[Ads-l] -shed (walkshed, bikeshed), catchment area

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 21 19:59:22 EDT 2021

https://www.seattlebikeblog.com/2021/09/21/the-john-lewis-memorial-bridge-to-northgate-station-opens-october-2/ <https://www.seattlebikeblog.com/2021/09/21/the-john-lewis-memorial-bridge-to-northgate-station-opens-october-2/>
The John Lewis Memorial Bridge to Northgate Station opens October 2
September 21, 2021
Tom Fucoloro

In Seattle, a pedestrian and bicycle overpass will soon open, providing better access for people west of Interstate 5 to cross the freeway to Northgate Station on the light rail. According to the article, "The bridge will dramatically expand the walkshed and bikeshed of Northgate Station, meaning far more households and destinations west of I-5 will be within a short walk or bike ride.”

The article also has graphics showing the “walking/biking catchment area."

Wiktionary has “walkshed” (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/walkshed <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/walkshed>). Wiktionary says this is a blend between “walk” and “watershed” but does not have “-shed” as an entry. 

Lexico, the OED and Merriam-Webster do not have walkshed or bikeshed (other than as a shed for bicycles in the OED/Lexico).

Lexico (https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/catchment_area <https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/catchment_area>) has  “catchment area” as the rain source area for a river/lake and as a Britishism for an area where students or patients are drawn from. Merriam-Webster (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catchment%20area <https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catchment%20area>) provides "geographical area served by an institution”.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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