Bike News Roundup: Fox News wishes I would apologize for Seattle’s ‘jihad’ on cars

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup, a look at some of the bike stuff going around the web lately. This is an open thread.

First up, I was on Fox News recently, failing to apologize for Seattle’s “jihad” on cars. What a wonderful news network.

Pacific Northwest News

Halftime show! Seville shows how to make bug progress on biking in a very short period of time:

National & Global News

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12 Responses to Bike News Roundup: Fox News wishes I would apologize for Seattle’s ‘jihad’ on cars

  1. Jilda Nettleton says:

    I want to move Seville now.

  2. RossB says:

    If you are a woman you don’t have to dye your hair bleach blond to get on Fox News — but it doesn’t hurt! Seriously, what is it with Fox News — they remind me of football broadcasts — either some overweight dude or a blond model. I guess it makes sense (know your audience).

    In other news, I think Ms. Martinez (over at Crosscut) needs to check her assumptions as well. Specifically about people who ride: https://www.kqed.org/arts/13836150/the-power-of-taking-up-space-at-marshawn-lynchs-oakland-rideout. That’s freakin’ Oakland. Old Oakland. The kind of Oakland that gave birth to the Black Panthers and had regular visits from Cesar Chavez. Yeah, people of color ride. And they get hassled by the police way more than the white boys in spandex (not that there is anything wrong with white boys in spandex). The last thing they need are folks telling them they aren’t black enough, or Latino enough because they bike.

    • Law Abider says:

      I’m surprised the Fox News “journalists” didn’t burn up from all the socialismz in our little hell hole up here!

  3. Don Brubeck says:

    Ugh. This really smells like an orchestrated campaign (a jihad on bikes?), feeding op-ed pieces to Newsweek and Fox, among others, this month. The mis-information in these stories has not been refuted by “data-driven” SDOT’s Director or by the Mayor, so perhaps they are happy to see these stories. The Fox story started with “late and over budget”. Those projects were not late. Over what budget? They did not give a budget v. final cost comparison. The 2nd Ave and 7th Ave projects are 10 to 20 times the cost of all the other “bike lane” projects in the city, but the stories do not mention the cost per mile of any other project. It’s like saying the Fairview Bridge project, which is costing $480,000,000 per mile, means we should not do any roadway renovation projects. Re-signalizing a downtown street, adding curbs and re-configuring lanes and overhead masts and signage, all at night with complex logistics and tons of engineering, is going to cost a lot more than a greenway street or a protected bike lane on a neighborhood arterial. Just like a bridge costs more than a roadway on dirt. But both are needed for safety and connectivity. 2nd and 7th are as muchg about pedestrian safety as bike safety, and everyone downtown is a pedestrian at some point in their day. The average PBL project is under $1.5M/mile. Repaving Greenlake Way is costing $6M/mile. So a few miles at $12M/mile is not a big deal. A lot less than a streetcar with similar ridership. Could SDOT and the Mayor step up and say so? Why does Tom have to do it alone?

    • Charlie R says:

      When I see a phrase like “a few miles at $12M/mile is not a big deal” I realize just how out of touch some of you bike enthusiasts are. “Jihad on Cars” is typical Fox News verbiage, but what if the stimulus for this story was “an orchestrated campaign?” How did you get the city to sign on for so many millions of dollars worth of bike lanes to begin with? I think it was an orchestrated campaign, wasn’t it? It’s called democracy. And now there are people who are fighting back against what they see as your excesses. They’re practicing democracy, too. If, as you say, PBL cost is currently an average of $1.5 million, then they are costing roughly twice as much to build as the voters agreed to pay, so just consider yourself lucky that the people of Seattle allow any of your lanes to be built at all.

      • Don Brubeck says:

        Feeling lucky!
        However, not seeing many miles of protected bike lanes built here in West Seattle so far, or on my route downtown shared with lots of heavy trucks.

  4. MikeG says:

    With the exception of Tom, the rest of the people interviewed for this excellent piece of video journalism sound like a bunch of crackpots. Jihad, really?

  5. Conrad says:

    Fox news is vile nauseous garbage. When family members that you would otherwise care about spend their time holed up in a small town with Faux news on the television 24/7, it turns out that on the rare times you see them they start regurgitating the hateful mental diarrhea they have been immersing themselves in and they are painful to be around. Imploring them to subscribe to a newspaper or some news source that at least pretends to adhere to basic journalistic principles usually doesnt work. Its part of the reason we have the orange one as president and why life is getting shittier by the day for most of us.

    • Steve says:

      A few years ago Fox ran some article about how SPD was overwhelmed buy druggies now that pot was legal.

      Some crazy uncle called me up and asked how I could live in a city woth so mich lack of law and order.

      You’re right, it is easy to dismiss Fox as nonsense but sadly a lot of people listen to it all.

  6. Dave Henly says:

    Thanks for taking the unpopular side.

    Pretty pissed those Duck rides are still running around after killing so many people. Seriously not cool. A classic case of greed over common sense.

  7. Dave F says:

    Switching topics, I saw on the Seattle Urbanist that the proposed redevelopment of Northgate will restore the street grid in some areas currently covered by the mall. Just like how re-paving Seattle streets is the best time to advocate for installation of new bike lanes, this is a prime opportunity to advocate, very early in the process, for inclusion of protected bike lanes on every new street constructed / restored at the Northgate mall. It will take a community wide push to convince the City and County to require this from the developer, but this is the right community to make that push. If you have time, I hope you’d be willing to devote an entire blog post to this idea.

  8. Mike Eddy says:

    “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― Adolf Hitler. The bike lane portion of said streets costs orders of magnitude less than what Fox supposed “journalists” espouse. The bulk of the cost is for drainage, utility, structural, and other repairs and upgrades that make absolute sense when you have the road opened up and permits to close it down. I would love to see a site that uses map APIs to click on any road to see the funding source – property taxes, license fees, registration fees, user fees, gas tax, etc. This was the closest I found in a cursory search https://taxfoundation.org/state-road-funding-2017/. Does anyone know of such? How hard might it be? Seems like a great thing for cities, counties, and states to employ to increase transparency and understanding.

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