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Mayor Durkan is right, we do need a ‘reset’ on Move Seattle

As regular readers of Seattle Bike Blog know, I have been on family leave since late January following the early birth of my daughter. So unlike the daily news regimen I have reported since 2010, I have not had the … Continue reading

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Seattle tests low-budget painted bike parking to make bike share more orderly

Thousands of bikes spread throughout the city available on-demand for $1, what could be wrong with that? The private, free-floating bike share companies serving Seattle are already changing how people get around the city by providing a new fast, healthy, … Continue reading

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Seattle’s ‘Safest Driver’ app shows some promising results

Among the 4,000 or so people who initially downloaded the “Seattle’s Safest Driver” app, speeding decreased 10 percent and phone distraction decreased 15 percent, according to SDOT. Hard braking and acceleration is also down more than a quarter among the … Continue reading

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Kubly’s SDOT responded to massive growth by going big on walking, biking and transit

Scott Kubly resigned as SDOT Director last month, closing a chapter of incredible growth (and growing pains) over his more than three years at the expanding agency. As SDOT Director during the development of the nine-year Move Seattle transportation levy … Continue reading

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Construction set to begin on vital downtown stretch of 7th Ave bike lane

Construction is set to begin next week to finally connect the well-used 7th Ave bike lane to the downtown core. When we last wrote about the planned 7th Ave southbound protected bike lane, we noted that it would end just … Continue reading

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SDOT uses bike racks to displace people camping under Viaduct

When a long row of bike racks popped up under the Viaduct at Western and Bell, people immediately questioned whether the racks were there to create parking spaces for people to lock bikes or to displace people experiencing homelessness who … Continue reading

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As NE 65th Street safety changes develop, tell SDOT to keep sidewalks wide and bike lanes protected

NE 65th Street needs a safer design. People keep getting seriously injured and killed on this street, and that won’t stop until something changes. This point has been well established, with neighbors even leading a community memorial and march to … Continue reading

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Support bike lanes along the Roosevelt RapidRide line (including Eastlake Ave)

An effort to build a faster and more reliable bus route along the Roosevelt Way/Eastlake Ave corridor is also an incredible opportunity to improve biking and walking conditions along the way. The project — now called Roosevelt RapidRide — is … Continue reading

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Can Seattle’s ‘Safest Driver’ app teach people to drive more responsibly?

To win Seattle’s latest app-based game, you have to NOT look at your phone while driving, obey the speed limit, and smooth out your starts and stops. On one hand, it’s a game. But it’s also a way for people … Continue reading

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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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