Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Here is a map of the stations we completed last year (each station has last year's count totals noted).
View Burien Bike/Pedestrian Counts in a larger map
To get a "complete" count at a station we need a morning shift (7-9am) and an afternoon shift (4-6pm) sometime between Tuesday October 5th and Thursday October 7th. And not only is the data valuable but spending two hours watching people move through one place offers a unique perspective of your community (I also got to listen to a whole morning news cycle on NPR uninterrupted by children, which may have been a first).
Have a look at the list below and let me know by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you think you could cover a AM or a PM shift and if so what your station preference would be.
Station 1 - SW 136th St & 4th Ave SW
Station 2 - Ambaum & SW 136th St.
Station 3 - SW 150th St. & 4th Ave SW
Station 4 - SW 152nd & 21st Ave SW
Station 5 - SW 152nd & 1st Ave S.
Station 6 - S. 136th St & 8th Ave S
Station 7 - 1st Ave S & Normandy Rd
Station 8 - Ambaum & SW 144th
Station 9 - SW 160th & 4th Ave Sw
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Not only did Joe mention the importance of bike and pedestrian transportation investments as a legislative priority, he pointed specifically to the B-Town Bike Fair as an example of the growing interest in bikes as a form of transportation.
And then on Saturday July 31st, New Belgium Brewery rolls their "Tour De Fat" into town for an all day family friendly extravaganza dedicated to bicycles and sustainable living. This will be held at Gasworks Park and it's apparently enough of a spectacle that you'll want to show up early to ensure you get in. Oh, and you should know that they expect you to arrive on your bike!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
- You weren't sure whether it was even in the garage to begin with.
- Your child's knees hit their chin when they pedal.
- The noise from the rusty chain drowns out the 3rd runway.
- You don't know how to fix the flat tire and don't plan on learning.
- You believe in karma.
- It hasn't been ridden since Lance's last Tour De France victory (2005)
- Selling on Craigslist scares you now.
- The streamers clash with your spandex race shorts.
- It would provide the perfect excuse to buy that new one you want.
- You like the idea of a kid, who can't afford to buy a bike, learning how to fix it up and earning it by volunteering.
Monday, June 7, 2010
- Let your friends know that the B-Town Bike Fair is happening.
- Send them the link to our blog (www.btownbikefair.org), which has a detailed schedule of activities, and other related information about what we're doing.
- Let them know they can "friend" us through Facebook.
- Tell them to bring their bike (not just kids, many activities, including the scavenger hunt targets adults and families).
- Let them know we will be holding a "bike drive" where they can donate old forgotten bikes to a non-profit that works with youth to restore them.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
One of the first things we agreed on in planning the B-Town Bike Fair is that we wanted it to reflect the entire community of Burien. We’re working at this in a few ways, one of which is our continued partnership with the Outdoors for All Foundation. Anne, who has brought their amazing collection of adaptive cycles to Burien for bike rodeos in prior years, has lined them up to be a part of the B-Town Bike Fair this year.
To learn more go to: www.outdoorsforall.org
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Why a scavenger hunt you ask? Biking to work, the store, and... well anywhere is getting to be a more common occurance these days. It's healthy, it's green, it's cheaper. And it's been well documented that the length of the average trip made by Americans is only about 3 miles!
So we partnered with Sustainable Burien to create a Scavenger Hunt. We are hoping to do a few things:
1) Get people of all ages out riding around and experiencing Burien in a new way.
2) Highlight a few local "green" businesses that fit nicely with this mode of transportation.
3) Have fun.
4) Give away stuff.
The hunt will run from about 11am to 2pm and participatnts will cover about 3 miles on their bikes (i.e. that Average american trip). It should take most folks about 40 minutes.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Keep your eyes peeled for our official poster in the next few weeks as you make your way around town.
Our goal is to get as many people as possible to show up to the Wild Strawberry Festival on -- or with -- their bike.
The more kids and adults getting helmets fitted, building their riding skills in the rodeo, and navigating the scavenger hunt, the more successful this event will be!
....and compliments to Marya for a nice job on this handmade poster.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
But there are also a lot of bikes that have been outgrown or for other reasons just aren't going to get ridden. So Jimmy has also reached out to Bike Works, a non-profit based in southeast Seattle that restores old and underutilized bicycles and gets them in the hands of kids in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
So bring that old bike in to our Fair at the Wild Strawberry Festival on June 19th and we'll help get it back on road one way or another.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
We've been connecting with many businesses around town that are taking steps to be green, and with this, many want to be a part of building a bike-friendly community. We have secret plans to shamelessly plug for several of these local green entrepreneurs, but today we have to tip our helmets to Burien Press.
In addition to discounts offered to customers that bring in a Link light rail ticket, Burien Press offers half-price off all pastries for customers arriving by bike!
So if you do the math.... the average trip an American makes is between 2 and 3 miles. Most estimates are that you burn about 35 calories for each mile you bike. So you're probably burning off about half of that pastry just getting there. And if you only have to pay for half of it in the first place, it's pretty much a free pastry. Right?
Now if we could just get a bike rack right in front of the shop all would be right in the world.
Friday, April 30, 2010
We have received commitments from a few bike shops in the South End to bring mechanics to the Bike Fair, but the early commitment from the REI Southcenter Store helped solidify our plans to offer safety checks.
Bring your bike to the safety check station during the B-Town Bike Fair to get your bike checked out and learn more about services offered at the Southcenter REI location.
In addition to all the skis, snowboards, and camping gear that REI offers, they have a full service bike shop staffed by experienced technicians. They flat repair, overhauls and just about everything in between. Their bicycle tune up packages that range from $75 to $175 but of course those of us who are REI members get significant discounts on all shop rates.
It's great to have them back.
Wouldn't it be great if there were an REI store in the new Burien Town Square?
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
HMC also happens to be opening a brand new state-of-the art ER. For the HMC Foundation this is a perfect year to focus on the health and safety of our community. While HMC is still waging a multi-million dollar capital campaign to complete funding the new ER, they eagerly supported us with the purchase of many of the several bike helmets that we will be able to provide to kids (and maybe a few adults) at the Bike Fair that don't have them. We will have helmet fitters, trained by SafeKids, to ensure helmets are sized and adjusted properly.
Today at the ER grand opening, HMC Foundation gave 150 helmets away. Several Bike Fair organizers were on hand to help staff and SafeKids fit helmets on kids and say thanks for their support of our the B-Town Bike Fair.
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We can't talk about bikes without mentioning this small news item.
Most activities in the region are supported by Cascade Bicycle Club including:
- The Group Health Commute Challenge
- Bike to Work Day
- Bike to School Day and Month
There will be many events around the Puget Sound area over the course of the month. More info available at Cascade's website. The big one for us grown ups being Bike-To-Work Day on Friday May 21st. Get that chain oiled and tires pumped up and pedal your way to the office. You'll be one of about 20,000 in the Seattle area alone. If you're up for more than one day, you can get your office to register a team and track your miles (it's free and prizes are involved). There is also a bike to school program. I don't believe any schools in Highline are set to participate yet.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
A Bicycle Rodeo is a fun bicycle safety skills event that provides children an opportunity to practice and develop skills that allow them to be better bicyclists and avoid typical crashes.
It includes a variety of stations and activities such as helmet fitting and free helmets to those that need them, bicycle safety inspections, bicycle skills course for elementary, a preschool track and adaptive cycles by Outdoors for All for everyone to try. The Bike Rodeo is designed for ALL children 12 and under.
The heart of the rodeo is the bicycle skills course where kids ride their bikes through stations and get immediate feedback from an adult volunteer. Children are allowed to repeat the station or course as many times as they’d like since the goal is for participants to learn, practice and demonstrate their bike handling skills in a fun, noncompetitive atmosphere. All children will earn a certificate of completion when they’re finished.
We will have several loaner bikes available, so don’t worry if you aren’t
able to bring your own bike (though we’d recommend riding to the Strawberry Festival as a family just for the fun of it!) We invite you to participate in the Bike Rodeo and look forward to seeing you there!