Olympic Drive - the short section of roadway from the Winslow ferry dock to Winslow Way - is ... well, let's just say it has lots of room for improvement. It doesn't serve the wide range of users well and it creates a poor first impression of Bainbridge.
Olympic Drive is our front porch and it is long and unwelcoming. Cyclist and cars joust. Visiting pedestrians search for a cute town nestled among tall trees. Commuters rush past this asphalt and concrete jumble.
The City of Bainbridge Island has applied for a WA State DOT grant to make improvements to enhance non-motorized safety and improve the experience for all arriving and departing the Island.
Committee Tackles Ferry/Bike Issues
Knowing and following the rules of the road are the best way to stay safe while pedaling. Whether you are a new rider or a seasoned commuter, double check that you follow these simple steps:
Ride on the correct side of the road, the right, with traffic
Stop at stop signs
Be visible day and night-wear something bright in daytime, add lights, front and rear, at night
Washington State Ferry chief, David Moseley hosted about 20 people, including a large contingent of cyclists, at the Bainbridge Island Commons, Tuesday, Nov 30, to discuss ferry issues. Much of the conversation centered on the looming budget cuts and the report issued by the Passenger Ferry Association. Moseley spent considerable time on cycling issues. including Kirk Robinson who has been on the WSF tariff committee.
Last November, just before the election, Squeaky Wheels launched a campaign to have five road safety projects given top priority. The five roads are: Eagle Harbor Drive between Bucklin Hill and Wyatt; Lynnwood Center Road between Fletcher Bay and Blakely Avenue; Fletcher Bay Road between New Brooklyn Avenue and High School Road; and Miller Road between Tolo Road and Koura Road. These roads all lack shoulders - some such as Miller have heavy traffic, including frequent truck trips. Eagle Harbor Drive is a critical route simply because all traffic from Winslow to the south end, uses it.
For the moment, bicyclists need not worry about any changes to the present system of loading and unloading bikes on state ferries. WSF chief David Moseley has stated that the ferry system will not be seeking to adopt a marine industry panel recommendation to load and unload bicyclists after all motorized vehicles.
Squeaky Wheels' board of directors met at their annual retreat October 17 and agreed to a create a strategic plan to strengthen the mission and goals of the organization. Directors in attendance were Dana Berg (president), Gordon Black (vice president), Chris Stanley (treasurer), Ross Hathaway, Kent Scott and Else Heyne. Details of the strategic plan will be posted on this web site once it has been finalized.