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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: City of Seattle Announces Bike Smart Seattle Program

6/24/2008  1:00:00 PM

City of Seattle Announces Bike Smart Seattle Program
Educational program promotes biking as easy, safe and fun

SEATTLE - The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) today announced the Bike Smart Seattle campaign to encourage people to ride their bicycles more often. Bike Smart Seattle will bring to neighborhoods this summer an exciting program of group rides, repair clinics, and special bike-oriented events to help Seattle residents overcome hesitations about cycling and promote it as a transportation option.

Established as a three-year public education project, Bike Smart Seattle will start in the city’s northwest and central east sections and eventually be implemented citywide. This month residents in those neighborhoods will receive a postcard that can be returned for a free bicycle kit containing a calendar of events, citywide bike map, safety information and other helpful materials.

“With the high price of gas and climate change concerns, bicycling should be a transportation option for local trips,” said Grace Crunican, director of SDOT. “Bike Smart Seattle will help create excitement about using bicycles to get around - whether going to the library, meeting a friend for coffee, or picking up groceries at a farmer’s market. As regular riders already understand, bicycling is a fun and healthy way to experience your neighborhood.”

Bike Smart Seattle is a component of the Bicycle Master Plan and is funded by the voter-approved Bridging the Gap levy. The program’s goal is to increase bicycle use citywide and improve the safety of bicyclists throughout Seattle. Bike Smart Seattle is also part of Mayor Greg Nickels’ Climate Action Now initiative, which seeks to combat global warming through the efforts of the city and its citizens.

For more information about Bike Smart Seattle, contact Serena Lehman at 206-957-4439.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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Seattle Department of Transportation

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