Monday, July 27, 2020

Lake Washington Boulevard Going Car-Free(ish)

Lake Washington Boulevard is going car-free(ish) again starting Friday and continuing until at least Labor Day.  The street is marked as closed to cars, though people can still drive on it if they are accessing a home (whether they live there, are visiting someone or are making a delivery or service call). While it’s not entirely closed to cars, but cars are very limited. People are allowed to walk in the street, which helps limit overcrowding on the skinny sidewalks and paths along the lake.

Reminder: Motorists must give bicycles 3 feet minimum while passing.

As of Jan. 1, 2020, Washington drivers must give cyclists and pedestrians three feet of space, or more, if passing them on the road.  Here’s what drivers need to know:

-If there are two or more lanes, drivers must move out of the right lane to pass a cyclist.
-If there is only one lane in each direction, drivers must slow down and give the cyclist at least three feet of space.
-If there is one lane in each direction, but not enough room to pass, the driver must move into oncoming traffic when safe to do so.

Friday, April 10, 2020

City's PROS Plan Deferred Due to Virus

Due to the  coronavirus pandemic the Mercer Island decided to postpone its park planning process (PROS) . Of particular interest to cyclists is how the $500,000 state grant to improve trail safety on the I-90 Trail through Aubrey Davis Park will be used.  This grant was sponsored by state senator and Mercer Island resident, Lisa Wellman, to fund improvements identified by the Aubrey Davis Park Master Plan. Its use is now under review by the Parks and Recreation Commission which will make recommendations to the City Council.  

While the PROS community survey is now closed, comments from cyclists are invited on Let's Talk Mercer Island.  

Monday, March 2, 2020

New Washington Safe Passing Law Now in Effect

As of January 1 a new 'Safe Passing" law went into effect in Washington State.  The law is designed to protect vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and bicyclists.  This link explains the law.  

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Accident Response Class Postponed. Will be Rescheduled.

Due to Covid-19 this class as been postponed.  

Neighbors in Motion and the Mercer Island Community Fund are sponsoring a second accident response training class, particularly for accidents involving bicycles or pedestrians.  Students and adults are welcome.  The special, reduced tuition is $25.   
This class was held last summer and sold out. Space is strictly limited to the first 20 participants.  The class will be held at the Mercer Island Beach Club at 1:00PM - 5:00PM on Sunday, March 22.  Location: Mercer Island Beach Club, 8326 Avalon Dr, Mercer Island.

This is an American Heart Association accredited course.   Participants will receive a Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED card from the American Heart Association.  

To register contact Jeff Koontz (jeff_koontz@msn.com)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

New Research: Cycling Lanes Make Roads Safer for Everyone

The largest study of road safety to date published in the Journal of Transport & Health finds that more cycling infrastructure makes cities safer for everyone, not just cyclists. Researchers proposed that the old strategy of increasing the number of cyclists should be replaced by focusing on building better infrastructure for them.

The study found that bike facilities act as “calming” mechanisms on traffic, slowing cars and reducing fatalities. Between 1990 and 2010, Portland’s bicycle share increased from 1,2 % to 6 % and the road fatality rate dropped by 75 % over the same period. With added bike lanes, fatal crash rates dropped in Seattle by 60,6 %, San Francisco by 49,3 %, Denver by 40,3 %, and Chicago by 38,2 %.

Cities Expanding Protected Bike Lanes Nationwide


After a spike in deaths, New York will add 250 miles of protected bike lanes.  The city will build the lanes as part of a $1.7 billion street safety plan to be adopted by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council.  Other cities like Los Angeles and Washington are expanding their bike networks, but New York’s plans are far more expansive. San Diego plans to build 70 miles of new bike lanes while Cambridge, Mass., set rules this year to add protected lanes on all rebuilt roads. Copenhagen is the international model for bike infrastructure, with about 250 miles of protected bike lanes.