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Updated 2019-05-24 01:16
Biking increased 32% thanks to downtown Bellevue bike lane + City will keep it, debates expanding network
The City of Bellevue may have just conducted the most thorough study of a bike lane pilot project ever. The 31-page report (PDF) about the 108th Ave NE bike lane in the Eastside city’s downtown core found that bicycling increased … Continue reading →
Move All Seattle Sustainably coalition hosts Council candidate forums, D6 is Tuesday
Seattle’s City Council is facing its biggest shakeup since, well, the last time the seven district-based seats were up for a vote. An unprecedented 56 candidates are running for the City Council seats, and only three incumbents are seeking another … Continue reading →
With the paint barely dry on bike-lane-free 35th Ave NE, person driving strikes and injures someone on a bike
Just hours after a video of dangerous conditions for people biking on the new 35th Ave NE gained a lot of traction on social media, someone driving struck and injured a person biking on the street near the intersection with … Continue reading →
Tour de Pints 2019 is Saturday
You know what would be a great way to wash down all those donuts tomorrow (Saturday)? Beer. The annual Tour de Pints starts 11 a.m. at Peddler Brewing. The Beer Week event is a casual tide to five north Seattle … Continue reading →
Bicycle Benefits launches Bike Bingo today, hosts Tour de Donut Saturday
You already bike to local businesses all the time, so why not make a game of it? Bicycle Benefits is launching their annual Bike Bingo today, a challenge to bike to local businesses and fill your bingo card by June … Continue reading →
Bike Everywhere Day 2019 is Friday + Map of morning ‘celebration stations’ across the region
Bike Everywhere Day 2019 (formerly known as “Bike to Work Day”) is Friday, and there will be 113 celebration stations spread throughout the region to provide encouragement, smiles and maybe some coffee or donuts for folks biking to work or … Continue reading →
‘Extreme disappointment’: Bike Advisory Board letter seeks big improvements to Mayor’s bike plan
The same week the Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee wrote a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan, the City Council and SDOT calling foul on the mayor’s “disproportionately large” bike plan cuts, the volunteer Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board penned a similar … Continue reading →
Oversight Committee raises flag on mayor’s ‘disproportionately large’ bike plan cuts
The committee tasked with watchdogging the city’s delivery of the $930 million voters approved through the 2015 Move Seattle levy has written a strong letter of concern about the lack of bicycle network progress and SDOT’s big cuts to the … Continue reading →
The first Bicycle Sunday of 2019 is this weekend
It’s time for the first Bicycle Sunday of the year! The classic car-free event will follow its usual route on Lake Washington Boulevard between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To celebrate Mother’s Day, … Continue reading →
City and Commute Seattle want you to bike to bakeries
In case you were looking for an excuse to hit up a bakery, Commute Seattle and SDOT have got you covered. They have a Bikes and Bakeries challenge going all May. All you have to do is bike there and … Continue reading →
SDOT partners with Outdoors For All to offer free adaptive bike rentals all summer
Bike share is amazing. Just beep a bike with your phone, and you’re riding wherever you want to go for a few nickels per minute. That is, of course, if you are physically able to operate the app and ride … Continue reading →
Cascade’s annual Bike Everywhere Breakfast is Tuesday
Hey, did you know May is Bike Month? I know, I know, every month is bike month in Seattle. I hear you. May is filled with events and organizational efforts to help get more people on bikes heading into summer. … Continue reading →
Bike share parking still an accessibility issue, but it’s getting better
In June 2018, 4% of bike share bikes were parked in a way that impeded a walkway or curb ramp. Today, that figure is fewer than 2%, according to the latest SDOT bike share audit, the Seattle Times reports. Bikes … Continue reading →
Trail Alert 5/6: Burke-Gilman detour near Seattle city limit
The Burke-Gilman Trail will be closed for a stretch May 6 around Seattle’s border with Lake Forest Park so King County Parks can remove six hazardous trees. The good news is that this stretch parallels Riviera Pl NE, which should … Continue reading →
New Roosevelt-to-Downtown Bike Train starts service Friday
Seattle’s newest bike train will begin service from the future Roosevelt light rail station, serving Ravenna, the U District, Wallingford, Fremont and Queen Anne en route to South Lake Union and downtown. Started by Nick van den Heuvel, the route … Continue reading →
Bike News Roundup: NYC’s misguided crackdown on workers using e-bikes
It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! Here’s a look at some stuff going around the ol’ web lately. This is an open thread. First up, New York City continues its misguided crackdown on delivery workers using e-bikes. A short … Continue reading →
Seattle needs a Car Master Plan
Seattle has a Bicycle Master Plan, a Pedestrian Master Plan, a Transit Master Plan and a Freight Master Plan. It’s well past time our city give the same treatment to the many people who drive cars in our city by … Continue reading →
Last push to get block-the-box and bus lane enforcement bill through the Senate
The Washington State legislature initially failed this session to pass a law to allow cities to use automated camera enforcement to keep bus lanes and intersections clear. But thanks to some great, persistent advocacy from organizations like Transportation Choices Coalition … Continue reading →
Padelford: Let’s build a better bike movement
EDITOR’S NOTE: With Mayor Jenny Durkan delaying or cancelling so many bike route plans, Gordon Padelford and I had a conversation wondering how the movement for safe streets and better bike routes should evolve from here. Padelford, Executive Director of … Continue reading →
Trail Alert: Chief Sealth Trail detour at S Graham St
The Chief Sealth Trail will be detoured for about two blocks along S Graham St and 31st Ave S starting today (April 22) and lasting up to one month. The closure is for a project to make crossing improvements where … Continue reading →
West Seattle community group responds to bike plan cuts + Cascade, SNG outline their priorities
Neighborhoods all over Seattle have been hit hard by Mayor Jenny Durkan’s proposed bike plan cuts. And as is depressingly typical, West Seattle got hit especially hard. They already had lackluster improvements in the previous version of the bike plan, … Continue reading →
Seattle’s bike share stands out as companies shift to scooters elsewhere
Just 21 months ago, Seattle turned American bike share on its head by permitting companies to launch free-floating bikes all over town, an effort that dramatically increased the number of bike trips all over town, turned heads in city halls … Continue reading →
E Union Street is a chance for SDOT and the mayor to prove they care about connecting bike routes
Seattle is once again set to choose the convenience of car driving over the safety of people walking and biking and our city’s Vision Zero, Climate Action Plan and Bicycle Master Plan goals. This time, it’s on E Union Street … Continue reading →
Times: Seattle’s most decorated pro cyclist is living without a home
Rebecca Twigg has won six world track cycling championships, 16 U.S championships and two Olympic medals, likely making her Seattle’s most decorated bike racer. Today, she is one of the more than 12,000 people experiencing homelessness in the Seattle area. … Continue reading →
Some Bike Blog business: Planning an endorsement board + A family life update
Hello, wonderful Seattle Bike Blog readers. I’ve got some cool bits of blog and family news to share, so I figured I would write you all a letter keeping you in the loop. First, my incredible spouse Kelli started work … Continue reading →
City announces bike plan update open houses, Barnett uncovers 11 missing projects
SDOT has announced a series of four “café-style conversations” about the latest short-term bike plan, which includes significant cuts through the life of the Move Seattle Levy. The events, produced with help from the Department of Neighborhoods, will be a … Continue reading →
Community organizes to celebrate NE 65th St bike lanes, shows what’s possible when city builds the bike plan
Unlike the $4.4 million advertising budget and public fanfare celebrating the new SR 99 car tunnel, no official celebration or encouragement campaign was planned for a major new set of protected bike lanes on NE 65th Street. So excited community … Continue reading →
Sunday: Community celebration for opening of NE 65th St bike lanes
Details from the event listing: Unlike the new downtown tunnel for cars, we don’t have an expensive ad campaign to encourage people to use the new bike lanes on NE 65th St, so let’s create our own! Bike #Fix65th Sunday, … Continue reading →
Rashomon in Wedgwood: SDOT Director and Deputy Mayor grilled during Bike Board meeting
SDOT Director Sam Zimbabwe and Deputy Mayor Shefali Ranganathan sat down for a long talk with the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board Wednesday to have a difficult and at times uncomfortable conversation about Mayor Jenny Durkan’s commitment to building the city’s … Continue reading →
Notes from the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board: April, 2019
The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board meets 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at City Hall. Anyone can sit in on meetings and provide public comment at the beginning and (thanks to a recent change) end. The volunteer board … Continue reading →
Must Watch: Seattle’s bike movement finds its footing again, fights mayor’s bike plan cuts
Seattle’s bicycle movement emerged from chrysalis Tuesday transformed into its newest state, and it put on a powerful display inside City Hall. I highly recommend watching the testimony and the very interesting Committee conversation, during which Councilmembers Mike O’Brien, Rob … Continue reading →
SDOT and Mayor Durkan release more transparent, less visionary bike plan
26 miles of bike facilities are gone completely, and another 27 are at risk. That’s the harsh reality of the latest iteration of the Bicycle Master Plan Implementation Plan (the “Bike Plan Plan”). The result is what could be a … Continue reading →
How did Mayor Durkan get the 35th Ave NE decision so wrong? + Councilmembers respond
Mayor Jenny Durkan’s decision this week to scrap planned, designed and contracted bike lanes on 35th Ave NE has drawn a major backlash as people are dismayed to hear that Seattle’s mayor is abandoning the Bicycle Master Plan in order … Continue reading →
Mayor Durkan chooses 35th Ave NE car convenience over street safety and the fight against climate change
Mayor Jenny Durkan has officially abandoned the Bicycle Master Plan, which was approved unanimously by the City Council and funded through a vote of the people. The Mayor has until recently only delayed Bike Master Plan projects, like essentially all … Continue reading →
City Light decides against car charger in path of Broadway Bikeway
After public pushback, including by many of you, Seattle City Light has dropped their plans for an electric car charging station on Broadway near Denny Way that would have been located in the path of a planned-but-delayed extension of the … Continue reading →
Bike News Roundup: National bikelash highlights
It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! I’m in St. Louis visiting family this week, so that’s why news here is a bit slow. But here’s a long list of interesting stuff to read. And if I missed anything, this … Continue reading →
Will Mayor Durkan meet the City Council’s downtown bike lane 2019 deadline? – UPDATED
SDOT will update the City Council Transportation and Sustainability Committee today on the progress (or lackthereof) on the downtown Basic Bike Network. The City Council passed a resolution last summer calling on SDOT and Mayor Jenny Durkan to complete key … Continue reading →
Update on transportation bills in Olympia: What’s dead and what’s still got a chance
Non-budgetary bills in the Washington legislature had until yesterday to pass in at least one chamber in order to remain on track for passage into law. We wrote about a few transportation-related efforts Tuesday, so how did they do? Well, … Continue reading →
Mountains to Sound Greenway is now a National Heritage Area
Our local pride and joy is now officially a national treasure! After 8 years of tireless advocacy by @SenatorCantwell, Congressman Reichert, and the rest of our WA delegation, the Mountains to Sound Greenway has become our nation’s newest National Heritage … Continue reading →
A look at some transportation bills still working through the WA legislature
So Washington Democrats have both legislative chambers and the Governor’s Office for the first time in a while, so what does that mean for transportation? Well, some great things are moving forward, but so are some pretty not-so-great things. As … Continue reading →
Bill moves forward to strengthen ‘Vulnerable User Law,’ revise road sharing rules
$42. That’s the “unsafe lane change” ticket a teenager received for striking and killing John Przychodzen while he biked in the shoulder of Kirkland’s Juanita Drive in 2011. Authorities claimed that because they couldn’t prove he was driving recklessly, the … Continue reading →
JUMP now reaches city limits, undercuts Lime by $1
After adding more bikes and changing its fare structure this week, JUMP’s red bikes now reach all of Seattle and cost $1 less to ride than Lime’s green and yellow bikes. JUMP initially launched Seattle service in November with a limited … Continue reading →
Family of Derek Blaylock files suit against city, Sound Transit and contractors after 2016 death near Northgate Station
Derek Blaylock drove his son to school the morning of September 21, 2016, then grabbed his bike and rode to Northgate Transit Center to catch a bus to work. On the way home, he was biking from the transit center … Continue reading →
Chrystal Barber sentenced to 7.5 years for hit-and-run killing of Alex Hayden
Chrystal Barber, 51, was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison after she pleaded guilty to striking and killing Alex Hayden, 50, with her aunt’s red pickup truck on Rainier Ave S last July. After veering into the … Continue reading →
CHS: City wants to install electric car charger in future path of Broadway bikeway
Seattle is about to invest to build a public car charger directly in the path of the on-hold Broadway Bikeway extension north or Denny Way. Once complete, people biking northbound in the Broadway protected bike lane would need to merge … Continue reading →
Learn about the future of Mercer Island’s Mountains to Sound Trail at Thursday open house
The Mercer Island Parks Department is creating a master plan for Aubrey Davis Park, including the Mountains to Sound Trail, and they are looking for public feedback. Their open house got snowed out, so the rescheduled event is 6–8 p.m. … Continue reading →
Man killed biking across Rainier Ave, suspect in white sedan fled the scene
A man biking across Rainier Ave was killed Monday evening when someone driving a white sedan struck him and fled the scene, according to Seattle Police. The suspect is still on the loose. The man’s identity and age have not … Continue reading →
Ballard-Fremont Greenways launches Wednesday, and you’re invited
Ballard and Fremont have both had local chapters of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways in the past, but they have been quiet in recent years. So some neighbors are organizing to bring the neighborhoods together into a new supergroup, and you’re invited. … Continue reading →
Proposed $738M King County Parks levy would fund Eastside, Lake Sammamish and Lake to Sound Trails
About 80 percent of the King County Parks budget comes from a levy that goes to voters every six years, and King County Executive Dow Constantine is proposing an even bigger levy to send to voters this autumn for 2020–25. … Continue reading →
Bike League suggests $74B ‘Bike New Deal’ + Why the Feds should dramatically increase bike funding
Building walking, biking and safe streets infrastructure employs more people per dollar than a road-only project. In Seattle, building trails employs 25 percent more people per $1 million invested compared to building roads, according to a 2011 study (PDF) by … Continue reading →
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