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Bike2Health

Program funded:  December 2014 – December 2017
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Program Update for 2018

The community events and education portion of the program has many opportunities to learn in 2018, with the next events taking place:

  • Saturday, June 9: Fix-a-Flat Class (Maintenance Demonstration & Presentation) is taking place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center, 23000 Lakeview Drive, Mountlake Terrace. In this class, learn this simple and important skill to minimize delays the next time you get a flat. Instructors will take the mystery out of wheel and tire removal, patching a tube, and putting it all back together.  This demonstration-only class also covers some of the causes of flat tires and how to best avoid and prevent them. Pre-registration required at www.cascade.org/bike2health.
  • Sunday, June 24: Back to Basics Adult Riding Class is taking place from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center, 23000 Lakeview Drive, Mountlake Terrace. In this class, expand your bike handling skills while learning with others who are near your skill level. This class is for riders who already know how to ride but who need additional practice. Most students either have recently learned how to ride for the first time or already know how to ride but have not ridden a bike in a number of years. The class allows you to practice bike-handling techniques and culminates in a ride in the park to solidify what we’ve learned by riding on low-traffic streets nearby. This class is for adults only. Pre-registration is required at www.cascade.org/bike2health.
  • Saturday, June 30: Intro to Bike Commuting Presentation is taking place from 2-3 p.m. at the Verdant Community Wellness Center, 4710 196th St. SW, Lynnwood.  This class covers the basics of biking for commuting and utility trips. Topics include selecting a bicycle and making basic fit adjustments, riding safely and comfortably, planning your bike route, and clothing, helmets, and gear. Pre-registration is required at www.cascade.org/bike2health.
  • Saturday, July 28: Maintenance for Everyday Riders Presentation is taking place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Verdant Community Wellness Center, 4710 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. This demonstration-only class is an overview of the basics of bike maintenance. In this class, you will learn about braking and shifting systems and how to perform routine maintenance on those systems. Pre-registration is required at www.cascade.org/bike2health.

 

Construction Update for 2018

City of Edmonds Update:

  • The construction phase in Edmonds has been completed! As of May 2018, the City of Edmonds has completed its installation of on-street bike lanes along 212th Street SW, from 72nd Avenue W to 84th Avenue W, and along 76th Avenue W, from 220th Street SW to Olympic View Drive. Wayfinding signs and route signs have also been installed throughout the city on identified bike routes to help cyclists navigate their way through the city to key public destinations. Visit the City of Edmonds website for details.

City of Lynnwood Update:

  • Construction completed in October 2016.

City of Mountlake Terrace Update:

  • The City of Mountlake Terrace has also completed the installation of wayfinding and route signage throughout the Bike2Health network within the city. This will be key in helping commuter and recreational cyclists alike find their way to the city’s Town Center, Transit Center, Library, Recreation Pavilion, and the Interurban Trail, among other destinations.

 

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

Construct improvements took place in 2016 for Lynnwood and will take place 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/Fall 2017
  • Bicycling Education Classes and Events (Spring 2017 – 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.

To receive project email updates, please complete the “e-Newsletter Signup” form on this web page, in the column to the right.

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

 

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Project Team

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