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Man struck and killed on Harbor Island identified. RIP Robert Mason

The man struck and killed while biking on Harbor Island Friday has been identified as Robert Mason, West Seattle Blog reports. He was 63. We send our deepest condolences to his loved ones. Police are still looking for the person … Continue reading

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Driver kills person biking near Spokane Street Bridge then flees the scene

Someone driving struck and killed a 63-year-old man on a bike at the east end of the Spokane Street Bridge to West Seattle Friday evening. The suspect then fled the scene in a white or silver sedan. Our deepest condolences … Continue reading

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Vashon and West Seattle Water Taxis can now take wide tire bikes (but still no long bikes)

The King County Water Taxi bike racks can now take bikes with tires as wide as 4.6 inches, nearly double the size of the old bike racks. This should significantly expand compatibility, especially as many of today’s most popular bikes … Continue reading

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Watch SDOT’s virtual tour of the Duwamish Trail connection & crossing improvements

The Seattle Department of Transportation continues outreach around its proposal to finally connect the last segment of the Duwamish Trail between the West Seattle Bridge and the separated trail that starts a half mile down West Marginal Way SW. A … Continue reading

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Local groups speak up in favor of protected bike lane on West Marginal Way

The plan to finally connect the Duwamish Trail by installing a protected bike lane along the west side of West Marginal Way SW continues to face an uncertain future, as SDOT continues to conduct outreach before a final decision is … Continue reading

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West Seattle Greenway to bridge 35th and connect to the Junction this year

This month SDOT says they are starting work on an extension of the West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway, which will finally connect the current greenway in the south end of the neighborhood with Alaska Junction. Most notably, the project will bring … Continue reading

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Proposed Duwamish Trail extension could make everyone safer on West Marginal Way

The Duwamish trail provides one of the only dedicated bike routes to and from the South Park neighborhood, which is currently dealing with an influx of drivers looking for any shortcut they can take to avoid the repercussions of the … Continue reading

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Cascade launches flashy new resource to help people bike to and through West Seattle

Cascade Bicycle Club and IZIP electric bikes partnered to create a pretty great-looking map of popular bike routes to and through West Seattle to help more people visualize how they can shift more trips to bike. The illustrated map is … Continue reading

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Letter: Invest 1% of West Seattle Bridge budget to help meet biking goals

A collective letter from neighborhood and regional bike and safe streets advocacy groups calls on SDOT to invest at least 1% of the West Seattle Bridge replacement budget on improving bike connections. The city’s mode shift plan for helping people … Continue reading

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E Marginal Way remake and bikeway heads into final design, construction could begin in 2021

With the fate of the West Seattle Bridge still unknown, SDOT is fast-tracking projects to improve other connections to and around the bridge. That includes the long-planned E Marginal Way remake, which has been a priority for both the Port … Continue reading

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West Seattle safe streets archaeologists unearth long-lost sidewalk

Safe streets archaeologists in West Seattle made an astounding discovery this month, unearthing a long-forgotten sidewalk and path connecting the Duwamish Trail to some greenbelt trails off Highland Park Way SW. While waiting for city plans to help ease the … Continue reading

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With the upper West Seattle Bridge closed, bike trips across the low bridge are higher than non-outbreak years

As we already saw in our previous post, the covid-19 pandemic has totally scrambled the typical ridership data collected by Seattle’s 24/7 bike counters. On the Fremont Bridge, for example, total ridership is down about 20% compared to the 2013-19 … Continue reading

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Alert: Lower Spokane Street Bridge will close overnight May 29-31

The lower Spokane Street Bridge to West Seattle, a vital lifeline for the neighborhood since the upper West Seattle Bridge closed, will itself close for evening-to-overnight work Friday, Saturday and maybe Sunday. That means anyone biking will need to detour … Continue reading

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City develops emergency plan in case the West Seattle Bridge falls

The city of course hopes it never comes to this, but they are planning for a worst case scenario in which the bridge becomes so unstable it could collapse. After studying the extensive cracking on the West Seattle High Bridge … Continue reading

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Episode 1 of Ask Seattle Bike Blog: Bus driver in West Seattle needs a bike route to the Sodo bus yard, so here’s my process for finding a new route

For the inaugural episode of Ask Seattle Bike Blog, I respond to a bus driver who lives in West Seattle and wants to know a good bike route to the bus yard in Sodo. I thought this would be a … Continue reading

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Some ways the city can help more people bike during the West Seattle High Bridge closure

Seattle needs to take bold, unprecedented action to help many more people get around by bike during the longterm West Seattle High Bridge closure. This isn’t just about improving cycling conditions, it’s one of the only ways the city can … Continue reading

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With the West Seattle High Bridge closed until at least 2022, talks begin about building a replacement

As we learn more about the unexpected and sudden closure of the West Seattle High Bridge at the end of March, it’s looking more and more like the decision to close the bridge prevented a horrific tragedy. Cracking on both … Continue reading

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Watch: With the West Seattle high bridge closed, here are some popular bike routes to get across the Duwamish River

Transcript (auto-generated .txt) There is still no timeline for reopening the West Seattle high bridge, by far the most-traveled way to get across the Duwamish River and connect to the rest of the city. In the meantime, the lower Spokane … Continue reading

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Upper West Seattle Bridge will be closed for an unknown amount of time, biking across the swing bridge still open

SDOT Director Sam Zimbabwe made an unexpected announcement Monday afternoon that the upper West Seattle Bridge will be closed starting at 7 p.m. due to concerns about cracking in the bridge structure. The lower swing bridge and its walking and … Continue reading

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Seattle’s new ‘mandatory’ bike lane law faces its first real test on Delridge Way SW – UPDATED

Led by former Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Seattle passed an ordinance last year that all but requires SDOT to build out the planned bike network as part of any major repaving projects along a planned route. And the ordinance faces its … Continue reading

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