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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 geri | 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

The Bike Everywhere Challenge is a fun and free competition to encourage your friends and colleagues to experience firsthand the joys and benefits of riding a bike.

REGISTER. IT’S FREE: Visit the lovetoride website and register by filling in the required information. Make sure to check the box that reflects how often you’ve ridden a bike in the last 12 months and click “NEXT”.

RIDE FOR 10 MINUTES OR MORE: In May, if you ride a bike anywhere for at least 10 minutes between May 1 and May 31, 2017, you can log your trip to be eligible for great prizes.

RECRUIT FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES: Send invites out to your coworkers and friends to form a Bike Team. Teams consist of up to 8 people, but teams of 10 are permitted if two members on the team are considered “new riders,” or riders who have only ridden a few times in the past year.

  • After you complete your registration, choose to donate or skip to the “My Profile” tab to Join a Bike Everywhere Challenge Team. On your profile below your name, you can Join an Organization or Join a Team. Click “Join a Team” – you will arrive at a page where you can choose one of three options:
  1. Start Your Own Team – set up a team with coworkers or friends
  2. Join an Existing Team – choose from a list of existing teams
  3. Skip this step – ride solo as a lone wolf
  • Create a Team: If you choose to Start Your Own Team, you will need to enter some information about your team: (Team name, Team description, Team category, Organization association, Team region (County). Click “Create Team.” Be sure to market the team to your colleagues and friends – this year’s competition emphasizes encouraging more participation. Teams can consist of up to ten individuals if two of them are new riders. Otherwise the team maximum size is capped at eight.

WIN GREAT PRIZES: The aim is to earn the most points by riding and getting others on your team to ride during Bike Month (May 1 – 31). 2017 prizes will be posted to the Bike Everywhere Challenge webpage. Point scoring is as follows:

  • 1 mile = 1 point
  • 1 day = 20 points
  • 1 existing rider = 50 points
  • 1 new rider = 200 points

Happy Riding!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer Jacob

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 9:50 AM | by admin | Add a Comment

Bike Month In Bellevue

Bike month is on its way to Bellevue and there are a ton of fun ways to get inspired and get involved. Whether you’re a beginner or already live in your spandex, Bike Month events are a great way to network and explore your biking options!

To start things off, consider participating in the Bike Everywhere Challenge! It’s a fun, free, online trip-tracking contest where you challenge yourself and others to ride as much as possible in the month of May. Join a team or ride solo and see how far and often you can bike through Bike Month. Learn more about the challenge and register.

If you’re new to biking or need a few refreshers, head over to Choose Your Way Bellevue’s Intro to Urban Cycling. This event will be led by a Cascade Ride Leader who will be passing on words of wisdom from the rules of the road to how to look cool and stay safe while biking. As if that wasn’t incentive enough, there will be free pizza! Just don’t try to eat it while riding… April 19, 12-1 p.m. Bellevue City Hall room 1E-112.

After you’ve become acquainted with urban cycling make your way to Eastside Packet Pickup and Captain’s Party at Geaux Brewing. This is where you’ll start your Bike Month Challenge with Cascade Bicycle Club- a wealth of information for bikers! There will be prizes, free minor tune-ups from Velofix, food for purchase from Bread and Circuses and info for riding throughout the Eastside. April 21, 3:30-7 p.m.

Now that you’ll be up to speed, stop by the Bike Everywhere Day stations at Bellevue Transit Center and the I-90 trail at Enatai Park for a morning chat and fuel up with other bikers. There will be bike swag, Starbuck’s coffee, snacks from Whole Foods, activities, and Gregg’s will be offering minor tune-ups! May 20, 6-9 a.m.

To cement biking into your future and the future of downtown Bellevue, join the Cascade Bicycle Club Policy Ride for a 5-mile lunchtime loop to explore potential bike routes as part of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Implementation Initiative. May 25, 12-1 p.m., start at Bellevue City Hall.

For even more bike info check out: http://www.chooseyourwaybellevue.org/bike and https://www.cascade.org/calendar. Download the Bike Month in Bellevue flyer to post in your office, school or community.

Happy biking!

–Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Paige

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 9:12 PM | by admin | Comments (3)

Bike-MonthimageSo you know Bike Month is just around the corner and you want to sign up and/or create a team for the challenge. Maybe all the information out there is a little overwhelming. In this post, I’ll give you a simple guide to signing up yourself or a team for Bike Month.

Note: If you want to make a team, follow the guide for signing up first, then the guide for creating a team. Signing Up Visit the Bike Month Challenge page at luum.com: http://www.luum.com/challenges/88/bike-month-challenge

Click the “Join Challenge” button in the right sidebar. On this page, choose if you want to be affiliated with an organization (such as your workplace) or not. You’ll be prompted to log in or create an account (if you don’t already have a luum account. If you do skip this step). You can log in with Facebook, or create a new account. Answer the questions about personal information and if you would like to donate to Cascade Bicycle Club, then click the “Join Challenge” button at the bottom of the page.

That’s it, you’re in the challenge!

Creating or Joining Teams

From the Bike Month Challenge overview page, you can now create or join a team from the right sidebar.

Creating

Click the button to create a team, then fill out your team’s information like the team name and whether or not it’s open to the public. Now you can invite friends to join your team or just to the challenge in general. Click the challenge’s “Invite” tab and you’ll be able to send invitations with a link, through Facebook, or by email.

Joining

If you know the name of the team you want to join, or you want to search a term, click the button to join a team on the right sidebar of the challenge overview page. From the results, you’ll be able to view a team’s page. The team page, you can click the “Join Team” button and you’ll be on the team! If you want to browse and view all the teams currently signed up for the challenge, click the “Leaderboard” tab, then the “Teams” subtab. You can get to team pages and join them from here as well.

See Cascade’s video for more.

You can do it!

Pedal on,

-Sol

Friday, April 24th, 2015 10:44 AM | by admin | Add a Comment

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