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2018 bike counts up 32 percent on 2nd Ave downtown after bike lane, bike share expansion

The final counts are in, and 2018 is officially a new high water mark for biking in Seattle. Looking at the real-time bike counter data from around town, biking was up significantly in Fremont and across the lower West Seattle … Continue reading

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People in Seattle have taken more than 2M Lime trips + ofo appears to be imploding

People in Seattle have taken more than 2,050,000 trips on Lime bikes since the company launched in summer 2017, according their annual report. That’s a pace of about 1.5 million trips per year for just one of the companies serving … Continue reading

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Bike News Roundup: SDOT Baby

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! Here’s some stuff floating around the web recently that caught our eye. First up, a Seattle transportation wishlist in holiday song form by Laura Goodfellow: Pacific Northwest News

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Seattle and Bellevue both make it on America’s Best New Bikeways of 2018

Seattle and Bellevue both turned heads nationally with protected bike lanes that opened this year, making People For Bikes’ list of “America’s 10 Best New Bikeways of 2018.” Seattle’s entry, the fantastic 2nd Ave bike lane extension in Belltown, made … Continue reading

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Mayor nominates Sam Zimbabwe to be next SDOT Director

Mayor Jenny Durkan has nominated Washington DC’s Sam Zimbabwe to be the next Director of SDOT, emphasizing his experience in project delivery and multimodal urban planning during a Tuesday press conference. If the City Council confirms him quickly, Zimbabwe could … Continue reading

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Google Maps now suggests Lime bikes in its transit directions

Lime’s bikes and scooters now show up as a transit option in Google Maps in a select number of cities. The app takes into account both the time to walk to the nearest bike and the bike ride to give … Continue reading

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Judge decides Missing Link megastudy did not adequately address economic concerns

In yet another partial court defeat, the Ballard Missing Link of the Burke-Gilman Trail has once again been thrown into question this week after King County Superior Court Judge Samuel Chung sided with the city on two out of three … Continue reading

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WSDOT is testing out a less bumpy gap cover on the 520 Bridge trail

The trail on the 520 Bridge is amazing, except for one annoying and possibly dangerous detail: The metal plates that cover the floating bridge’s expansion gaps are jarringly bumpy. It’s a frustrating detail in what is otherwise a wonderful experience … Continue reading

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Mayor’s last-minute ousting of Bike Advisory Board Chair was an awful way to treat a volunteer

Just hours before the November meeting of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board, Co-Chair Casey Gifford received a call from the Mayor’s Office informing her she was headed to her last meeting on the volunteer board. The decision stunned Board members … Continue reading

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Ahead of January’s traffic crunch downtown, here’s some advice for first-time winter bike commuters

Is it the Period of Maximum Constraint or the Seattle Squeeze or the Jenny Jam? Doesn’t really matter what you call it (well, Mayor Jenny Durkan would really like you to call it the Seattle Squeeze), you should be figuring … Continue reading

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Man recovering from Harvard Ave E hit and run Friday seeking folks on bikes who stopped to help

Did you see or stop to help a man injured while biking on Harvard Ave E at E Allison St Friday morning around 9 a.m.? Ariel and his wife Roï are trying to get in touch with the people who … Continue reading

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Cascade: Support the Missing Link at a Friday court hearing

The Ballard Missing Link of the Burke-Gilman Trail has (hopefully) one last legal hurdle to clear. Opponents have appealed the trail’s massive environmental study even after the Seattle Hearing Examiner said it was sufficient. Now the case is in the … Continue reading

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After WA won #1 for a decade, Bike League changes its state-by-state report cards

Perhaps tired of handing the top honors to a barely-deserving Washington State year after year, the League of American Bicyclists changed its annual state-by-state rankings into a set of 50 individual report cards that track each state’s progress. And by … Continue reading

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Under Mayor Durkan, Seattle has only built about 4% of its 2018 bike lane goal

Under Mayor Jenny Durkan, Seattle has nearly stopped building bike lanes. With the need to build more than ten miles of protected bike lanes in order to reach the Move Seattle Levy’s bike lane goals, SDOT says it will have … Continue reading

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2018’s one millionth Fremont Bridge bike trip is about to cross, smashing the record

Whoever bikes across the Fremont Bridge as number 1,582 today will tip the 2018 bike counter into seven digits, clobbering all previous records by a wide margin. Bike trips across the iconic bridge, which forms a pinch point for many … Continue reading

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After mediation fails, 35th Ave NE bike lanes head to Mayor Durkan’s desk

Remember the $10,000 of bicycle safety funds Councilmember Rob Johnson and Mayor Jenny Durkan spent on a confidential mediation effort to see if there was any way for bike lane opponents and supporters to agree on a plan for the … Continue reading

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The Eastside Rail Corridor needs a new name

It may be the most exciting opportunity for biking and walking (and some transit) in the whole region, but the name “Eastside Rail Corridor” sure sounds boring. It describes what the corridor used to be rather than what it could … Continue reading

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Take this Pike/Pine bike lane survey + Rethinking Pine St downtown

Few bike improvements in the city could have a bigger impact than a safe, comfortable and fully connected bike route from the Pike Place Market to Broadway. And due to the grade of First and Capitol Hills as well as … Continue reading

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Scenes from Cranksgiving 2018: A new donation record

Seattle’s Cranksgiving 2018 hit a new record Saturday, with 150 riders donating an astounding 1,713 pounds of food to Rainier Valley Food Bank. For the ninth year, Seattle Bike Blog hosted this food drive scavenger hunt by bike on RVFB’s … Continue reading

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Uber’s JUMP launches their lock-to, slightly cheaper e-bikes in central Seattle

After months of delays getting the new bike share permit in place and through environmental review, Uber’s JUMP launched in Seattle this morning. They join Lime, which has had a temporary monopoly on bike share in town since early summer … Continue reading

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