Some intersections with traffic lights have special bike facilities to help speed light changes when cyclists are waiting at a red light where there are no cars (which have their own signal detection loops that bikes don’t trigger). These are called loop detectors and they are coils of wire set into the pavement. When the metal parts, such as wheel rims, of a bicycle are detected electromagnetically, the loop detector tells the light control mechanism that a bike is waiting. The light may not change immediately, but the sequencing will take into account that a cyclist is waiting.
Loop detectors are usually behind the white stop line and generally slightly to the right. The older street marking that indicates a loop detector is a T as in the photo on the right. Newer markings conform to a national standard. It is a line with a bike embedded in it – see photo on left. In both cases, position the bike’s front wheel over the marking.
Some intersections don’t have this marker, or it may be faded away. If you think a specific intersection should have a marker you can contact email@example.com to let them know.
Here is a limited picture of Pinehurst property crime for November 2013. You can see ALL the types of crime at http://web5.seattle.gov/mnm/policereports.aspx. Choose the North neighborhood and choose a date range.
Most of the gray dot is a burglary and a car prowl.
This month’s speaker was Steve Johnson from the Liquor Control Board. Steve explained many aspects of the LCB’s role in setting up regulations for the state’s new recreational marijuana market. He described how each plant will be assigned a bar code and tracked from ‘seed to sale’ in a database. A person is allowed to have one gram of marijuana in his/her possession and may consume it as long as it is not ‘in public view’. What this means exactly is still unclear; the initiative as written and then voted into law uses that phrase but does not define it!
The Precinct Captain announced that there are extra patrols for the holidays, with focus on areas of shopping such as the malls. He also mentioned that there is a group of youths doing robberies in the Lake City and Northgate areas that SPD is working on putting out of business.
To see notes from Steve’s presentation and other reports from our Precinct Captain, City Attorney’s Office, Department of Corrections and Community Police Team, click here.
From the Seattle Police Department, via North Precinct Advisory Council:
We have a few Pinehurst grocery bags left from Pinehurstfest. At $10, one would be a great gift for a neighbor! Proceeds go to Pinehurst Community Council for next year’s Pinehurstfest. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seattle is building a network that puts all residents within ¼ mile of a bike facility. The goal is to make riding a bike a comfortable part of daily life for everyone. Cycle tracks, or protected bike lanes, are one piece of the network. Cycle tracks help eliminate perceived risk and fear of collisions; reduce the risk of crashes into opening car doors; and add a level of predictability that makes streets safer for everyone.
Cycle tracks are physically separated (by grade or barrier) from motor traffic and are distinct from the sidewalk. They have different forms, but all share common elements—they provide space that is primarily used for bicycles and are separated from motor vehicle travel lanes, parking lanes, and sidewalks.
Currently, Seattle is constructing two-way cycle tracks on one side of the street. This may vary as new facilities are added. The photo above is the two-way cycle track on NE 65th St near Sand Point Way. It serves as a safe way to get from Burke-Gilman Trail to Magnuson Park.
Here are directions on how to use a cycle track:
- Watch for turning vehicles when approaching intersections, driveways and alleys.
- Be alert for passing bicyclists within the bike lane and for pedestrians crossing the bike lane to access parked motor vehicles.
- Be aware that the bike lane may weave as it approaches intersections to make bicyclists more visible to motorists.
- Stay to the right and allow faster users to pass safely on the left.
- Yield to pedestrians and wheelchair users who may be crossing the road and protected bike lane and give an audible signal before overtaking and passing any pedestrian.
- Watch and listen for protected bike lane users traveling from either direction just as you would when crossing a street.
- Cross protected bike lane at crosswalks.
- Be alert for nearby cyclists when crossing a protected bike lane to access a parked vehicle.
- Wheelchair-bound travelers are allowed to use bicycle lanes and public roads that have speed limits below 35 mph. Individuals determine what is most comfortable and must follow the same rules as other protected bike lane users.
- Park in the marked lane between the travel lane and the bike lane in instances where on-street parking is available.
- Take extra caution and look both ways before turning across the bike lane at intersections, driveways and alleys, especially when the barrier-protected bike lane is protected by on-street parking.
- Watch for people on bikes traveling in both directions in two-way protected bike lanes.
- Remember through-bicyclists have the right-of-way at uncontrolled intersections, driveways and alleys.
- Don’t drive in a protected bike lane. You can turn across a protected bike lane, but must yield to bicycles.
Motorized scooters may not use cycle tracks.
Rabbit rabbit – happy December 1st! This month’s art is up in the pocket park now. Teresa drew the silly guy at this summer’s Pinehurstfest. Take a wintery walk past the park and check it out! The park is at NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE. Thank you, Teresa, for breathing some fun into the darkening season!
If you would like to submit your child’s artwork for the Pocket Park, please email email@example.com. We’ll put it on mat board donated by FRAMEIT Ltd, 10712 5th Ave NE.
Get this event on your calendar now! It’s a wonderful bash sponsored by seven offices at the LC Professional Center.
Delicious appetizers and desserts by local restaurants will be featured. Each participating office will offer a different beverage, (try one or try them all). Wandering carolers will add to the flair of the evening.
Food, drink and live entertainment!
This is event is sponsored by:
Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City
Compounding Solutions Pharmacy
Northlake Physical Therapy
Alpha Living Supported Services
The Tahoma Clinic
Chiropractic Family Health Center of Seattle
Elliott Bay Brewing Company
Klapa Doo Wapella is a local a cappella singing group specializing in both traditional Coation Klapa singing AND American Doo-Wop.