Seattle has been chosen to be part of the second round of Green Lane Project cities, PeopleForBikes announced Monday.
A project of the national non-profit bike advocacy organization, the Green Lane Project provides financial and technical assistance to cities to help speed up the installation and adaptation of protected bike lanes on city streets. Cities included in the first round — including Chicago, Washington DC, and San Francisco — have made huge strides in the past two years, and now it is Seattle’s chance.
UPDATE: Mayor Ed Murray made the following statement Monday morning:
The City of Seattle is proud to have been selected by PeopleForBikes to participate in their Green Lane Project, which has helped cities across the nation develop and implement protected bicycle lanes … These lanes are an important part of Seattle’s transportation infrastructure and at the heart of our Bicycle Master Plan. The Green Lane Project will help us make progress on our goals of making Seattle more interconnected, safe and environmentally sustainable.
We will have more soon on what this means for Seattle (I’m currently on vacation in Denver, but will return Tuesday). In the meantime, here are details from PeopleForBikes:
The PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project has selected six new U.S. cities to become the second class in an intensive two-year program to build protected bike lanes. Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, Denver, CO, Indianapolis, IN, Pittsburgh, PA and Seattle, WA will receive financial, strategic and technical assistance to create low-stress streets and increase vitality in urban centers through the installation of protected bike lanes. The six cities were chosen from more than 100 U.S. cities that submitted letters of interest for the program. Continue reading
The city has released the official 2014 bike map, and it comes with an updated color scheme to help highlight routes with the most protection from moving traffic.
You download a PDF version of the print map at the bottom of this post. If you want to score a print copy, you can order one online for free. Just give your address and Washington Bikes will mail one to your house. How cool is that?
The city also has an interactive online bike map that shows bike routes according to your cycling confidence level. For mobile users, there’s also a really nice mobile version.
While the print map looks nice, some key issues still persist. The biggest issue, in my opinion, is that it is somewhat difficult to predict the stress level of each route based solely on the lines.
For example, some busy streets without bike lanes are marked in a skinny blue line because they are marked with sharrows. Others are marked with thick yellow lines to signify busy streets without bike lanes that are commonly used as bike routes. From the perspective of someone on a bike unfamiliar with the area, these experiences are essentially the same, since sharrows do very little to improve the biking experience.
However, the city is aware of these issues and announced at a recent meeting of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board that they are planning a big remake of the map for 2015. Next year’s map may make an effort to mark bike routes according to stress level. That way, instead of just telling people what kind of bicycle facility exists, the map will tell people what the biking experience will feel like. Continue reading
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Amid all the squabbling over the Bike Master Plan lawsuit, it may have been easy to forget that, wow, the city is actually going to build a modern bikeway on Westlake. The goal is to start construction in 2015.
Mayor Ed Murray is nearly finished selecting the members of the Design Advisory Committee, which was created as part of a settlement so the Westlake Stakeholders Group would drop the Bike Plan lawsuit. The 13 members should be announced soon, according to a Wednesday presentation to the Bicycle Advisory Board.
The committee will meet regularly throughout most of 2014, when the design team is doing the heavy lifting for developing the plans. The committee may evolve into a another role later as is needed or helpful.
The committee is advisory, and SDOT will retain final design decision ability. Here’s the committee’s planned makeup, according to the project website: Continue reading
I’m trying something new for this month’s meeting of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board. I’m posting the agenda now in case you want to attend (they are open to the public). But and I will update this post during the meeting tonight to fill you all in on what is discussed.
The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board is run by volunteers who are approved by the City Council to advise the city (especially SDOT) on matters relating to bicycling. SBAB meetings (first Wednesday of each month) are often interesting, but items discussed don’t always get turned into full stories here on the blog. I’m hoping this will be a way to get interesting stuff out there. So check this post later for updates.
Here’s the agenda:
Imagine a gondola from the waterfront to the convention center with a stop at Pike Place Market. Now imagine that you can bring your bike on board. Would you use it?
That’s the plan that Pier 57 and Waterfront Ferris Wheel owner Hal Griffith announced Tuesday. The privately-funded gondola is designed to increase access to the remade waterfront, and is scheduled to open shortly after the viaduct is torn down.
The gondola would run along Union Street, suspended well above the trolleybus wires. Ticket prices have not been set, but the Seattle PI reports they could end up around $5.
Photo from Rodriguez Bicycles
Remember that amazing Seattle-made, Seahawks-themed Rodriguez bike that Mayor Ed Murray put on the line in his Super Bowl bet with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock? Well, (spoiler alert) the Seahawks won and the bike stayed here. And there’s really only one obvious choice about what to do with it: Donate it to the Bike Works auction.
The organization’s annual auction is March 23, and today (Tuesday) is the last day to score early bird tickets ($90). So if you’ve been waiting for whatever reason, go buy ‘em online now.
As with the past several years, yours truly will be a volunteer at the auction. Seattle Bike Blog has also donated an item to the silent auction (you’ll have to go to find out what it is). Bike Works is an amazing organization empowering youth and adults through bicycles, whether its riding or fixing them. It’s always great to hear from people whose lives have been impacted by the Columbia City-based organization.
If you have the cash, you can bid on some fantastic and often clever stuff. If not, well, it’s still a good time and a chance to give what you can. The auction has expanded this year, so there is a seat for you if you’ve never been before.
The Seahawks bike will likely be one of the top items, and proceeds for that auction will be shared between Bike Works and Food Lifeline. R+E Cycles posted the story behind how the bike came to be on their blog.
“This is a very special bike. It brought us luck in the Super Bowl and it will be auctioned to help two great charitable organizations,” said Mayor Murray in a press release. Here’s the full text of the release: Continue reading
It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! Here’s a spattering of transportation news from around the region and the globe. As always, this is an open thread.
First up, classic Bill Nye demonstrating the distance between planets by riding his bike (Spoiler: They are really far apart):