Author Archives: Tom Fucoloro

Bike share pilot’s daily ridership blows past Pronto’s lifetime totals, rivals both streetcars combined

As bike share companies added more bikes to Seattle streets during late summer and early autumn, the number of trips accelerated, too. Combined, Spin, ofo and LimeBike are carrying nearly as many daily riders as both the First Hill Streetcar … Continue reading

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Bike News Roundup: Ghost Bikes

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! Actually, it’s well past time. I’ve apparently totally forgotten to do this since early October, so I’ve got what might be the biggest Roundup in Seattle Bike Blog history. Oops! I hope you … Continue reading

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As NE 65th Street safety changes develop, tell SDOT to keep sidewalks wide and bike lanes protected

NE 65th Street needs a safer design. People keep getting seriously injured and killed on this street, and that won’t stop until something changes. This point has been well established, with neighbors even leading a community memorial and march to … Continue reading

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Support bike lanes along the Roosevelt RapidRide line (including Eastlake Ave)

An effort to build a faster and more reliable bus route along the Roosevelt Way/Eastlake Ave corridor is also an incredible opportunity to improve biking and walking conditions along the way. The project — now called Roosevelt RapidRide — is … Continue reading

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Goldberg: Find a peaceful, relaxing ride on South King County and Pierce County trails

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks to Eli Goldberg and Bob Edmiston for this ride report. Their guide was written before the opening of the South Prairie to Buckley connection that wrapped up construction last week. So if you want to be one … Continue reading

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Imagine a ‘postcarbon Seattle’ at symposium and ‘Futurama’ exhibit

Does Seattle even need cars? That’s the question at the heart of a new exhibit at the Center for Architecture & Design now through February 17. The Center is open 10–6 Tuesday through Thursday, 10–5 Friday, 1–5 Saturday. Closed Sunday … Continue reading

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Q13: Man killed in Sodo was biking to job where he worked his way out of homelessness. RIP Celso Diaz

Celso Diaz was biking to his job at iClick’s Sodo warehouse November 21 when someone driving twice the speed limit struck and killed him while he crossed 1st Ave S at S Andover Street. The suspect, driving a light-colored Toyota Prius, … Continue reading

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Kenmore is now a certified ‘Bicycle Friendly Community’

The City of Kenmore is Washington State’s newest Bicycle Friendly Community, achieving a Bronze rating from the League of American Bicyclists for the first time. Around the state, Bellingham retained its Silver status, and Tacoma retained its Bronze. The League … Continue reading

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Trail Alert 12/4–1/31: Seattle Parks begins repair work on old, bumpy sections of the Burke-Gilman

Be prepared for detours on the Burke-Gilman Trail in NE Seattle over the next two months. Seattle Parks is making much-needed repairs to 13 segments of this aging, bumpy and extremely popular trail, starting with the divided stretch of trail … Continue reading

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520 Bridge Trail will finally open December 20

Well, WSDOT has said all along that the 520 Bridge Trail will open in Fall 2017, and it technically will. The region’s most significant new biking and walking connection in decades will open December 20 at 3 p.m., 17 hours … Continue reading

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New Interbay bikeway connects the Locks, Discovery Park, Ship Canal Trail and the downtown waterfront

A new protected bikeway under construction in Interbay and Magnolia is about to fill a major gap in the region’s trail network and plug the neighborhood into one of the best trail networks in the nation. A new two-way bikeway … Continue reading

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Can Seattle’s ‘Safest Driver’ app teach people to drive more responsibly?

To win Seattle’s latest app-based game, you have to NOT look at your phone while driving, obey the speed limit, and smooth out your starts and stops. On one hand, it’s a game. But it’s also a way for people … Continue reading

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Your Giving Tuesday roundup of bike and safe streets orgs

Did you take one look at the massive influx of Giving Tuesday emails in your inbox today and click “Mark All As Read?” If so, you are a stronger person than me. I spent much of the day in the … Continue reading

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Scenes from Cranksgiving 2017

125 people hauled over 1,000 1,631 pounds of food by bike during Seattle Cranksgiving 2017 (UPDATED 12/5). Over the eight years that Seattle Bike Blog has been organizing this food drive scavenger hunt by bike, the total amount of food riders … Continue reading

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Person driving killed a 61-year-old man biking in SODO this morning and fled – UPDATED

A 61-year-old man was killed this morning in SODO, and Seattle Police are searching for the suspect. Someone driving northbound on 1st Ave struck and killed the man while he was biking near S Andover Street, just south of the … Continue reading

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China’s Bluegogo, which once had bike share plans in Seattle, implodes dramatically

In what is so far the biggest and most dramatic implosion yet in the new global free-floating bike share boom, China-based Bluegogo has reportedly gone bankrupt with big bills, staff salaries and user deposits still outstanding. Bluegogo was one of … Continue reading

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Big 2020-23 King County sewer project could impact Sammamish River Trail in Redmond

Attention Sammamish River Trail users: A big King County sewer project that could impact the trail near Redmond is in planning now. The project is still years away from breaking ground, but now is the time to get involved if … Continue reading

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Bellevue plans to pilot game-changing downtown bike lane (or two)

Downtown Bellevue could be biking laps around downtown Seattle if it wanted to. Not only is downtown Bellevue much flatter than Seattle, the Eastside city’s streets are very wide, which makes them primed and ready to host a network of … Continue reading

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Vigil for World Day of Remembrance is Sunday, street safety panel Friday

A year ago, hundreds of silhouettes of people started showing up along Seattle streets. Each of the 212 figures represented a devastating truth: A person died in traffic here. The demonstration — organized by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways in partnership with … Continue reading

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How a 20-something SDOT staffer took on a dying program & changed the bike share world

Kyle Rowe was still an undergrad at UW when he started working for SDOT. In a few short years, he would make himself indispensable to the department, take a career risk on a doomed bike share program and somehow turn … Continue reading

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