Author Archives: Tom Fucoloro

On this day in 1949: The Green Lake path split open during a major earthquake

In researching my book, I came across this photo from April 13, 1949 showing large cracks in the Green Lake path. The 7.1 magnitude quake was centered between Tacoma and Olympia, but it caused significant damage at far at Oregon … Continue reading

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This American Life interviews Seattle’s retired ‘Bike Batman’

Dirk deGroot made headlines a few years back as Seattle’s “Bike Batman,” a guy who would find reported stolen bikes for sale on sites like Craigslist or OfferUp and then go recover the bikes and give them back to the … Continue reading

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Beverly Bridge over the Columbia River officially opens April 8, fills major gap in the Palouse-to-Cascades Trail

The most difficult gap in the nearly-statewide Palouse-to-Cascades Trail is now fixed, and in stunning fashion. The 3,052-foot-long Beverly Bridge over the Columbia River promises to usher in a new era for the statewide trail formerly known as the Iron … Continue reading

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Sunday: Bike Works hosts Tour de Fleurs alleycat ride

NOTE: You can find this event and more on the Seattle Bike Blog Events Calendar. Posting to the calendar is free and open to anyone. For example, check out this East Seattle History Ride Saturday. Bike Works is hosting a … Continue reading

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Study: 1930s maps of racist redlining predict air pollution levels today

In news that is both horrible and unsurprising, a team of researchers from UC Berkeley and UW in Seattle have published a study demonstrating that “redlined” areas of cities marked in federal maps from the 1930s had higher levels of … Continue reading

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Feds recommend $60 million for RapidRide J project, including Eastlake Ave remake

The Federal Transit Administration has recommended a $60.1 million grant to fund the RapidRide J project from the U District to South Lake Union via Eastlake. “Coupled with funding from the Levy to Move Seattle that voters approved in 2015, … Continue reading

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Without waiting for outer loop path due this summer, Parks Department issues ‘long-term temporary’ ban on bikes at Green Lake

Without waiting for SDOT to complete its “outer loop” bike connection around Green Lake, the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation banned biking from the popular lakeside trail. “This long-term temporary use restriction, which restricts all bicycles and other wheeled … Continue reading

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Saturday: Seattle Neighborhood Greenways community potluck at Gas Works Park

Bring some snacks or a side to Gas Works Park Saturday afternoon for a safe streets potluck with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. It’s officially dubbed a “volunteer picnic,” but everyone is invited whether you have volunteered or not. You can also … Continue reading

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For the first time since 2019, the Fremont Solstice Parade returns June 18

I am so happy to hear that the Fremont Solstice Parade is back. June 18, mark your calendars. The maps even have bicycle icons printed on them! Does this mean the years of the Fremont Arts Council resisting the naked … Continue reading

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Bloomberg: The e-bike boom is back (or maybe never stopped)

For as much attention as this country gives to electric cars, e-bike sales continue to grow at a remarkable pace. And with gas prices through the roof, sales of e-bikes will not likely slow down any time soon. E-bikes are … Continue reading

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Eight people injured while biking the Missing Link file lawsuit against city, railroad

“Countless people” have crashed on the railroad tracks while biking on the streets just west of the abrupt terminus of the Burke-Gilman Trail in Ballard, and now eight of them have joined together in a lawsuit against both the Ballard … Continue reading

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Bike events are back! How to find bike happenings around town

After years of cancelled, scaled back and Zoomified bike events thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seattle bike events calendar is finally starting to fill up with community celebrations, rides and more. Before 2020, you could pretty much design your … Continue reading

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Must Read: Bikabout’s review of a family trip to Seattle by Amtrak and bike

Megan Ramey and her family recently took the Amtrak Cascades train up from Oregon to spend a few days in Seattle, and they mostly traveled around the city by bike. Ramey wrote about the trip on her site Bikabout, and … Continue reading

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Watch: Trading my bike for a seaplane

I ride a bike around Seattle all the time, but can I fly a seaplane? Let’s find out! Join me for an air tour of Seattle from behind the yoke of a seaplane in Microsoft Flight Simulator. Do I know … Continue reading

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Walk, bike and transit funding makes it through adjusted state transportation package

Nearly all of the funding for walking, biking and transit projects in the state Democrats’ Move Ahead Washington funding package has made it through to the latest version of the bill. The House and Senate both voted Thursday to approve … Continue reading

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Watching an early 90s Seattle bicycle promo VHS

Complete with colorful digital filters and titles that fly in and spin, this Seattle Engineering Department promotional video is a wonderful time capsule of early 1990s Seattle bicycle policy. The video is mostly aimed at agencies from other cities looking … Continue reading

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Spike in gas prices reveals how walk, bike and transit investments make communities more resilient

This spike in gas prices will probably cost car-dependent folks more than any transit-funding or bike lane-building measure we’ve ever approved. But we won’t be left with anything to show for it. A bike network or expanded transit is an … Continue reading

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Alert 3/7: Mercer Island Station construction will detour section of the I-90 Trail ‘long-term’

Work to build Mercer Island Station and redesign the bus connections there will displace a section of the I-90 Trail starting March 7, Sound Transit announced. Though the work area may change as work progresses, expect some kind of trail … Continue reading

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Alert: Flooding and landslides close sections of EasTrail, Snoqualmie Valley Trail + more

An enormous amount of water has fallen on our region, leading to flooding and landslides. So if you are planning a bike ride on a route near a river, be sure to check in with the King County Roads and … Continue reading

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Repeal of helmet law is a sign of change both in bike advocacy and local politics

The two-decade bicycle helmet law experiment is drawing to a close as Seattle, the largest remaining city in the United States with such a law, no longer requires them. The King County Board of Health voted Thursday to repeal its … Continue reading

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