May is Bike Everywhere Month

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May is Bike Everywhere Month!

The Wenatchee Valley is celebrating bicycling during the month of May. May is Bike Everywhere Month in Washington State. The Wenatchee Valley has bike events all month long and new initiatives to celebrate bicycling this month. Check out the list below to learn more. Happy Biking!

RBAC Bike Buddies

Nervous about biking to work? Interested in biking to the grocery store? We can help! Members of the Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee are available as a resource to you! They will be your Bike Buddy to answer questions and help you feel more confident bicycling around town.

Learn more.

Bike Month Challenges (May 1-31st)

May 1-31st is the time to compete in the Bike Everywhere Challenge or in the Bike to School Month Challenge. Create or join a team, track your bicycling trips and earn prizes.

Bike Everywhere Month

Bike to School Month

NCW EcoChallenge (May 6th-19th)

Join the Sustainable Wenatchee EcoChallenge. The NCW EcoChallenge is a community-wide competition for Chelan and Douglas county residents only.

Participants challenge themselves to try new, environmentally-friendly behaviors for two weeks. You choose the behaviors you want to commit to doing (from dozens of options) and report your progress online daily. In addition to learning how to reduce your carbon footprint, you have a chance to win valuable individual prizes and cash for the nonprofit agency* of your choice!

Feel free to join the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council RBAC team.

Bike Events

May 3rd -5th - Wenatchee Valley Velo Tour de Bloom (link)

May 8th - National Bike to School Day (link)

Bike Week

May 15th - Wenatchee Valley Velo Ride of Silence (link)

May 17th - Wenatchee Valley Velo Bike to Work Day (link)

May 17th - WA State Bike Everwhere Day (link)

Local Resources for BiCycling

Looking for more information about bicycling? Check out local maps and information online:

Bike Map

Local info (safety, bike shops, laws and more!)

Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee

January RBAC Meeting

The January Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting will be held next Wednesday, January 9th. The meeting is open to the public and new attendees are always welcome to attend! You can learn more about the RBAC here.

Meeting Info:

Wednesday, January 9th

5:15 - 6:45 PM

Wenatchee Community Center, Veterans Hall, 504 S Chelan Ave

Agenda

5:15 -5:20                    Introductions & Committee Updates

5:20 – 5:45                  Bike Education Updates

5:45 – 6:10                  Agency Project Updates

6:10 – 6:45                  Bike Parking Inventory

December 5th RBAC Meeting Minutes

Introductions and Updates: The RBAC began the meeting by discussing the November North Wenatchee Avenue open house. An update on RBAC membership and recruitment information was also shared.

Agency Project Updates: Updates were shared by local agency staff on the following projects:

  • Link Transit route changes

  • Link Transit Title 6 Hearing

  • Link Transit Leavenworth Park and Ride

  • East Wenatchee Complete Streets

  • East Wenatchee Gateway project

  • Wenatchee Tacoma Street bike lanes

League of American Bicyclists results and 2019 Work Plan

The remainder of the meeting was spent discussing the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Community Results and brainstorming goals and projects for 2019.

You can read more about the LAB results here and see the work plan below.

2019 Work Plan

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Wenatchee Valley renewed as Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community!

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Last week the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) program announced 61 new and renewing bicycle friendly communities. The Wenatchee Valley first became a bronze BFC in 2014 and the RBAC submitted an application to renew our bronze BFC status in 2018. While the RBAC was hoping to see the Wenatchee Valley increase to a silver BFC, we are very pleased with the feedback and the improvements we made from 2014-2018!

At the December RBAC meeting the group reviewed the 2014 report card and the progress made to improve bicycling since that time. Between 2014 and 2018, the Wenatchee Valley has made improvements in all 5E’s (engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation and planning).

Areas to Improve

Only two measures on the 2018 report card did not show improvements:

Ridership (percent of commuters who bike) went from 1.5% to 0.92%. There are several potential reasons for why this measure changed. According to Chelan-Douglas Trends bicycling has been decreasing across both counties since 2009, while increasing slightly in the City of Wenatchee. Nationally, this is similar to other cities across the country and there are many theories why biking commute mode share is lower when many communities are investing in bicycling. It’s also good to remember that this is also just the commute trip and that the Loop Trail counter has seen an increase annually in people biking. The RBAC has discussed developing a regional program to count bicycles and pedestrians to better track ridership and demand. It has not been identified as a priority for 2019 but something that will stay on the list of potential RBAC projects.

In 2018, Bicycle Education in Schools, was identified as “Needs Improvement”. The feedback recommends that the Wenatchee Valley “expand bicycle safety education to be a routine part of education for students of all ages. Work with local school districts, bicycle groups, and interested parents to create Safe Routes to School programming for all K-12 schools”.

Key Steps to Silver

The report card also identifies key steps to achieving a silver designation when we reapply in 2022. 10 different items were identified for the Wenatchee Valley to work on: expand the bike network, develop a design manual or adopt the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, adopt a bike parking ordinance, conduct a bike parking study, bike sharing, bike education in schools, bike education for adults, host a League Cycling Instructor seminar, provide education to law enforcement on bicycle safety and work with law enforcement.

The good news is that the RBAC is currently working on, or has identified a need to work on, the majority of the recommendations in 2019. RBAC will be working on bike parking, exploring the feasibility of bike sharing, and looking at ways to improve bicycle education in schools.

Report Cards

Check out the 2018 report card for the Wenatchee Valley.

Check out the Washington state Bicycle Friendly State report card.

Learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community program at bikeleague.org/community.


December RBAC Meeting

The December Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting will be held this evening. The meeting is open to the public and new attendees are always welcome to attend! You can learn more about the RBAC here.

Meeting Info:

Wednesday, December 5th

5:15 - 6:45 PM

Wenatchee Community Center, Veterans Hall, 504 S Chelan Ave

Agenda

5:15 - 5:30 Introductions and Updates

5:30 - 6:00 Agency Project Updates

6:00 - 6:45 Discussion on LAB Bicycle Friendly Community results, 2018 annual report & 2019 RBAC work plan

November RBAC Meeting Summary

The Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. To help share what the RBAC is working on, we will be sharing the agenda before the meeting and following up with a meeting summary after the meeting.

Updates

Bike Plan Adoption: Bob Stoehr, the RBAC chair gave a recap of the CDTC Governing Board meeting. The 2018 Wenatchee Valley Bicycle Master Plan was presented to the CDTC board by Bob and CDTC staff in September.

The bike plan was adopted October 11, 2018.

Foothills Middle School 6th Grade Camp Bike Activities: Foothills Middle School in Wenatchee was recently awarded a bicycle fleet, trailer and curriculum training from the state Safe Routes to School program. RBAC member and Foothills teacher, Todd Jensen, organized a bicycle education session at the Foothills 6th grade camp this September at Tall Timbers camp. A couple hundred students and parent volunteers practiced their biking skills and a few learned to ride a bike for the first time. RBAC members volunteered their time to help run the station.

Agency Project Updates

The RBAC includes representatives from our local transportation agencies. This month we heard updates on the following projects:

East Wenatchee: 5th Street NE, Gateway Project, 9th Street, 19th Street and future grant opportunities

Douglas County: 35th Street, 4th St SE

Wenatchee: Red Apple Road, McKittrick Street, Western Ave/Springwater project, School pedestrian improvements, Lewis and Clark school improvements, SR 285 pedestrian crossing project, Methow Park, future grant opportunities

WSDOT: Statewide Active Transportation plan, SR 28 corridor study, North Wenatchee Avenue public meeting (see below for info!)

2019 Work Plan

The group reviewed accomplishments from 2018 and spent time discussing ideas for future projects. The RBAC is responsible for assisting local transportation agencies with bicycle planning issues and supporting implementation of the bike plan. You can see a list of all the action items identified in the Bicycle Master Plan update here.

Accomplishments:

  • 2018 Wenatchee Valley Bicycle Master Plan and wayfinding plan adopted

  • Work began on bike parking- RBAC discussed local ordinances and started an inventory

  • The RBAC worked with CDTC to reapply to the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Community program. We received a bronze designation in 2014 and we will hear this month whether we remain a bronze or improve our status (honorable mention, bronze, silver, gold, platinum)

  • The cities, counties and WSDOT have a long list of bicycle and pedestrian projects completed, in planning or ready for construction

Ideas for 2019:

  • Assist CDTC in the update of Transportation 2040 - the regional transportation plan for Chelan and Douglas Counties

  • If we receive a grant CDTC applied for this fall, work on a regional bike share feasibility study

  • Continue work on the wayfinding plan

  • Finish the bike parking inventory and make recommendations for improving bike parking in the region

  • Continue discussing local bicycle planning projects and acting as a resource for local agencies

  • Advise WSDOT and support the development of a U.S. Bike Route through the region

Upcoming Meetings

Tonight 11/14! North Wenatchee Avenue Open House. You can also take their survey online.

Attend the community open house:

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018
4 to 7 p.m.
Washington State Department of Transportation
2830 Euclid Avenue Bldg. B
Wenatchee, WA 98801

December RBAC Meeting: Wednesday, December 5th @ 5:15. Meeting location TBD.

November RBAC Meeting

The Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee meets the first Wednesday of every month. The meetings are always open to the public and the committee is always looking for new members who would like to get involved in local bicycle planning efforts.

Meeting Info:

Wednesday, November 7th
5:15 - 6:45 PM
Douglas County Transportation & Land Services Building (aka 19th Street Loop Trail parking)- the meeting room at the front of the building.

Agenda:

Updates and Introductions

Agency Project Updates: Hear what bicycle projects local agencies are working on

2019 Work Plan: In 2017, the RBAC helped create the Wenatchee Valley bike map and in 2018 the RBAC helped finish the bicycle master plan update and reapplied to the League of American Bicyclists to renew the region’s Bicycle Friendly Community designation. During November and December meetings the RBAC will be discussing potential projects for 2019.

Learn more about the RBAC.

2018 Wenatchee Valley Bicycle Master Plan Open House Summary

CDTC staff hosted an informal house with the RBAC on Wednesday, October 3rd to share information and collect public comments on the 2018 Wenatchee Valley Bicycle Master Plan.

The event was from 4-6 PM in a shelter along the Loop Trail at Walla Walla Park. Approximately 15 people stopped by to check out the event. Many visitors were RBAC members and local agency staff, but there were also community members who dropped by to check out the larger bike network maps and copies of the plan.  Signs (pictured below) were placed near the trail and near the parking lot to let people visiting the park know about the event.

Public comment period open until Wednesday, October 10th

CDTC is currently collecting public comments on the 2018 Wenatchee Valley Bicycle Master Plan. Check out the bike plan page online, and let us know your thoughts!

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Regional Bike News Roundup

This is a new feature that will attempt to regularly compile local bicycling news for the region. Post in the comments to share any news we may have missed! 

 

Wenatchee/East WenatChee

Residents give input on Washington Street improvements - The City of Wenatchee hosted a pop-up community event on Washington Street to test out proposed intersection improvements and explore the possibility of a public plaza.

My Summer of Bicycling - Read about Joan Qazi’s experience bicycling in Wenatchee on the Sustainable Wenatchee Tread Lightly Blog.

EVENT: The 2018 Wenatchee Valley Bicycle Master Plan open house will be Wednesday, October 3rd from 4-6 PM at Walla Walla Park.

EVENT: The No 2 Canyon Work Party on October 13th is looking for 100 volunteers to build a mile of new trail in a day.

EVENT: Red Apple Road Preservation Ribbon Cutting will be October 3rd at 9 AM. Check out the new bike lanes and bike friendly roundabout.

EVENT: The Washington State Trails Conference will be held in Wenatchee from October 25-27th.

EVENT: The City of East Wenatchee is hosting a Complete Streets Workshop on October 16th from 5:30-7 PM.

Chelan

Woodin Ave Bridge to close for construction - The project will restore and convert the bridge to 1-way traffic, widen sidewalks, add bike lanes and add a new park on one end of the bridge.

Wenatchee Valley Bicycle Master Plan: now accepting public comments

The Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council (CDTC) and the Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee (RBAC) have been working on an update to the 2013 Greater Wenatchee Bicycle Master Plan since 2017. The RBAC is pleased to announce that the draft plan is now complete and ready for public review and comments.

You can view the bike plan documents and download the draft bike plan from this website, or request a paper copy from CDTC to review the draft bike plan.

October 3rd Open House

There will be an informal Open House on Wednesday, October 3rd from 4 - 6 PM. CDTC staff and RBAC members will be available to answer questions and collect public feedback on the draft plan. Comment forms and copies of the bike plan will be available at the Open House. All are welcome and encouraged to attend- both people who bike and people who don’t bike are very welcome to stop by to learn more about the bike plan, CDTC and the RBAC. Spanish translation services will also be available.

We will also have light snacks and refreshments, bike maps, and bicycle safety information available. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the RBAC too - we are currently seeking new members!

To view the Open House flyer click here. (October 3, 2018 at Walla Walla Park in Wenatchee, Shelter #1)

Public comments will be accepted from September 12 to October 10, 2018.

For comments, questions or concerns, email: nicole@chelan-douglas.org

Regional Bike News Roundup

This is a new feature that will attempt to regularly compile local bicycling news for the region. Post in the comments to share any news we may have missed! 

 

Wenatchee/East WenatChee

City Council gives green light to Gateway Project - The East Wenatchee City Council voted to move forward with the project to develop a community plaza and gateway into downtown East Wenatchee.

July 2018 Goathead Warriors Report - The Goathead Warriors team provides an update on their work and shares 3 priorities in need of volunteers (#1 removal around schools #2 bicycle lanes #3 low-income neighborhoods)

City event will test improvements to dangerous intersection - The City of Wenatchee is hosting an event September 26-27th to test out possible improvements to the intersection at Washington St, King St, and S Buchanan Ave. as well as the vacating of Washington Street between Orondo Ave and King St in order to develop a public plaza. 

EVENT: Arlberg Blood Sweat & Beers Ride - Join  local bike shops, Wenatchee Valley Brewing, Wenatchee Valley Velo and Central Washington EMBA for a work party, bike ride and dinner. 

Chelan

Community collaborates on new Chelan River Trail - A new 2.3 mile trail is being developed by the Lake Chelan Trails Alliance, the City of Chelan and the PUD. 

Woodin Avenue Bridge Delayed - The project will convert the two-way bridge into a one-way bridge with a bike lane and wider sidewalk. Construction has been delayed until Fall and it will be complete next spring. 

Upper Valley

Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort awarded a bronze bicycle friendly business designation from the League of American Bicyclists. Check out their announcement on Facebook.

9-year-old bicyclist struck and killed on Icicle Road in Leavenworth

Other NEws

Mobility Council seeks input to better serve those in need - The transportation survey, available online until August 31st, asks questions about public transportation and active transportation in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties.

National Articles

The Lebron James Interview about bicycles (The Wall Street Journal)

In case you forgot: biking is for everyone (Mobility Lab)

The Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee is seeking new members!

The RBAC is seeking new members! Join us at an upcoming meeting, or contact CDTC (nicole@chelan-douglas.org, or 509-663-9059) for more information.

The Regional Bicycle Advisory Committee (RBAC) is a forum for citizens, cyclists and organizations with an interest in bicycle transportation to advise the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council and the cities and counties of the region on bicycle planning and initiatives.

Visit the committee page to learn more about current members, 2018 projects and how to get involved.