Author Archives: Tom Fucoloro

About Tom Fucoloro

Founder and Editor of Seattle Bike Blog.

Trail will remain open during weekend 520 Bridge construction

The trail on the 520 Bridge will remain open this weekend even as all lanes are closed to motor vehicle traffic. That motor vehicle closure is scheduled to extend from 11 p.m. Friday (today) until 5 a.m. Monday. If you’ve … Continue reading

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SDOT’s emergency bike lanes are glorious

I’m pecking this post out on my phone from beneath the West Seattle Bridge after biking SDOT’s temporary, emergency bike lanes on 1st Ave S and on W Marginal Way, and I’m just beaming. It’s so good. Everyone involved should … Continue reading

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20 year old charged with vehicular homicide and hit and run for killing Robb Mason

Mohamed A Yusuf, a 20 year old living in West Seattle, faces counts of vehicular homicide and felony hit and run after allegedly striking and killing Robb Mason with his Hyundai Elantra while Mason was biking in a crosswalk just … Continue reading

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Transportation Chair Pedersen will not run for reelection + What this means for the next levy and for the rest of 2023

Councilmember Alex Pedersen will not run for reelection to represent Seattle’s District 4, he announced this week. He joins Lisa Herbold in District 1 and Debra Juarez in District 5, who have also stated publicly that they will not run … Continue reading

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SDOT will begin installing ‘temporary protected bike lanes’ in SoDo this week

SDOT will create temporary bike lanes to fill a gap in the Duwamish Trail and to improve safety on a significant stretch of 1st Avenue S in SoDo while crews work to repair the Spokane Street Bridge to West Seattle. … Continue reading

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Seattle Neighborhood Greenways reviews 2022 safe streets progress

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways recapped 2022 recently, and I think it’s a good reminder of the progress made while also setting the stage for the work needed ahead. It is difficult to celebrate wins when you’re talking about a transportation system … Continue reading

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The case for an emergency SoDo bike path in response to the Spokane Street Bridge closure

The Spokane Street Bridge Connecting West Seattle to the mainland closed during the holiday ice storm and has been out of operation ever since. Repairs will take a minimum of two weeks, SDOT said earlier this week, pegging the earliest … Continue reading

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Alert: The Spokane Street Bridge will be closed ‘at least two weeks’

SDOT posted an update Tuesday evening with terrible news for people who walk or bike between mainland Seattle and West Seattle: The Spokane Street Bridge, the lower swing bridge with the biking and walking path, will be out of commission … Continue reading

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Alert: Spokane Street Bridge closed ‘all weekend’

The Spokane Street Bridge to West Seattle didn’t make it through the ice storm, and it will likely remain closed for the rest of the weekend. SDOT Director Greg Spotts said on Twitter that the mechanical problem on the swing … Continue reading

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It’s an ice rink out there

I spent the morning ice skating all around Wallingford and pushing cars that got stuck on the ice. I put a shoulder into a jackknifed pickup truck and body checked it halfway across the street and into perfect parallel parking … Continue reading

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Yet another Eastlake Ave survey confirms: Build safe bike lanes!

SDOT released the results of autumn community outreach about Eastlake Avenue bike lane design options, and the results were once again very clear: People strongly favor safe bike lanes on this vital connection between the University Bridge and South Lake … Continue reading

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How bikeable are the roads and paths near you? – UPDATED

PM UPDATE: It sounds like a lot untreated surfaces have turned to smooth ice after sundown. Take care. I biked to play hockey last night, and the roads between the U District and Kraken Community Iceplex in Northgate were in … Continue reading

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How to check which Seattle streets have been plowed

If you’re heading out on a bike in the snow, you’ll quickly figure out that a lot of the slower streets and bike paths you typically ride have not been plowed. So unless you have a fully winterized bike with … Continue reading

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SDOT will upgrade part of the 8th Ave bike lane downtown

SDOT will upgrade the 8th Ave bike lane between Pike Street to Westlake Avenue to replace the paint and plastic posts with concrete barriers. Work will start in early January and continue for up to 3 months. The project was … Continue reading

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Here’s why the new signal at 83rd and Greenwood still isn’t fully operational

The crosswalk signal at 83rd and Greenwood made some headlines a few months ago in large part because it was constructed in the same place as a community-made crosswalk that was painted in September 2021. The crossing is part of … Continue reading

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Amber Weilert: ‘Nothing can change this reality, but we can change the future’

Amber Weilert’s 13-year-old son Mikey was killed in July while biking in a crosswalk on Pacific Avenue S in Parkland. Since then, she’s been sharing her devastating story in an effort to make changes. She spoke during an event for … Continue reading

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SDOT will try again to make rail crossing under the Ballard Bridge safer

SDOT is set to start work as soon as Monday on another fix to hopefully prevent people from crashing while biking across the train tracks under the Ballard Bridge as they navigate the notorious Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link. Crews will … Continue reading

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You can now preorder my book ‘Biking Uphill in the Rain: The Story of Seattle from behind the Handlebars’

Biking Uphill in the Rain: The Story of Seattle from behind the Handlebars is officially available for preorder for $29.95 from the UW Press website. I have been working on this book since 2019, and I cannot wait for you … Continue reading

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Governor Inslee’s proposed budget includes millions for safety efforts

Governor Jay Inslee’s proposed 2023–25 budget responds to rising traffic deaths across the state by accelerating safety projects, creating a $5 million fund for responding to “emergent safety needs,” and $3 million specifically for SR-7 in Pierce County. “Like other … Continue reading

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Kirkland approves $20 car tab for walking, biking and Safe Routes to School improvements

The Kirkland City Council voted 6–1 Tuesday to levy a $20 vehicle license fee to raise $1.3 million per year for walking, biking and Safe Routes to School projects. Collection will begin January 2024. The vast majority of the projects … Continue reading

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