Help Shoreline become a Bike Friendly Community

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Photo by Mary Jo Heller
Do you ride your bike in Shoreline? If so, the City of Shoreline wants to hear from you.

The City recently submitted an application to be certified as a Bike Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. A vital last step in the evaluation of the application is hearing from our community about their perspective on cycling in Shoreline.

If you are familiar with biking in Shoreline, whether as a resident, worker, student, and/or commuter, please take 10 to 15 minutes to fill out a survey and help us become a Bike Friendly Community.

The survey closes Sunday, September 23.

The Bicycle Friendly Community certification process provides a benchmark for how well the City and its partners are supporting bicycling throughout Shoreline.

Photo by Mary Jo Heller
Perhaps more importantly, it provides a roadmap to improving conditions for bicycling and guidance to help make our community's vision for a better, bikeable community a reality. The certification process costs the City nothing. In fact, the completion of our application gave us points on two recent WSDOT grant applications.

Since the creation of the Bicycle Friendly Community program in 1995, there have been over 1,500 community applications processed by the League of American Bicyclists. There are currently 450 recognized Bicycle Friendly Communities and over 100 Honorable Mention communities. Washington State is recognized as the #1 bicycle friendly state in the country and has 17 Bike Friendly Communities.



3 comments:

Anonymous,  September 5, 2018 at 2:09 PM  

If drivers would get back to the basics, it would be friendlier for bikers and walkers (and other cars). For instance - that white line across the front of the lane at the intersection is for you to stop BEHIND, not over. Stopping BEHIND the line lets cars turning in front of you have room in the intersection to turn in front of you. It leaves space for pedestrians to use the crosswalk and not have to go out into traffic. (Odds are pretty good you will still get through the light when it changes to green even if you have stopped behind the line). When two lanes are turning left, you are expected to STAY in your own lane all the way through the lane. After you master those, we can move on to the more difficult (??) driving tasks, like stopping for red lights, checking for other cars before changing lanes, slowing down when the car in front of you is stopped and so on.

Anonymous,  September 7, 2018 at 9:37 AM  

Hey Anonymous, are there any basics that cyclists are supposed to follow? Sure as heck doesn't seem that way to us motorists....

Kristina Sawyckyj September 9, 2018 at 7:41 AM  

Wheelchair friendly is needed as well. Many streets have blackberry bushes blocking sidewalks, garbage cans blocking sidewalks and even those rental bikes. I then have to use the roads with my power chair. I have been almost hit several times and it’s only when I’m going to get struck. 25 th is the worse.

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