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Fremont Bridge Bike Counter Display Unveiling, Oct. 11

The Cascade Bicycle Club and the Seattle Department of Transportation will unveil a newly installed bike counter totem at the north end of the Fremont Bridge, one of the locations with the highest bicycle counts in the city. Bicyclists will ride across the bridge to be the first counted by the new device. The column will have a digital display of the number of bicyclists that have passed during the day and will also indicate the yearly total with a vertical bar of light along an incremental scale. Data from the counter will be transmitted electronically and will be available on a Web site.

What:     Unveiling of the new bike counter and bicycle ride across the bridge

When:    11 a.m., Thursday, October 11

Where:   Northwest sidewalk of the Fremont Bridge off of North 34th Street and Fremont Avenue North.

Speakers will include representatives from Cascade Bicycle Club, the City of Seattle, and the Mark and Susan Torrance Foundation.

Parking will not be provided, so please allow time to find a parking place on a nearby street or lot. Reporters may want to drop off equipment before parking (this will require driving across the bridge and then circling back).

The sidewalk on the west side of the bridge will be closed for the event, so cyclists coming from the south should use the east sidewalk (or the general travel lane) and then circle around to the northwest end of the bridge. Participants will be directed to a position where they will not prematurely activate the counter.

Bus routes 28, 31, 32 and 40 stop at N 34th Street and Fremont Way North. See King County Metro’s Online Trip Planner.

For more information:

Marybeth Turner, SDOT, (206) 684-8548, marybeth.turner@seattle.gov

M. J. Kelly, Cascade Bicycle Club, (206) 853-2188, m.j.kelly@cascadebicycleclub.org