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180 riders hauled an astounding 3,308 pounds of donations during Cranksgiving 2022

Timelapse from Saturday's #cranksgivingSEA pic.twitter.com/BvibRuI9K2 — Gary A. Fujioka, Sr. (@garyfujiokasr) November 21, 2022 Seattle’s 13th Annual Cranksgiving was one for the record books. The food drive bike ride’s 199 participants (180 riders and 19 volunteers) bought and hauled 3,308 … Continue reading

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Remembering the victims of traffic violence across our region – UPDATED

People held a series of actions and press conferences across the Puget Sound region to remember the victims of traffic violence and call for action to prevent more of them. A Rainier Valley Greenways action at Seattle City Hall set … Continue reading

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To learn how to respond to community-created crosswalks, SDOT should look to their own past

In the dead of night in early April 2013, one First Hill resident dragged $350 worth of reflective plastic posts down the hill and glued them on top of the brand new bike lane line SDOT had painted on Cherry … Continue reading

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45th Street bridge money should either require bike lanes or go to sidewalks and south end safety instead

Amid all the tough cuts to the proposed 2023-24 budget, including $4 million over two year from the sidewalk safety repair budget, one curious project is getting funding: A railing and some lighting on the NE 45th Street bridge over … Continue reading

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Updated 2023 Seattle budget cuts sidewalk repairs, leaves out some safety proposals

The Seattle City Council has released its “balancing package,” an updated draft of the 2023-24 budget that factors in some Council changes as well as the city’s latest revenue forecast, which wasn’t great. As Ryan Packer reported for the Urbanist, … Continue reading

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The Westlake Bikeway’s ‘Glacial Canoes’ have eroded, and they’re not coming back

A reader on Mastodon asked the other day, “Does anyone know what happened to the big glittery pieces of art at the south end of the Westlake bike path?” The blue and gray glittering sculptures on both sides of the … Continue reading

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Packer: Rainier Valley Greenway may soon connect to I-90 Trail

The Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway may finally connect to the I-90/Mountains to Sound Trail after years of delay and inter-agency disagreement. In early 2021, Ryan Packer reported that WSDOT had refused to work with SDOT on completing the connection from … Continue reading

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Take the city’s ‘visioning’ survey about the future of Lake Washington Blvd.

The Seattle Parks District has budgeted $404,000 to develop a new design for the Bicycle Sundays section of Lake Washington Boulevard, and they need your input on what is important. Take the city’s “Visioning Process Survey” now to let them … Continue reading

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More details about Cranksgiving Seattle 2022 + Invite your friends!

I spent yesterday at Cascade Bicycle Club’s office for a work party to get everything ready for Seattle’s 13th Annual Cranksgiving food drive bike ride. Y’all, it’s gonna be so fun. It’s by far the best-organized event yet, but it … Continue reading

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You can now find Seattle Bike Blog on Mastodon

You can now find Seattle Bike Blog on Mastodon. We aren’t leaving Twitter, though. We’ll try using both and see how things go. There’s been a sizeable migration to Mastodon in the past week as people seek an alternative to … Continue reading

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Watch: Touring the now-complete Green Lake bike lane loop

Seattle just built a bike lane on Aurora, and it’s amazing. Even though I knew in my head that a complete Green Lake Outer Loop bike lane would be great, riding it was even better than I expected. For decades, … Continue reading

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Council should reconsider the new scooter and bike share tax

Seattle’s City Council needs to be very careful with its proposed new taxes on scooter and bike share services, which Councilmember Andrew Lewis has proposed as part of the 2023-24 budget. It is expected to cost $540,000 in 2023 to … Continue reading

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A look at latest Beacon Hill bike lane designs + SDOT says they will try to build them ‘sooner’

SDOT has released updated design work for the Beacon Hill bike lane project, which includes two options for 15th Ave S as well as different options for handling bus stops. As Ryan Packer reported for the Urbanist last month, the … Continue reading

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Council budget proposals include Vision Zero adds, possible bike/scooter share tax + more

Ryan Packer at the Urbanist has written a very detailed breakdown of the City Council’s proposed changes to the 2023-24 city budget as they relate to transportation. The proposals include both new expenses and new ideas for additional revenue. The … Continue reading

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Your moment of bike lane sweeper zen

I’m just gonna play this on a loop for the next 2 months. Did I notice that SDOT’s tweet accompanying this video shortened the democratically-elected name “OK Broomer” to just “Broomer?” Yes I did. But so long as they keep … Continue reading

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Watch: Best Side Cycling races a Monorail-riding dinosaur

Happy Halloween, everyone! Treat yourself to this video by Best Side Cycling:

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Save the date: A next-level Cranksgiving 2022 is November 19

It’s been three years since the last proper Cranksgiving. Thanks to everyone who participated in our dramatically scaled-back pandemic versions in 2020 and 2021. But I think it’s time to get together again and do it right. Or better yet, … Continue reading

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City installs traffic signal at former site of guerilla crosswalk + Celebration Saturday

Five months after SDOT removed an illegal anonymously-painted crosswalk at 83rd and Greenwood, the department has opened a new signalized and official crosswalk at the same location. The crossing had been a missing link in the N 83rd Street neighborhood … Continue reading

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Alert 10/28-29: Another Fremont Bridge overnight closure early Saturday

Work to repair the deck of the Fremont Bridge requires one more overnight closure, according to SDOT. The bridge will close very early Saturday morning from midnight until 6 a.m. Just like the previous closure, the bridge will allow walking … Continue reading

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2022 election endorsements from transportation and safe streets groups

Ballots should have arrived by mail or should be arriving very soon, which means it’s time to fight your procrastinating tendencies and vote now. If you haven’t received your ballot, check to make sure your voter information is updated. If … Continue reading

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