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City announces new scooter and bike share permits: Spin and Wheels are out, Bird is in

Spin and Wheels have not received permits to operate in Seattle under the city’s 2022–2023 permit, SDOT announced. But for the first time, scooter company Bird will operate here. LINK scooters have retained their permit, as have Lime’s scooters and … Continue reading

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Person killed while biking in SoDo just a block from site of January death

A person driving a Jeep struck and killed someone biking in SoDo Wednesday morning, according to Seattle Police. The driver of the Jeep was trying to exit a parking lot onto 4th Avenue near Holgate Street, and told police they … Continue reading

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Bicycle Sundays are now called ‘Bicycle Weekends’ + City begins ‘visioning process’ for Lake Washington Blvd’s future

54 years after the first Bicycle Sunday on Lake Washington Boulevard, the car-free event has long solidified as a beloved tradition. As was the case in 2021, SDOT and Seattle Parks will expand Bicycle Sundays into what they are now … Continue reading

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Tuesday: Tell SDOT we need a continuous waterfront bikeway

Seattle’s downtown waterfront has been under construction for so long, it’s sometimes easy to forget that when the dust finally settles there will be a complete waterfront bikeway for the first time in Seattle history. Upon opening, this bikeway will … Continue reading

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Interurban Trail near Lynnwood Transit Center reopens

The section of the Interurban North Trail near Lynnwood Transit Center is now open again following ten months of construction closure. This significantly shortens the ride through the area while also removing some awkward detour routing along the sidewalk. Sound … Continue reading

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Everyday Rides relaunches its Seattle bike fun calendar + Meetup tonight

Bike events are roaring back to life in Seattle at a level not seen since 2019. Cascade Bicycle Club’s Bike Month calendar is packed, as is the Seattle Bike Blog Events Calendar. But that’s not all. After a two-year hiatus, … Continue reading

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Person killed while biking in SoDo was 1 of 21 King County residents who died in January while presumed homeless

Four days into 2022, someone riding a bike in SoDo, at the intersection of S Holgate Street and 3rd Ave S, was struck by someone driving a Hyundai Accent. Receiving substantial injuries in the crash, including a badly injured leg. … Continue reading

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Happy Bike Month! + Cascade’s calendar of events

Happy Bike Month, everyone! Bike Everywhere Day 2022 is May 20, but there are also bikey events throughout May to help encourage more people to bike or to simply celebrate how great it is to bike around this beautiful place. … Continue reading

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Watch: A $0 fix for the notorious 9th and Mercer intersection

Every day during busy travel times, people turning left from southbound 9th Avenue N block the bike lane and crosswalk across Mercer Street. This happens every signal cycle, forcing people to try to find a path through the mess of … Continue reading

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Cascade: Tell Sound Transit to support bike access to Ballard-West Seattle stations

It’s the final day to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Sound Transit’s Ballard to West Seattle light rail line. Cascade has a form letter you can quickly send to support bike access as a priority for station … Continue reading

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Alert 4/28-5/1: 520 Trail closed across Lake Washington

The 520 Bridge Trail will be closed late Thursday through late Sunday, WSDOT announced Wednesday. The trail under the bridge leading to Lake Washington Boulevard will also be closed. A previously-scheduled closure was cancelled earlier this month. You can check … Continue reading

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Watch: Bob’s guide to biking from the Interurban North in Shoreline to the Burke-Gilman Trail

Bob Svercl (bobco85) is back with another local bike route guide. This time, he’s connecting the Interurban North Trail in Shoreline to the Burke-Gilman Trail in Lake Forest Park. For anyone who wants to get a good idea of what … Continue reading

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Washington briefly falls out of #1 spot in bike-friendly states list

“For the first time since the Bicycle Friendly States ranking began in 2008, a state other than Washington claimed the top position,” wrote the League of American Bicyclists in their summary of their 2022 Bicycle Friendly States report. However, Massachusetts … Continue reading

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Seattle is long overdue for a well-funded social housing program + How to support I-135

People need homes. The private market for homes in the Seattle area has been climbing out of reach for many people for many years, and there is no reason to believe it will become affordable any time soon. Meanwhile, the … Continue reading

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Alert 4/21-25: 520 Trail across Lake Washington closed – CANCELLED

UPDATE: WSDOT announced Thursday that the planned trail closure has been cancelled. “This weekend’s work on SR 520 is canceled. The trail across Lake Washington will be open tonight through Monday morning.” The walking and biking trails on the 520 … Continue reading

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Lime’s newest model is the best shared bike yet + Is it time to ditch the $1 unlock?

In terms of quality and ease of use, the newest Gen4 Lime e-assist bike is highest-quality model of shared bike yet to hit Seattle streets, and a sign that the company has no intention of abandoning bikes in favor of … Continue reading

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On this day in 1949: The Green Lake path split open during a major earthquake

In researching my book, I came across this photo from April 13, 1949 showing large cracks in the Green Lake path. The 7.1 magnitude quake was centered between Tacoma and Olympia, but it caused significant damage at far at Oregon … Continue reading

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This American Life interviews Seattle’s retired ‘Bike Batman’

Dirk deGroot made headlines a few years back as Seattle’s “Bike Batman,” a guy who would find reported stolen bikes for sale on sites like Craigslist or OfferUp and then go recover the bikes and give them back to the … Continue reading

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Beverly Bridge over the Columbia River officially opens April 8, fills major gap in the Palouse-to-Cascades Trail

The most difficult gap in the nearly-statewide Palouse-to-Cascades Trail is now fixed, and in stunning fashion. The 3,052-foot-long Beverly Bridge over the Columbia River promises to usher in a new era for the statewide trail formerly known as the Iron … Continue reading

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Sunday: Bike Works hosts Tour de Fleurs alleycat ride

NOTE: You can find this event and more on the Seattle Bike Blog Events Calendar. Posting to the calendar is free and open to anyone. For example, check out this East Seattle History Ride Saturday. Bike Works is hosting a … Continue reading

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