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With just one block missing from the Bell Street bike lane, Seattle’s ID-to-Fremont bike route is nearly complete

Seattle is only one block away from completing a connected bike route through downtown from the International District to Fremont and the Burke-Gilman Trail. This project has been the result of so much work by so many people (too many … Continue reading

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Someone posted an official-looking notice warning of plans to close 2nd Ave bike lane section

This is great. Closing part of the second avenue protected bike lane doesn’t seem consistent with a safe connected all ages and abilities bike network in the city center, Vision Zero, or our climate goals. @MayorJenny @LewisforSeattle @CascadeBicycle @seattledot pic.twitter.com/1uO9dPksud … Continue reading

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Arena’s plans for Denny Way and 2nd Ave move Seattle in the wrong direction

As part of the transportation plan for the new arena in Seattle Center, developers and the City of Seattle are currently planning to delete the north end of the 2nd Ave protected bike lane and steal crossing time from people … Continue reading

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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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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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Biking on 2nd Ave downtown is up 37% as bike share and bike lanes expand

The number of people biking on 2nd Ave in downtown Seattle is up an average of 19 percent year-over-year since the July 2017 launch of private bike share services. And the trend appears to have accelerated as SDOT opened a … Continue reading

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Bike lanes are for cars

People do not need bike lanes to ride a bike. People driving cars need bikes lanes to protect them from intimidating or harming people on bikes. The laws in Washington State are clear. Bikes are vehicles, so people are legally … Continue reading

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2nd Ave bike lane extension will open southbound in early October, northbound a couple weeks later – UPDATED

The 2nd Ave bike lane will reach Denny Way next month. Work on the street has been ongoing for quite a while as the city prepared it for bike lanes and other improvements for all modes, such as badly needed … Continue reading

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After weeks of tough closures, 2nd Ave bike lane is now permanent + Gets bike counter Monday

After weeks of tough construction closures, the 2nd Ave bike lane — downtown’s sole sliver of low-stress bike lane — has mostly reopened. And with new raised driveways, planter boxes and traffic signals, the pilot project created in 2014 is … Continue reading

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2nd Ave ‘pilot’ bike lane getting permanent treatment, expect detours

When the 2nd Ave protected bike lane opened in October 2014, it was created using mostly paint and movable plastic posts because the city considered it a “pilot” project. Well, it’s been about a year and a half, and now … Continue reading

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2nd Ave bike lane will go one block further south + North extension set to open in 2017

You may have noticed crews out painting what appears to be the first extension of the 2nd Ave protected bike lane since it opened in October 2014. Your eyes have not deceived you. Don’t get too excited, though, because it’s … Continue reading

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2nd Ave getting upgrades + Extension to Denny possible this year

After nearly a year and a half as a pilot project, the 2nd Ave bike lane is getting some significant — and hopefully more comfortable and attractive — upgrades. Among the improvements are new planter boxes to help separate the … Continue reading

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New 2nd Ave traffic signals clear up confusion

When the city finally upgraded the old skinny paint-only door zone bike lane on 2nd Ave in 2014, it was an incredible increase in biking comfort downtown. But almost immediately after opening one thing became clear: The array of signals … Continue reading

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Commute Seattle will install bike counter display on 2nd Ave

Downtown Seattle will get its first live-updated bike counter display soon thanks to Commute Seattle. Located on 2nd Ave between Madison and Marion Streets, the counter will tick away daily and annual totals as people bike by. As we’ve seen … Continue reading

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One year after Kung was killed, join a vigil and call for Vision Zero Friday

Traffic injuries and deaths are preventable, and we have the cure. We’ve already planned Seattle’s safe streets upgrades corridor-by-corridor and neighborhood-by-neighborhood. The city’s traffic engineers have studied proven best practices from in town and around the world. The city is … Continue reading

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City and contractor rethinking sudden 2nd Ave bike lane closure

The moment fences went up blocking the 2nd Ave protected bike lane just south of Pike Street, I started getting tweets and emails from baffled people who, rather than having a protected bike lane were detoured mid-block into the general … Continue reading

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City gives opposite tickets to people obeying the 2nd Ave traffic signals

Most people follow the rules on 2nd Ave. Most people biking stop when the bike signal is red, and most people turning left obey the red arrow and wait their turn. Unfortunately, most isn’t good enough, and there are far … Continue reading

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City will remove one of the Sher Kung ghost bikes

As news spread that a young and popular lawyer had died biking to work downtown, mourners came to 2nd and University to pay their respects. Many left flowers, some left notes. Two people brought ghost bikes. One person even left … Continue reading

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Seattle makes list of top ten best new bikes lanes. Twice. Again.

Seattle’s batting average for national bike lane lists leads the league. Last year, Seattle made the Green Lane Project’s list of the top ten protected bike lanes for 2013 two times: Linden Ave was 5th and Cherry Street was 9th … Continue reading

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SDOT and PeopleForBikes make a video about 2nd Ave that’s … well, just watch it

There are a couple ways to encourage and teach people to use a new piece of bike infrastructure. In the first handful of days after the 2nd Ave protected bike lane opened, for example, volunteers and SDOT staff were out … Continue reading

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