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Huge support for safe streets at Move Seattle hearing + Need to focus on vision rather than costs

The call for safe streets during Tuesday’s public hearing on the Move Seattle levy was overwhelming. Indeed, as person after person and family after family got up to advocate for safe streets in their neighborhoods, I kept waiting for someone … Continue reading

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Support safe streets at Move Seattle public hearing Tuesday

The Move Seattle transportation levy puts a pretty strong emphasis on safety, but there’s one key piece that many safe streets advocates in the city think is far too low: Safe Routes to School. You can tell the City Council … Continue reading

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Why the Move Seattle levy needs to fund bold action on walking and biking safety

The past decade has seen steep increases in safety for people inside cars in Seattle, but the city’s safe streets efforts have barely moved the dial on reducing the total number of people biking or walking who are seriously injured … 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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Longtime City Council Transportation Chair Tom Rasmussen will not seek reelection

For years, Tom Rasmussen has been the most influential member of the City Council when it comes to transportation issues. Through several Council committee shakeups, he has remained the Chair of the Transportation Committee, and nearly all big city transportation … Continue reading

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Cheasty Greenspace mountain bike trail clears Council committee vote

A community plan to build sustainable mountain bike and hiking trails in Cheasty Greenspace has barely cleared a key City Council committee vote, bringing it one step closer to winning the Neighborhood Matching Funds it needs to become reality, Publicola … Continue reading

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Three bike meetings tonight: Bike Share, Seattle transportation budget workshop + Bike Board

There are (at least) three important bikey meetings Wednesday evening (tonight!), all at the same time. If you have time, swing by one of them and give your input to make bicycling in Seattle better. City Council Transportation Budget Workshop … Continue reading

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City Council will vote on Bike Master Plan + Next step: How to realize its vision

UPDATE: The Council passed the bike plan unanimously. On the way to City Hall, I caught up with Davey Oil, Madi Carlson and their children. To get downtown from Capitol Hill, we biked down busy Broadway, and it was safe … Continue reading

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Council Transportation Committee approves Bike Master Plan – UPDATED

I know it’s hard to believe, but the Bike Master Plan update that began in early 2012 is still working its way through the bowels of the Seattle Process™. But it may finally be approaching the finish line. The City … Continue reading

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Bike plan sails through public hearing

The Bike Master Plan sailed through a public hearing Wednesday with overwhelming support. Supporters of safe neighborhood streets packed the Council Chambers at City Hall to support the city’s plan for safe streets and bike routes in every Seattle neighborhood. … Continue reading

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Council will hold public hearing on Bike Master Plan Wednesday

This is a reminder that the City Council is holding a public hearing about the Bike Master Plan Wednesday, perhaps your last chance to submit comments on plan before the Council votes on it early next year. The hearing starts … Continue reading

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City Council wants to add $1M to speed building of downtown protected bike lanes

The City Council has proposed a change to outgoing Mayor Mike McGinn’s budget: Adding $1 million to the 2014 budget for design of protected bike lanes downtown. Designed so everyday people of all ages and abilities find them safe and … Continue reading

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City Council unanimously approves bike share ordinances, launch on track for Spring 2014

The City Council approved two ordinances Tuesday to make way for Puget Sound Bike Share stations on streets, sidewalks and plazas throughout Seattle’s urban centers, urban villages, commercial zones, industrial zones and major institutions. With a 7-0 vote (Burgess and … Continue reading

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Council committee recommends rule changes to allow bike share

The city took another step towards the launch of Puget Sound Bike Share Tuesday. The City Council Transportation Committee unanimously approved rules changes creating a permitting process for bike share stations and helmet vending kiosks in city Urban villages, urban … Continue reading

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City Council introduces bike share ordinance

An ordinance making room in city rules for bike share stations is now starting its journey through the City Council. Introduced by Transportation Committee Chair Tom Rasmussen, the ordinance would essentially make two changes: 1) Allow permits for bike share … Continue reading

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City Council will likely vote on 520 resolution with even stronger bike/walk language

The City Council will consider an amended resolution to guide planning for the Seattle side of the 520 Bridge Replacement Project today (Monday) at 2:30 p.m. Stay tuned for updates. UPDATE: It passes the committee. See the Montlaker blog for … Continue reading

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City Council may vote on 520 Bridge resolution demanding better biking and walking environment

The City Council today will vote on a resolution that recommends many changes to the biking and walking environment in the 520 Bridge replacement project, including study of a Portage Bay Bridge trail, a biking and walking bridge over I-5 … Continue reading

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Council hears overwhelming support for people-friendly 520 project

If you have ever walked or biked through Montlake at Highway 520, you know that the area is not friendly to people outside a motor vehicle. Well, if current plans go forward, the walking and biking environment would be worse. … Continue reading

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Cascade tells Council the club supports at-risk transit funds

As we reported last week, $5 million of high capacity transit planning money in the mayor’s proposed budget is facing potential cuts as the City Council deliberates the 2013-14 budget. That money—which would be used to study and design high … Continue reading

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Council considers increases to bike/walk plans, transit funding could face cuts

The City Council is in the midst of hearings and meetings to discuss which parts of Mayor McGinn’s proposed 2013-14 budget to keep and which parts to scrap. It’s possible that biking and walking projects could get a boost beyond … Continue reading

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