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Seattle supports state action on e-bike incentives, income-based traffic tickets, decriminalizing jaywalking + more

Seattle City Council is set to consider an ambitious lobbying plan for the 2023 state legislative session, including support for e-bike incentives, income-based traffic tickets, decriminalization of jaywalking, freeway removal in marginalized communities and much more. Every year, the City … Continue reading

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Watch: Biking Seattle to Spokane

Mike Mike Motorbike (Michael Valeri) released this wonderful video last week documenting a bike trip he and his friend Nick took from Seattle to Spokane over the summer. Our state is really something. They stuck mostly to the Palouse to … Continue reading

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Mayor Harrell order calls for ‘low-pollution neighborhoods,’ sets up pieces for a future transportation levy

Mayor Bruce Harrell signed an executive order this week with a list of climate actions and plans, including an expansion of Healthy Streets, Safe Routes to School, bicycle freight and green neighborhood efforts. “We put together 23 bold actions that … Continue reading

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Archive Gem: In 1970, Rainier Beach students created a protest group called Stop Traffic’s Obnoxious Pollution

Sometimes when you’re digging through the city archives, you stumble on some true gems. This letter I found deep in a box in the Seattle Municipal Archives is one of them. In 1970, some students from the Rainier Beach Cottage … Continue reading

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More notes on two-way vs one-way bike lanes on Beacon Hill

The biggest decision point presented in SDOT’s Beacon Hill bike lane survey (open through January 6) is whether the city should build one-way bike lanes on either side of 15th Ave S or one two-way bike lane on the east … Continue reading

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Transit GO app now includes scooter and bike share rewards + Use new micromobility parking areas to get ride discounts

Transit GO is an interesting and mostly functional mobile app that allows riders to pay for transit tickets on their phones while also gamifying the transit riding experience. And now scooter and bike share services are now part of the … Continue reading

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Thorness: 5 Seattle holiday light bike routes

I like holiday lights as much as the next person. In fact, I like them so much that I never took the lights off my house after last winter! But sitting in idle traffic in the middle of a neighborhood … Continue reading

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Packer: The public won’t build a new surface parking lot near Pike Place Market after all

Ryan Packer has some wonderful news: Seattle City Light will not build its planned surface parking lot at Western Ave and Blanchard Street after all. Word of the proposed parking lot, located within the Western Ave business strip that extends … Continue reading

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This bike lane detour is so simple, so why isn’t it the standard in Seattle?

While taking the kid to preschool this morning, we passed this crew working on a utility of some kind underneath the 2nd Ave bike lane at Pine St. The crew had lined up cones directing riders into a temporary bike … Continue reading

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Listen: Packer and Freemark discuss rising traffic deaths in the US

While other nations are reducing their traffic deaths and serious injuries, the US is heading in the wrong direction. KUOW’s Soundside asked Seattle’s Ryan Packer and DC’s Yonah Freemark why the US is exceptional. Listen to the 20-minute story. An … Continue reading

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Sunday Theater: Danny MacAskill rides around San Francisco (Open Thread)

Every new Danny MacAskill video is a burst of joy and wonder. He and his film team have been creating love letters to Scottish industrial ruins and natural beauty for years, so it was really fun to see them visit … Continue reading

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Sound Transit seeks feedback on South Tacoma Station biking and walking access improvements

You have until December 5 to complete Sound Transit’s online survey about potential walking and biking improvements near South Tacoma Station. More details from Sound Transit: In 2021, we assessed current conditions for walking, rolling, bicycling, and taking transit to … Continue reading

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Cascade announces 2023 events, including long-awaited returns of RSVP and the Emerald City Ride

Cascade Bicycle Club this week released its first full-strength events schedule since 2019. The 2023 season will see the return of two major rides that have been sadly missing in recent years: The Emerald City Ride and the Ride Seattle … Continue reading

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I’m glad this Green Lake pool mural is no longer illegal

I thought I had seen all Seattle’s bike-themed public art, but I had never been inside the Evan’s Pool in Green Lake Park before this week. While my kid took a swim lesson, I found myself looking at this large … Continue reading

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Bloomberg: Olive Way crosswalk showed ‘how needlessly difficult it is to build safer streets’

There you go SDOT, something more in line with your policy pic.twitter.com/PBZibVAofZ — Hamza (@hummusqueso) November 20, 2022 The crosswalk at Harvard and Olive Way is gone, but it left an impression on more than just the roadway itself. The … Continue reading

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It’s officially the season for hauling Xmas trees by bike

My wonderful spouse Kelli hauled both a tree and a kid home. I definitely want to see your Seattle tree-by-bike photos. Tag them #SEAbikes if you post photos on social media. Or email them to me and I’ll add them … Continue reading

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Take this new Beacon Hill bike lane survey + Upcoming pop-up feedback sessions

SDOT has released a new online survey to gather feedback on the proposed Beacon Hill bike lane options. So take a few minutes to complete it now (check the project page for non-English versions). The department is also hosting a … Continue reading

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Cycle Dogs needs support after troubled move to brick and mortar shop

When I think of Cycle Dogs, I think of sitting in the backyard of Peddler Brewing eating a creative and delicious vegan dog. What started as a hot dog cart in a bike trailer (we wrote about the initial Cycle … Continue reading

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Bike League: Inside Seattle’s community movement for slower streets

The League of American Bicyclists interviewed two wonderful friends of the blog for a story about how safe streets advocates won slower speed limits in Seattle. Brie Gyncild, who you may remember from this Pike Street bike lanes video, and … Continue reading

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How to prepare for biking during the first big freeze of the season

Obvious challenges aside, biking in freezing weather can be a lot of fun. It’s also an excellent cure for cabin fever. Today’s flurries mostly failed to stick to roadways and paths, and people in Seattle have reported clear routes during … Continue reading

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