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MARCH 2009 Advocate Newsletter, Bicycle Alliance of Washington

MARCH 2009 Advocate Newsletter, Bicycle Alliance of Washington

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MARCH 2009
Trafc Actuated Signals
HB 1403 and SB 5387BAW Legislative Committee and Capital BicyclingClub member Brian Faller drated legislation torequire new vehicle-activated trac signals thatcan detect bicycles and motorcycles, as well asneeded enhancements at existing signals whenupgrade construction occurs.We added “subject to unding” and other revisions,including a system to ile complaints aboutspecic signals, in order to address scal impactconcerns raised by the Washington Department o Transportation and the Association o WashingtonCities. Other than scal concerns, no objectionshave been raised on this proposed legislation.The Washington Road Riders, a motorcycle group,and other organizations such as Cascade BicycleClub have given substantial support to move thislegislation orward.
Status: Received hearing and passed out of House Transportation Committee.Passed to Rules committee for second reading.
Three Foot Clearance
 HB 1491 and SB 5335A bill drated by Brian Faller and BAW lobbyistMichael Temple requires a minimum o three (3)eet o clearance when a vehicle overtakes andpasses pedestrians or bicycles. The bill also allowsvehicles to cross the center line to pass a bicyclewhen it’s sae to do so.As an important saety education tool, thislegislation is supported by the WashingtonDepartment o Transportation, the WashingtonState Patrol, and other law-enorcement groups.
Status: Received hearing in HouseTransportation Committee.
Sae Routes to School
 HB 1793 and SB 5743The BAW, Cascade Bicycle Club, and Feet First aremembers o the Childhood Obesity PreventionCoalition, which has been working to advance aSae Routes bill. This legislation would increasededicated State unding or Sae Routes to Schoolgrants and make other program changes.Progress has been made in moving this importantlegislation orward; however, due to concernsassociated with unding and other aspects o theprogram, it will likely not be adopted this session.With all the good groundwork accomplished soar, and with advocacy eorts continuing in themonths ahead, we hope this bill will pass nextyear. Substantial work selling the bill will still berequired or nal success.
Status: Received hearing in HouseTransportation Committee.
Construction Zone Accommodation
 HB 1535Ralph Wessels, BAW Legislative Committee andTacoma Wheelmen Bicycle Club member, dratedlegislation to require compliance with existingstandards so that people using wheelchairs, bikes,or their eet are considered when construction ormaintenance closures and detours are necessary.Some scal objections have been raised on thisproposed legislation.
Status: Received hearing in HouseTransportation Committee.
Vulnerable User Law
 SB 5838The Cascade Bicycle Club has been working on animportant bill related to vehicular assault, SB 5838,to allow misdemeanor criminal charges in crashescausing serious injury or death when not caused byuse o alcohol or drugs. This bill would help clariyan existing gray area to allow police and districtattorneys to charge motorists with more thanmere trac nes when they injure or kill cyclists.Washington cyclists are urged to contact their StateSenators to support bringing this bill to vote.
Status: Received hearing in SenateTransportation Committee.
Representative Sharon Nelson, prime sponsor o HB 1490 Transit OrientedDevelopment bill, discusses its progress in the legislature with attendees oTransportation Advocacy Day. Both the House and Senate versions o thebill are moving orward.
LegisLative Update:
  W’r Buy nOlym!
The Bicycle Alliance o Washington has a ull platein Olympia or the 2009 legislative session. OurLegislative & Statewide Issues Committee, ourlobbyist, and BAW members are working to advanceseveral bicycle-riendly bills.However, the dire state scal situation this yearis eecting all legislation. Any hint o a nancialimpact raises concerns and can cause otherwiseworthwhile legislation to die an early death. BAW isworking to minimize the scal impact o our proposedlegislation, and has agreed to some revisions in orderto allow our legislative initiatives to move orwarddespite any scal concerns.Ongoing vigilance o our legislation is needed. AsBAW Board President Kristin Kinnamon stated inthe recent
Bike Bites E-Newsletter 
, “We wantBAW members to continue to contact their StateRepresentatives and State Senators and ask themto support our bills.Right is a summary o key legislation that we aresupporting. Be sure to check our website,
 or additional details and updates. The website alsolists other proposed bicycle-related legislation thatthe BAW is tracking. The “HB” and “SB” numbersreer to the House Bill and Senate Bill numbers thatpertain to each proposed bill.
Bikestation Seattle oers an array o services or downtown cyclists, includingsecure and accessible bike parking, on-site bike repair services, and route-fndinginormation.
s o Rc $672 Mllon n Frlsmulu trnoron Funn
O the $46 billion in transportation unding recently set aside by the ederal government,Washington State is poised to receive $672 million. The money is part o the AmericanRecovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the stimulus package.Our state’s portion o the unding will be divided up in several ways. Bicyclists, pedes-trian, and transit acilities will receive a total o $180 million, o which 3% will go towardsthe Transportation Enhancement program. The remaining $492 million goes towards theSurace Transportation Program, or STP. As The Bicycle Alliance’s Acting Executive Direc-tor Dave Janis says, “We will work to see these unds restore our roads to conditions—andwith acilities—that
bicycling, rather than increase the danger, as many do now.”O the $492 million, just under 30% will be allocated to metropolitan decision makers,such as metropolitan planning ofces. The Bicycle Alliance will continue to work with itspartners to ensure bicyclists get their air share.
Bicycle commuter tax Provision:
get paid tO Ride YOUR Bike tO WORk!
When Congress passed the nancial bailout packagein October 2008, the Senate added a number o renewable energy initiatives to it—including theBicycle Commuter Tax Provision, which went intoeect January 1, 2009. The provision allows employersto oer a transportation benet package o $20 permonth to employees who bike to work.
The $240 annual beneft may only be used or:
All oices rom single-person to multi-nationalcorporations are eligible, but sel-employed workersare not eligible. Find more details about theBicycle Commuter Tax Provision at our website,
B allnc t Or Mnmno Bon sl
Bikestation Seattle management has been taken over by the Bicycle Alliance oWashington. The Bikestation now oers a new card key access system and new serviceplan options. BAW members receive a discount i they sign up or Bikestation services. TheBicycle Alliance is committed to excellent customer service at Bikestation and we see this bike parking acility as one more way we promote biking as transportation throughout thestate. Check our website at
or more details.
2009 TransprtatinAdvcacy Day Sees Actin
Over 100 advocates gathered in Olympia on February24 or Transportation Advocacy Day. Attendeesreceived legislative updates rom Senator Ed Murrayand Representative Sharon Nelson, met with theirlegislators and attended a House TransportationCommittee hearing on Sae Routes to School. See theLegislative Update article on page 1 to learn aboutthe bills we are working on this year.Many thanks to BAW Board member Bob Duy andhis wie Katherine or coordinating the logistics andood in Olympia or this event!
BAW Board member Liz McNett Crowlo Mt. Vernon (ar let) testifed inavor o the Sae Routes to Schoollegislation during a public hearing inthe House Transportation Committee.
Mar 21 : McClinchy Mile RideArlington, WA
Scenic Snohomish County loops o easy20-, lat 34- or challenging 47-milerolling hill rides. Short & long loopsinclude Centennial Trails. Combineloops or metric century. Starts at HallerMiddle School. Registration 8-11am.
BIKES Club o Snohomish County
Apr 19 : Daodil ClassicOrting, WA
Starts in Puyallup Valley, winds throughOrting valley and surrounding hills.Choose rom 40-, 60- and 100-mileloops or 1- to 30-mile paved trailoptions. Includes map, sag, ully-stockedrest stops & strawberry shortcake atnish line.
Tacoma Wheelmen’s Bicycle Club
Apr 26 : Rhody Bike TourPort Townsend, WA
32-, 45- or 62-mile routes on eastJeerson County’s rural roads. Nice hillson the hal-metric course, challengingones on the ull century. New 16-mileamily course on Larry Scott Trail. Fullsupport. Benets various non-prots.
Port Townsend Bicycle Association
Apr 26 : Lilac Century SurpriseSpokane, WA
Choice o 15, 25, 50, 70 or 100 milesthrough Riverside State Park, scenic river& rural routes northwest o Spokane.Start 7:30am, 9am or 10am at SpokaneFalls Community College. Potato eed &live music at nish.
Spokane’s Aurora NorthwestRotary Club
May 2 : RACC - Ride Around ClarkCounty Vancouver, WA
Four beautiul and challenging rideoptions (18-, 34-, 65- & 100-mile)through scenic Clark County.
Vancouver Bicycle Club
May 3 : May Day MetricFederal Way, WA
3 challenging routes (50, 72 or 104miles) on back roads o S. Sound. Start6:30 -10am at Phil’s S. Side Cyclery.Portion o each entry ee and all residualdonated to BAW & Orting Food Bank.Supported rest stops every 25 miles.
Phil’s South Side Cyclery / Tailwind
May 9 : Skagit Spring ClassicBurlington, WA
19th annual. 25-, 40-, 65- and 100-mile routes through scenic Skagit andWhatcom Counties. Also amily 10-miletrail route. Food stops, post-ride meal.Enjoy Skagit County and ChuckanutDrive.
Skagit Bicycle Club
May 9 : Group Health InlandEmpire CenturyRichland, WA
Ride rivers and wheat elds o easternWA. Routes through parks & overbridges showcase Columbia and Yakimarivers. New route in Horse Heaven Hills.Ride easy 25- or harder 50-, 75- or 100-mile tour. Fully supported.
Tri-City Bicycle Club, Kiwanis oColumbia and Tri-Cities Industry
Jun 7 : Peninsula Metric CenturySouthworth & Gig Harbor, WA
Challenging ride on scenic KitsapPeninsula. Waterront views, ruralcountryside, rolling hills. Choose rom29-, 44-, 62- or 100-mile routes, twostart locations Southworth & GigHarbor, sag, rest stops, dessert atnish line.
Tacoma Wheelmen’s Bicycle Club
Jun 20 : Ann Weatherill Cycling ClassicWalla Walla, WA
Celebrate Ann’s lie in a metric centuryride along elds o wine and wheat.30-, 60- and 100-mile options, supported,lunch buet at nish eaturing L’Ecole41 wine & great ood. Funds go tocycling saety and Share the Roadsigns.
Wheatland Wheelers CC
Jun 20 : Wheels to MealsPuyallup, WA
20-, 32-, 56- & 76-mile loops throughbeautiul Puyallup valley & surroundingarea. Min. $100 in pledges. Mechanic atstart, support, nish line estival, BBQ &live music. Start WSU-Puyallup campus.Fundraiser or Food Connection.
The Food Connection
Jul 26 : Tour de KitsapSilverdale, WA
Scenic 12-, 30-, 65- and 100-mile coursesin lovely Kitsap County, rest stops andull sag. New amily-riendly route. Runin conjunction with Silverdale AnnualWhaling Days Festival. Arrive a day early& join the community events.
West Sound Cycling Club
Aug 1-3 : Courage ClassicSnoqulamie, WA
3-day, 172-mile, ully supported bicycletour. Ride Snoqualmie, Blewett &Stevens passes, average 60 miles/day,exceptional ood stops. Benets ChildAbuse Intervention Dept. at Mary BridgeChildren’s Hospital.
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital
Aug 1 : 8 Lakes Leg Aches Bike RideSpokane, WA
30-, 50- or 80-mile route. David’sGourmet Pizza & prizes at the end o theride. Pledge riders raising $175 receive8 Lakes designer jersey. Ride aroundSpokane and Cheney. Start and nishat Group Health Corp. oce.
Lutheran Community Services NW
Aug 22 : Tour de LentilPullman, WA
Enjoy the scenic Palouse Hills on this100 km ride. Course is challenging withmany hills. Starts at 9am. Part o theNational Lentil Festival. Come or theride, stay or the parade, ood and otherweekend activities.
Pullman Chamber o Commerce
Rides that supprt the 
Bicycle allince of Wa 
Aug 22-23 : RAPSody –Ride Around Puget SoundTacoma, WA
A challenging 1- or 2-day ride. 175 mileso rolling hills. No erries, uses Narrowsbridge. Great ood, sag, cue sheet,socks, rest stops. $10 discount to BAWmembers.
BIKES, Tacoma Wheelmen’s BicycleClub, West Sound Cycling Club,Capital Bicycle Club, Cyclists oGreater Seattle
Sep 20 : Chuckanut Century Rideor HospiceBellingham, WA
Ride one o the most scenic rides inWashington. Distances range rom25, 50, 62, 100 or the double metriccentury o 124 miles. Ride support andood stops.
Mt Baker Cycling Club
Sep 20 : Cycle the WAVEIssaquah, WA
Sponsored, non-competitive, all-women's bicycle ride or women o allages and tness levels. Purpose o eventis to encourage women toward tnessthrough cycling while raising unds orEastside Domestic Violence Programand awareness o domestic violence.
Rising Star Guild andLakemont Ladies Cycling Club.
Sep 27 : Headwaters CenturyEnumclaw, WA
Choose rom 45-, 65- or 100-mile loopstarting at Enumclaw High School. Rideon a plateau in a rural area with littletrac. All routes are generally fat withsome rolling hills. There is one 1.5-milelong hill near Black Diamond. The 100includes a Mud Mountain Dam climband descent. 2-3 rest stops per routes,mechanical and sag support. Don’t missthe nish line dessert!
Tacoma Wheelmen’s Bicycle Club
Oct 3 : Manastash Metric CenturyEllensburg, WA
Annual tour through the Kittitas County.100 miles to Suncadia, 62 miles to CleElum, 33 miles to Thorpe, and 11-milerides available. Weather is usually sunnyand pleasant. Registration 7:30-9am atWing Central’s Roadhouse Grill.
RSVP o Kittitas County
Calendar inormation providedby Bicycle Paper

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