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A sober look at Pronto’s finances ahead of Council meeting

The City of Seattle already cut checks in December and early 2016 totaling $305,000 to keep Pronto Cycle Share operational, Josh Feit at Publicola reports. This revelation will certainly be a topic of conversation during tomorrow’s 2 p.m. Transportation Committee … Continue reading

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OK Computer, a machine gun made of car parts, and other thoughts on art and cities

Cities are incubators of art, and art influences cities. In the best cases, they are one and the same. This isn’t exactly news, but it’s an interesting lens for experiencing art. How does an urban space influence a creation? And … Continue reading

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Seattle Met names me a 2014 ‘Game Changer’

My mother wants me to send her “at least three copies” of the January 2015 issue of Seattle Met. That’s because the magazine and its political news arm Publicola named me one of 15 “game changers who will spend 2015 … Continue reading

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New SDOT Director wisely adds bike signals to 2nd Ave bike lane design, could open by Sept. 8

The 2nd Ave protected bike lane project appears to be ahead of its original ambitious schedule, and Publicola reports that the lane could open as early as Labor Day weekend (UPDATE: SDOT’s Dawn Schellenberg says their current goal date is … Continue reading

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Interim Director: Cascade is not moving away from advocacy

Last week, Publicola included this interesting note in a local news roundup: The Cascade Bicycle Club, whose longtime executive director Chuck Ayers announced he was leaving the group back in March, is still looking for a new leader, and six … Continue reading

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Person shot with pellet gun while biking in Bellevue + Bike thief arrested at UW

A man was shot in the leg with a pellet gun while biking to work on SE 36th in Bellevue last week, King 5 reports. There was no altercation leading up to the incident, and he did not even realize … Continue reading

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Why an $80 vehicle license fee makes sense

The city is considering an increase in the Vehicle License Fee (car tabs) to help pay for the massive backlog in road maintenance. But the proposal recommended by the citizen’s committee tasked with putting the funds to use also saw … Continue reading

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Cascade was not included in cutback to Bicycle Sundays

Cascade Bicycle Club’s David Hiller told Publicola the club was not included in the Parks Department’s decision to cut the number of Bicycle Sundays from 18 to 12 this year: David Hiller, policy director for the Cascade Bicycle Club, says … Continue reading

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Publicola: Health Dept Director supports NE 125th changes

Publicola reports that David Fleming, the Seattle/King County health department director has sent a letter to the mayor in support of SDOT’s proposed road diet for NE 125th St: In a letter to the city council and Mayor Mike McGinn … Continue reading

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Freight group upset that city cares about bike safety

There are these wonderful moments where opponents to bicycle projects just come right out and say what they mean. It’s refreshing to hear a group’s arguments against lanes without them being distorted into, say, an Orwellian desire to “protect” cyclists … Continue reading

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Accidentally saying ‘accident’

For someone who spends this much time and energy thinking and writing about misuse of the term “accident,” how did this happen? In a story about a pedestrian struck by a Volvo on Yesler last week, I referred to the … Continue reading

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Port of Seattle study of Nickerson confirmed the project would not affect traffic – UPDATED

UPDATED: The Port denies this study ever existed. See update at bottom of story. Publicola found out an interesting little tidbit the other day. After hearing concerns from many industrial and maritime businesses that the Nickerson changes would adversely affect … Continue reading

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My gas taxes pay for (0.44% of) these roads!

Josh at Publicola has written a post that should (but probably won’t) put the old “my gas taxes pay for these roads” argument to sleep. Josh went to SDOT to find out exactly what percentage of road projects and repairs … Continue reading

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Where did the 2nd Ave bike lane go wrong? – UPDATED

Erica Barnett at Publicola says the 2nd Ave bike lane is probably the worst in the city: Here are some of the many things that could happen to you as a cyclist on Second:A passenger in a parked car could … Continue reading

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Dan Bertolet hates cars because they kill your children

If only that headline were exaggerating. However, in his anti-car post on Publicola, Dan Bertolet points out that cars are the leading cause of death among American children: This is one reason I hate cars (but not the only one): … Continue reading

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On other blogs: Biking the coast in 1909

A quick roundup of interesting stuff from around the city. Go Means Go has a book review of “Two Wheels North” by Evelyn McDaniel Gibb, the story of two boys who rode their bikes from Santa Rosa to Seattle for … Continue reading

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Survey Says: Without my car lanes I’ll die!

Seattle does want bike lanes … but not if they take lanes away from cars. This is according to a survey by Survey USA. Only 46 percent of respondents said the city needs more bikes lanes (43 percent say the … Continue reading

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Bike master plan already out-of-date?

Josh Cohen at Publicola took a look at the city’s Bicycle Master Plan and determined it is too vehicularist and is already sounds out-of-date, even though it is only a few years old: This week, an astute PubliCola reader pointed … Continue reading

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Nickerson ‘road diet’ work to start next week

Work on Nickerson is scheduled to begin next week. This comes after a brief fight over the proposal, which will eliminate a traffic lane in each direction and add a center turn lane, a bicycle lane and safe crosswalks. Resistance … Continue reading

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On other blogs: ‘Golf Ball From Army Navy Country Club Fifth Hole Hits Baby’

OK, that didn’t happen. But Navy Capt. (Ret.) Louis Kriser is worried that headline could someday run if a public bike path goes in next to the Army-Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. Biking Bis has good analysis, as always.

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