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Mayor Murray: ‘Protected bicycle lanes are a crucial component of our transportation infrastructure’

In a recent letter, Mayor Ed Murray did not mince words about how strongly he supports building protected bike lanes in Seattle. In support of Seattle’s application to be part of the national Green Lane Project — a program of … Continue reading

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Andersen: Using plastic posts instead of curbs, Seattle plans to reduce the cost of protected bike lanes

Which is better for bike lanes: concrete curbs or plastic posts? In the small, fast-growing world of the protected bike lane, Seattle is the city of physical beauty. I won’t lie to you: my organization, which helps U.S. cities build … Continue reading

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Why Seattle must invest in protected bike lanes and transit summarized in one moving GIF

The choice is clear: There is no choice. Seattle must invest in better transit and bike lanes if the city wants to grow. Here’s a moving GIF from 2nd Avenue in downtown Seattle that demonstrates why. Inspired by this GIF … Continue reading

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Seattle makes national list of top ten protected bike lanes in 2013 … twice

Seattle’s belated entry into protected bike lanes has definitely made a splash. In fact, the national Green Lane Project recently created a list of the top ten protected bike lanes of 2013, and Seattle made the list … twice. Linden … Continue reading

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Martin: Protected bike lanes downtown could be Murray’s ‘first big bike test’

We reported recently on the City Council’s proposal to add $1 million to the 2014 budget. If approved, the change would accelerate design of miles of protected bike lanes and walking safety improvements downtown and put the city on track … Continue reading

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Seattle will purchase skinny bike lane sweeper machine

Bike Portland reported this week that their city has purchased a special street sweeper vehicle that fits into the city’s new protected bike lanes. Protected bike lanes are appealing and safe for people on bikes because a barrier of some … 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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Listen to KPLU’s fantastic story about cycle tracks

KPLU’s Paula Wissel has a fantastic story about cycle tracks this morning. You can catch it online here. I met Paula next to the Linden Ave cycle track recently, and we chatted for a while, watching folks roll by. Her … Continue reading

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Broadway is the new face of complete streets in Seattle (VIDEO)

The city of Seattle opened the first section of the Broadway Bikeway this week, showcasing how protected bike lanes can work on even the most active streets in the city. Broadway connects from Yesler Terrace and First Hill into the … Continue reading

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City officially opens section of the Broadway Bikeway

The Broadway Bikeway is officially open between Union Street and Denny Way. This is the city’s first attempt at a two-way protected bikeway on a very busy commercial street. We will have more on the bikeway soon. Here’s the announcement … Continue reading

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The Linden Cycle Track is Seattle’s first world-class protected bike lane + VIDEO

Seattle recently completed most work on the Linden Ave Complete Streets Project, which includes a world-class cycle track connecting the Seattle and Shoreline sections of the Interurban Trail and dramatically improving walking and ADA access along the street. Essentially, the … Continue reading

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The Linden Ave cycle track is now complete

I’m still on vacation in Denver, so we will have more coverage of this soon. But for all you who are super eager to try out Seattle’s newest and longest protected bike lanes, the city has announced that the Linden … Continue reading

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Now open: NE 65th Street cycle track near Magnuson Park

To use a summer blockbuster analogy, cycle tracks—essentially bike lanes that are protected from general traffic—are the next big thing dropping on Seattle’s streets. NE 65th Street is the trailer, and it was just officially released. SODT reports that the … Continue reading

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Mayor McGinn to Rahm Emanuel: Seattle will keep its bikers, thank you

In his State of the City address Tuesday, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn responded to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s threat to lure Seattle’s tech jobs to his city by creating a world-class bike lane network. We’re going to build world-class, safe … Continue reading

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Obama walks down that center-lane cycle track that would be great on Westlake

You know how Westlake Ave in South Lake Union is still super dangerous for cycling due to the streetcar tracks in the curb lane? Well we have argued that the city should design protected bike lanes in the center lanes … Continue reading

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Stranger: This is why we need protected bike lanes downtown

The Stranger’s Dominic Holden happened on the aftermath of a collision on 2nd Avenue’s notoriously dangerous bike lane downtown yesterday. The person hit was scraped up and shaking, but was not seriously injured. However, Holden notes that this collision is … Continue reading

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Chicago Mayor: I want Seattle’s bikers and the jobs that come with them

The great cities of the Pacific Northwest no longer have a free ride as the top bicycling cities in the United States. While Portland and Seattle have spent the past couple years making calculated, political moves to incrementally improve the … Continue reading

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Broadway streetcar extention will include cycle track, open house Dec 13

With funding for the planning phase of the First Hill Streetcar secured, the city is holding a Broadway Extension open house to discuss what such an extension could look like for the neighborhood. The meeting will be 4–6 p.m. December … Continue reading

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Seattle, cycle tracks can be built easily and quickly

Chicago is currently installing some of the last miles of new bike lanes the city has planned for 2012: A two-way cycle track on N Dearborn Street through the incredibly dense and busy downtown Loop. The downtown project is part … Continue reading

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Bike Master Plan: Neighborhood greenways are much more than ‘alternatives’ to bike lanes

This is the first post in a series analyzing the draft Bicycle Master Plan update, which is currently taking public comments. There is a meeting tonight (Tuesday) 5:30–7:30 at UW’s Gould Hall and a November 15 online lunchtime meeting. Neighborhood … Continue reading

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