Bike News Roundup: Cities with more bicycling are also safer for everyone

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! Here’s a look at some of the stuff going around the web lately. On a personal note, I am in St. Louis for a funeral, so that’s why posts have been slower than usual. Things will be back up to speed soon.

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4 Responses to Bike News Roundup: Cities with more bicycling are also safer for everyone

  1. Ballard Biker says:

    Anyone else that’s been enjoying the three road construction signs that are taking up half of the BGT near Fred Meyer for nearly four weeks now? To add insult to injury, not only are they in reference to construction happening on the roadway (45th) and not the trail, but the actual construction is beyond where the BGT pulls away from 45th to the southeast.

    It creates three annoying and somewhat unsafe choke points that can get pretty congested during peak times. I’ve tried reporting to SDOT and of course their response is “we’re looking into this”.

    I get that space is tight and if they needed to do this for a day or two, we’d survive. But four weeks? SDOT is really dropping the ball here.

    • AW says:

      Indeed, I ride past them every day and luckily for me it isn’t a huge problem given that the trail and sidewalk are pretty wide. Now the construction two blocks to the west that has taken over the bike lanes for many, many months is another story. I even contacted someone at SDOT who was supposed to investigate but they didn’t do anything other than make sure the bike trail signs were in the right spot. SDOT does not care about anything that impacts people who bike.

      • Ballard Biker says:

        Well, the signs were gone by yesterday afternoon, so didn’t quite make four weeks!

        But yeah, the bike lane closure you reference is very annoying, especially since they typically aren’t using it in the morning rush hour and rarely using it in the afternoon rush hour, although they do actually tend to open it in the afternoon.

        The typical bypass on Shilshole Ave near the Maritime Academy was not terrible, but when they temporarily closed WB 46th to cars, a lot of vehicles, who use 46th as a bypass to Leary, tried to divert to 45th and were then in turn diverted to this potion of Shilshole, which made it a little dicey.

        Thank goodness that development looks like it’s almost done, so we can return to normalcy after nearly two years.

  2. AP says:

    Bellevue finally installed their temporary bike lanes on Main St. These were the two blocks that were targeted by Bill Bryant’s Forge Washington PAC in their “Save Our Lanes” campaign.

    The paint went down Monday.

    https://bellevuewa.gov/sites/default/files/media/pdf_document/2019/Levy-InfoSheet-Main%20Street%20Bikeway.pdf

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