West Seattle Bike Connections (WSBC) was formed in October 2012 as a volunteer community organization to give West Seattle a stronger voice in Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan Update in 2013-14. Our participants come from all over the West Seattle peninsula, from all kinds of backgrounds and types of bike riding.
After some initial outreach and meetings, we’ve made affiliations within the West Seattle community and connections to other Seattle organizations and agencies that directly influence policy and planning of bicycling infrastructure.
We are part of
Active members include
- Don Brubeck (President)
- Bob Winship (Treasurer)
- Kathy Dunn (Secretary)
- Al Jackson (Coach)
- David Geoffrion (Representative to Delridge District Council)
- David Whiting
- Brian Paetsch
- Bob Weeks
- Bill Gobie
- Marge Evans
- Anna Hendricks
- Mike Hendrix
- Paul Buchanan
- Jodi Connolley
- Joe Laubach
- Marlowe Laubach
- Brenda Mix
- Sonia Honeydew
- Mike Hendrix
- Sakaru Tsuchiya
- Brice Nichols
And we miss these active members who have moved away from Seattle:
- Theresa Beaulieu
- Jeff Hallman
- Aili LePard (Envoy to Vashon Island)
- Jay Guettler
- Keith Newnham
Please join us if you are interested in helping to make West Seattle a safe and wonderful place for kids, grandparents, or anyone to ride bikes. No dues and no fees. You can contact us for more information, or attend one of our upcoming events. We also meet on the first Tuesday of every month…check our calendar for details.
WHY do we do this?
To create a healthy, safe, sociable and sustainable community with good transportation options for everyone. Driving a car or taking the bus can be stressful when trying to leave West Seattle. The West Seattle Bridge has limited capacity. Many people use public transportation, but buses have limited capacity too. Using a bike for transportation and recreation can reduce stress and congestion, and increase enjoyment of this wonderful place we call home!
We need safe options for getting around, and into and out of West Seattle. We know many people are willing but wary of using a bicycle for transportation because they don’t feel safe on the streets. We will continue to take action to create safer streets in West Seattle and through the surrounding areas for everyone to use. We can do it if you and others join together.
HOW do we do it?
We participate and interact. There’s always a meeting going on to discuss transportation, infrastructure, and other things that affect West Seattle. We attend Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board meetings and provide feedback. We meet with our elected officials and SDOT project managers, and have even gone on bike rides with some where we let them know our concerns and how things can improve. Some of us attend community meetings to talk with our neighbors face-to-face where we offer ideas on how to create a better environment for riding bikes.
We ride. There is safety in numbers. We commute to work by bike. We ride our bikes to go out to eat, to the grocery store, and on random adventures. Some of us ride thousands of mile each year around Seattle. If you want to know more about how to get around Seattle by bike, please contact us and we’ll help you.
WHAT do we do?
We provide a voice. We’re your voice. But we need your input. Do you want safer streets and paths for riding a bike around Seattle? So do we! Do you want to help alleviate traffic congestion? We do too.
We have a VISION for West Seattle:
- Make cycling a safer, efficient and attractive option for travel to downtown and for destinations in and beyond West Seattle neighborhoods, for riders of all ages and abilities.
- Help connect everyone in West Seattle to schools, work, transit, shopping areas, friends/family and recreation by bicycle, and show the community that riding a bike is the most sustainable form of transportation.
- Give West Seattle a strong voice in the implementation of the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan and Move Seattle plan. We refuse to be the red-headed step-child of Seattle!
- Engage the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), King County Metro, the Port of Seattle and other groups (governmental, private and non-profit) interested in providing alternatives to driving while emphasizing positive impact of cycling on freight mobility.
Our successes to date, working with community councils and other groups, include:
- Adding and improving West Seattle, SODO and South Park routes mapped in the 2014 Seattle Bicycle Master Plan Update.
- Neighborhood Parks & Streets Fund Grants for crosswalk and trail improvements at 11th SW & SW Holden, California SW & SW Juneau; Delridge Way SW at Boren School; and Alki Trail near SW Spokane Street.
- 35th Ave SW Safety Corridor project.
- WS Bridge Trail vegetation maintenance, first by us in work parties, then by the responsible agencies.
- East Marginal Way S bike safety and paving improvements.
- Chelan 5-way intersection improvements for bike crossing.
- South Park protected bike lane on Portland Ave S.
- Truck & Bike Safety Fair with Port of Seattle, BNSF, SDOT.
- Bike Rodeos and family rides including the West Seattle STP.
- Bike Clubs at Denny MS and Chief Sealth HS
and why we do it…then please join us!