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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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King County limits bikes on Vashon/West Seattle water taxis, bans many family bikes

In what is sure to be disappointing news to many readers, King County has announced that it will begin limiting the number and types of bikes allowed on its Vashon and West Seattle water taxis. Bikes and water taxis go … Continue reading

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West Seattle community group responds to bike plan cuts + Cascade, SNG outline their priorities

Neighborhoods all over Seattle have been hit hard by Mayor Jenny Durkan’s proposed bike plan cuts. And as is depressingly typical, West Seattle got hit especially hard. They already had lackluster improvements in the previous version of the bike plan, … Continue reading

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Want some company biking downtown? Join these welcoming West and SE Seattle rides or start your own

Biking on city streets can be more fun and less intimidating when you are with a group. And riding with a group can be a great way to become familiar with a route and learn some tips before trying it … Continue reading

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ALERT: West Seattle swing bridge will be out from 7-9 Tuesday night, shuttles available

Attention folks who bike across the lower West Seattle Bridge: SDOT just announced a closure from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight (Tuesday). As with the previous closure, there will be a shuttle to help folks walking and biking get across, … Continue reading

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Lower West Seattle Bridge reopens, but closure highlighted major need for Sodo bike lanes

UPDATE: The Lower Spokane St Bridge is back open again to all pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle traffic! Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding. — seattleDOTbridges (@SDOTbridges) June 26, 2018 The lower West Seattle Bridge has reopened following … Continue reading

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Lower West Seattle Bridge closed for emergency week-long repair – UPDATED

The lower West Seattle swing bridge closed Wednesday evening for emergency repairs, SDOT announced just hours before crews were planning to take the bridge out of order. The bridge will be in the open position for marine vessels, unusable for … 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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Options for a redesigned E Marginal Way + Regional leadership needed to connect to S King County

Today is the last day to comment on SDOT’s E Marginal Way online open house. The city is working on a major reconstruction and redesign of the industrial street that also serves as one of the most vital bike connections … Continue reading

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Support more safety changes to calm West Seattle’s ‘I-35’

Between 2011 and 2014, people driving on West Seattle’s 35th Ave SW (AKA “I-35”) crashed 294 times, injuring 128 people and killing two. That’s an average of two crashes and one injury nearly every week. This high rate of collisions … Continue reading

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