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Cascade/WA Bikes have a new Executive Director: Richard Smith

Richard Smith will be the new Executive Director of Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes, the organizations announced Friday Smith comes from Microsoft, and the press release says he was “the executive sponsor of his division’s Diversity & Inclusion efforts” … Continue reading

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Bike News Roundup: A dangerous rail crossing. No not that one.

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! First up, University of Tennessee Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Chris Cherry and graduate students Ziwen Ling and Nirbesh Dhakal recently documented a ton of bike crashes at a single railroad crossing (hmm, … Continue reading

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Spin reaches 1,000 rides in first two days, have you tried it yet?

Looking for bike share app download links, an up-to-date list of companies in operation or rules on where to park? We’ve got it all and more in our Seattle Bike Share Guide. People took 1,000 rides on Spin bikes during … Continue reading

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Cascade: WA Ferries proposes huge fare increase for … bicycle trailers?

WA State Ferries has proposed a dramatic fare hike for people pulling a bicycle trailer. For the Bainbridge and Bremerton runs, for example, a person biking with a trailer would have to pay $16 during peak season, a 73 percent … Continue reading

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Bike share is now live + A handy guide to the new $1 bikes – UPDATED

Nothing costs a dollar anymore. But that’s all it costs to ride one of those bright orange or lime green bikes popping up on sidewalks and bike racks around Seattle. See our new Seattle Bike Share Guide for questions about … Continue reading

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I want to endorse Nikkita Oliver, but she says she may pause downtown bike lanes and the Missing Link

Seattle Bike Blog has not yet endorsed in the mayoral race. See our coverage of the June mayoral forum on transportation and housing here. The August 1 primary ballots are in the mail. When I received Nikkita Oliver’s answers to … Continue reading

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Missing Link open house Thursday will dive into the gritty trail design details

The Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link team has been working hard in recent months to gather very granular comments about the planned trail route to address safety and business access concerns section-by-section. SDOT staff held a series of workshops on specific trail … Continue reading

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Trail Alert 7/13: Expect some delays from Burke-Gilman Trail paving

King County Parks is doing some asphalt work on a section of the Burke-Gilman Trail in Bothell Thursday. So give yourself a little extra time in case of delays. From King County Parks: There will be upcoming trail asphalt pavement repair … Continue reading

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Replay and recap: City Council Position 8 transportation and housing forum

Your ballot will arrive in your mailbox within a week or so, and you only have until August 1 to figure out who you’re going to vote for. Online registration and address changing already ended, but you have until July … Continue reading

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Spin and LimeBike are first to apply for bike share permits, ready to launch once approved

Spin and LimeBike appear to be the two bike share companies most ready to get an early start on the streets of Seattle this summer. SDOT has confirmed that the companies are the only two who have yet submitted complete … Continue reading

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New fast ferry to Bremerton sails Monday, but bikes with fenders, disk brakes won’t fit – UPDATED

Kitsap Transit is set to start service on the first of its new walk-on fast ferries to downtown Seattle Monday. The first route will provide a much faster alternative to the Washington State Ferry to Bremerton (about a half hour vs … Continue reading

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Kitsap volunteer firefighter killed while biking near Poulsbo

Longtime Kitsap County volunteer firefighter, Seattle-to-Portland bike ride medic, father, grandfather and husband Joe Vlach died July 2 while biking near Poulsbo. He was 77. Our condolences to his friends and family. Vlach was on a training ride to get … Continue reading

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Terrible person shoots Ballard safe streets advocate with pellet gun

Some terrible person shot Haley Keller with a pellet gun Monday night while she and her husband Dave were biking home from watching the sunset at Golden Gardens. Keller, a Connect Ballard advocate, Board Member of Cascade Bicycle Club and … Continue reading

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Seattle is now accepting private bike share permits, first bikes could hit streets in a week or two

Bike share is coming back to Seattle. SDOT just released its permit application (PDF) for a six-month pilot program. Staff says companies should expect one to two weeks for their permits to be processed. Once approved, companies can start putting … Continue reading

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Bike News Roundup: Citi Bike vs a couple car parking spaces

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! This is an open thread. First up, a quick and clear comparison of the benefits of well-used bike share (and sidewalks) vs car parking spaces in New York City. “The Citi Bike dock … Continue reading

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Last chance to vote for the best neighbor-generated projects where you live

Tomorrow is your last chance to vote for the best community-generated park and street projects where you live. The city revamped its community-generated park and street improvement program this year, turning the old Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund into Your … Continue reading

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Trail Alert 6/27-7/7: Short section of Snoqualmie Valley Trail near Fall City closed

Attention holiday bike adventurers: A half-mile section of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail near Fall City will be closed for culvert work now through July 7. From King County Parks: Snoqualmie Valley Trail will be closed for a culvert replacement near … Continue reading

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Lid I-5 campaign open house will look at a downtown housing and trail concept

I-5 is a giant barrier between downtown and our city’s densest neighborhoods, Capitol Hill and First Hill. Land is so immensely valuable in this area that building a top over I-5 (essentially a giant bridge that feels like city land) … Continue reading

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Despite compromise and ongoing community design work, group appeals the Ballard Missing Link

The Ballard Missing Link of the Burke-Gilman Trail is headed back into litigation. But despite the pending legal action, the city is still working through the community design process that was was part of the February compromise agreement between SDOT, … Continue reading

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Replay and recap: The Mayoral transportation and housing forum

Did you know there’s a primary August 1? That’s not very far away. So if you haven’t been paying attention to the open Seattle Mayoral and City Council Position 8 races, now is the time to get caught up. The … Continue reading

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