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Updated 2018-10-21 23:16
Friday: SNG hosts evening presentation about Dutch cycling culture
“… but Seattle isn’t Amsterdam.” You’ve probably heard this argument at some point as an excuse for why your town shouldn’t even try to build quality bike infrastructure. But half a century ago, death in traffic was rampant in the … Continue reading →
Take Bellevue’s survey about the 108th Ave NE bike lanes
Bellevue wants to know what you think of their demonstration bike lanes on 108th Ave NE, so take their online survey and let them know. The city opened the new bike lanes this summer as a practical test of the … Continue reading →
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways: Disappointing bike commute data is ‘neither surprising nor inevitable’
Editor’s Note: Seattle Bike Blog reported yesterday on newly-released 2017 American Communities Survey data that estimates that the number of people biking to work is declining in Seattle. In response, the folks at Seattle Neighborhood Greenways wrote this guest post looking … Continue reading →
Latest Census survey shows decline in Seattle bike commuting, especially by women
The latest Census survey does not look great for bike commuting, at least as the primary mode that people use to get to work on an everyday basis. The data is especially harsh for women biking to work, a count … Continue reading →
Mayor Durkan’s budget boosts curb cuts, but eliminates open streets and pavement-to-parks
Streets are not just for transportation, they are also places where city life happens. But Mayor Jenny Durkan’s proposed budget apparently doesn’t see them that way, because it eliminates the city’s modest open streets and pavement-to-parks budgets. But the budget … Continue reading →
Dr. Adonia Lugo returns to Seattle Saturday to discuss her book Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance
Dr. Adonia Lugo is returning to Seattle Saturday to talk about her book Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance. Lugo lived in Seattle for a spell a few years back while working on her anthropology dissertation on bicycle culture. Before that, … Continue reading →
Park(ing) Day 2018 is Friday! Here’s a map of the 62 pop-up mini parks on a street near you
Park(ing) Day is one of my favorite holidays. For one day, people imagine better ways we could use just a tiny percentage of all the precious city space typically reserved for storing cars. The idea started in 2005 in San … Continue reading →
Confidential mediation is no way to govern public decisions like 35th Ave NE bike lanes – UPDATED
SDOT and Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Office (UPDATE 9/20: and Councilmember Rob Johnson’s Office) has convened a confidential mediation session between a handful of people who support and oppose bike lanes at part of the city’s under-construction 35th Ave NE repaving … Continue reading →
After further study, SDOT finds that Eastlake Ave still needs bike lanes
I thought we had already established this a few years ago during public outreach for Roosevelt RapidRide, but SDOT has tried again to find an alternative to building bike lanes on Eastlake Ave. And, just like before, the results are … Continue reading →
Bike News Roundup: The bike lane is always greener…
It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! Here’s a look at some stuff floating around the web that caught my eye. First up, one of the only ways to get me to post a promotional video is to include lots … Continue reading →
KOMO: Sabotaged bike share brakes may have caused teen to crash
An 18-year-old who was hospitalized this week after a crash near the University Bridge may be the first victim of a bike share vandal who cut the brake lines on his Lime e-bike. The teen is in stable condition, reports … Continue reading →
Cascade launches campaign to promote city-wide bike network
Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan identifies 474 miles of new or upgraded bike routes to be constructed by 2034. But Cascade Bicycle Club launched a campaign this week called Connect Seattle to encourage the city to follow through on a handful … Continue reading →
The Eastside Rail Trail grows: Celebrate Renton-to-Bellevue Saturday + A look at Kirkland-to-Spring District
King County will celebrate the opening of the newest section of the Eastside Rail Trail in Renton Saturday. The four-mile segment connects Gene Coulon Park to Newcastle Beach Park. Details from King County: Dear Friend of the ERC, Join King … Continue reading →
UW Police are piloting bike valet and registration service at UW Station
The UW Police Department is trialing the idea of a free bike valet service at UW Station this week in an attempt to help fight bike theft and get more bikes registered on the free bicycle database Bike Index. You … Continue reading →
Blueberry-picking plaza is among the first of many Interurban Trail improvements Lynnwood plans
So you’re biking on the Interurban North bike route that connects Seattle to Everett and many communities in between, and you get to 40th Ave W. You’re about halfway between downtown Seattle and downtown Everett. You could probably use a … Continue reading →
Survivor who lost family in Branson Duck tour tragedy calls for a nationwide ban
Tia Coleman lost her husband, their three kids and five more family members July 19th when a Ride the Ducks tour boat sank in a Branson, Missouri, storm. In all, 17 people on the Duck have died. The scale of … Continue reading →
Bike News Roundup: Bike share’s anarchist roots
It’s time for the Bike News Roundup, a list of some stuff floating around the web lately that caught our attention. First up, Grist dives into the anarchist roots and capitalist evolution of bike share: Pacific Northwest News Executive Constantine … Continue reading →
Mayor Durkan moves quickly to improve Rainier/Henderson intersection after someone seriously injured 2 kids
Just 12 days after someone driving struck and seriously injured two kids crossing the street at Rainier Ave and Henderson St, SDOT crews were out making significant temporary safety improvements to the wide intersection. The sense of urgency follows a … Continue reading →
Trail Alert 8/21-26: Burke-Gilman and Ship Canal Trail repaving in Fremont/Queen Anne
The good news is that some of the busiest and bumpiest sections of the Burke-Gilman and Ship Canal Trails in the Fremont/Queen Anne area are getting repaved this week. The planned detours could be interesting, though. For example, what neighborhood … Continue reading →
Seattle’s next bike share battle could be between Lime, Uber and Lyft + Let’s start a scooter pilot
Though it’s been scaling back its efforts for a while now, Spin has officially announced an end to its bike share service in Seattle. Citing an increase in fees and the decision not to include scooters in the city’s updated … Continue reading →
Police release video of person snipping bike share brake cables
Seattle Police have released a surveillance video of a person in Sodo seen snipping bike share brake cables on more than one occasion, and they’re asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect. For months, brake cables on bike share … Continue reading →
After 2 kids were struck and badly injured, Rainier Valley Greenways calls Saturday safe streets rally
Details from Rainier Valley Greenways: We have had enough of kids and people of all ages being injured at the intersection of Rainier Ave S and S Henderson St. Just this year, three children have been hit at this intersection. … Continue reading →
Ian MacKay is making his second cross-WA bike tour on his sip-and-puff wheelchair
Ian MacKay is on a 7 MPH bike tour across Washington State for the second time. As of press time, he and his riding partners are a day’s journey beyond the Grand Coulee Dam heading west on their trip from … Continue reading →
Wilson Ave S bike lanes will fill key gap in SE Seattle, meeting Thursday
Wilson Ave S is a true rarity in the hilly neighborhood above Seward Park: It is relatively flat and direct. Well, OK, the whole street isn’t flat. But the 0.8 miles of the street that the Seattle Department of Transportation … Continue reading →
Lime’s expanded discount program lets people pay in cash, unlock 5¢ bikes with a text
A nickel. In 2018, there is essentially nothing that costs a nickel. But that’s all it costs for qualifying low-income users to unlock a Lime pedal bike under the company’s newly-expanded Lime Access program ($5 for 100 rides). And qualifying … Continue reading →
West Seattle Link might destroy the Sodo Trail, but that could be a good thing
SDOT has been planning an extension of the Sodo Trail to reach Spokane St under the West Seattle Bridge for a while now, but that work could take a major turn if Sound Transit chooses a West Seattle light rail … Continue reading →
Green Lake/Wallingford paving projects create opportunity to make huge bike improvements, comment by Wednesday
SDOT has grouped a bunch of Green Lake and Wallingford area paving projects together, designing and planning construction of them all at the same time. Because paving projects essentially wipe the street design clear, they are our best opportunities to … Continue reading →
Downtown-to-ID bike lane options are proving difficult, city plans subpar route
Connecting the 2nd Ave bike lane to the International District and the Southeast Seattle bike routes beyond is proving to be very difficult. This connection is the single most important missing piece of the downtown bike network, and the City … Continue reading →
Bellevue just opened bike lanes through the heart of its downtown, launched bike share
I just had by far the least stressful bike ride through downtown Bellevue in my life. The newly opened 108th Ave NE bike lanes span the Eastside city’s downtown from NE 12th Street in the north to Main Street in … Continue reading →
CM Mosqueda delivers must-watch speech as Council approves downtown bike lane resolution
The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday calling on SDOT to complete a connected bike network downtown by the end of 2019. As we reported previously, the network includes sections of 8th Ave, 9th Ave N, Pike and/or Pine … Continue reading →
Council approves bike share expansion + ofo cites fee hike in decision to leave Seattle
The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a budget action Monday for new city rules on bike share companies that will expand the number of bikes in operation, increase the fees for bike share operators and put in place new regulations … Continue reading →
Bike News Roundup: Fox News wishes I would apologize for Seattle’s ‘jihad’ on cars
It’s time for the Bike News Roundup, a look at some of the bike stuff going around the web lately. This is an open thread. First up, I was on Fox News recently, failing to apologize for Seattle’s “jihad” on … Continue reading →
Bike Bingo 2018 starts July 31, get your card today at these bike-friendly businesses
The third annual edition of Seattle Bike Bingo begins July 31, and participating businesses are all stocked up on the $4 cards. A summer tradition organized by Bicycle Benefits, Bike Bingo is a pretty simple game. Buy a card, then … Continue reading →
WSDOT Secretary Millar: Congestion is a symptom of lacking ‘affordable housing and transportation solutions’
WSDOT Secretary Roger Millar delivered a keynote speech to the nation’s highway and transportation officials that directly challenged the central focus of transportation investments in nearly every state: Building and expanding freeways. “We like to talk about traffic congestion as … Continue reading →
Work on Crown Hill to Northgate neighborhood greenway underway
Work on a neighborhood greenway connecting Crown Hill to North Seattle College is underway, according to SDOT. The construction will last six months and includes new traffic signals crossing Holman Rd at NW 92nd Street and Greenwood Ave at N … Continue reading →
FreeRange Cycles’ new owner continues woman-owned legacy
Kathleen Emry is calling it quits. After 21 years of owning and operating the quaint FreeRange Cycles bike shop in Fremont, she has handed over the keys to Shawna Williams. Emry had been talking about a potential retirement for a … Continue reading →
Man killed while biking on Rainier Ave, suspect arrested. RIP Alex Hayden
Alex Hayden was a husband and father of two who Gray Magazine described as “kind, funny, creative, and a true editorial photographer” in a memorial post. Someone driving a pickup truck struck Hayden from behind while he rode in the … Continue reading →
Help push to get the downtown bike network back on track in 2019
The downtown bike network has been significantly delayed so far under Mayor Jenny Durkan’s administration, but there is hope to turn things around and get major pieces of the network constructed in 2019. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Cascade Bicycle Club … Continue reading →
Bike share carried 209K trips in May + A look at the city’s updated permit rules
People in Seattle took more than 208,849 bike share trips in May as use of the bikes increased steeply throughout spring. In total, people took 1.4 million rides between late July and mid-June, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation … Continue reading →
Year-long Elliott Bay Trail detour near future Expedia campus starts Aug 1
Construction of the huge new Expedia campus along the Seattle waterfront includes a rebuild of a section of the Elliott Bay Trail as the path transitions from industrial Interbay to the waterfront. The new trail will soften what today is … Continue reading →
Intermittent Sammamish River Trail closures for river bank work start Wednesday
Work to repair river bank erosion will require crews to close the Sammamish River Trail for periods of 30 minutes or less starting Wednesday. Work will continue for the rest of summer. The erosion zones are just east of I-405 … Continue reading →
Lime: People in Seattle have taken 1 million trips in 11 months
People in Seattle have taken one million Lime bike share trips in about 11 months, the company announced Monday. This astounding number of rides comes from just one of three companies currently operating in the city. And because the company … Continue reading →
The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board needs you, apply by July 4
The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board is a group of volunteers individually-approved by the City Council to help guide the city’s bicycle investments and policies. You do not need any kind of special insider knowledge or professional skills to apply. In … Continue reading →
35th Ave NE safety changes still on track + How can the city avoid such divisive neighborhood fights?
While I was on family leave this winter, a seemingly routine repaving project in Northeast Seattle somehow became a flashpoint that has divided neighbors, spilling gallons of red and green sign-making ink and even drawing competing streetside protests. It has … Continue reading →
Uber-owned Jump wants to launch its e-bike service in Seattle
No new companies have received permits to operate bike share services in Seattle since the autumn, but Uber-owned Jump is hoping to be next. The city is waiting to approve more companies until their revamped bike share permit is ready. … Continue reading →
Lower West Seattle Bridge reopens, but closure highlighted major need for Sodo bike lanes
UPDATE: The Lower Spokane St Bridge is back open again to all pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle traffic! Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding. — seattleDOTbridges (@SDOTbridges) June 26, 2018 The lower West Seattle Bridge has reopened following … Continue reading →
Bike Happy: Summer is here
EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks again to Brock Howell of Bike Happy for putting together this comprehensive weekly newsletter. TOP THINGS TO KNOW & DO Summer is here and so are summer’s major event rides. This Saturday you can join the following … Continue reading →
Lower West Seattle Bridge closed for emergency week-long repair – UPDATED
The lower West Seattle swing bridge closed Wednesday evening for emergency repairs, SDOT announced just hours before crews were planning to take the bridge out of order. The bridge will be in the open position for marine vessels, unusable for … Continue reading →
Bike News Roundup: Seattle Channel dives into the Move Seattle ‘reset’
It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! Here’s a look at some of the transportation stuff floating around the web (somewhat) recently. First up, Seattle Channel’s City Inside/Out dedicated a half hour episode to the Move Seattle levy and Mayor … Continue reading →
Bike Happy: Ride naked & in circles
EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks again to Brock Howell of Bike Happy for putting together this comprehensive weekly newsletter. TOP THINGS TO KNOW & DO Today is the 30th Annual Fremont Solstice Parade, which comes with the well-attended unofficial pre naked/painted bike ride. … Continue reading →