Category Archives: news

Help WSDOT’s Active Transportation Plan defeat a bunch of highway plans to win a national award

Can a Washington State plan centered around walking, biking and accessibility defeat a bunch of highway and bridge projects to win the 2022 America’s Transportation Award? Well, it can with your help. Remember those annoying “people’s choice” competitions that were … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Trail Alert 9/16-19 and 9/23-26: I-90 Bridge Trail will be closed between Seattle and Mercer Island

WSDOT sent out an alert today that the trail across the I-90 Bridge will be closed most of Friday and all weekend as crews work on an expansion joint on the Homer Hadley Bridge, the wider of the two parallel … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

City set to begin work to complete the Green Lake Outer Loop, should open by December

It’s happening. Work to complete the Green Lake Outer Loop will begin “this month” and should be open by December. The community-generated concept would repurpose a non-continuous lane along the east side of Aurora Avenue, turning it into a walking … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

SDOT survey asks if they should improve the bike lane south of U Bridge (yes, obviously) – UPDATED

Whatever you are doing, stop and fill out this quick survey to support safer bike lanes on Eastlake as part of the RapidRide J project. You can also attend one of two virtual community design sessions Wednesday from 12–1:30 p.m. or … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , , | 15 Comments

Weekend Guide: Open streets festival in downtown Redmond, Tour de Cookies + more

As always, you can find more bike events on the Seattle Bike Blog Events Calendar as well as the Everyday Rides Calendar. Some highlights for this weekend: World Naked Bike Ride harvest moon ride. Meet 8PM Friday at 2nd Ave … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged | 3 Comments

Seattle Parks forgot to make Bicycle Weekends car-free, so riders moved the signs themselves

Labor Day weekend was supposed to be the penultimate Bicycle Weekend on Lake Washington Boulevard for the year, a chance to experience the storied lakeside street without cars. Bicycle Weekend is an expansion of Seattle Parks’ Bicycle Sunday program, which … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Parks banned bikes from Green Lake without public outreach, now they’re asking if they should be allowed back

Seattle Parks and Recreation banned all bicycling, skateboarding, roller skating and scootering from the inner loop trail around Green Lake in March despite there being no viable alternative along the west side of the lake. The decision to restrict wheel … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , | 13 Comments

BikeLink cards now get you into Sound Transit bike cages (after an extra step)

Biking to light rail is often the fastest way to get around Seattle. For riders who live beyond a short walk to the station, biking is a great way to skip the slower local bus connection (if there even is … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

In response to Bike Board letter, CM Pedersen says he doesn’t see SDOT deleting Eastlake bike lanes

The Eastlake bike lane plans are still moving forward with the RapidRide J bus improvements project, but bike advocates in town are not taking their eye off the project until those bike lanes are on the ground. City Councilmember and … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

Nearly-final plans show Green Lake Outer Loop bikeway is still on track

SDOT released the 90% design plans for the Green Lake Outer Loop, and they show that the bikeway is still on track to finally complete a biking and walking route 112 years in the making. The advanced design document shows … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

Cascade lists their 5 top-priority Seattle bike projects

Cascade Bicycle Club recently posted their top 5 Seattle bike improvement priorities, though it’s really more like like 4 projects and a citywide plan. They go into more detail about each in their blog post, so go check it out. … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Riding a folding bike with a kid to camp the Palouse to Cascades Trail

Like so many adventuring plans, this wasn’t how we originally saw it going. But somehow I ended up biking myself and our kid on a gravel path up mountain using a folding bike. And it was great. The Palouse to … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

What on earth is happening in this old photo?!?

I stumbled on this photo today in the Washington State archives and, well, I have no idea what the hell is going on here. Let see if the archive’s description can shine any light on it: “Shows 16 men standing … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Claudia Mason: ‘Be late and don’t become a killer’

Claudia Mason is incredible. In the midst of heartache I cannot imagine, Claudia has bravely shared her story of loss in hopes that others might be spared the pain she has felt since her husband Robb was killed while biking … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Watch: Best Side Cycling tours the new 15th Ave NE bike lanes + What can we learn from its shortcomings?

The new and improved 15th Avenue NE bike lanes opened last month, and much of the project is excellent. But the opening celebrations have been a bit dampened due to the city’s decision to ignore people’s requests to help them … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

The Bikery’s free Help Desk is here to answer your Seattle bike commute questions

The volunteer-powered Bikery has long provided resources for people to obtain and learn how to repair bikes. Their 30 or so regular volunteers share their bicycle mechanic knowledge with the community through the shop on Hiawatha Place S near S … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

UW Press committee has approved my Seattle bike history book

The UW Press faculty committee has unanimously approved Pedaling Uphill In The Rain for publication. If all goes according to plan, it should be available in spring or summer of 2023. Big thank you to everyone who has supported my … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged | 6 Comments

Last chance to comment on the scope of the Seattle Transportation Plan

Friday (July 29) is the last day to comment on a key phase in the development of the extremely important Seattle Transportation Plan. Comments on the scope of the plan will help guide the environmental review process. We need to … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Mayor picks LA’s Greg Spotts as next SDOT Director

Greg Spotts will be the next SDOT Director, taking over the department in September. Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the decision on Beacon Hill today, describing Spotts as “a champion for innovative thinking, sustainable solutions, collaborative partnership building and transparent public … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Washington’s streets continue to fail kids like Mikey Weilert

Michael Weilert stopped, pushed the button to make the crosswalk lights start blinking, waited to see that cars were stopping, then rode his bike across busy Pacific Avenue S in Parkland last Tuesday. But even though other people had stopped … Continue reading

Posted in news | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments