Bike News Roundup: ‘Renegades’ make illegal Capitol Hill Park, chill in it

It’s time for the Tuesday Bike News Roundup: Now with 100 percent more Wednesday! As always, this is an open thread.

First up, a Capitol Hill group made a park at the corner of Denny, Summit and Olive for $20. They call themselves the Renegade Planners Collective, the most feared public space piracy group in the city. Land Use Code inspectors shudder at the mere mention of their name…

Pacific Northwest News:

Halftime show! Remember Ian, founder of Bicycle Benefits? Here’s a video tracking his awesome Muffin Exchange project in Madison:

National & Global News:

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9 Responses to Bike News Roundup: ‘Renegades’ make illegal Capitol Hill Park, chill in it

  1. Andrew Squirrel says:

    There is a brand new parking-lot-turned-park literally a half block away from there. Summit Slope Park on the corner of Summit & E John St. It’s fantastic, green, picnic tables, growing beds, no cars & way less smug. If you going to just randomly choose a pop-up park there are about 150 better, more deserving locations in the city to make that exact statement. #JustSayin

  2. We think about the downside of bringing more attention to cyclist deaths all the time — it’s why it took us so long to start tracking them, and why the site is and will remain so separate from the League site. We don’t want to deter casual cyclists who come by our site to learn how to ride in traffic, or to celebrate Bike Month. At the same time — we need to see this data, analyze the data, and work to end the crashes. Having staff do the site but keeping it far away from where casual cyclists are likely to stumble onto it was our middle ground. Here’s hoping in a few years it won’t be needed at all.

    • Tom Fucoloro says:

      Thanks for the response!

    • Gary says:

      The site still sucks. There is no way to add more death statistics to it. It looks like one of any million sites trying to collect money for some pitiful cause.

  3. Al Dimond says:

    On the NYC signage stuff… not far from where I work there’s an intersection with signs warning pedestrians to watch for turning vehicles. I’m considering getting some reflective tape and some sharpies and fixing those signs to tell turning vehicles to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

  4. Gary says:

    Kent’s article on the suicide slot is a good one. The trap I fall into is city riding, there is a line of cars waiting for the light to change and most are turning left. I ride up the right to pass them all, the light changes to green. The temptation is to keep riding on the right of the lineup but I usually pop back into the line up one or two cars before the corner. That way the car behind me is usually watching the car in front of them, and hence will see me. Secondly the car at the intersection is looking left to see that it’s clear and will turn right. Yes it annoys the cars behind but it’s better than dying and sorry guys, I’m not waiting 3 light changes so you all can turn left before I get a chance to go straight or turn right myself. (turning left, I wait my turn.)

  5. merlin says:

    The INRIX report on traffic congestion is measuring the wrong things. It assumes a “normal” free flow of traffic at highway speeds, and reports that any time spent traveling at slower speeds due to congestion is “wasted” time. It does not take into account the public investment that enabled the “normal” speed to increase from somewhere around 25-30 mph in pre-freeway days to the 60-65mph norm today. It also assumes that there is no cost, monetary or social, to increased driving distances – so that cities with greater sprawl and longer driving distances are rated as less congested than compact cities with shorter, slower distances. See the critique published a couple years ago by CEOs for Cities: (Side note: I was confused by the Times report that the company generating the data, INRIX, is based in Kirkland. I thought these reports came from the Texas Transportation Institute. Turns out the Texas Transportation Institute partners with IRNIX, so they’re really the same thing.

    • Tom Fucoloro says:

      I agree that those reports are totally misleading. However, I like the idea that such time in a car is “wasted,” as they phrase it. It totally is! That’s why I prefer to bike: My time is never wasted (OK, almost never).

  6. Morgan Wick says:

    Meanwhile, you may find this interesting, especially if you’re interested in the Missing Link legal wrangling or the Alaskan/East Marginal adventures:

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