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Thanks to years of delays, Seattle has 2 years to build 47 miles of voter-approved bike routes

Seattle voters overwhelmingly approved a taxing levy in 2015 with the stated goal of building 110 miles of new or upgraded protected bike lanes and neighborhood greenways across the city by the end of 2024. As of the start of … Continue reading

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SDOT is reopening the Spokane Street Bridge, will remove 1st Ave bike lanes Saturday

After three weeks stuck in its waterway-priority position, the Spokane Street Swing Bridge to West Seattle will be usable again this afternoon. SDOT noted in an announcement that it should be fully open by 2 p.m. today (Friday). This is … 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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South Seattle bike lane improvements added as budget goes to final vote

Though many of the Seattle City Council’s more ambitious budget goals were shelved following a grim revenue forecast, the nearly-complete 2023-24 budget retains the Vision Zero and Missing Link redesign funds that Mayor Bruce Harrell initially proposed and sets aside … Continue reading

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With his new SDOT Director in place, Mayor Harrell centers safety amid rising traffic deaths

With traffic deaths rising to horrific levels, Mayor Bruce Harrell has signaled his support for prioritizing and taking ownership of Vision Zero. Harrell spoke before a memorial ride Seattle Neighborhood Greenways organized in honor of Robb Mason last week, and … Continue reading

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Mayor picks LA’s Greg Spotts as next SDOT Director

Greg Spotts will be the next SDOT Director, taking over the department in September. Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the decision on Beacon Hill today, describing Spotts as “a champion for innovative thinking, sustainable solutions, collaborative partnership building and transparent public … Continue reading

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Fact-checking SDOT’s excuses for not making Rainier Ave safer

The good news is that  SDOT is redesigning one of the worst stretches of roadway in the city: Rainier Avenue S between Columbia City and I-90. The bad news is that their design still prioritizes car movement above transit mobility … Continue reading

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Feds recommend $60 million for RapidRide J project, including Eastlake Ave remake

The Federal Transit Administration has recommended a $60.1 million grant to fund the RapidRide J project from the U District to South Lake Union via Eastlake. “Coupled with funding from the Levy to Move Seattle that voters approved in 2015, … Continue reading

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Outgoing Director Zimbabwe led SDOT through a very rough storm + Mayor-Elect Harrell outlines transportation vision

It feels like Sam Zimbabwe never had the chance to lead the Department of Transportation without an emergency beyond his control dictating the work of the day. With the news that Mayor-Elect Bruce Harrell will not keep him on after … Continue reading

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Congratulations Mayor-Elect Bruce Harrell

Congratulations to Mayor-Elect Bruce Harrell on a convincing win. If past voting patterns hold true as the rest of the ballots are counted, Harrell is positioned to win the Mayoral race by a wider margin than Jenny Durkan did in … Continue reading

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Endorsement: González for Mayor

Ballots are in the mail and the drop boxes are open. If you don’t receive your ballot or forgot to update your address, go the King County elections website to update your info or request a replacement. If you are … Continue reading

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Support budgets for a Georgetown/South Park trail, SDOT Equity Program, Summer Parkways + more

It is long past time to build a comfortable and safe biking and walking connection between Georgetown and South Park. These communities are so close, yet the most direct way to walk between them involves a dirt path running behind … Continue reading

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Council faces a choice: Kill Pronto now or make lemonade out of the existing stations?

Pronto Cycle Share turned two years old last week, but there hasn’t been a whole lot of celebration. At this point, the system has spent more time operating in a state of uncertainty and controversy than it has operating normally. … Continue reading

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Right now, crews are making big fixes to Seattle’s most dangerous street

In an attempt to stop the flow of people from Rainier Ave to the emergency room, crews are finally out redesigning Seattle’s most dangerous street to be calmer, more efficient and more intuitive for everyone. The changes were announced last … Continue reading

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Harrell at Rainier Ave safety protest: We’re gonna take our street back

Business leaders, community leaders, residents, safe streets advocates, Councilmember Bruce Harrell and Zeytuna Edo’s family gathered in Columbia City Wednesday to protest dangerous conditions on Rainier Ave and pressure the city to take action to make the street safer. “What … Continue reading

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Neighbors will protest outsized Rainier Ave danger Wednesday

Every day that passes without action, there’s another collision on Rainier Ave. Often, people are lucky enough to walk away with an auto body bill. But sometimes, people’s lives are changed forever by a serious injury. And once every year, … Continue reading

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Cascade announces some early City Council endorsements, supports Godden opponent

As we reported earlier this week, Cascade Bicycle Club has wisely chosen not to ditch their political election work. We also reported that the club’s first political act after making that choice was to endorse Rob Johnson for Seattle City … Continue reading

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Looking to stand out from the mayoral pack? Challenge McGinn with a bike-friendly vision

Are you running for Mayor of Seattle, but don’t know how to stand out among a packed crowd of challengers to incumbent Mike McGinn? Stop reading Internet comments and come out with an inspiring vision for a biking and walking-friendly … Continue reading

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