Bellevue College Bike-ability

Date posted: June 18, 2014

Bellevue College participated in May’s Bike to Work Month. Through the month, the Office of Sustainability conducted outreach to students, staff, and faculty cyclists. Several social events connected cyclists, and other events tried to improve cycling on-campus.

An important event took place on May 13th, when Cascade Bicycle Club joined Sustainability at BC for a “bike-ability” audit of the Bellevue College area. Cascade Bicycle Club and Bellevue College collaborated on identifying common routes for College cyclists and identifying improvements to infrastructure and facilities – both on-campus and on City of Bellevue streets. The audit focused on the East-West connections campus – between Factoria and 161st Ave SE. This is also a common connection for the Mountains to Sound Greenway.

See the full report of Bellevue College’s Bike-ability Audit provided by Cascade Bicycle Club. Here is a short-list of recommendations

  • Engage Bellevue College in the bike/pedestrian master plan update.
  • Improve wayfinding measures (directional signs) both on and off campus, indicating where to find bike paths.
  • Improve intersection alignments and crossings for bicyclists to help encourage predictable behavior, which will increase safety for all road users.
  • Improve street-cleaning efforts along SE 36th and consider larger buffers or protected lanes.
  • Conduct additional bike-ability assessments with more student and faculty participation.
  • Conduct bike-ability assessment that explores the strengths and weaknesses of north/south routes.

Comments and additions to the Bike-ability audit are welcome. Contact transportation@bellevuecollege.edu to participate.