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How a 20-something SDOT staffer took on a dying program & changed the bike share world

Kyle Rowe was still an undergrad at UW when he started working for SDOT. In a few short years, he would make himself indispensable to the department, take a career risk on a doomed bike share program and somehow turn … Continue reading

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SDOT begins installing locally-made side guards on city trucks

Trucks are big, make wide turns and have nasty blind spots. So while they are vital for making the city function, they can also be very dangerous for people walking and biking. In a recent five-year period, USDOT found that … 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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The community-advised Missing Link design keeps getting better for everyone

The Ballard Missing Link of the Burke-Gilman Trail has been debated and challenged in court for two decades, and sometimes it’s hard in such a long, frustrating process to remember what this thing is really about. On average, about two … Continue reading

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New Pike/Pine bike lanes give a taste of their potential, but have been cut too short

For four glorious blocks between 2nd and 6th Avenues, Seattle’s new bike lane on Pike Street is a strong demonstration of how a connected network of bike lanes would dramatically increase the comfort and appeal of biking downtown. You can … Continue reading

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Missing Link community design reaches major milestone + Public workshop Thursday

The design for the Ballard Missing Link continues to move forward, reaching a major milestone that puts it on track for construction starting in winter 2018. You can check out the latest design details and weigh in at a design … Continue reading

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City will build a few blocks of very needed Pike/Pine bike lanes this weekend

SDOT crews will install five blocks of protected bike lanes on Pike and Pine Streets downtown this weekend, making a vital connection to the under-construction 2nd Ave bike lane in the heart of the downtown retail core. If the weather … Continue reading

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Bike share ridership is booming + Spin launches better bike, Forbes says LimeBike valued at $200M

Free-floating bike share is working in Seattle. Or at least it sure appears that way according to the city’s first analysis of anonymized private bike share data. In just two months, people have already taken 120,000 trips on the bikes. … Continue reading

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2nd Ave bike lane extension will open southbound in early October, northbound a couple weeks later – UPDATED

The 2nd Ave bike lane will reach Denny Way next month. Work on the street has been ongoing for quite a while as the city prepared it for bike lanes and other improvements for all modes, such as badly needed … Continue reading

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City extends 9th Ave protected bike lanes + How can the city fix the Mercer crossing?

We are two blocks closer to a complete connection between downtown and the Westlake Bikeway. SDOT installed Phase II of their three-phase rollout of protected bike lanes on 9th Ave N in South Lake Union this week. The bike lanes … Continue reading

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Protected bike lanes coming to Pike/Pine a big improvement, but fall just short

Pike and Pine Streets downtown are among the biggest missing bike connections downtown, and the city wants to take action to make them safer and more comfortable by the end of the year. Like with 2nd Ave in 2014, SDOT … Continue reading

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Spin and LimeBike are first to apply for bike share permits, ready to launch once approved

Spin and LimeBike appear to be the two bike share companies most ready to get an early start on the streets of Seattle this summer. SDOT has confirmed that the companies are the only two who have yet submitted complete … Continue reading

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9th Ave bike lanes carve out a real transportation option in South Lake Union

People using the Westlake Bikeway can now, finally, get to and through South Lake Union via a mostly uninterrupted route of bike lanes. It’s not the most direct route, and the connection into downtown is still incomplete. But for an … Continue reading

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City releases draft bike share pilot permit + List of interested companies grows to ten

Seattle took a major step closer to becoming the hub of private bike share innovation in North America today by releasing a draft version of its bike share pilot rules. This is our first look at the playing field SDOT is … Continue reading

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Green Lake and Wallingford paving projects are a chance to make major bike network improvements

A series of planned paving projects in Green Lake and Wallingford are a big chance to make significant improvements to the North Seattle bike network. And of course, the city could save a lot of money by making these improvements … Continue reading

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City’s 2019 plans for SW Avalon would dramatically improve bike access to the heart of W Seattle

There are only so many ways to get up West Seattle’s formidable hills, and SW Avalon Way is an absolutely vital one. Connecting the Alki Trail/West Seattle Bridge to Fauntleroy and the heart of West Seattle, Avalon is one of … Continue reading

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Work underway to replace S Holgate bridge staircase with ramp

The S Holgate Street Bridge is far from the friendliest bike route between Sodo and North Beacon Hill, but it is definitely the most direct. But because the only sidewalk on the bridge turns into a staircase at the Sodo … Continue reading

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SDOT really, really wants you to report potholes

If there is a persistent pothole that you find yourself swearing at every singe day, well, this is your chance to get it fixed. SDOT has launched a renewed campaign to get people to report potholes so crews can go … Continue reading

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Northlake Way is getting a short section of new sidewalk, bike lane

Work is underway on a short new stretch of sidewalk and bike lane on Northlake Way near the University Bridge. Identified as a key missing piece in the Pedestrian Master Plan, the sidewalk will connect the businesses on Northlake Way … Continue reading

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SDOT shows off improved short-term bike plan

When SDOT released the 2016 short-term bike plan, I suggested the department “burn it and try again.” Well, they more or less did just that. The new plan is far from perfect, and it doesn’t make up for lost time resulting … Continue reading

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