Bikeways Coming for Bikers in Bellevue Spring 2018

In 2009, the city of Bellevue had a goal to have one north-south and one east-west bikeway. A levy passed just last year gave the city about $400,000 to implement and study the pilot program. Now, Bellevue is hoping to have at least one bikeway installed in the core of downtown by spring 2018. The pilot project will create a mostly protected bike lane that can be easily altered and expanded. The city will make adjustments as the project develops.  The pilot bikeway will be studied during the second half of 2018 and the city will decide what to make permanent and what bikeways to add.  http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/bellevue-to-get-bikeways-this-spring/656544113

Bikeways are Proving to be Safer for ALL on the Road

The costs of long-term care for pedestrian and bicycle injury victims exceeds well over $40 billion every year. That’s a huge financial burden on society.  Any efforts to prevent these kind of injuries will have great impact and importance to everyone on the road. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3217422/ 

Many communities are recognizing their ability to help with community safety programs, by allocating and funding projects for protected bikeways in their city planning and zoning. Bikeways have proven to increase cyclists’ safety by as much as 90% in studies of cities that have effectively incorporated them into their roadways. In areas of congested and heavy traffic, like New York City, injuries for all road users (drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists) have dropped at least 40%; and in some areas, they’ve seen as much as a 50% decrease in accidents simply because of protected bike lanes. With these remarkable results, many cities across the country are following NYC’s example and redesigning their cities to accommodate the increase in non-motorist traffic, with Seattle and other cities across the northwest, following suit. http://peopleforbikes.org/our-work/statistics/statistics-category/?cat=protected-bike-lane-statistics

credit: https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/811841a.pdf

Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that communities who incorporated designs and plans for walking and cycling have received higher satisfaction marks by their citizens.  The same studies also indicate that bikeways placed within a quarter mile of their residence are more likely to be used and appreciated. Options for safer travel, regardless of the type of vehicle, get community approval and support across the board.

Contest for Seattle’s Most Creative Bike Lane Design 

Brock Howell of Seattle-based Bikehappycascadia.com, is an avid bicyclist and promoter of safer riding conditions. He is heading up a continued effort to encourage the use of bikeways. He is incorporating creative additions to the official safety markings along Seattle’s designated bike routes. These creative masterpieces would be similar to the playful ones already found in Portland. Seattle’s Chief Traffic Engineer, Dongho Chang, is open to modifying safety symbols closer to home for everyone to enjoy.

Photo Courtesy of Portland Bureau of Transportation

If you would like to participate in the Design a Bike Lane Person for the city of Seattle, download a template at:  https://cascadiabikelove.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/bike-lane-person-competition.pdf,  and enter your submissions to broc@bikehappycascadia.com by December 12, 2017. Winners will be chosen by Brock Howell and great ideas will be sent to the Seattle DOT for consideration. Winners will also receive gift certificates to Peddler Brewing.

Check out:  https://bikehappycascadia.com/2017/11/30/contest-design-your-own-bike-lane-person/

Our Accident & Personal Injury Lawyers Are Here to Help

Like many businesses and partners throughout communities in the Northwest, Fielding Law Group encourages and supports safety-minded endeavors and campaigns.  We also know, from experience, that accidents and mishaps still happen. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle or motor vehicle accident, contact Fielding Law Group today. Our team of experienced legal professionals can help you get the compensation you are entitled to. So leave the worries to them and remember-Don’t let an accident wreck YOU!

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