Friday, August 31, 2018

NIM's Information Booth at MI Farmers' Market Updates Public on City's Plans

Neighbors in Motion held a information booth at last weeks Mercer Island Farmers' Market to advise residents about signage improvements in the city's North-South pedestrian/bicycle route.   A final section of the route or "Missing Link" in front of Island Park School is scheduled for design via public process next year in the city's Transportation Improvement Plan.   

NIM will have another booth at the September 30 market.  NIM is grateful for Mercer Island Community Fund's sponsoring this effort.  

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Winners and Losers in Seattle Dockless Bike Share Pilot

The two ride-hailing giants are among three companies that each applied for a permit to operate dockless bike shares on Seattle’s streets — which is to say, free-standing bikes that riders can pick up with just a few taps on their phone screens.

JUMP (owned by Uber), Lyft and LimeBike (who has been operating here for the last year) are all seeking to operate bike shares in the city over the next year, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) said Friday.

Lime Bikes is currently running a pilot on Mercer Island.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Using Bike Share? Check the brake cables before you ride.

Video of a vandal cutting bike share brake cables in Sodo.  Seattle police investigating. 

Basics for Aspiring Bike Commuters.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

MI Chip Sealing Update

Chip Sealing update
On Monday and Tuesday, chip seals were placed on 78th Ave (SE 34th to SE 39th), SE 53rd Place (ICW to EMW), EMW (SE 68th to WMW), and SE 68th/SE 70th Street (84th Ave to WMW).  Today, all of those locations were swept to pick up loose gravel.
Next week (Aug 20th), crews will return to fog seal all of these locations.  A fog seal is a thin coat of liquid asphalt which helps with chip adhesion.  It will also turn the road black.  Additional sweeping will occur ahead of the fog sealing (to pick up loose rock).  Fog seal needs time to dry, so crews will likely work in one- to two- block increments of a single lane, let it dry, and then move on.  I expect the fog sealing will take 4 to 5 days to complete all locations.
The week of Aug 27th we will install new pavement markings.  This will complete the project.
Depending on rock shedding, we may need to sweep the locations one more time in mid-September.
Clint Morris 
Street Engineer

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Mercer Island's E-bike Share Pilot Adds Two More Locations

The city is adding two more locations:  1) MI Congregational Church (45th and ICW) and 2) another at the NW corner of the South End QFC Village area (at corner of SE 68th Street and 84th Ave SE.  There locations are not yet shown on the map.  More information. 

Please use the bikes but don't leave them where they block sidewalks.