Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Fight Bike Theft

Bike theft is on the rise nationally and in this area too.  Follow these suggestions to keep your bike safe and take these steps if it is stolen.   

To report a bike theft to the Mercer Island Police call (425) 577-5656.


Saturday, July 17, 2021

Washingon State Active Transportation Plan Highlights Need for Safer Roads

Active Transportation Plan

SR 520 bike path and bicyclers

The Active Transportation Plan 2020 and Beyond - Part 1 (PDF 12.4MB) released in May 2021 serves as a compass for the future of walking and biking on or across state highways in Washington.  

The plan highlights the need for better bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure in the state.  Crashes involving people who walk and bike represented 21 percent of all fatal and serious injury traffic crashes in 2019, even though walking and biking for transportation only represents about 12 percent of all trips.  

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The Science is in - Cycling is a great way to stay fit and healthy

Unique health benefits of daily cycling.  Nearly anyone of any fitness level can pedal a bike for five or more miles. Regular or daily cycling has been found to prevent weight gain (and boost fat loss), fight depression, and help stave off a host of health problems, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Mercer Island hires new Traffic Engineer

The City of Mercer Island recently hired a new Transportation Engineer (Lia Klein) to address traffic issues on the island and assist with a number of upcoming bicycle and pedestrian projects. Lia is a civil engineer with a background in operations and safety analysis. An avid cyclist she is looking forward to her new commute over Lake Washington on the I-90 trail. Originally from Minneapolis, Lia is a travel enthusiast who loves to get inspiration for new ideas from other cities in the US and around the world. She can be contacted via email at lia.klein@mercerisland.gov.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Resource Links for Better, Safer Cycling

Several readers have sent in suggestions for resource pages useful for learning more about bicycling, tourism, safe behavior and riding skills.   We are pleased to share them.  Both lists are exhaustive and national in scope.

1.  The Breckenridge family on Mercer Island suggested this resource page with a wealth of links compiled by Murf Electric Bikes.

2.  The Eastern Oregon District BSAs suggested this resource page  assembled by a Chicago law firm.

Many thanks to our contributors!

Saturday, October 31, 2020

8 Ways to Make Winter Cycling Safer

With fewer daylight hours and cloudier skies, using lights and wearing bright clothing makes for much safer cycling.  As someone who lives on the south end and drives East and West Mercer often, it is surprising how many cyclists wear dark clothing and have no lights, making them hard to see in the shadows and against dark winter backgrounds.   Same is true for walkers, especially those who do not walk on the shoulders.


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Cyclists can treat stop signs as yield signs under new law

Bicyclists can treat a stop sign as a yield sign and roll through the intersection during light traffic, under a new Washington state law that takes effect October 1, 2020.  

Idaho, Delaware, Arkansas and Oregon previously legalized these rolling stops.

Washington Bikes considers it a safety improvement that can reduce crashes at a four-way stop or on a bike lane.