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JUMP is offering free rides to essential workers + City is adding bike parking where needed to ease crunch

To help people get around during the COVID-19 outbreak, Seattle’s only bike share company JUMP is offering free 30-minute rides to essential workers during the stay-at-home order (“at least”). Workplaces just need to email [email protected] to get ride codes they … Continue reading

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Watch: With the West Seattle high bridge closed, here are some popular bike routes to get across the Duwamish River

Transcript (auto-generated .txt) There is still no timeline for reopening the West Seattle high bridge, by far the most-traveled way to get across the Duwamish River and connect to the rest of the city. In the meantime, the lower Spokane … Continue reading

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Bike Works reopens shop by appointment only, offers medical and grocery workers 50% off repairs

Bike Works was among the first major bike organizations in Seattle to shut down operations amid the COVID-19 outbreak, doing so well before Governor Jay Inslee’s order requiring many businesses and education services to close. Staff have been working for … Continue reading

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King County Parks closure includes County-run trails, though they remain open for essential transportation only

King County Parks took an extraordinary step this week to close all its parks in an attempt to further discourage people from crowding or gathering as we fight the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. And unless you are … Continue reading

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One idea for socially distant outdoor space: Make roadways like Lake Washington Blvd and the I-5 Express Lanes car-free

Seattle this week closed parking lots at eight busy parks to discourage congregating and enforce social distancing. This was a wise move, as crowds were a bit too dense in many places, including Alki Beach, Seward Park, Green Lake and … Continue reading

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Person driving struck and killed a 63-year-old Newcastle man biking in Bellevue Sunday

A man turning left from Northrup Way onto NE 8th Street struck and killed a 63-year-old man from Newcastle who was riding his bike just west of Lake Sammamish Sunday afternoon. Though the collision is still under investigation, the City … Continue reading

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Bike repair deemed an ‘essential service’ during statewide stay-home order

Most people are required to stay inside under Washington State’s just-announced “stay home, stay healthy” order. Similar to the “shelter in place” orders in other cities and states, Jay Inslee announced further restrictions on activities and businesses that are allowed … Continue reading

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Upper West Seattle Bridge will be closed for an unknown amount of time, biking across the swing bridge still open

SDOT Director Sam Zimbabwe made an unexpected announcement Monday afternoon that the upper West Seattle Bridge will be closed starting at 7 p.m. due to concerns about cracking in the bridge structure. The lower swing bridge and its walking and … Continue reading

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Bikes no longer banned on light rail downtown as Connect 2020 work ends, but service is reduced due to COVID-19

Well, what should have been a happy day for transit hardly feels worth celebrating amid the pandemic. Work to connect the existing Sound Transit Link light rail tracks to the under-construction East Link tracks has wrapped up, and the downtown … Continue reading

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With the fate of events uncertain, Cascade cuts half its staff and appeals for donations

Cascade Bicycle Club moved Friday to furlough half its staff in what leaders describe as an effort to save the club, which is marking its 50-year anniversary this year. “We want to make sure it’s around for another 50 years,” … Continue reading

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Watch: Swift Industries launches the Social Distance Cycling Club

Transcript (auto-generated .txt) When they had to cancel their regular social bike rides due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Swift Industries got creative. At first they laughed when Swift Founder Martina Brimmer suggested starting the Swift Social Distance Cycling Club. But … Continue reading

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Friday: Cascade Bicycle Club is hosting a ‘Solo Scavenger Hunt’

Cascade Bicycle Club organizes community biking events, so the social distancing protocols make so many of their regular activities impossible right now. The organization already postponed their annual Bike Swap has been moved to June 14, the Bike Everywhere Breakfast … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about responsible biking during this pandemic

So I have been working on a video for several days now about biking around Seattle amid the COVID-19 outbreak, but I keep changing my mind about what it should say. On one hand, I wanted to make something wildly … Continue reading

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Sound Transit didn’t finish work as planned, so reduced downtown light rail and bike ban still in effect

You know, in an alternate timeline this would be a really big story. Sound Transit was not able to complete all the work needed to fully reopen downtown light rail service as was planned, so Connect 2020 continues. That means … Continue reading

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New bike path under SR-520 opens in Montlake

Just in time for a virus-news-escaping bike ride, WSDOT has opened a long-awaited biking and walking trail that crosses under SR-520 between the start of the 520 Bridge Trail and Lake Washington Boulevard. This is a “temporary” path, but you … Continue reading

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Biking during the pandemic

With the announcement that Seattle Public School will close for at least two weeks and gatherings of 250 people of more have been banned, our region has reached a new level in its social distancing efforts. Events venues have been … Continue reading

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Watch: Why Anne-Marije Rook is biking the Tour de France route one day ahead of the men

Automated transcript (.txt) It’s the year 2020, and the world’s most famous bike race does not have a comparable event for women. That’s why women have biked the route of the Tour de France one day ahead of the men … Continue reading

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TCC: Contact your legislators now to support fully-funded transit

Don’t cut transit! There are so many reasons why cutting transit funding makes no sense. But instead of listing them all here, I want you all to think of them for yourselves. Then I want you to write those reasons … Continue reading

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With bipartisan House vote, Washington on verge of joining Idaho and Oregon by allowing people biking to treat stop signs as yield signs

[email protected] priority legislation, the #SafetyStop, has just passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 77-19! 🎉 We are just a few signatures away from people who 🚲 having the option to yield (when the coast is clear) … Continue reading

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With newly-opened section, the Lake to Sound Trail is tantalizingly close to reaching the regional trail network

Imagine a new trail connecting Tukwila and Seatac to Renton. This trail would tie together the Green River Trail, Interurban Trail, Cedar River Trail and Eastrail, all while accessing rapid transit service. And someday, it could even reach the airport, … Continue reading

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