Tuesday, June 14, 2022

I-90 Trail: Tree Removal in Mercer Island Begins Soon

King County is upgrading four miles of sewer pipeline across north Mercer Island and south Bellevue.  Tree removal needed for construction will begin at the North Mercer Pump Station as early as Friday, June 17. Tree removal along the I-90 trail starts as early as next week.

As a part of this project, King County will plant 600 new trees across Mercer Island to replace the nearly 400 trees we remove. King County is removing trees to make space for new infrastructure and equipment.  The project's tree plan can be found here.

900 Miles Of Trails: Washington Leafline Plan

Mercer Island sits in the middle of the Leafline trail network, which the state aims to one day connect more than 900 miles of trail across four counties: King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap.  More than 500 miles of trails are already completed. 

Multiple studies have quantified the benefits of regional trail investments in the state:

  •  Active transportation provides more jobs per dollar than any other type of transportation;
  • Trails in Washington provide $5.9 billion in environmental benefits per year;
  • Trails cost less to maintain than roads and cause less air and noise pollution;
  • Improving access to trails could help close the health gap in Washington.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Mercer Island's Youth Mountain Bike Team - We have one!

The Mercer Island MTB Team is affiliated with the Washington Student Cycling League. Together its mission is to foster life skills development through cycling and create a foundation for lifelong cycling enjoyment. The focus is skills development, excellence, teamwork, outdoor recreation, and respect for the community and the environment. Mercer Island MTB is open to students in grade 6 - 12 in the Mercer Island School District and nearby communities:

For more information click here.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Reduce Bike Theft

Unfortunately as the weather improves and more people are out on bikes, the opportunities for bike theft increase.  These simple, inexpensive recommendations from Cascade Bicycle Club can reduce bike theft and help you recover a you recover a stolen bicycle in the Puget Sound area.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Washington State Transportation Bill Funds Cycling with $1.3B

This infrastructure bill was passed by legislature, and the governor’s signature is expected soon.  It is the largest commitment to cycling ever made by the state.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Aubrey Davis Park Trail Safety Improvements Project

The City and consultant KPG are working on a design for improved safety and a more enjoyable experience for all trail and park users. These improvements will include signage, pavement markings, and artistic treatments to manage the flow of cyclists and pedestrians through the park, while adding placemaking elements to enhance the park experience.

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WSDOT Resources for Cyclists and Pedestrians

The Washington State Department of Transportation has helpful resources, including route maps, for a wide variety of interests. Use this link.