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WA Bike Alliance launches bike blog database, feed

The Bicycle Alliance of Washington, led by relatively new Director Barb Chamberlain, has pulled together a nearly exhaustive list of blogs about bicycling in the state. They are sorted based on locales of focus, and they plan to keep the … Continue reading

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Bicycle Alliance’s 2013 legislative goals include safe-passing, safe neighborhood streets + more

The 2013 state legislative season is starting to pick up steam, with lawmakers figuring out their alliances and picking committee heads. Meanwhile, advocacy groups of all kinds are putting out their agendas and building support for bills they hope will … Continue reading

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Tell Governor Gregoire Safe Routes to School is not expendable

The newest Federal Transportation Bill (MAP-21) is not good for biking and walking, which was slashed by at least 35 percent. While there are some ancillary benefits to the new bill, it’s main change is the amount of latitude local … Continue reading

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I Bike SEA program will encourage more cycling along our best infrastructure

A new cycling promotional program has a slightly different take: Encourage more people to use the city’s best cycling infrastructure through encouragement, get-togethers, bike pools and more. I Bike SEA is a chance for people interested in cycling to work … Continue reading

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Bicycle Alliance: WSDOT will improve biking surface on Hood Canal Bridge

The Bicycle Alliance of Washington and other area cycling groups have convinced WSDOT that improvements are needed for people biking on the Hood Canal Bridge, a vital connection between the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. The three-foot-wide metal plates currents on … Continue reading

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Spokane’s Barb Chamberlain picked as new Bicycle Alliance Director

Barb Chamberlain has been named as the new Executive Director of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. She will take the helm of the statewide advocacy group as longtime director Barb Culp retires. I first saw Chamberlain in a 2010 talk … Continue reading

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New Federal Transpo Bill slashes bike/walk safety, will use air quality funds to widen highways

The news out of Washington DC is grim. The drastically underfunded biking and walking budget has been slashed as much at 60 – 70 percent, and biking and walking advocacy groups appear resigned to accept it. I’ll let the Bicycle … Continue reading

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Washington named most bike-friendly state

Washington State has claimed the top spot on the League of American Bicyclists’ list of bike-friendly states for the fifth year in a row. The League rated all 50 states and determined that Washington is the only state to score … Continue reading

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Thursday: Wonky Neighborhood Greenways meeting on Capitol Hill + Bike party in Pioneer Square

Lots of bike stuff going down Thursday, including a wonky safe streets design meeting at Capitol Hill Library and a Bike Month kickoff party during the Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk. First, if you like discussing the nitty gritty … Continue reading

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Bicycle Alliance Director Barb Culp retires

Barb Culp, executive director of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, is retiring. After years at the helm of the statewide bike advocacy organization, Culp said she wants to spend more time with her family. Culp left the Bicycle Alliance in … Continue reading

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Bicycle Alliance: Action needed to make Hood Canal Bridge safe

In the first few months after the Hood Canal Bridge reopened in 2009, several people biking were seriously injured. The cause: Metal plates placed over the bridge grating was clearly placed without people biking in mind. Uneven gaps and slippery … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Safe Speeds Bill misses cutoff as Senate devolves into standstill

The Senate devolved into a drawn-out parliamentary standstill Friday as the Republicans and three conservative Democrats attempted to push through their own version of the state budget. The result, however, is that any bill passed previously by the House that … Continue reading

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Thursday: Bicycle Alliance and Back Alley Bike Repair celebration + Women on Wheels

And while you’re down there, Back Alley Bike Repair is celebrating their official Grand Opening in Nord Alley during the First Thursday Art Walk. They’ve been open since February 14, but now it’s official. So stop by and buy something … Continue reading

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State’s safe street design and neighborhood speed bills make progress

Two bills that give municipalities more tools to make streets safer are making good progress in the state legislature. The Safe Neighborhood Speeds Bill (SHB 1217) is headed to the Senate floor for a final vote after passing the House … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Safe Speeds Bill headed to Senate committee Thursday

The Neighborhood Safe Speeds Bill (SHB 1217) passed the state House 96-0 a few weeks ago, and now it’s starting it’s climb through the Senate. The Senate Transportation Committee is holding a hearing on the bill tomorrow, so now would … Continue reading

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Pioneer Square’s Back Alley Bike Repair will open for business Valentine’s Day

Back Alley Bike Repair is on track to open its doors February 14, operating out of the shop’s space in Nord Alley in Pioneer Square. We spoke with the shop’s owner Ben Rainbow in December about closing the Bicycle Alliance’s … Continue reading

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House unanimously passes Neighborhood Safe Speeds Bill

The Neighborhood Safe Speeds Bill (HB 1217) passed the state House 96-0, giving it a huge amount of momentum heading into the Senate. Last year, the bill died in the Senate’s Transportation Committee, but advocates and lawmakers have placed added … Continue reading

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Washington State disproportionaltely underfunds walking and biking

Despite the fact that 13.6 percent of Washington traffic fatalities are people either walking or biking, the state allocates only 0.5 percent of its transportation budget (and 2.7 percent of its federal funds) to walking and biking projects. Seattle has … Continue reading

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Bicycle Alliance: Why the Neighborhood Safe Speeds Bill should pass

We have written several times in support of HB-1217 (now SHB-1217), which passed the House with unanimous, bipartisan support 92-0 last year before dying in a Senate committee. The Neighborhood Safe Speeds Bill would simply give municipalities the option of … Continue reading

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The neighborhood safe speeds bill has unanimous, bipartisan support

20’s Plenty For Us from Streetfilms on Vimeo. Last year, freshman state Representative Cindy Ryu sponsored a bill that won wide, unanimous and bipartisan support. HB 1217 would allow municipalities to bypass red tape when lowering speed limits on non-arterial … Continue reading

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