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Alert: Flooding and landslides close sections of EasTrail, Snoqualmie Valley Trail + more

An enormous amount of water has fallen on our region, leading to flooding and landslides. So if you are planning a bike ride on a route near a river, be sure to check in with the King County Roads and … Continue reading

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SDOT solidifies proposal for fully funded Green Lake Outer Loop project

This week at an online open house, SDOT released the results of a survey the department conducted last year around the concept of creating a path for people walking and rolling along the Outer Loop along Green Lake Park’s western … Continue reading

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Repeal of helmet law is a sign of change both in bike advocacy and local politics

The two-decade bicycle helmet law experiment is drawing to a close as Seattle, the largest remaining city in the United States with such a law, no longer requires them. The King County Board of Health voted Thursday to repeal its … Continue reading

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Senate transportation bill now moving through the House includes $1.3 billion for walking and biking safety

As soon as Washington State legislators released their Move Ahead Washington transportation funding proposal earlier this month, it drew a wave of enthusiastic support from transportation organizations across the state. Lee Lambert, Executive Director of Washington Bikes, called the investments … Continue reading

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King County Health Board set to vote on repeal of rare all-ages helmet law – UPDATE: Law repealed

UPDATE 2/17: The Board of Health voted 11-2 to repeal the law, citing serious concerns about inequitable police enforcement. The general sentiment of the majority was that they still strongly recommend helmet use, just not the police-enforced strategy for achieving … Continue reading

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Pedersen’s office throws out bicycle advisory board process for new member

On Tuesday morning the City Council’s Transportation and Seattle Public Utilities Committee will consider the nomination of a new member to the Bicycle Advisory Board. The appointment comes months after the board undertook a formal search and interview process to … Continue reading

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RapidRide J plans still include paint-only section south of University Bridge

The RapidRide J line project, currently scheduled to open in 2026, will upgrade the bus corridor between downtown and U District Link light rail station, and include protected bike lanes along Eastlake Avenue, one of the few bike projects that … Continue reading

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The Bikery is seeking board members

The volunteer-run bike access and repair-teaching organization The Bikery is seeking new board members to serve in 2022-24. In addition to hosting open shop hours Saturday–Sunday from 12–6 to help anyone keep their ride rolling regardless of income, The Bikery … Continue reading

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Test riding Seattle’s new bike lanes to Lower Queen Anne/Uptown

There’s finally a bike lane from downtown to the Lower Queen Anne/Uptown business district. Over the weekend, crews constructed a two-way bike lane on Broad Street between the existing bike lane on 2nd Avenue to 1st Avenue, then on 1st … Continue reading

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SDOT starts work on bike connection from Belltown to Lower Queen Anne/Uptown

There’s a good chance you missed the news about this one because, well, let’s just look at the timestamp … oh no. As part of the Climate Pledge Arena transportation plan, SDOT closed a short section of the 2nd Ave … Continue reading

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KUOW: Larger vehicles on wide roads are at the center of Seattle’s rising traffic death toll

Traffic deaths, especially for people walking, are rising in communities all across the United States, and Seattle is no exception. We have known this increase in deaths is happening, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic changed traffic patterns. But why? There … Continue reading

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After 9 years as a cornerstone of the Seattle bike scene, Peddler Brewing will close March 5

Peddler Brewing is closing in march, nine years after opening its bike-loving doors on Leary Way just west of the Ballard Bridge. Owners Haley and Dave made their bike-friendly intentions very clear from the start by dedicating a front corner … Continue reading

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Alert 1/21-24: Montlake Bridge is fully closed this weekend for maintenance

The Montlake Bridge will be closed for maintenance this weekend starting 10 p.m. Friday (today) and ending 5 a.m. Monday. The closure includes the sidewalks as well as the roadway. There will be a shuttle to take people on foot … Continue reading

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Watch: Biking to Pike Place Market via the U Bridge in 360 and hyperlapse

I’m trying something new on the blog today. I’ve got two videos for you. Well, really they are two very different versions of the same video, which I shot while heading downtown to pick up my daughter from preschool. The … Continue reading

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Under new policy, Seattle Police should no longer stop people for biking without a helmet

Seattle Police should no longer pull people over simply for riding a bicycle without wearing a helmet, according to a new department policy. “These violations do not have a direct connection to the safety of other individuals on the roads, … Continue reading

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WA Transportation Secretary: Further freeway expansion is ‘a dead end’

Washington Transportation Secretary Roger Millar argued against further highway expansion during his State of Transportation presentation to the House Transportation Committee this week. Instead, he argued for “a resilient response” to the state’s major challenges, including climate change, inequitable traffic … Continue reading

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WA Bikes: ‘There’s opportunity abound’ in short 60-day state legislative session

State legislators seemed determined to pass a major transportation funding bill during the 2021 session, but the focus on highway spending and backwards ideas like a tax on bicycles ultimately helped stall the effort until the session ran out of … Continue reading

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Pedersen remains City Council Transportation Chair – UPDATED

Councilmember Alex Pedersen (D4) will continue as Chair of the Transportation and Seattle Public Utilities Committee, the City Council voted Tuesday. Dan Strauss (D6) will remain as Vice-Chair, and Lisa Herbold (D1) and Tammy Morales (D2) will remain as committee … Continue reading

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South Park community group seeks to reclaim neighborhood land from a harmful, redundant highway

South Park has some of the most harmful air quality of any residential neighborhood in Seattle and King County, and it doesn’t take long to figure out where a lot of it comes from: The freeway that splits the neighborhood … Continue reading

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Key section of Georgetown to South Park Trail moving forward alongside a new dog park

A gravel cut-through in Georgetown near Boeing Field will become a dog park and trail corridor, providing a key piece of the community-led Georgetown to South Park Trail. If all goes according to schedule, the park and trail connection should … Continue reading

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