Tag Archives: 2011 budget

Hiller’s appointment not outside of mayor’s budget

When the news broke that the mayor’s office had hired former Cascade Bicycle Club Advocacy Director David Hiller, many of the city’s media outlets jumped on the news as hypocritical amid budget cuts across many city departments. After all, how … Continue reading

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Streets for All: Bike and Ped spending up 7% in city’s budget

Streets for All says the city’s budget as approved by the City Council last week includes a seven percent increase in bike and pedestrian master plan spending over 2010. While this is not near the amount the group (or the … Continue reading

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Failed I-5 noise reducers cost half the mayor’s 2011 Walk Bike Ride increase

While advocates fight to prevent a reduction in city walking, biking and transit funding compared to 2010, a $2.5 million noise reduction barrier was installed on I-5 that has failed to do anything. That’s half as much as Mayor McGinn’s … Continue reading

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Council signals plans to reject parking tax, but allow some meter hikes

Of the mayor’s proposed revenue source increases that affect car drivers, the City Council seems set to raise on-street parking rates, though perhaps not on Sundays, and institute a $20 vehicle license fee. The parking rate hike is expected to … Continue reading

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Budget Hearing Reminder: Support walking, biking and transit funding tonight, 5 p.m. at City Hall

The City Council is holding their final public hearing on the mayor’s proposed budget. As we’ve reported before, the mayor’s budget includes some funding for walking, biking and transit improvements. The proposed $15 million over two years is a far … Continue reading

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Why do we need pedestrian advocacy?

Walking in Seattle published an editorial today asking, “Does Seattle need a pedestrian advocate?” After all, bicycle advocates have had some success getting bicycle projects completed and are a strong voice in city policy. So why not pedestrians? The idea … Continue reading

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Should city cyclists feel bad about bike funding in the mayor’s budget?

Super short answer: No. I have heard (and felt) some uneasiness about the inclusion of so-called alternative transportation funding in the mayor’s proposed budget, which slashes just about every department in the city. Bike Intelligencer posted an interesting reflection after … Continue reading

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Attend the budget meetings to support complete streets

The Bicycle Alliance of Washington urges you to show up to the city’s budget hearings and voice your support for complete streets projects. Why? Because these vital projects need funding, and funding is getting cut all over.

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Why complete streets make sense in a balanced city budget

A lot of city services will be hit pretty hard if Mayor McGinn’s proposed budget goes through. Among the hardest hit are neighborhood centers, community centers in richer areas, smaller libraries and employees in nearly all departments. But the mayor … Continue reading

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