Rainier Ave: The best place to crash your car into buildings

Since I must nag forever I finally managed another bike ride: Riding on Rainier Ave Ride #3.
So normal, just another rainy ride
If you want to know where Rides 1 and 2 are CLICK HERE.

Rainier Valley N-S Greenway with special protected bike lane rides....GO..

We had special appearances by two SDOT representatives. One of them was Jim Curtin, ooohhh...special! (I do have to interrupt this and say that Cathy Tuttle at Seattle Neighborhood Greenways does a lot of smooth talking to convince anyone to bike on the caca routes with me. She's like magician.)

I've been looking at my own riding on Strava and here it is in full glory. The flat parts are Rainier Ave. In total the Greenway route is 6.1 miles from Rainer Beach. We have families who live there and Anna's tween had to ride from Rainier Beach to the starting point which for her takes about 45 minutes. My own tween takes an hour. We tried it once. So to get to the norther point of the Greenway would be maybe an hour ride just to get to separate bike infrastructure. If you still don't understand, I give up.

It took a lot of convincing to get my tween to ride this route AGAIN! We tried it and it wasn't successful. We have our low key routes and she knew that we were going to ride on Rainier Ave. So, we take our less stressful direct bike route from our house on to the sidewalks of Rainier Ave. It's a normal route the tween is trained on. The toddler loves fire trucks, police cars and sirens. So, we got a special treat. Police directing us away from this mess.

What are we looking at? Oh, part one of a 2 car collision and this one hit the not hi-viz building. Who's inside? Our friend Susan at the Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce. Is this collision one or two of the day? I don't know but people, learn to drive. This intersection (Rainier and 42nd Ave) needs treatment. Susan would like a light. This is not the first time a driver has driven into her office. People are loco here. Even with the middle turn lane it's so hard for people to wait there and then turn or turn into it and then drive on. Waiting is so much of the issue.

Driver crashed into Rainier Chamber of Commerce just before Family Biking group stopped in for a visit. Susan Davis,...
Posted by Rainier Valley Greenways on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

We finally made it to our starting point. Rainier Community Center in Columbia City. In interest of instant torture we did part of the N-S Rainier Valley Greenway going south.We will be following that orange route. This means the first road is the 13% grade road. My tween had another tween so they can giggle at all the old folk trying to get up the easy hill, haha. Actually only one of the girls managed to bike up completely, Mine had to walk it but she only walked one road so that's okay.

Ready set ride. Okay, I made it up the hill first but then again I'm only on a cargo bike carrying a very heavy child, 3 days worth of food and water. I know, electric assist. Get one, stop resisting it.

With no assist who would win? STEVE from BikeWorks won! He even looked adorable because he smiled for the picture. How does he do it? It's like a parade of bikes going up that wacko hill.

Now I have no pictures of most of the route because something amazing happened. The tweens biked the route, reluctantly, but on the way back they biked ON Rainier Ave. With a lot of instruction and direction Anna, the other bike Mom, and I made a cushion of safety for them to ride. The girls biked north from S. Kenny to S. Hudson and then again for a short segment.

What does all this riding have to do with Rainier Ave, protected bike lanes and the greenway?

These demonstrations were meant to show SDOT the following

1. The Greenways route works well on some of the route but when we get to the "middle section" which is Hillman City-Columbia City it is so difficult. That 13% grade road meant some of those riders walked up the hill. If someone has to walk or is so out of breath they look like they might pass out it means it's not an "All Ages and Abilities" route. After that street the S. Angeline is not a piece of cake either.

See, if we let her ride on Broadway alone why not one on Rainier Ave?
2. It is possible to take the sections of the Greenway that won't be used by everyone and funnel that money into something better, like a protected bike lane for part of the route. Yes, I am saying merge the greenway and the protected bike lane. As you can see, we even let our kid use the Broadway one alone, wow.

Another day, another red light runner on Rainier Ave.
3. Rainier Ave is still dangerous. I think we got our example with the driver crashing a truck into the Chamber of Commerce building. Sure the road diet helped but drivers need to just slow down. I asked about red light cameras and I WANT red light cameras. This is a daily occurrence and YOU Rainier Ave. drivers did not disappoint because you showed SDOT your red light running and speeding, Thank you, Gracias, Tak!

I appreciate all the people who came on this bike ride with SDOT and represented their organizations
FamilyBike, BikeWorks, Cascade, Office of Kshama Sawant, Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, & Brock Howell who represented Brock.

These rides on are weekdays when working folks can't just drop everything and go for a bike ride. I also torture my own family with this. Mr. Peyos swears he wants to go down to SDOT and ask them to just put the bike lane so I will stop talking about it. Now I owe my tween LEGO. She wants Rey's cargo bike, I mean speeder and it's SOLD OUT. AWWWW!

This is not for just me, it's for everyone. We want to be safe and encourage more people to bike. It's really hard to get people on the bike band wagon if they are too scared or don't feel they can physically handle a tiny 13% grade road because that's easy? NO!

Ohh, and here is where Jim Curtin said I have total authorization to use my farting/lazer unicorn on offending vehicles. SUCCESS!

Kidding or not kidding?


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