Author Archives: Tom Fucoloro

Wilson Ave S bike lanes will fill key gap in SE Seattle, meeting Thursday

Wilson Ave S is a true rarity in the hilly neighborhood above Seward Park: It is relatively flat and direct. Well, OK, the whole street isn’t flat. But the 0.8 miles of the street that the Seattle Department of Transportation … Continue reading

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Lime’s expanded discount program lets people pay in cash, unlock 5¢ bikes with a text

A nickel. In 2018, there is essentially nothing that costs a nickel. But that’s all it costs for qualifying low-income users to unlock a Lime pedal bike under the company’s newly-expanded Lime Access program ($5 for 100 rides). And qualifying … Continue reading

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West Seattle Link might destroy the Sodo Trail, but that could be a good thing

SDOT has been planning an extension of the Sodo Trail to reach Spokane St under the West Seattle Bridge for a while now, but that work could take a major turn if Sound Transit chooses a West Seattle light rail … Continue reading

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Green Lake/Wallingford paving projects create opportunity to make huge bike improvements, comment by Wednesday

SDOT has grouped a bunch of Green Lake and Wallingford area paving projects together, designing and planning construction of them all at the same time. Because paving projects essentially wipe the street design clear, they are our best opportunities to … Continue reading

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Downtown-to-ID bike lane options are proving difficult, city plans subpar route

Connecting the 2nd Ave bike lane to the International District and the Southeast Seattle bike routes beyond is proving to be very difficult. This connection is the single most important missing piece of the downtown bike network, and the City … Continue reading

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Bellevue just opened bike lanes through the heart of its downtown, launched bike share

I just had by far the least stressful bike ride through downtown Bellevue in my life. The newly opened 108th Ave NE bike lanes span the Eastside city’s downtown from NE 12th Street in the north to Main Street in … Continue reading

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CM Mosqueda delivers must-watch speech as Council approves downtown bike lane resolution

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday calling on SDOT to complete a connected bike network downtown by the end of 2019. As we reported previously, the network includes sections of 8th Ave, 9th Ave N, Pike and/or Pine … Continue reading

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Council approves bike share expansion + ofo cites fee hike in decision to leave Seattle

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a budget action Monday for new city rules on bike share companies that will expand the number of bikes in operation, increase the fees for bike share operators and put in place new regulations … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Bike Bingo 2018 starts July 31, get your card today at these bike-friendly businesses

The third annual edition of Seattle Bike Bingo begins July 31, and participating businesses are all stocked up on the $4 cards. A summer tradition organized by Bicycle Benefits, Bike Bingo is a pretty simple game. Buy a card, then … Continue reading

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WSDOT Secretary Millar: Congestion is a symptom of lacking ‘affordable housing and transportation solutions’

WSDOT Secretary Roger Millar delivered a keynote speech to the nation’s highway and transportation officials that directly challenged the central focus of transportation investments in nearly every state: Building and expanding freeways. “We like to talk about traffic congestion as … Continue reading

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Work on Crown Hill to Northgate neighborhood greenway underway

Work on a neighborhood greenway connecting Crown Hill to North Seattle College is underway, according to SDOT. The construction will last six months and includes new traffic signals crossing Holman Rd at NW 92nd Street and Greenwood Ave at N … Continue reading

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Man killed while biking on Rainier Ave, suspect arrested. RIP Alex Hayden

Alex Hayden was a husband and father of two who Gray Magazine described as “kind, funny, creative, and a true editorial photographer” in a memorial post. Someone driving a pickup truck struck Hayden from behind while he rode in the … Continue reading

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Help push to get the downtown bike network back on track in 2019

The downtown bike network has been significantly delayed so far under Mayor Jenny Durkan’s administration, but there is hope to turn things around and get major pieces of the network constructed in 2019. Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Cascade Bicycle Club … Continue reading

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Bike share carried 209K trips in May + A look at the city’s updated permit rules

People in Seattle took more than 208,849 bike share trips in May as use of the bikes increased steeply throughout spring. In total, people took 1.4 million rides between late July and mid-June, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation … Continue reading

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Year-long Elliott Bay Trail detour near future Expedia campus starts Aug 1

Construction of the huge new Expedia campus along the Seattle waterfront includes a rebuild of a section of the Elliott Bay Trail as the path transitions from industrial Interbay to the waterfront. The new trail will soften what today is … Continue reading

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Intermittent Sammamish River Trail closures for river bank work start Wednesday

Work to repair river bank erosion will require crews to close the Sammamish River Trail for periods of 30 minutes or less starting Wednesday. Work will continue for the rest of summer. The erosion zones are just east of I-405 … Continue reading

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Lime: People in Seattle have taken 1 million trips in 11 months

People in Seattle have taken one million Lime bike share trips in about 11 months, the company announced Monday. This astounding number of rides comes from just one of three companies currently operating in the city. And because the company … Continue reading

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The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board needs you, apply by July 4

The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board is a group of volunteers individually-approved by the City Council to help guide the city’s bicycle investments and policies. You do not need any kind of special insider knowledge or professional skills to apply. In … Continue reading

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35th Ave NE safety changes still on track + How can the city avoid such divisive neighborhood fights?

While I was on family leave this winter, a seemingly routine repaving project in Northeast Seattle somehow became a flashpoint that has divided neighbors, spilling gallons of red and green sign-making ink and even drawing competing streetside protests. It has … Continue reading

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