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Bike2Health

Program funded:  December 2014 – December 2017

 

Program Update for Early 2016

The Bike2Health project is in the final design phase for the Cities of Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace, which includes conducting bicycle counts and usage studies to optimize the bicycle network for recreational and commuter riders of all ages and abilities. The Bike2Health open house held in fall 2015 was a success thanks to the collaboration and insight from community members who are excited to use these new, safer bicycle connection networks. From this meeting, and meetings with Edmonds Bicycle Advocacy Group (EBAG) and Cascade Bicycle Club (CBC), the project has identified key north-south and east-west corridors that will help navigate cyclists through all three cities. Please see the map for details.

We are excited to begin construction for the City of Lynnwood in summer of 2016. See the schedule below for more information about when construction and other phases of the improvements will begin.

Overview

The cities of Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace are working together to improve access to health and wellness choices within their communities, make bicycling safer, and increase connectivity by completing 11 critical missing links of the regional bicycle network. This collaboration, called Bike2Health, is funded by a grant from the Verdant Health Commission.

Once complete, Bike2Health will create a regional bicycle network establishing several key north/south and east/west corridor routes and connecting major destinations (colleges, civic centers, employment centers, the Interurban Trail, etc.) and transit hubs (the Edmonds Ferry, the Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace transit centers, and Swift bus rapid transit stations). In total, roughly ten miles of bicycle network will be connected or improved by installing shared lane markings, bicycle route signage and about six miles of new bicycle lanes.

The goals of Bike2Health are to:

  • Increase ridership and improve safety for bicyclists throughout the three cities.
  • Reduce barriers to bicycling by providing end-of-trip facilities like bicycle parking and by improving wayfinding signage.
  • Raise awareness about the benefits of bicycling and provide bicycle safety education to the community.

Bicycling, for either transportation or recreation, provides residents in the project area with more opportunities to stay physically active and pursue healthy lives. Bike2Health aims to help improve the health and well-being of community members.

A major component of Bike2Health will be engaging the communities throughout planning and design, while also conducting public education and outreach about bicycle safety, benefits, maps and routes. Community members will be able to participate in a number of activities such as bicycle training events and bicycle rodeos.

Background

Collectively, the cities of Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace have completed 23 miles of bicycle network over the past decade; however, many of these have been constructed separately by each city. This has resulted in a non‐continuous, segmented bicycle network. This segmentation is one reason cited by residents for choosing to use other methods of travel.

Schedule

We expect to construct improvements in 2016 for Lynnwood and in 2017 for Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.

  • Early Design (June – August 2015)
  • Final Design
    • Lynnwood (January 2016 – April 2016)
    • Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace (May 2016 – September 2016)
  • Bike Usage Counts (April 2016)
  • Construction
    • Lynnwood — late July 2016 – September 2016
    • Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace — Summer 2017
  • Bicycling Education Classes and Events (September 2016 – 2019)

New Wayfinding

To help encourage new cyclists to use the network, Bike2Health will also install bicycle wayfinding signs along the major bicycle routes to guide users to key destinations within Edmonds, Lynnwood, and Mountlake Terrace. In addition, new wayfinding and route signage will be installed along the Interurban Trail to help users navigate through missing segments and find the best routes from the trail to major destinations.

Stay Informed!

Check back often for project updates and news about upcoming events and activities. You will have opportunities to provide your input during the design phase, as well as learn more about the bicycle network and bicycle safety throughout the program and into 2019.

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Questions or feedback? Email the project team at bike2health@verdanthealth.org.

 

Project Materials

 

Project Team

Bike2Health is a partnership between:

 

Project Supporters

Bike2Health is supported by:

Project Consultants

  • KPG
  • Stepherson & Associaties