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By David Grant, Transportation Public Information Officer  (Reprinted from City of Bellevue publication It’s Your City, June 2018”)

With a boost from the 2016 voter-approved Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy, 2018 is shaping up as Bellevue’s year of the bike.

Crews will add about 19 miles of new bike lanes citywide, compared with 8.5 miles last year and 2.6 miles in 2016. In addition, several regional projects are providing new links to neighboring cities. Here are some highlights:

Regional trail network

In May, the state Department of Transportation hosted a celebration for the State Route 520 Trail, which opened last December. Through May 13 this year, more than 70,000 bicyclists and pedestrians crossed the floating bridge on the new east-west regional connection.

Plans call for King County in late June to officially open 2.7 miles of pedestrian-bicycle trail in Bellevue, part of the Eastside Rail Corridor that stretches from Renton north to Woodinville. On the city’s south end, the interim gravel trail runs between the Renton border and Newcastle Beach Park; on the north end, the segment runs between the Kirkland border and the BelRed area.

Later this year, work is expected to start on $17.5 million worth of improvements to fill a gap in the Mountains to Sound Greenway along Interstate 90 in Bellevue, another east-west regional trail.

Downtown bike projects

A demonstration bikeway will be installed on 108th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast 12th Street to Main Street. It will be the first pair of bike lanes that run the length of downtown. The levy funded project is expected to be completed in early July.

Other downtown-area improvements to the bicycle network include another levy project to improve bicycling on 108th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast 12th to 24th street, as well as projects on: 108th Avenue Southeast, Main Street to Bellevue Way; 112th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast 12th Street to the Kirkland border; and 112th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast Eighth to 10th Street.

Citywide bike share system

People already are pedaling green, orange and yellow bicycles to Bellevue but this summer, the city will unveil a pilot permit system for regulating private bike share companies that want to operate in Bellevue.

The new right of way permits will require bike share companies to provide electric bikes only, limit the number of bikes to a total of 400 to start and place restrictions on where the bikes can be left.

Eastgate projects

A slew of improvements this year will focus on the Eastgate area. Several bike lanes will be created through simple, inexpensive restriping to be completed as part of the city’s annual overlay program. Here’s the rundown: Southeast 38th Street, from the I-90 Overpass to 154th Avenue Southeast; and Southeast 38th Street, from the 14700 block to Allen Road (Levy project).

In addition: Eastgate Way, Richards Road to 160th Avenue Southeast; Newport Way Southeast near 150th Avenue Southeast; 139th Avenue Southeast, from Eastgate Way to Kamber Road (Levy project); and 142nd Avenue Southeast, from Southeast 36th to 32nd street (also a Levy project).

In the Lake Hills neighborhood, crews will improve 156th Avenue Southeast, from Southeast 22nd Street to Lake Hills Boulevard.

Editor’s Note:  Join the City of Bellevue and Choose Your Way Bellevue to celebrate the opening of the 108th Demonstration Bikeway project on Tuesday, July 31 from 11:30am – 1:30pm.  See the Event Flyer for more details.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 2:19 PM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

Fireworks Show

Downtown Bellevue is thrilled to welcome you and your family for our Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk and Bellevue Family 4th events!  Getting around may be a challenge especially if you’re driving.  Below are some tips and tricks for beating the crowds and making your commute in an easy one! Just looking for a map? Click here.

Read on about directions and parking for the Dog Jog and Family 4th.

 Tips for riding transit to downtown Bellevue:

  • Carry your exact bus fare in cash or your ORCA card loaded with either a pass or e-purse. Bus drivers do not have change. You may pay your fare, and the fare for others traveling with you, using any combination of paper, coin currency, and/or transit pass equal to or of greater value than the required fare. For fare information along your route and desired travel time follow this link.
  • Free fares for children: Up to four children ages five and under always ride free with a paying adult on Sound Transit and King County Metro buses.
  • All buses are by selecting ‘Accessible Trip’ in the advanced options of Trip Planner.
  • Plan your return trip: Plan ahead by locating the bay where you will wait to catch a bus back to the park and ride, as well as determining when the last bus leaves to get you there. Schedules will be posted at each bay to assist you.

Be Aware

  • Westbound Northeast First Street will be closed between 100th and 102nd Avenue Northeast from 1 p.m. to midnight;
  • Before the fireworks, starting about 9:30 p.m., streets closed to vehicle traffic will include: Northeast Fourth Street, 100th Avenue Northeast to Bellevue Way Northeast; Northeast First Street, 100th to 103rd Avenue Northeast; and 100th Avenue Northeast, Northeast First to Northeast Fifth Street;
  • After the fireworks, restrictions will include: right turns prohibited from northbound 100th Avenue Northeast to Northeast Eighth Street, and from eastbound Northeast 10th Street to all side streets between 100th Avenue Northeast and Interstate 405; access to northbound I-405 from Northeast 10th Street will be via southbound 116th Avenue Northeast, then westbound Northeast Eighth Street;
  • After the event, left turns will be prohibited from southbound Bellevue Way to eastbound Northeast Fourth Street; drivers headed to I-90 or I-405 may continue south on Bellevue Way.

BIKE

Please check the Bellevue Bike Map for information about biking in the Bellevue area. Bike racks are available throughout Downtown Bellevue; check out the downtown bike rack map to find one near the festivities.

DRIVE

We recommend carpooling to those choosing to drive to the event. Stay up to date on traffic and closures from the City of Bellevue’s website.

Read here for more information from the City of Bellevue about getting to and from the festivities.

We’ll see you there!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer Tim

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 3:45 PM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

This post originally appeared on the Bellevue Downtown Association News Page.

Whether or not you’re a regular bike rider, you might have noticed some fresh paint on 108th Avenue NE. If you’re wondering what’s happening, look no further! Starting June 10, the City of Bellevue began installation of a “Demonstration Bikeway” along 108th Avenue NE. Read on if you’re interested in learning more about this project, and how it will enhance livability and mobility in Downtown Bellevue.

What is the Demonstration Bikeway?
Using temporary and low-cost treatments, the demonstration project provides a real-world opportunity to evaluate how bike lanes with enhanced separation from vehicle traffic function on 108th Avenue NE from Main Street to NE 12th Street. These new bike lanes through downtown will complete a continuous north-south route between the I-90 and SR-520 Trails.

The project is funded by the Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Levy, which was approved by voters in 2016. For more information about the levy visit: BellevueWA.gov/TransportationLevy.

When will it open?
Construction began June 10 and the project is expected to be finished in July. A celebration to mark the new bikeway is planned for Tuesday, July 31, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Bellevue Corporate Plaza (600 108th Avenue NE).

Construction in Progress:

Bike Lanes

What will this look like?
The City will be applying the following modern bikeway design concepts used in cities such as Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, BC: Curb & post dividers; Green pavement markings;  Planter box dividers; and, Shared lane markings.

Once the project is complete, curbside activities such as parking, passenger load/unload, and freight delivery will be modified. To ensure the corridor is as safe as possible for cyclists, parking enforcement will be monitoring curbside activity along 108th Avenue NE so that vehicles do not block the bike lanes. For more information about changes to parking, passenger load/unloading, and freight delivery see the Loading Zones Flyer.

Why “Demonstration?”
With this project’s demonstration approach, the City is able to design and build the project faster –“from planning to design to construction in one year.” During the course of the assessment period (approximately one year), data will be collected to evaluate how the project impacts travel for all street users, local businesses, and others in the community. If outcomes are favorable, City Council could approve more permanent upgrades in the future, including more robust bike lane separation, traffic signal modifications, durable pavement markings, and other changes to curbs and the streetscape. This demonstration project could help guide other downtown bicycle improvements.

Do I need to worry about more construction?
Construction has already started and will continue through early July. Work hours are 7 p.m. – 4 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Because the work is taking place during the evening hours, major construction impacts and/or traffic delays are not expected. The work is dependent on dry weather conditions.

City of Bellevue Resources:

Click here for a full list of City resources.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer Emma

Friday, June 29th, 2018 11:27 AM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

Choose Your Way Bellevue had another fantastic month of May celebrating all things bicycle.  In this post we’ll look back on some of the things going on around town that, if missed, you should get on your calendar for next year!Pizza Party

Even before the month got started, the City of Bellevue hosted a “Basics of Urban Cycling” class and pizza lunch in late April.  The Cascade Bicycle Club instructor-led class covered the basics of gear selection, route planning, and riding and safety tips.

 

Challenge Logo

Then it was off to the races—quite literally, as the Washington Bikes Bike Everywhere Challenge kicked off state wide to get as many people riding as much as possible during the month of May.  At last count there were close to 10,000 participants who rode a cumulative total of more than 1.7 million miles.  That distance is almost 70 times around the circumference of the earth—wow!

Bike Bash

Next up was the 2018 Eastside Bike Bash at REI’s new Bellevue store on May 1.  The event served as the Eastside Captain’s Packet Pickup for the Washington Bikes Bike Everywhere Challenge and as a general “Yay for bike riders” kickoff celebration of the month of May.  Our friends from Bellevue Wellness, Boys and Girls Club – Wheel Lab, Cascade Bicycle Club, City of Bellevue Planning and Parks Departments, Eastside Rail Corridor, Greater Redmond TMA, Kirkland Green Trip, KIND Bar, Smashmallow and Sound Transit all came out to help us have a good time.

Eagle eyed readers will spot local elected officials King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci and City of Bellevue Deputy Mayor Lynne Robinson in photos on our Choose Your Way Bellevue Facebook page!  (And yes, those are gourmet s’mores being roasted over a REI fire pit, using KIND bars, Theo chocolate and Smashmallows.  One word: YUM.)

Proclamation

But it doesn’t stop there.  Did you know that May was officially proclaimed “Bike Everywhere Month” in the City of Bellevue?  It’s true! We’ve got the signed document from the mayor.  Check out the full text of proclamation online or watch Councilmember Jared Nieuwenhuis read it aloud at the May 14th City Council Extended Study Session meeting.  (Click on item 2c—the bike part starts around the 12:30 mark in the video.) CYWB even gets a “shout out” by name from City Council.  And special thanks to Cascade Bicycle Club and Transportation Department Assistant Director Ron Kessack for their remarks!

Transit Center BED

Then it was onto the main event of the month: Bike Everywhere Day.  The day we were waiting for in eager anticipation.  The rain held off and people came out in droves!  Choose Your Way Bellevue hosted Celebration Stations at the Bellevue Transit Center and at the I-90 Trail in Enatai and were among more than 130 stations state wide. Our friends from the City of Bellevue Planning Department, City of Bellevue Police, FlyWheel Sports, Gregg’s Cycles, REI, Sound Transit and VeloFix all came out to get in on the action.  Special thanks to Sound Transit for helping provide the space and thanks for KIND Bar and Starbucks for providing snacky goodness!

You can catch up on some of the photos from the day on our Facebook page. We also had some friends at the SR 520 Trail hosting a station for many Bellevue and Eastside riders.  That’s the same location as the opening day event we helped put on back in December.

24th Street

Speaking of the SR 520 Trail, now people on bicycles can ride on bicycle facilities from Redmond all the way to Seattle using a combination of bike lanes and off-street trails.  As part of the City of Bellevue Transportation Levy, buffered bike lanes have been added to NE 24th Street from the SR 520 Trail to Northup Way, including green paint at conflict points.  This truly brings Bellevue up to speed with up-to-date amenities.

Whew–that was a lot!  So now that May is over, what’s on the horizon?  We’re glad you asked:

  • The commuting fun doesn’t stop. June is Ride Transit Month. Take the pledge to show your support for public transportation and you could win great prizes. Maybe you could even take your bike with you?
  • June 9th is the City of Bellevue Parks Department’s Lake to Lake Bike Ride. Explore Bellevue’s hidden treasures by bike—bring the family, rain or shine, to a social, non-competitive riding adventure with a flat nine-mile loop or a more challenging (and hilly) 22-mile route. Learn more and register here!  Choose Your Way Bellevue with be at the finish line, so stop by our tent and say Hi!
  • Bikeshare may be coming to Bellevue soon. The city has approved a permitting process to allow private companies to operate dockless bikeshare systems in Bellevue.  Many cities already have bikeshare programs, but there are a few unique features that will set Bellevue apart:  The system will be dockless; all bikes in the system will be “e-assist” and have an electric motor/battery to help flatten the hills; and there will be designated “bike hub” parking areas to help maintain orderly public spaces.  For more information on the bikeshare pilot check out this flyer.
  • In facilities news, the city is completing the first bikeway through the heart of Downtown as a demonstration project this July. This will provide a safer and more comfortable route for people to bike north-south in Bellevue’s most bustling neighborhood. It will include bike lanes in either direction of 108th Ave NE, from Main Street to NE 12th Learn more about the project on the City of Bellevue website. And keep your eyes on Choose Your Way Bellevue Facebook and Twitter for information on a ribbon cutting and grand opening event!

So that’s the run-down on everything bike-related that’s been going on in the month of May.  See you in the bike lanes!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer Tim

 

Friday, June 1st, 2018 11:10 AM | by Tim Kelley | Add a Comment

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

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