A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Wednesday is national Bike to School Day

May 9th, 2017 by Doree

Wednesday is national Bike to School Day, with thousands of students expected to bike to and from school in Seattle and beyond.

Please drive extra carefully on Wednesday, during the morning commute and in the afternoon after schools let out. Many kids are new bikers, so give them some extra room on the road, slow down, and make sure you don’t get distracted by electronics.

And May is Bike to School Month, so expect to see extra bikers on the roads and sidewalks throughout the month.

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City Cycle opening in Janus apartment building April 29

April 17th, 2017 by Doree

City Cycle indoor cycling is opening in the Janus apartment building at 117 NW 85th St. Its soft opening will be April 29 through May 5, with a grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 6, with free classes at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m., plus snacks and a Lorna Jane trunk show.

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Washington Bikes’ ‘Ride in the Rain Challenge’ comes to Lower Phinney-Ballard tonight

November 3rd, 2016 by Doree

Washington Bikes wants to show everyone that it’s okay to ride in the rain, so it’s hosting a month long “Ride in the Rain Challenge.” Teams are challenged to bike as much as possible and log their trips for the month.

Tonight they’ve got a special event, “Free Laundromat Takeover with Nikwax,” from 6-8 p.m. at Lunar Laundry, 700 NW 65th St., across from Goodwill.

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Spoke & Food fundraiser July 26 to raise money for Hunger Intervention Program

July 18th, 2016 by Doree

The 7th annual Spoke & Food fundraiser is from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at 19 restaurants throughout the city, including three in our neighborhood. Just bike to one of the locations and they will donate 20 percent of your bill to the Hunger Intervention Program.

In our neighborhood, participating locations are the Barking Dog Alehouse, 705 NW 70th St.; Razzi’s Pizzeria, 8523 Greenwood Ave. N.; and Nutty Squirrel Gelato, 7212 Greenwood Ave. N. The first 20 cycling patrons at each location will get a Spike & Food drawstring backpack with goodies inside.

The Hunger Intervention Program provides meals, basic cooking skills and nutrition education to needy families.

See the Spoke & Food website for a list of all participating locations.

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Free bike tune-up at Chuck’s Hop Shop on Friday

October 8th, 2014 by Doree

Bike Works and New Belgium Brewery are providing free bike tune-ups at four Seattle bars this month and next. In our neighborhood, Chuck’s Hop Shop at 656 NW 85th St. in Greenwood will host a free tune-up from 5-7 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 10.

Down in Fremont, Bike Works’ BikeMobile tuning truck will be at Nickerson Street Saloon, 318 Nickerson St., from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 7.

Free Bike Tune-Up consists of:

Free Safety Tune: (Check tightness of all fasteners on bike, adjust brakes and shifting, lube chain, and inflate tires.)

Free Individual Services:

  • Tube Installation
  • Brake Adjustment (*excluding hydraulic brake bleeds)
  • Derailleur Adjustment
  • Hub Adjustment
  • Bottom Bracket Adjustment
  • Headset Adjustment
  • Quick Wheel True
  • Chain Installation

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Three days left to apply for mini-grants for safe routes to school

October 22nd, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will provide mini-grants of up to $1,000 to school groups to educate students about pedestrian and bicycle safety, and encourage walking and biking to school.

Private and public schools, PTAs and other school-related nonprofit groups may apply. The activities must support the overall goal of educating about safety and encouraging more walking and bicycling to school.

Mini-grants have helped schools start student safety patrols, attentive-driving programs, anti-idling campaigns, as well as bike safety education programs. Last year, Loyal Heights Elementary created an eight-week urban cycling club to teach fourth and fifth grade students bike safety and practice bicycling skills on neighborhood streets. McDonald Elementary School purchased safety supplies, including safety vests and flags, for their walking school buses. Mercer Middle School brought an Undriver Licensing Station to school for students who choose to walk and bike to school.

For more information and to apply for a Mini Grant, visit www.cityofseattle.net/transportation/ped_srts_grant.htm. In addition to the application, a letter of support from the school principal must be e-mailed or mailed by the application due date. For questions, contact Ashley Harris at ashley.harris@seattle.gov. Completed applications are due by the close of business Oct. 25, 2013 and recipients will be announced by Dec. 6, 2013.

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What’s that white street marking? SDOT responds

October 2nd, 2013 by Doree

These white road markings showed up near several traffic circles in Phinney-Greenwood a couple of months ago and had some people confused.


Some thought they were a different version of “sharrows,” which highlight areas where bikes and cars share the road, but those markings include a bicycle. Others thought it had something to do with speed limits.

But Dawn Schellenberg with Seattle Department of Transportation tells us they’re part of the “pop-up” greenway that was installed back in August to show what a neighborhood greenway could look like. She said the temporary markings should wear off with the wet weather.

(Thanks to James for the photo.)

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Bicyclist hit by bus in front of Red Mill Burgers Sunday afternoon

May 19th, 2013 by Doree

A bicyclist who tried to pass a Metro bus in front of Red Mill Burgers around 4:30 this afternoon, was hit by that bus and knocked off his bike. Peter and Sandra Coan were in a car behind the bus and saw the accident. They say the cyclist was winding his way through other cars waiting at the stop light in front of the Phinney Neighborhood Association and were concerned the bus wouldn’t see him.

As the bus pulled away from the stop, the cyclist tried to pass the bus on the left. The bus hit the man, who flew off his bike. The Coans say the man was able to get up and pull his bike off the road himself. He appeared to have an injured hand. He was wearing a helmet.

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Thieves steal bikes from condo’s secured garage – again

July 17th, 2012 by Doree

Update: Robin found one of his bikes on Craigslist, and police are investigating.

Earlier: In April, Robin told us that someone stole three bikes out of her his condo’s secured parking garage near Woodland Park Zoo. Now, someone has stolen two bikes she he bought to replace them. It happened around 2 a.m. Monday.

I filed a police report first thing Monday morning. And heard from a neighbor they saw two teenagers riding away on the bikes leaving behind…cable cutters.

This time the bike thieves jumped the fence, broke in through the locked garage door, then they cut the cable lock which my two bikes were locked up to inside the garage

I am beginning to suspect they are watching my place and waiting for me to replace the bikes only to steal them again.

Here are pictures of the bikes. If you see them or have any information, please put a note in comments, or email PhinneyWood, and we’ll put you in touch with Robin.

2012 Transition TR250 Silver Large.

2011 Specialized Pitch Pro.

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