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.
Pacific Northwest News
- What happened to Seattle’s powerful bike lobby? | Crosscut
- 72-year-old bicyclist dies after crash with driver in Bellevue | The Seattle Times
- Anti-Transit Alex Pedersen’s Troubling Transportation Policies | The Urbanist
- Arlington teen recovering in the hospital after being hit by a truck – Q13 FOX News
- As South Seattle gentrifies, white people become largest racial group – The Seattle Times
- Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run crash in Federal Way | KOMO
- BIKES ON PIKE: ‘Huge for commuters or those not as comfortable on a bike’ | CHS Capitol Hill Seattle
- Boys jump off bicycles to avoid being hit by Kitsap Transit bus; bikes damaged, driver cited – KIRO
- Daughter says bicyclist found in Sumner ditch has no recollection of incident | WGME
- Durkan on Vision Zero: “We’ve Got To Do More”–But Money Doesn’t Change Culture | The Urbanist
- Everett To Boost Bike Lanes | MYEVERETTNEWS.com
- I-90 Trail Upgrades Must Meet or Exceed Regional Standards | Cascade Bicycle Club
- King County Council Flirts with Year-Long Scooter Pilot for White Center – Slog – The Stranger
- Bike trail critics see opportunity in delay | KUOW
- Seattle traffic is so bad that Domino’s Pizza has gone to all e-bike delivery | KUOW
- Lime works to recharge its Seattle bike fleet, following a rash of dead batteries – The Seattle Times
- LimeBike warehouse in Ballard catches fire – My Ballard
- Marshawn Lynch goes BMX Mode, leads riders through downtown Seattle – The Seattle Times
- Pedestrian-first stop light policy green lighted in Seattle committee | KOMO
- People with disabilities need to get around. Seattle needs to make it easier | Crosscut
- Puget Sound Passenger-Only Ferry Ridership Grows in First Half of Year | The Urbanist
- Rad Power Bikes named one of America’s “fastest-growing” companies – BikeBiz
- Riding 35th Avenue with Anti-Bike-Lane City Council Candidate Alex Pedersen – The Stranger
- Seattle City Council won’t back second Montlake Bridge | CHS Capitol Hill Seattle
- $8M handrails trigger rebid of Northgate pedestrian bridge | Seattle DJC
- Seattle may speed up environmental reviews for policies and projects like upzones and bike paths | The Seattle Times
- Seattle Uber and Lyft drivers often stop in the street to pick up or drop off riders. Here’s a way to reduce that. – The Seattle Times
- Seattle’s bike-rental audits will start tracking dead batteries – The Seattle Times
- Sunday bike collision turns fatal | City of Bellevue
- The plan to make bike share work better for everyone. | SDOT Blog
- The Story Behind Those Ads on Rainier Instructing Pedestrians: “Don’t Blend In” | THE C IS FOR CRANK
- Understanding the new facilities on Olympic Drive | Bainbridge Island, WA – Official Website
- US Census: Portland bike commuting hits lowest rate in 12 years – BikePortland.org
- Vancouver unveils 6 proposed designs for future of Granville Bridge – BC | Globalnews.ca
- Want game-changing trails in King County? Share your story now
- 34-year-old bicyclist killed in Federal Way hit-and-run | Federal Way Mirror
National & Global News
- Why Jump—Uber’s E-Bike Scheme—Failed in Two Cities | Outside Online
- Berkeley cyclists cry foul over hefty fines for rolling through stop signs
- De Brainless: Mayor Endorses Meritless Helmet and Licensing Requirements for Cyclists – Streetsblog New York City
- E-Bike Vouchers Bill Signed by Governor Newsom – CalBike
- Federal transportation agency requests removal of inclusive crosswalks – The Ames Tribune
- Help Wanted: StreetsblogUSA is Hiring! – Streetsblog USA
- JUMP pulled its bikes from a number of markets in the last few months | TechCrunch
- Las Vegas Man Killed By Cops After He Was Stopped For Riding A Bicycle Without A Safety Light – News One
- The FARS Side: Distracted Pedestrians – Kostelec Planning
- Uber Slams Brakes on Bike Share Expansion – Streetsblog USA
- UW student hit by driver, seriously hurt while running around Green Lake – The Seattle Times
- VP Pence arrives on Mackinac Island with eight-vehicle motorcade | Detroit Free Press
- Why Amazon needs to rethink its Prime delivery service – Curbed
- ANGIE SCHMITT: Goodbye, Streetsblog, I Love You – Streetsblog USA
This is an open thread.
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.
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.
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.
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.