We’ve told you all about the good stuff in the mayor’s proposed 2013-14 budget, including a downtown cycle track plan, a Westlake cycle track, and new Safe Routes to School and neighborhood greenways positions.
The Council is discussing the SDOT budget today at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Watch live now.
UPDATES: One option presented was to fund more biking and walking projects by cutting the mayor’s proposed high capacity transit funds. We’ll update as the meeting continues.
The funding in question is about $5 million for planning high capacity transit routes to Ballard, Fremont and the U-District. A streetcar to the U-District has a great chance of including an Eastlake cycle track. Transit to Ballard and Fremont could mean a new biking/walking/transit bridge across the Ship canal somewhere between Fremont and Ballard. We’ll update when we hear some arguments for and against cutting these funds (the meeting is ongoing).
Here’s video of the meeting (SDOT is first):
Future of Bicycling in Seattle brown bag Thursday
Want to talk about the future of bicycling in Seattle? Of course you do, you’re reading this blog! Then pack a lunch tomorrow and get to the GGLO Space at the Steps.
Brown Bag Lunch: Future of Bicycling in Seattle
Cascade Bike Club explains how they evolved to support safe healthy streets.
WHEN: Thursday, October 25, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: GGLO Space at the Steps, 1305 1st Avenue, Seattle (1/4 of the way down the Harbor Steps)
Do you want Seattle to become a city where everyone, from an 8-year-old child to her 80-year-old grandmother, has the freedom to safely bike to get where they need to go? Do you want to know how you can help Seattle become this city?
Then join Great City and representatives from Cascade Bicycle Club for a brown bag presentation and discussion on Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan update. Learn how you can help ensure Seattle makes the investments necessary to become a city where everyone has the freedom to safely bike to get where they need to go. Envision our city connected with a world-class network of bikeways.
In 2007 Seattle adopted its Bicycle Master Plan (BMP). Though cutting-edge at the time, over the past five years cities across America have implemented innovative new tools and best practices that have resulted in dramatic increases in bicycling. Now, Seattle’s BMP is undergoing an overhaul and we have an opportunity to develop an updated plan that serves not just the small percentage of Seattle residents who are “strong and fearless” and comfortable riding in traffic, but the 60 percent of our city who are “willing but wary” and want to ride (how many of Seattle’s bikes locked away in dusty garages?), but don’t because we haven’t made the investments necessary for them to feel safe.
At the brown bag lunch presentation, Cascade’s Craig M. Benjamin, Policy and Government Affairs Manager, and Tessa Greegor, Principal Planner will discuss the history and impact of Seattle’s current BMP, what we can learn from cities across America who are outpacing Seattle in terms of building out their bicycling networks, and how we can put these lessons into practice through Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan update.
More information:(206) 715-0846 | [email protected]