Bike News Roundup: The first cargo bike ride at the top of the Space Needle?

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! Here’s a collection of some stuff floating around the web recently. You may find some good stuff here that fell through the cracks during the holidays.

First up, The Pedal-Powered Talk Show visited Seattle, and hosts Boaz Frankel and Phillip Ross claim to be the first people to ever ride a cargo bike at the top of the Space Needle (in three parts):

Pacific Northwest News

Halftime Show! Sorry to break it to you, but electric cars are not as green as you think. Your neighbors’ lungs may appreciate the reduction in localized emissions, but don’t fool yourself into thinking an electric car is good for the environment.

National & Global News

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3 Responses to Bike News Roundup: The first cargo bike ride at the top of the Space Needle?

  1. Matthew Snyder says:

    Anecdotally, I have yet to notice any impact on arterial speeds since the lowering of the default arterial speed limit to 25. One of the talking points about this effort was that we shouldn’t really expect speeds to drop, but that road design could change to reflect the lower limits, or that new traffic calming measures could be put in place if 85th percentile speeds didn’t change (or something along those lines).

    What’s the next step here? Is SDOT planning to conduct a pre- and post-change analysis for specific arterials?

    Every day, I cross Green Lake Way N. We all know this street sucks. It’s not differently signed, so the speed limit should now be 25 mph. My guess is that the 85th percentile speed is close to 37 or 38 mph. In the past, I’ve been in touch with SDOT about some kind of traffic calming here, or installing a treatment to allow people to walk or bicycle across the street safely somewhere between the Aurora interchange and Stone Way. The response I’ve received is that the data don’t support that the street design is unsafe, so no action will be taken. How do we convince SDOT to start collecting new data?

  2. Law Abider says:

    Technically, nothing, not even bikes are “green”. What electric cars trade off are centralized sources of pollution (factories, rare earth mines and power plants) for zero pollution from use of the car.

    ICE cars have less of a pollution hit during production, but are far worse for usage, due to oil extraction, oil transportation, oil->gas refining, gas distribution and finally combustion.

    So electric cars are not as “green” as one might think, but I think they are way more green than ICEs and our planet will be better off with the inevitable shift towards electric cars. Cleaning up the manufacturing process will happen as more electric cars are adopted.

  3. Ray says:

    Matthew: I understand that only arterials in the downtown core have had their speed limits changed. Here’s a link to a map of those streets:

    But even there, I’ve noticed no real change. For example, few (if any) cars reduce their speed going under I5 on westbound Dearborn, although a 25 mph sign is up. Likewise on Alaskan Way north of the viaduct: the only thing slowing drivers down is heavy afternoon traffic. Similarly, on non-arterial streets, drivers continue to drive as fast as they can get away with, generally ignoring the new 20 mph limits (if they’re even aware of them). Can’t say I expected anything else.

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