News Blog for Seattle's Wallingford Neighborhood


Bicycle improvements coming to East Wallingford

May 5th, 2011 by master

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) today detailed plans for a new bike lane and sharrow on two one-way streets in east Wallingford to help bicyclists get to the Wallingford business district and the Burke-Gilman Trail.

This summer, SDOT will install an uphill bike lane on Latona Ave NE and downhill sharrow on Thackeray Pl NE and 2nd Ave NE between NE 45th St and the Burke-Gilman Trail. Bus service will not be affected and the corridor is not a designated freight route. A bicycle crossing improvement will be made at N 40th St and Latona Ave NE to help cyclists get across the intersection. Pavement repairs will be made on Thackeray Pl NE and metal drain grates will be replaced on Latona Ave NEĀ  to better accommodate bicycle tires.

Click here to view the design.

If you have questions about these changes or would like to be added to the project mailing list for future updates please contact SDOT at or by phone at 206-684-7583.

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Wallingfordian trades car for bike at Tour de Fat

July 31st, 2010 by master

Wallingford businesswoman Mrs. DeGroot wanted to change her lifestyle, so she traded in her 1997 Volvo for a bike at Gas Works Park this afternoon.

Mrs. DeGroot, an etiquette consultant who runs Wallingford Charm, rode into a cheering crowd on top of a circus car at Tour de Fat, an annual cycling event at the park. Moments later, she signed over the Volvo to charity and jumped on a brand-new Black Sheep commuter bike.

The cycling crowd, as you might imagine, was ecstatic. (Watch our video below.)

“It makes me really happy,” she told us after riding away with the bike. “You know, it’s time, because I’m going to be 60. And I’m just downsizing and want to change my lifestyle. So I just think it’s just a cool thing — an opportunity. Some people have opportunities that don’t take them. So I just took it.”

Mrs. DeGroot, who only goes by her last name, gave the license plate frame from her Volvo to one of the event organizers. He said he wanted the frame — which says “What Would Mrs. Degroot Say?” — to put on one of the Tour de Fat tour vehicles. Tour de Fat is run by New Belgium Brewing in Colorado best known for its cycling-inspired beer, “Fat Tire.”

“The bike is sweet, there’s no denying that,” said Mrs. DeGroot, who said she’s looking forward to her switch from driving to cycling. “I’m going to do it with purpose and pride, I’m going to make a serious effort.”

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Google adds bike routes to maps

March 10th, 2010 by master

Having the Burke-Gilman trail so close is one of the wonderful benefits of living in Wallingford. Often, though, getting there or getting back (especially if you live on a hill) can be another matter.

Google has added a bicycle route feature to their maps that helps cyclists find the safest and flattest path from here to there. Try it out.

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