road maintenance

I rode up the hill in Golden Gardens today and came back on 85th.  That took me by the place where we crashed last year and Odette’s pelvis was fractured.  Since the last time I rode that way they’ve repaired the sunken paver.

now it looks pretty benign

maps

I figured out

  1. how to upload the import files (lml files) from cyclemeter into ridewithGPS
  2. how to convert those kml files into routes so the ridewithGPS does queue sheets for them
  3. how to append one route to another so that I can show the whole trip one one map
  4. how to embed a ridewithGPS map in an html page (on a wordpress site)

Voilla:

More Construction

I read online that the Maple Street underpass at Swamp Creek would reopen the evening of October 31 (after eight months of construction) and I thought I’d take a look the morning of November first.  The first thing I came to was the Interurban Trail crossing at 212th street.  This was the first time I’d ridden the trail there since April when it still detoured and went by the tennis courts.  I was skeptical about the new design since it looked like a long stretch protected bike lane going against traffic, but they did a great job and despite negotiating a couple of driveways the trail segment is short and set way back from the street.  Won’t miss that chicane we used to have to get through!

The next development was less positive – the trail is now closed at 52nd (where it runs next to the school bus lot.) There’s no detour, no indication how long it will be closed, just a sign and a fence.  I rode over to 200th and then back through the transit center parking lots only to find that the bridge over 44th was closed as well!  Light rail comes to Lynnwood in 2024 but it is going to be a long five years.

The trail behind Target was open (and even blown clear of leaves.)  The new underpass has a bike lane.  I don’t understand why it took eight months but now that it’s done it’s nice.

The bonus came where you take Filbert (SR 524) to get from Larch to Locust.  Since the last time I was there they’ve inserted two traffic circles – one before and one after the 405 underpass.  We’ll see how good oncoming traffic is about yielding to a bike in the roundabout, but this morning traffic was light and it worked really well.

Notifications

New system going in on Burke-Gilman Trail will alert drivers to pedestrians, bicyclists
By: KIRO 7 News Staff

Updated: Oct 29, 2018 – 8:59 AM

A cutting-edge system is coming to one of the area’s most popular trails.

The goal is to alert drivers to pedestrians and bicyclists.

The new system, which will rely entirely on solar power, will be installed along the Burke-Gilman Trail next week.

University of Washington researchers will place smart sensors on light poles that will be exposed to the sun, so they can be powered independently and will function as a warning system for areas where the trail meets the road.

The reason for the system on the trail is borne out of other technology.

Warning systems for cars can often sense other cars but may not be able to sense pedestrians or cyclists on trails.

STAR Lab researchers from UW are going to put up the small solar-powered sensors, called “Smart Road Stickers,” to send safety warnings to both pedestrians and drivers via their cellphones, alerting them to one another.

The stickers will only detect cellphones that have the star labs detection app installed, but they also can communicate with vehicles. The app will send safety notifications on users’ phones and drivers will receive the alerts through their vehicles.

 

I got hit by a car on the Burke last week – traffic was stopped when I approached the fancy new crosswalk on Blakley so I proceeded and when I was in the middle of the crosswalk a woman in a blue van gunned her motor and ran right into me.  Since I was only a couple feet in front of her she didn’t have time to pick up much speed so I just got knocked down, bruised, and my front wheel got tacoed.

Somehow I don’t think a text on my phone would have made any difference…

Construction

To:  PRC@seattle.gov

Project # 303274-LU / 150 NE 116th St

Gentlemen:

It appears from the site plan that this staging facility will impede the passage of bicycles between the 1st Ave. NE bridge and NE 116th St.  Please be advised that this east-west corridor is a vital commuter route and that it is heavily used by cyclists and pedestrians.   There is no other bicycle / pedestrian crossing of I-5 between 105th and 130th –  and neither of those crossings have bike lanes.  If you are going to take this connection out of service (for up to 5 years!) you need to provide a safe alternative.
Jerry Scott