— Advertisement —

Bike master plan already out-of-date?

Josh Cohen at Publicola took a look at the city’s Bicycle Master Plan and determined it is too vehicularist and is already sounds out-of-date, even though it is only a few years old:

This week, an astute PubliCola reader pointed out that language in the city’s Bicycle Master Plan seems to contradict some of the projects the Seattle Department of Transportation has proposed. The BMP states explicitly, “Bicycle lanes should not be placed between parked cars and the curb” and provides a list of reasons (focused mostly on the dangers posed by reduced sight lines and merging bicycle and car traffic) for their recommendation.

The language seems problematic in light of SDOT’s proposed parking-protected bike lanes on Dexter Ave and Admiral Way. However, SDOT communications director Rick Sheridan says it’s important to remember that the BMP is simply a guiding document, not a law.

— Advertisement —

My opinions of vehicular riding vs. separated bike services is still somewhat up in the air. For those unfamiliar with these terms, vehicular riding is a school of thought that says bikes are vehicles and should ride with all the same rules and privileges therein. Basically, ride your bike like it is a car, and cars should treat bikes as though they are cars. Vehicularists think separated facilities, like cycle tracks, are dangerous because cyclists are safest when they are integrated with traffic, where their behaviors and riding locations can be expected.

I guess I come down somewhere in the middle. Sometimes streets are too dangerous to ride comfortably as a vehicle, and riding in busy car traffic raises your blood pressure too much sometimes. It’s also scary and can turn off beginning riders. And what about children?

Good thing Great City is hosting a lunchtime brown bag today to discuss this. Also, if you have a strong opinion either way, leave them in the comments. I am very much open to persuasion on this.

Great City Brownbag: Cycletracks, Sidepaths, and the Bike Lane Debate

Thu, Jul 22, 2010 12:00 PM – Thu, Jul 22, 2010 1:30 PM
1301 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA‎ (About 1/4th of the way down the Harbor Steps)


Presenters: Phil Miller of SvR Design and Seleta Reynolds of Fehr & Peers

Great City Brownbags are free and open to the public. They take place on the 2nd and 4th Thursday’s of every month at:

GGLO’s Space on the Steps

1301 1st Avenue, in Downtown Seattle

(About 1/4th of the way down the Harbor Steps)

About the author:

Related posts:


One response to “Bike master plan already out-of-date?”

  1. […] that go far beyond what the Bicycle Master Plan calls for, and even that the plan rejects as the Seattle Bike Blog […]

— Advertisement —

Join the Seattle Bike Blog Supporters

As a supporter, you help power independent bike news in the Seattle area. Please consider supporting the site financially starting at $5 per month:

Latest stories

Bike Events Calendar

2:30 pm 25 Mile Bike Tour of Seattle One… @ Northgate light rail station (ground entrance)
25 Mile Bike Tour of Seattle One… @ Northgate light rail station (ground entrance)
May 25 @ 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
25 Mile Bike Tour of Seattle One Way (Leisurely) @ Northgate light rail station (ground entrance) | Seattle | Washington | United States
Join me for a 25-ish mile one way bike tour of Seattle that highlights many of Seattle’s bike routes and sights at a Leisurely pace. We’ll start at the Northgate light rail station and finish[…]
all-day 7 Hills of Kirkland Charity Bicy… @ Marina Park,
7 Hills of Kirkland Charity Bicy… @ Marina Park,
May 27 all-day
7 Hills of Kirkland Charity Bicycle Ride @ Marina Park, | Kirkland | Washington | United States
The 7 Hills of Kirkland is a supported, non-competitive, road bicycle ride benefiting Attain Housing and the Kiwanis of Kirkland Foundation. Riders follow normal vehicle right of way at all times, are required to wear[…]
5:30 pm Downtown Greenways monthly meeting
Downtown Greenways monthly meeting
May 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Last Monday of the month.  Join us! https://seattlegreenways.org/downtowngreenwaysShareMastodonTwitterFacebookRedditEmail
7:15 pm Point83 @ Westlake Park
Point83 @ Westlake Park
May 30 @ 7:15 pm
Point83 @ Westlake Park
Meet up in the center of the park at 7ish. Leave at 730. Every Thursday from now until forever rain or shine. Bikes, beers, illegal firepits, nachos, bottlerockets, timetraveling, lollygagging, mechanicals, good times.ShareMastodonTwitterFacebookRedditEmail
9:00 am First Saturday Neighborhood Clea…
First Saturday Neighborhood Clea…
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every month volunteers gather to collect garbage and help beautify our neighborhood. On average, we collect about 15 bags of garbage per clean up, which means 1,000’s of small pieces of plastic that do not[…]
— Advertisements —

Latest on Mastodon

Loading Mastodon feed…