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The city of Ellensburg celebrated National Bike-to-Work Day in May by inviting anyone traveling to work or school using non-motorized transportation to a breakfast event organized by the Cascade Land Conservancy and Shape Up Kittitas County. During the event, the city’s sharrow markings project was launched and new artist-designed bike racks were unveiled.
Art Bike Racks: The Ellensburg Downtown Association (EDA) continued its successful art bike racks project by unveiling six new bike racks resembling cattails blowing in the wind (photo). The racks were commissioned for the third year of an EDA project which aims to cost effectively introduce new pieces of functional public art while enhancing active transportation users’ experiences in the city’s downtown area. The association is currently collecting donations and plans to release a call for artists’ proposals to install two more bikes next year.
Sharrow Markings Project: The City of Ellensburg’s recently adopted non-motorized transportation plan recommended adding “sharrow” markings to a roadway that makes up portion of the River to Rodeo trail. The stenciled symbols depict a bicycle and arrows to increase drivers’ awareness that the road is shared with bicyclists. The road is an identified bicycle route for the city, but the right-of-way is not wide enough to permit a dedicated bike lane. Shape Up Kittitas County is partnering with the city to complete the pilot project and provided grant funds to purchase the stencil and paint. It is hoped that motorists will become more aware of bicyclists and, in turn, bicyclists will become more comfortable sharing the road with cars.
Partners: Ellensburg Downtown Association, City of Ellensburg, Cascade Land Conservancy, Shape Up Kittitas County
Evaluation: The health department is conducting a Web-based survey to assess whether the sharrow markings project has positive effects.
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