Bike News Roundup: Our city’s Traffic Engineer is better than yours

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! Here’s a look at some of the bikey stuff floating around the Internet recently.

First up, an apology to all other cities. Dongho Chang is our Traffic Engineer, and you can’t have him. He’s a one-person answer to anyone who has lost faith in government’s ability to serve its people. He’s smart, he listens and he genuinely cares. Watch this King 5 report (on a mobile device, you may need to watch it on King 5’s website):

Pacific Northwest News

Halftime Show! This Vision Zero vigil in New York City was incredibly powerful. This doesn’t need to keep happening. We can stop it.

Vision Zero Vigil with Families for Safe Streets (Union Square) from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

National & Global News

This is an open thread.

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7 Responses to Bike News Roundup: Our city’s Traffic Engineer is better than yours

  1. Andres Salomon says:

    Haven’t seen this covered on the blog yet; SNG’s PARK(ing) Day design competition: http://seattlegreenways.org/blog/2015/07/26/parking-day-2015-design-competition/

    Deadline for entries is this Sunday.

  2. Matthew Snyder says:

    My totally unscientific observation is that SDOT-related problems reported on Twitter are more likely to get fixed (and get fixed more quickly) than problems reported via Find It, Fix It. Part of this is probably because the city, for whatever reason, has decided to not make Find It, Fix It requests public (unlike nearly every other city that uses the same app), so problems reported that way can be swept under the rug. Reporting stuff on Twitter circumvents this.

    Do other folks here use Find It, Fix It, or has everyone just given up on that and moved over to Twitter?

    • Andres Salomon says:

      I’ve mostly given up on Find It Fix It, other than for basic potholes. Half the time, I don’t even get a response. I get mixed results the other half of the time. I’ve had the SAME EXACT ISSUE reported on both Twitter and Find It Fix It; SDOT told me via email that it was a non-issue that wouldn’t be fixed*, while on Twitter I was told that SDOT would fix it.

      * A sidewalk closure, of course, just like in the K5 video. :)

    • Josh says:

      I’ve found Find It, Fix It works well for genuinely broken infrastructure — collapsed drain grates, potholes, knocked over poles — things that are unambiguously broken, where the repair is straightforward and doesn’t require any policy judgement or interpretation. But I wouldn’t use it for requesting changes in infrastructure or enforcement.

    • Al Dimond says:

      Over a year ago I reported, through Find It Fix It, that awful spot on the Duwamish trail where it’s essentially the east sidewalk of 99 and there’s a giant tree root buckling the pavement while you’re right next to fast-moving traffic. No response.

  3. JRD says:

    Dongo does a great job, especially considering the political environment surrounding Seattle transportation issues.

  4. Harrison Davignon says:

    I’m not sure who dongo is, but that would great if he could help fix bad roads around Seattle. I bicycle ride and bus ride on some very beat up, rough roads, that can pose a danger for bicycle riders and possible buses, I have plenty of experience with bad roads in Seattle and other urban areas in the puget sound. Hopefully he can help solve complicated transportation problems. In ballard for example I was through there recently during rush our traffic on the 15 bus. Even if we replaced the bridge and put one or two safe wide non motor vehicle paths( like on the i 90 floating bridge) how are we going to make the rest of the road safe for bicycles, without making traffic worse. If you want to find out what i’m taking about, go to ballard yourself, or look at videos and pictures of the mess. Hopefully we can turn infrastructure that was built for the automobile back in the day, more balanced transportation options now and in the future.

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