SPD detective does an AMA about bike theft and other property crime

Scotty Bach, a detective with the Seattle Police Department’s Major Crimes Taskforce, answered questions about property crime (including bike theft) on Reddit yesterday.

Det. Bach’s answers shed some light on the department’s work and offer some advice for people trying to protect themselves against theft or give themselves the best chance of recovering a stolen bike.

First off, if you do not have a record of your bike’s serial number saved somewhere, do that now. Seriously, walk over to your bike this second and do it.

“I would encourage everyone to take a current photo of their bicycle/their serial number,” wrote Det. Bach. “You can email it to yourself.”

The top question from the AMA relates to a longstanding issue for people trying to track down their stolen bike: What do I do if I find it listed online or spot it at a local chop shop? This is one of the most common bike theft questions I get as editor of this blog, and I don’t have a great answer. Unfortunately, neither does Det. Bach:

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City has chance to improve biking, walking and transit in Fremont’s ‘Center of the Universe’

All bike routes lead to the Center of the Universe and this block of Fremont Ave. Image from the city's Bike Master Plan, calling for protected bike lanes. Red bock is the study area.

All bike routes lead to the Center of the Universe and this block of Fremont Ave. Image from the city’s Bike Master Plan, calling for protected bike lanes. Red square is the study area.

Fremont’s Center of the Universe could get an amazing walking, biking and transit makeover next year, but only if the city chooses to be bold.

SDOT is in the early design phase for bus stop improvements on Fremont Ave between N 34th and 36th Streets directly north of the Fremont Bridge. This block is at the epicenter of the neighborhood’s street grid and serves as one of the trickiest bike route gaps in the Interurban regional bike network stretching as far north as Everett.

More and more people are biking, walking and taking buses on routes that all converge at this point, but the street design is outdated and has failed to keep up with the people it serves. Sidewalks are overcrowded, especially during peak hours when people are waiting for the bus. Dozens of people walking and biking have been injured in the past ten years in just this one block.

SDOT is planning some bus stop improvements for the block to address the sidewalk crowding issue. The project could also create safer crosswalks and protected bike lanes, but only if city leaders decide to make the safety and comfort of people biking and walking a priority.

As the project is today in this early stage, biking and walking improvements will be left out entirely. People need to get organized to push for bold action, or the city is going to throw away this great opportunity. Continue reading

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2016 has claimed yet another hero: My bike

img_4347It’s no David Bowie or Sharon Jones, but in my heart my bike will forever be among the list of victims of 2016.

A 1983 Nishiki International, this high-tensile steel bike died doing what it loved: Carrying me around town safely and dependably. It’s last act was to limp all the way to my home where I discovered the fatal crack Saturday: The bottom bracket is essentially falling off, ripped from the seat tube. The bike was simply pedaled one too many times.

As Davey Oil said on my Facebook post, “It wasn’t bent by a bumper, or lost to a bolt-cutter. You didn’t (ever) toss it in the basement and replace it. It wasn’t trashed by abuse, or ill-repair. Your bike was simply, done. And so, it finished. Called it a day. But, it went out doing what it loved, bringing you home.”

The fatal crack, discovered in the comfort of home.

The fatal crack, discovered in the comfort of home.

Me shortly after buying it in 2010.

Me shortly after buying it in 2010. The crank arms, seat post, stem, shifters and rear derailleur are the only parts I never replaced.

Of course, a bike is just a thing. But this bike represents some very transformative years in my life. It was already old and rusty by the time I bought it in 2010. It was 27. I was 25. Perhaps due to the rust, the $175 price was right for someone with no savings trying to launch a journalism career in the midst of the recession.

This bike saved me enough money that I could start Seattle Bike Blog, floating me through some very meager times when even the bus was out of my budget. It was easily the best investment I have ever made and may ever make again.

Despite the tired and worn parts, this bike never broke down when I was too poor to fix it, and it never stranded me when I was too far from home. And through the process of fixing essentially every part over the years (usually with more used parts), it also empowered me to no longer fear working on my bike.

For two summers, I hauled Clean Greens CSA boxes around the Central District.

For two summers, I hauled Clean Greens CSA boxes around the Central District.

My friend Mark may note that this sounds a lot like the Ship of Theseus. What is a bike? How many parts can be replaced before it becomes a new bike? How many parts from this bike would I need to bring to a new frame if I wanted to keep this bike “alive?” No, best not to think this way. I should be beyond the stage of bargaining by now.

img_3528  img_1122As I learned more about biking through experience and through writing this blog, I gradually changed my bike into a versatile and dependable ride capable of climbing the steepest hills Seattle can throw at me, hauling very heavy loads in a Haulin’ Colin trailer, going off-road bike camping in the Cascades or zipping around town to cover all the bike news I can get to.

But most importantly, it carried me on a long bike tour around the Pacific Northwest, the trip where I knew for sure I wanted to marry Kelli Refer.

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An obituary for a bike is an odd exercise, I know. As Mike McGinn said on Facebook, “All that’s left is to send it off from shore in a burning boat.” That actually sounds fun, though I imagine the Puget Sound wouldn’t appreciate it very much.

But this bike was constant through some major changes in my life. And looking through photos of it reminded me of where I’ve been. A photo of this bike is nearly always a happy memory. Wherever I’m going next, I’ll be on a new bike. But in the fading memories of my late 20s, this bike will always be there.

Farewell, friend.

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Family Ride: Hauling Christmas trees and cruising Candy Cane Lane by bike

EDITOR’S NOTE: Critical Lass will be biking to and through Candy Cane Lane Sunday. This family-friendly ride for women and their friends meets up 4 p.m. at Fix Coffeehouse in Green Lake. You can find more details on the event page.

To run with the holiday theme, I loved Madi Carlson’s recent post on her blog Family Ride about her adventure with her kids to get their Christmas tree. It’s a wonderful insight into how biking can turn normal family errands into adventures. Enjoy this excerpt, reposted with permission:

“Go Team Christmas Tree!” is one of the many things people shouted at us as we biked home with our tree this year. There’s something to be said for parading six miles with a big tree. Last year we got the tree just half a mile from home. That was the first time the kids rode their own bikes so that was exciting and new (for them–I would have liked carrying both kids and tree because the bigger the load, the more points). We probably would have gone to the same tree lot, but it doesn’t seem to be there this year and the kids suggested the Swansons Nursery Reindeer Festival. So this year was both kids-on-their-own-bikes and far-away-tree. Fun!

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Check out Seattle Bike Blog’s new mobile site

conceptNo more fighting on your phone with frustrating text input boxes just to post a comment! Seattle Bike Blog finally has a mobile-friendly version.

This Obama-era technological advancement is only for phones and small tablets, and we don’t currently plan any significant changes to the desktop version. If it ain’t broke, right?

This change also signals a change to our advertising options. Seattle Bike Blog depends on a combination of reader supporters and partnerships with local businesses to make ends meet.

(Warning: Sales pitch ahead)

We now offer two sizes: A wide “Banner” spot ($90/30 days) and a large square “Showcase” spot ($150/30 days). The showcase ads are shown on every page view in the “Bike-Friendly Business Showcase,” but now they also appear in middle and at the the end of story content.

So if your businesses is not advertising with Seattle Bike Blog, now is a great time to start. The site draws about 100,000 page views every month, mostly from Seattle and greater Puget Sound region. Our ad options were already good deals, but the new mobile spots make both of them even better.

We also have a option for a larger “Site Sponsorship” option for anyone looking to really make a big splash with a campaign. If you have any questions about this or any other advertising options, email tom@seattlebikeblog.com.

As with any technical change, please let me know if find any bugs either by emailing me or commenting below.

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Ride your bike, support bike-friendly businesses & donate toys Saturday

holiday-ride-flier-11-16Ride your bike. Shop at bike-friendly businesses. Support survivors of domestic violence.

Join Commute Seattle and Cascade Bicycle Club Saturday for the Seattle Bike Friendly Business Network‘s first Holiday Bike Friendly Ride. Meet up 2 p.m. at Métier (11th and Union) for a group ride to Red Balloon. There you can buy toys that the YMCA will give to kids who have escaped dangerous domestic situations.

The ride should be a fun, family-friendly way to bike around Capitol Hill and the Central District and support community members who need some help this holiday season (Disclosure: My amazing spouse Kelli helped organize this event).

The ride ends at Electric Lady (23rd and Union) for an after party and a chance to buy some gifts for the bike-lovers in your life.

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Seattle again falls short of ‘platinum’ bike-friendly status

bfc_fall_2016_reportcard_seattle_wacatSeattle has again failed to reach “platinum” in the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Communities ratings. The city has maintained its “gold” status, which is revised every two years.

The city lost a lot of points due to the rare all-ages helmet law in King County. Requiring helmets under the threat of getting stopped and ticketed by police is not a national or global best practice for bicycle safety and encouragement. Cities with the best safety records and the highest numbers of people biking almost never have such helmet laws for adults (many don’t even have them for children).

Instead, those cities focus on safe and inviting bike routes and encouraging more people to ride, triggering a safety in numbers effect.

The League specifically notes that the helmet law is likely getting in the way of bike share success. Again, best practices for bike share do not include mandatory helmet requirements. Instead, strong station density and low-stress, connected bike routes are important.

Though the numbers show an impressive 8/10 for “Bicycle network and connectivity,” the League docked serious points for the city’s reliance on sharrows. Sadly, this blog’s logo is still very relevant on Seattle’s streets: Continue reading

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Bike News Roundup: Seattle’s multimodal neighbor

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! Here’s a taste of some of the sweet (and not-so-sweet) bike-related and bike-adjacent news floating around recently.

First up: StreetFilms visits Vancouver, BC, giving an overview of how Seattle’s neighbor to the north made itself into a truly multimodal city.

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7th Ave bike lane will connect Dexter to downtown, end just 5 blocks from 2nd Ave

From the project fact sheet.

From the project fact sheet.

7th Ave is a direct line from Dexter to downtown, so it’s no surprise that the street is one of the most important bike routes in the city center.

While the street got some nice buffered bike lanes between Dexter and Westlake back in 2010, people biking downtown are still dumped into mixed lanes to navigate downtown traffic.

But that is set to change as early as six months from now as the city moves forward with delayed plans for a protected bike lane between Westlake Ave and Pike Street.

This is one key piece of finally connecting downtown to popular bike routes to the Fremont Bridge, the Burke-Gilman Trail and beyond. It brings the northend protected bike network within a few blocks of the 2nd Ave bike lane. It also connects the growing South Lake Union to major transit connections downtown (why the city need a quality bike share system).

The current plan is for a one-way southbound lane on the west side of the street that turns into sharrows (yes, sharrows…) between Pike and Union. Many downtown-bound users will likely use Pine Street to get to 2nd Ave, so there will still be five blocks of mixed-traffic biking. This is so tantalizingly close to finally connecting… Continue reading

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Check out Seattle’s 12 winning neighborhood-led transportation ideas

Here’s an item that got swallowed up in the wake of election news: Seattle announced $6.5 million in neighborhood-led transportation projects across the city. The 12 projects were the winners of SDOT’s Neighborhood Street Fund (“NSF”), and are the result of tireless work by neighborhood advocates.

Seriously, it takes a lot of volunteer patience and persistence to get an idea through to approval and construction. So congratulations to everyone who championed these ideas.

Each project is scheduled for design in 2017 and installation in 2018.

The NSF was first funded by the Bridging the Gap levy, and now is funded by Move Seattle. It’s not to be confused with the Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund, which is an entirely different program with neighborhood-generated projects that typically have smaller budgets.

Here’s a look at the 2016 NSF winners (click the titles for project PDFs with more details and images): Continue reading

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Seattle’s new budget speeds up bike plan, boosts major Rainier Ave remakes + more

Photo from Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

Photo from Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

Mayor Ed Murray signed the 2017-18 Seattle budget last week, which includes some major short-term and long-term investments in safe streets.

We already reported on the most immediately-dramatic budget change, when the City Council pulled funding for Pronto Cycle Share beyond March 31. The Council did preserve Mayor Murray’s bike share expansion funds pending further Council approval. But beyond bike share, there are some major wins both from the Mayor’s original budget and from the City Council’s additions.

While Rainier Ave will get $1 million to help extend its recent safety project from Hillman City to Rainier Beach, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways’ attempt to dramatically increase the city’s Vision Zero funding didn’t catch on. For me, this is the biggest missed opportunity of this budget. Perhaps with a more clear plan for how the city can use the additional funds to scale up its successful Road Safety Corridor program, this effort will have a better chance next year. Because fixing a corridor or two a year just isn’t fast enough.

But still, there are a lot of great investments in this budget. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways highlighted these wins: Continue reading

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Parks District detours Burke-Gilman users onto very busy street – UPDATED

Detour route map from Seattle Parks.

Detour route map from Seattle Parks District.

UPDATE 11/30: The trail is now open, according to Project Manager Sandi Albertsen. Thanks to friendly weather, crews were able to complete the majority of work two days ahead of schedule. There is still some shoulder work to finish, but they should not impact trail use significantly. Be patient if crews are working, of course.

When the Seattle Parks District announced work to repave some very bumpy sections of the state’s busiest biking and walking trail, I said the news “will surely come as a huge relief to the many people who battle abrupt tree root heaves on the Burke-Gilman Trail.” The investment seemed to finally catch up with the reality that the Burke-Gilman Trail is a vital transportation connection in addition to being a linear park.

So like the many readers who contacted us in recent days, I was dismayed to see that the detour for a tricky section of trail just west of U Village sent trail users onto busy five-lane 25th Ave NE for about a half mile. This street has no bike lanes, and crews did not create a temporary bikeway on the street to help trail users make the trip safely and comfortably.

The Burke-Gilman Trail is a very important non-motorized transportation connection. At peak hours, sections of the trail near UW move about as many people as a lane of a traffic-clogged freeway (though volumes are lower in the fall and winter). The trail attracts people of all ages, abilities and confidence levels, many of whom do not feel safe or comfortable biking in busy traffic (really, very few people do).

This detour not only puts these users in danger, but it also tells them that the city does not take their needs or safety seriously. If the current detour selection and approval process allows this huge oversight to happen, then Seattle needs to fix the process. Continue reading

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Council sets Pronto shutdown deadline, keeps bike share expansion funds for now

img_6077The Pronto Cycle Share shutdown timer has officially started.

The Seattle City Council modified Mayor Ed Murray’s 2017-18 budget to remove most of the street use funds currently supporting day-to-day Pronto Cycle Share operations. Pronto as we know it will shut down by March 31.

This action closes an incredibly frustrating chapter for bike share in Seattle.

It also puts more pressure on SDOT and bid-winner Bewegen to get a strong bike share expansion plan together in time for a 2017 launch if they hope to avoid too much downtime for existing system users.

A couple thousand trips are made on Pronto every week on average, so those users will need to find a new way to get around. Members who have paid for service beyond March 31 will be offered the choice of getting the remainder back or putting their credit into the new system.

And on top of the urgency, of course, the expansion plan also needs to be very strong if it is going to win over skeptics on the City Council. Though the Council preserved Mayor Ed Murray’s $5 million to expand bike share through a new e-assist system, the funds cannot be used without further Council approval. SDOT and Bewegen will need to wow the Council and the public when they present the new plan in January. Continue reading

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Happy Cranksgiving! Riders bike 1,132 pounds of food to Rainier Valley Food Bank

img_6395More than 90 people gathered on Seattle’s statistically-most-likely-to-rain day of the year to ride bikes all around town buying food to donate to their neighbors.

Within hours of leaving Cal Anderson, riders in Seattle’s Seventh Cranksgiving had purchased and biked 1,132 pounds of food to Rainier Valley Food Bank (“RVFB”).

Huge thanks to everyone who came out Saturday (and extra big thanks to Eliseo Calixtro, who helped us organize this year’s event). With so much troubling national political news, it was great to see people bust their asses for their community. And from what I can tell from photos posted to #CranksgivingSEA, it seemed like folks had fun doing it (see some of them below).

Likely due to heavy rain in the morning before the ride (and me getting a later-than-usual start on promotions), turnout was a bit below 2015’s record turnout of 160 people on an unseasonably bright and sunny day. There’s no pre-registration or entry fee for Cranksgiving (your grocery bill is your fee), so turnout can balloon depending on weather. 90 people on a day threatening heavy rain is actually quite impressive, and year-round rainy weather biking is part of what Cranksgiving is all about.

As the organizer, I gave riders a list of items RVFB requested and a list of some of Seattle’s unique grocery stores and markets. People rode alone or in small teams to get as many items from as many different places as possible within the time allowed. You get one point for each item and place marked off the list (plus some photo challenges).

Riders donated their food at the food bank before heading up the street to the Royal Room for an after party and prizes from Peddler Brewing, Flying Lion Brewery, Free Range Cycles, Electric Lady, Detours Bags, Mountaineers Books and my amazing spouse Kelli. Continue reading

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‘I hope that others who have gone through tragedy or will in the future will never feel alone’

img_6383Loved ones of just a couple of the 240 people killed in Seattle traffic in the past decade spoke to a gathering of friends, first responders, city officials, safe streets advocates and neighbors Thursday at City Hall.

Neighbors then took their area’s share of the 212 silhouette figures event planners made (“There were actually 240 people killed on Seattle streets, but some of the places are just too dangerous to out up a silhouette,” said Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Director Cathy Tuttle). Some have already been installed at the sites of people’s deaths in traffic. Others will be put up by neighborhood groups Sunday. You can see the list of those neighborhood efforts on our previous post.

So every time you see a silhouette, that was a person’s life. The scale of this public health emergency is immense even in Seattle, which has among the safest streets among major U.S. cities. We can and must do better.

I want to thank the loved ones who spoke and wrote letters for the event Thursday. Give yourself time to read their words, posted in full below.

First, this letter from Dan Schulte, whose family was devastated when a drunk man behind driving a pickup struck his parents, wife and infant son on NE 75th Street in 2013. His parents Judy and Dennis were killed, and his wife Karina and infant son Elias were critically injured. Dan’s ability to seek light in the face of darkness is truly inspiring: Continue reading

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NYC safe streets organization: We Stand with Black Lives Matter

192783_212276612116853_4237559_oEver since the election of Donald Trump, we’ve been asking what this means for safe streets organizations. The need for groups to recognize the obvious intersections of safe, healthy streets and social justice is nothing new, but threats and rhetoric by President-elect Trump and some of his closest advisors dramatically ups the urgency.

We already reported on a statement by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Director Cathy Tuttle. In this vein, a recent statement by New York City’s Transportation Alternatives — one of the nation’s largest organizations working for safe streets — seems like an important entry in the conversation.

TA and many other biking and safe streets organizations were already headed in this direction thanks to leadership by people across the nation working for transportation justice. Their statement followed a national meeting in Atlanta called the Untokening Conference, but Trump’s election seems to have been a catalyst.

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Seattle needs more homes. U District design plan is a good start

Image from May open house presentation. Their watercolor concept art game is strong.

Image from May open house presentation. Their watercolor concept art game is strong.

More people want to live in Seattle than there are homes. The number of people moving to our magnificent city is growing faster than all those cranes you see in the skyline can build.

When homes are put out to bid at market values, people who have more money get them. Those who don’t have as much money get priced out. Communities are broken up. Many families that can least afford the many costs of driving end up living in car-dependent suburbs. And since affordable rent is one of society’s most important safety nets, a growing number of people end up homeless when rents rise.

The cold reality of Seattle’s market-rate housing is shameful, and there is nowhere close to enough subsidized housing to meet the need. Our city is doing so many other things right, but it’s so far failed to respond to people’s most basic need: A home.

The good news is that there are also a lot of engaged people who want to respond to this affordability emergency with bold action. And the Seattle economy has plenty of cash flow to solve this problem, but only if we work as a city to prioritize affordability.

The city’s desire to take bold action will be tested this autumn as the City Council votes on a revamped U District urban design plan. You can weigh in on the plans starting at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) at Hotel Deca (45th and Brooklyn). Presentation starts at 6, public hearing starts at 6:15. Continue reading

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Neighbors for safe streets unite at City Hall for World Day of Remembrance Thursday

Ten years of traffic deaths. Ten times as many people were seriously injured. Image from Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

Ten years of traffic deaths. Ten times as many people were seriously injured. Image from Seattle Neighborhood Greenways

Two hundred forty people have been killed in Seattle traffic in the past decade. Ten times that many have been seriously injured.

Thursday, in solidarity with similar events across the world, neighbors from all over Seattle will converge on City Hall to remember those who have been killed or injured and call for transportation leaders to prioritize on our streets.

“We have the means and the technology and the ability to design streets that don’t kill people,” said Seattle Neighborhood Greenways (“SNG”) Executive Director Cathy Tuttle. “We shouldn’t wait any longer.”

At the City Hall rally Thursday at noon, representatives from neighborhood groups across the city will pick up their neighborhood’s set of silhouettes, one for each person killed in the past ten years. Those groups will then meet up locally Sunday to put up the silhouettes as a reminder of the loss traffic violence levies on communities (see below for those details).

“Looking at the totality of these 240 representative figures … is overwhelming,” said Tuttle. She hopes the action will be “healing and respectful,” but “also a way for communities to organize.”

SNG has been a central organizer of the event in partnership with neighborhood groups, Cascade Bicycle Club, the City of Seattle and Washington Bike Law (a Seattle Bike Blog sponsor).

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Tuttle: ‘Our duty is to protect the vulnerable’

Cathy Tuttle addresses a crowd gathered in May to urge city leaders to treat traffic violence like the public health emergency it is.

Cathy Tuttle addresses a crowd gathered in May to urge city leaders to treat traffic violence like the public health emergency it is.

With Trump headed to the White House, people and groups working for safe streets cannot simply go on with business as usual. “Business as usual” is an option available only to the privileged. “Business as usual” normalizes life under sexist, racist and xenophobic leadership.

So what does this mean for the popular movement for safer streets in Seattle, throughout Washington, across the nation and around the globe?

For my part as the journalist behind this blog, I am going to talk to as many people as I can about this question. So expect more going forward. If you know someone I should speak with or have read something I should read, let us all know in the comments below or email me directly at tom@seattlebikeblog.com.

Today, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Executive Director Cathy Tuttle posted some principles she hopes her coalition of neighborhood safe streets groups will get behind. She stresses that these words are hers (she can’t speak for the whole coalition of groups under the SNG umbrella), but they are a starting point.

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Council faces budget choices on bike share, safe streets

SDOT budget changes under consideration. View full document and dig further into details via this PDF.

SDOT budget changes under consideration. View full document and dig further into details via this PDF.

Seattle’s City Council will work Tuesday and Wednesday this week to come up with their changes to Mayor Ed Murray’s 2017-18 budget, getting it ready for final passage Monday. We already told you about some of the changes on the table for bike share and some of the proposals pushed by safe streets groups like Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Cascade Bicycle Club. So what made it this far?

Here’s a look at the walking and biking changes facing the Council and who is sponsoring them:

  • Council may proviso all spending on Multimodal Corridor Projects (except Madison BRT), requiring SDOT to present to Council and get approval before moving forward with them. This includes Delridge, Market/45th, Rainier/Jackson, Roosevelt, Route 40 Northgate to Downtown, and 23rd Ave BRT. Burgess.
  • Citing the failed TIGER grant application for bike share and the Northgate bike/walk bridge, some Councilmembers want to require Council approval before SDOT applies for grants larger than $5 million. I worry that this may have unintended consequences, since grant deadlines and Council schedules may not always line up well. We do want SDOT to be as aggressive as possible in bringing in grant funds to support local investments. Burgess, O’Brien.
  • Invest $400,000 to assess the condition of city sidewalks. This was a great suggestion by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. The city already spends time and money assessing road pavement conditions, but waits for organized complaints from residents before fixing heaved and broken sidewalks. Complaint-based systems tend to benefit wealthier and more privileged residents who have the time and resources to log them with the city. O’Brien, Johnson.
  • Accelerate Bike Master Plan funding. O’Brien.
  • Put a clear proviso on all bike share expansion funds, requiring Council approval before moving forward with a new system. Burgess.
  • Remove operational funds for Pronto Cycle Share, essentially shutting it down at the beginning of 2017. Herbold.
  • Invest $150,000 in a North Beacon Hill safe streets and multimodal transportation study. Harrell.
  • Accelerate Accessible Mount Baker funding. Harrell.
  • Invest $1 million to extend the existing Rainier Ave safety project in Columbia City and Hillman City south to Rainier Beach. Harrell.
  • A proposed “statement of legislative intent” would require the Center City Connector Streetcar project to generate a report about streetcar/bike safety. O’Brien, Bagshaw, Johnson.
  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways’ proposal to add $3 million to the Vision Zero program didn’t get any takers so far, but Councilmember Burgess has proposed a nearly identical amount for unspecified additional paving work. Burgess.

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