Four years ago, the threat of losing a bike lane project on an arterial in Spokane Valley gave rise to some hasty—and effective—bike advocacy generated by city resident Marc Mims (now a Washington Bikes board member).
What a difference a few years—and continued bicycle advocacy—makes. Since then Spokane Valley has adopted and begun implementing its first Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The city has also partnered with Spokane Regional Health District, Washington Bikes and local school districts to develop Safe Routes to School programs in over two dozen schools.
Last year’s Valleyfest community festival featured a Spokane Valley Cycle Celebration, another first. The city’s bicycle cred continued to grow when the League of American Bicyclists’ Where We Ride report rated it among its Top Cities for Women Bicyclists.
Spokane Valley closed out the year by publishing its first bike map and funded it by using local lodging tax. The bike map is aimed at two-wheeled visitors to Spokane Valley and features local attractions, bike repair shops, drinking fountains, public restrooms, lodging, and more. You can find the bike map online, or you can pick one up at city hall, local visitor centers, and Spokane International Airport. If you’re in Seattle, you will also find the map at our Washington Bikes office in Pioneer Square.