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The Westlake Bikeway is officially open, and it was worth the compromises

The Westlake Bikeway officially opened Thursday, finally creating a flat and separated bike route from the Ship Canal to the city center. “This project is really going to make this corridor safer and more predictable for everyone,” SDOT Director Scott … Continue reading

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No Federal money for Northgate bike/walk bridge, Pronto expansion

Well, it was worth a shot. The Feds did not pick Seattle’s TIGER grant proposal for funding the Northgate bike/walk bridge and a “massive” Pronto Cycle Share expansion, SDOT confirmed today. The news comes one day after Senator Patty Murray … Continue reading

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Move Seattle transportation levy could build half of city’s Bike Plan

Mayor Ed Murray announced a $900 million transportation levy today, two and a half times as big as the Bridging the Gap levy passed in 2006. The mayor’s initial draft (PDF) of Move Seattle will now go through a public … Continue reading

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South Park trail celebration is Saturday

As we reported previously, the South Park neighborhood now has a way better connection to the Duwamish Trail. You can join community members, Councilmember Tom Rasmussen and other city officials for an opening celebration Saturday. Meet 10 a.m. at the … Continue reading

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Seattle will announce Vision Zero campaign to end traffic violence – UPDATED

Seattle leaders will announce Vision Zero today in Lake City, calling for an end to traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, and folks from SDOT and SPD will be at Lake City Library … Continue reading

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Sound Transit wants to allow more time to find Northgate bike/walk bridge funds

The Northgate biking and walking bridge would connect North Seattle Community College and its surrounding neighborhood to Sound Transit’s planned light rail station on the opposite side of I-5. It would also provide a rare comfortable crossing of the wide … Continue reading

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Longtime City Council Transportation Chair Tom Rasmussen will not seek reelection

For years, Tom Rasmussen has been the most influential member of the City Council when it comes to transportation issues. Through several Council committee shakeups, he has remained the Chair of the Transportation Committee, and nearly all big city transportation … Continue reading

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Seattle’s highway tunnel wins award! … for ‘Worst Highway Boondoggle’

Seattle is a city that is doing everything. Our city makes all the lists of places in the nation that are making smart decisions and getting results.* Best place to get a job? Made that list. Best new protected bike … Continue reading

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Regional leaders ask for more time to find Northgate bike/walk bridge funding

A group of regional elected leaders, including two members of the Sound Transit Board — Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien and King County Councilmember Larry Phillips — have asked the agency to disregard the July 2015 funding deadline for the … Continue reading

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Plans developing for protected bike lanes on Fauntleroy, meeting Tuesday

Plans for a very-much-needed remake of a key section of Fauntleroy Way SW in West Seattle are moving forward, and the city is looking for input. There will be a community meeting to discuss the project Tuesday, 5 – 7 … Continue reading

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SDOT fails to bike and chew gum at the same time, hasn’t started bike plan due last month

Tuesday’s City Council Transportation Committee chat with incoming SDOT Director Scott Kubly got off to a strange start as committee chair Tom Rasmussen and Councilmember Mike O’Brien laid into Deputy Mayor Kate Joncas (and to a much lesser extent Kubly … Continue reading

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After community push, West Seattle is getting its first bike corral

I received a fun email from West Seattle Bike Connections this morning. After a community push to make sure a proposed bike corral actually happens in the Junction, the group announced that the city will install an on-street bike parking … Continue reading

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Happy Bike to Work Day!

You gotta love Bike to Work Day. It’s like a look into the near future when the everyday bike commute rate grows a bit higher. Plus there are people all over the region waiting at tables to wave at you … Continue reading

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Friday is Bike to Work Day: Ride with Councilmembers + Map of commute stations

Bike to Work Day is Friday! It’s the perfect day for interested people to make the leap and give biking to their jobs a try. The number of people biking downtown surge, giving a little look into the near future … Continue reading

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City Council will vote on Bike Master Plan + Next step: How to realize its vision

UPDATE: The Council passed the bike plan unanimously. On the way to City Hall, I caught up with Davey Oil, Madi Carlson and their children. To get downtown from Capitol Hill, we biked down busy Broadway, and it was safe … Continue reading

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Council Transportation Committee approves Bike Master Plan – UPDATED

I know it’s hard to believe, but the Bike Master Plan update that began in early 2012 is still working its way through the bowels of the Seattle Process™. But it may finally be approaching the finish line. The City … Continue reading

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Rasmussen backs away from plan to delay Northgate bike/walk bridge funds

The Northgate walking and biking bridge may no longer be in danger of delays, according to Councilmember and Transportation Committee Chair Tom Rasmussen. We have reported previously on a still-underfunded plan by the city and Sound Transit to build a … Continue reading

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City Council introduces bike share ordinance

An ordinance making room in city rules for bike share stations is now starting its journey through the City Council. Introduced by Transportation Committee Chair Tom Rasmussen, the ordinance would essentially make two changes: 1) Allow permits for bike share … Continue reading

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Today: City will announce Missing Link safety improvements – UPDATED

Mayor McGinn and Councilmember Tom Rasmussen will announce safety improvements to the Burke-Gilman Missing Link in Ballard this afternoon, according to Cascade Bicycle Club. They will be underneath the Ballard Bridge on Shilshole at 2:30 p.m. For a brief recap: … Continue reading

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Ballard’s 58th Street neighborhood greenway open house Thursday

SDOT will showcase plans for the NW 58th St neighborhood greenway in Ballard Thursday. The 2.1-mile route will span the neighborhood from the Burke-Gilman Trail on the west to Phinney Ridge on the east. The open house Thursday will go … Continue reading

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