Author Archives: Tom Fucoloro

District 4 Endorsement: Shaun Scott

District: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 Register to vote in King County This one is a no-brainer. District 4, my district, should elect Shaun Scott to the City Council. There are elections … Continue reading

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District 3 Endorsement: Kshama Sawant

District: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 Register to vote in King County With a victory in District 3, Kshama Sawant would become the senior member of the City Council. And in her … Continue reading

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Watch: Fremont Bridge nears 1 million 2019 bike trips 1 month early

Video transcript (.txt) As we reported previously, 2019 bike trips across the Fremont Bridge are set to break one million within a week, likely this weekend or early next week. But why read about this news when you can watch … Continue reading

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District 2 Endorsement: Tammy Morales

District: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 Register to vote in King County Perhaps this exchange from a September candidate forum best sums up bike leanings among the District 2 candidates: "Whenever roads … Continue reading

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Trail Alert 10/12-13: State will replace bumpy 520 Bridge Trail covers

It’s happening! WSDOT is going to replace all those abruptly bumpy expansion gap covers on the 520 floating bridge trail this weekend. Of course, replacing the covers means crews need to close the trail for the weekend starting 11 p.m. … Continue reading

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District 1 Endorsement: Lisa Herbold

District: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 Register to vote in King County District 1 should reelect Lisa Herbold to the Seattle City Council. Herbold has not been bad for biking, walking and … Continue reading

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Fewer fights like the Missing Link? Seattle limits ‘weaponized’ environmental review appeals

Just about everyone who first learns about the decades-long Burke-Gilman Missing Link legal battle is baffled when they hear that this delay is under the guise of “environmental review.” It’s a biking and walking trail! Isn’t safer biking and walking … Continue reading

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Watch: Move over Sprocket Man, SDOT has a new spokesper…uh…salmon

OK, so departments of transportation are not known for their excellent advertising. There are exceptions, for sure, like those Midttrafik bus commercials: Or New York’s recent car-shrinking bus GIFs: The rollout of our bus lane enforcement cameras starts with M15 … Continue reading

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Biking boom: Fremont Bridge biking is on track to reach 1 million 2019 trips a whole month early

When the Fremont Bridge bike counter started ticking away in 2012, the big question was: How many years before it measures 1 million trips in a calendar year? It barely hit 1 million in 2014, though that year was a … Continue reading

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The dark side of bait bikes

Bike theft is a serious issue. Not only do victims lose the value of their bikes — measured both by money and sentimental value — but they also lose their mobility. A bike isn’t a car stereo or Amazon package, … Continue reading

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Crews are currently building Seattle’s most important new bike connection in years

It may be short, but don’t let that fool you. The protected bike lanes currently under construction on a few blocks of S Main St and 5th Ave S between the International District and the 2nd Ave bike lane should … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Census survey: Biking, walking and transit up as commute data corrects itself + Driving alone down to 44.5%

Last year, you likely saw a story (or many) saying that biking was way down in Seattle. That was due to the annual release of the Census Bureau’s annual American Communities Survey data, which can vary quite a bit year-to-year. … Continue reading

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Mayor Durkan’s 2020-21 budget would increase bike lane, Vision Zero, Northgate Bridge funds

Replying largely on revenue from selling a large parcel of land made available by the massive Mercer Street project, Mayor Jenny Durkan’s proposed 2020-21 budget includes millions more for protected bike lanes, neighborhood greenways and other Vision Zero projects. These … Continue reading

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Cascade: Mercer Island plan should ‘futureproof’ I-90 Trail, open house Monday

When the I-90 Trail crosses Mercer Island, it climbs up and through a park created in the 1990s to cover the freeway. Posthumously named after and Island Councilmember and Mayor who negotiated with the state to include the lidded park, … Continue reading

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Park(ing) Day 2019 is today! Here’s a map of all the temporary mini-parks around town

It’s Park(ing) Day! Go enjoy one (or many) of these temporary mini-parks and spend some time thinking about all the ways city space can do so much more than simply store some cars. Some parks will start closing in the … Continue reading

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Watch: The new Pike Street bike lanes are just a glimpse into the community-led vision for Pike/Pine

[video transcript] There’s something very different about the new protected bike lanes on Pike Street on Capitol Hill: Community groups led the process every step of the way. When former mayor Ed Murray slammed the brakes on the Center City … Continue reading

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SDOT outlines Bell St bike route plans due to open in summer 2020

Bell Street has been a major westbound bike route through the Denny Triangle and Belltown for a long time. As the most obvious relatively low-traffic connection between 7th and 2nd Avenues for people biking southbound into downtown, Bell is a … Continue reading

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This is your final week to cross the Fairview Ave N bridge until 2021

The Fairview Ave N Bridge connecting South Lake Union to Eastlake will close for 18 months Monday. As we reported previously, the biking, walking and transit detour will be routed via Eastlake Ave and Aloha Street. People driving southbound will … Continue reading

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Watch: Biking Expedia’s amazing Elliott Bay Trail remake

Expedia is preparing to start moving from Bellevue into their new campus on the Seattle waterfront starting as soon as next year. And work is very clearly in high gear across their huge new space. For the past year, the … Continue reading

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