover planning your bike route, riding safely and comfortably, rules of the road, clothing, gear, and is led by a Cascade Bicycle Club instructor.  Free pizza will be provided—RSVP required here!

And to officially kick off Bike Month, including the Bike Everywhere Challenge, Choose Your Bellevue is hosting the 2018 Eastside Bike Bash at REI-Bellevue with Cascade Bicycle Club and all our friends on May 1 from 4pm-7pm.  Learn about exciting bike projects coming to the Eastside and snack on goodies from KIND Bar and fresh roasted s’mores from REI.  We’ll have friends and partners from all over the Eastside with fun giveaways and coupons—check out the details here.

And don’t forget that May 18th is Bike Everywhere Day!  Find your nearest Celebration Station!

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 -Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Friday, April 20th, 2018 9:12 AM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

24th Street Bike Lanes

Hot on the heels of getting the green light for a Downtown Demonstration Bikeway and having a Bikeshare permit system vetted, there are more bike projects coming to the streets of Bellevue!  Next up are buffered bike lanes on NE 24th Street from Northup Way to the SR-520 Trail.

Construction is slated to start in mid-April and improvements include widening the existing bike lanes from five feet to six-and-one-half feet, adding a three-foot-wide bike lane buffer, and green bicycle markings. This improvement will increase the separation between bicyclists and vehicles, providing more comfort and safety for users of all ages and abilities.  View the official construction alert here for more details.

From the SR-520 trail, which parallels the highway all the way to Redmond, the NE 24th Street lanes will connect to the green bike lanes (literally green paint) on Northup Way.  People on bikes can connect to Downtown Bellevue using the bike lanes and facilities on NE 116th Avenue/NE 12th Street and in the coming months will be able to connect to the Eastside Rail Corridor.

24th Street Bike Lanes Map

This NE 24th Street bike lane project is part of the larger Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy project, which address a backlog of neighborhood safety, connectivity, sidewalk, bicycle, technology, congestion reduction and maintenance projects. There are currently 43 projects that will be delivered during 2017-2018.

You can read more about this 20 year program, including bike projects, on the city’s Transportation Levy Project page.

Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer, Tim

Monday, April 2nd, 2018 4:35 PM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

Get your bike out of the garage, you’ll soon be biking around Bellevue in style! Read on to learn about the City Council nod in favor of a Downtown Demonstration Bikeway for all.

City of Bellevue Bikeway Demonstration Project Mockup

From BellevueWa.gov: During Monday night’s study session, the City Council reviewed plans and voiced strong support for a demonstration bikeway downtown. All six council members in attendance backed the project on 108th Avenue Northeast as a significant step toward making Bellevue streets safer for the growing number of people who want to ride bikes and walk in the city.

The north-south bikeway will be located between Northeast 12th and Main streets. Plans call for the project to open in May, with an evaluation period running through the end of the year. During that time, modifications to the temporary, low-cost installation may be made to make it perform better.

Project features will include bike lanes on both sides of the street, with barriers separating the lanes from vehicle traffic in some locations. Still in the design stage, the budget for the demonstration project is expected to be in the range of $300,000 to $400,000. It will be funded by the 2016 Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy.

Public outreach efforts for the bikeway project included an open house, “pop-up” street events, presentations to organizations and an online survey that generated 1,260 generally positive responses.

Developing priority bike corridors in Bellevue has been a staple in the city’s long-range planning efforts, such as the Comprehensive Plan and several pedestrian and bicycle planning documents. Read the agenda memo for more details.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 4:37 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

We’ve been talking about the SR 520 bridge and its trail for almost three years, but now the big day has finally come.  As of Wednesday, the walking and biking trail is now open for active transportation.

Choose Your Way Bellevue celebrated with Washington State Department of Transportation, Cascade Bicycle Club and a couple hundred area riders!  We set up our tent near the Evergreen Point Park and Ride on the east side of the bridge and gave out hot chocolate, commemorative pins, and bike lights!

 

This important connection will save plenty of time and miles for those who don’t want to go all the way south to the I-90 bridge or north around the top of Lake Washington. The 520 trail feels downright palatial with its 14-foot width (although watch out for the expansion joints, as they can be a bit bumpy on skinny tires).

For more photos from the event, check out the album on Facebook, and don’t forget that you can always follow us on Instagram too!

Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Thursday, December 21st, 2017 3:46 PM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

The 520 Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail is opening! People riding bikes can now get from one side of the lake to the other. Whether you prefer aerodynamic helmets and spandex or you’re just trying out a traffic-free commute at your own pace, people traveling by bicycle (and on foot!) now have more options. Join the Choose Your Way Bellevue team, Cascade Bicycle Club and the City of Bellevue in celebrating the opening December 20 at 3 p.m.

Take the one way ride across the lake from Bellevue, or take the round trip, but either way come warm up at our booth at Evergreen Point with some complimentary hot chocolate. You can pick up a free souvenir pin, bike lights, and give our prize wheel a spin, too! You may just win two tickets to skate at the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena. Make sure you’ve brought your bike over to the Eastside on the bus before the event so you can bike back.

Please note that the expansion joints on the bridge have been reported as quite bumpy, so ride with caution!

Friday, December 15th, 2017 4:39 PM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment

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