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 Bike Master Plan Update that started in 2013. 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 have made connections to other Seattle organizations and agencies that directly influence policy and planning of bicycling infrastructure.
Current active faces of WSBC include…
- Don Brubeck (President)
- Theresa Beaulieu (Vice President)
- Jeff Hallman (Vice President)
- Bob Winship (Treasurer)
- Kathy Dunn (Secretary)
- Aili LePard (Envoy to Vashon Island)
- Al Jackson (Coach)
- Craig Rankin
- David Whiting
- Brian Paetsch
- Bob Weeks
- Jay Guettler
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?
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. There’s a secret alternative that we want to share with everyone in West Seattle – the route off the peninsula by bike that is very easy and never congested!
We want more safe options for getting in, around, and through 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 have taken action and will continue to take action so West Seattle gets safe infrastructure in place for everyone to use, because this is what we want and hope you want it too.
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 Bike Advisory Board meetings and provide feedback. We’ve met with our elected officials, 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 also ride. We commute to work by bike. We ride our bikes to go out to eat, to the grocery store, and on random adventures. Collectively we have decades of experience riding bikes 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 infrastructure 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.
- Continue to give West Seattle a strong voice in the Seattle Bike Master Plan update. 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.
and why we do it…then please join us!