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City set to begin work to complete the Green Lake Outer Loop, should open by December

It’s happening. Work to complete the Green Lake Outer Loop will begin “this month” and should be open by December. The community-generated concept would repurpose a non-continuous lane along the east side of Aurora Avenue, turning it into a walking … Continue reading

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Nearly-final plans show Green Lake Outer Loop bikeway is still on track

SDOT released the 90% design plans for the Green Lake Outer Loop, and they show that the bikeway is still on track to finally complete a biking and walking route 112 years in the making. The advanced design document shows … Continue reading

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Watch: Best Side Cycling tours the new 15th Ave NE bike lanes + What can we learn from its shortcomings?

The new and improved 15th Avenue NE bike lanes opened last month, and much of the project is excellent. But the opening celebrations have been a bit dampened due to the city’s decision to ignore people’s requests to help them … 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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Add your ideas for improvements to the Seattle Transportation Plan map

The city is currently developing a major, all-inclusive transportation plan they are calling the Seattle Transportation Plan. The plan covers “more than just roads,” according to the city’s online engagement tool. It also includes “sidewalks, bridges, stairways, transit, paths and … 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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Cascade: Support the city’s Ballard Missing Link construction permit

Seattle has applied for a permit needed to construct the simplified Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link in Ballard, and you know what that means. It’s time to submit yet another comment supporting the completion of this long, long, long, long delayed … Continue reading

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City announces new scooter and bike share permits: Spin and Wheels are out, Bird is in

Spin and Wheels have not received permits to operate in Seattle under the city’s 2022–2023 permit, SDOT announced. But for the first time, scooter company Bird will operate here. LINK scooters have retained their permit, as have Lime’s scooters and … Continue reading

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Bicycle Sundays are now called ‘Bicycle Weekends’ + City begins ‘visioning process’ for Lake Washington Blvd’s future

54 years after the first Bicycle Sunday on Lake Washington Boulevard, the car-free event has long solidified as a beloved tradition. As was the case in 2021, SDOT and Seattle Parks will expand Bicycle Sundays into what they are now … Continue reading

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Tuesday: Tell SDOT we need a continuous waterfront bikeway

Seattle’s downtown waterfront has been under construction for so long, it’s sometimes easy to forget that when the dust finally settles there will be a complete waterfront bikeway for the first time in Seattle history. Upon opening, this bikeway will … 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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SDOT starts work on bike connection from Belltown to Lower Queen Anne/Uptown

There’s a good chance you missed the news about this one because, well, let’s just look at the timestamp … oh no. As part of the Climate Pledge Arena transportation plan, SDOT closed a short section of the 2nd Ave … Continue reading

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Key section of Georgetown to South Park Trail moving forward alongside a new dog park

A gravel cut-through in Georgetown near Boeing Field will become a dog park and trail corridor, providing a key piece of the community-led Georgetown to South Park Trail. If all goes according to schedule, the park and trail connection should … 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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Vital E Marginal Way bike route to West Seattle is fully funded

With $20 million in federal funding, Seattle now has enough money to complete a long-planned E Marginal Way rebuild in SODO. Final design is scheduled to be complete in early 2022, with work beginning later in the year. Construction should … Continue reading

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Green Lake bikeway would help restore the original Olmsted park plan

“The Aurora Avenue extension, if authorized by the voters, must be paid for not in money alone, but in the blood of the children who are entitled, first to safe passage to their schools and second, to safety in their … Continue reading

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Lake City’s newest street mural is amazing

Street murals are wonderful, and the newest one in Lake City is one of the best in the city. Designed to be part of the Little Brook Stay Healthy Street, Romel Belleza’s mural is the product of a partnership between … Continue reading

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Scaled back Missing Link plans could put the trail on budget and sidestep lawsuits

The Missing Link appellants have won! But not really. The Seattle Department of Transportation announced today that they are prepared to submit a significantly scaled-back version of their plans to complete the Missing Link of the Burke-Gilman Trail through Ballard. … Continue reading

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Saturday: Celebrate the new Green Lake bike lanes with a community ride and scavenger hunt

Join local safe streets groups and SDOT Saturday for a community bike ride celebrating the opening of the Green Lake bike lanes. Meet up 10:30 a.m. at the Flamingo parking lot of the Woodland Park Zoo to ride with the … Continue reading

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Dongho Chang leaving SDOT to be State Traffic Engineer at WSDOT

Seattle is a better city because of Dongho Chang. There may not be another public servant working in our city in the past decade who has had a greater impact on so many people’s everyday lives. Since 2012, Chang has … Continue reading

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