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Westlake lawyers seek more bike plan delays + Only boat & biz owners invited to ‘community meeting’

The handful of angry people who have lawyered up to delay the entire city-wide Bike Master Plan are already seeking to delay the process even further. Their reason? Too many people participated in crafting the Bike Master Plan. Yes, it’s … Continue reading

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People upset about Westlake bikeway file appeal to delay entire Bike Master Plan, hire Missing Link lawyer

With the help of a regional transportation grant, the city is in the early stages of planning a bikeway of some kind along the wide Westlake Ave N corridor. So far, the city has held one open house to gather … Continue reading

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Safety is top concern voiced at Westlake open house

People who attended an October open house overwhelmingly responded that safety for people biking and walking should be the top concern for planners of the Westlake bikeway project, a city report shows. The project has drawn the ire of some … Continue reading

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Open house to discuss Westlake cycle track Monday

The city is holding an open house Monday to discuss plans for a cycle track on Westlake Ave N between the Fremont Bridge and South Lake Union. Backed by grant funding, the project is entering the early design phase, and … Continue reading

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Ahead of fundraiser by group opposing a Westlake cycle track, Murray says ‘I support cycle tracks’

I received an email about a fundraiser for mayoral candidate Ed Murray recently from a group opposed to the idea of a safe bikeway connecting the Fremont Bridge and South Lake Union along Westlake Ave. That project, which has received … Continue reading

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Karlyn Beer: ‘We’re all sharing the road. Let’s be on the same team’

Karlyn Beer, who we spoke with over the weekend shortly after she was struck by an apparently drunk driver on Westlake Ave, went on KOMO News to share her story. Her hand still bandaged after her thumb was severed at … Continue reading

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Longtime bike commuter left with severed thumb after drunk driver hit her on Westlake, is glad it wasn’t worse

Karlyn Beer was biking north on Westlake Ave Friday evening when a drunk driver made a left turn directly in front of her. “I slammed on my brakes of course, but plowed into the side of him,” she said via … Continue reading

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City selects firm to lead Westlake Cycle Track project

The city has passed a milestone in the Westlake Cycle Track project, selecting a firm to lead design work on a safe connection between the heart of South Lake Union and Fremont, the Ship Canal Trail and beyond. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Obama walks down that center-lane cycle track that would be great on Westlake

You know how Westlake Ave in South Lake Union is still super dangerous for cycling due to the streetcar tracks in the curb lane? Well we have argued that the city should design protected bike lanes in the center lanes … Continue reading

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Bike Master Plan: Central Seattle and downtown

This is the second post in a series analyzing Seattle’s draft Bicycle Master Plan update, which is currently taking public comments. This post will focus on the central neighborhoods south of the Ship Canal and north of I-90. Stay tuned … Continue reading

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Regional Council recommends Westlake Cycle Track + more

The Puget Sound Regional Council recently released its list of recommended regional Transportation Improvement Program projects for 2013. The list includes road repairs, transit improvements and, yes, some complete streets projects. Here’s a quick look at some of the bike-related … Continue reading

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Seattle Met: City attorneys successfully argue that biking is not ‘ordinary’ on Westlake Ave

The most recent issue of Seattle Met has a whole lot of bike stuff. But the centerpiece of their coverage is a feature on bike lawyer Bob Anderton’s lawsuit on behalf of a handful of people who crashed and were … Continue reading

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Now THIS is how you make a good biking and walking detour

When I rolled up on this biking and walking detour Sunday, I was actually shocked. Due to Earth Gay‘s landscaping work on the trail along Westlake Ave south of the Fremont Bridge, a detour for the hordes of people walking … Continue reading

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Judge throws out SLU streetcar crash lawsuit

A King County Superior Court judge has dismissed claims by a group of people seriously injured on the South Lake Union streetcar tracks after they were dangerously installed in the curb lane of the previously-popular bicycling route. They plan to … Continue reading

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Heavy Dexter construction starts April 11

Attention Dexter bikers, SDOT says the bad stuff is starting next week. Crews will begin asphalt removal, and the road will go down to two general traffic lanes without bike lanes. You may want to leave a little earlier than … Continue reading

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Mercer construction closes 9th Ave N sidewalks

People who have been using 9th Ave N in South Lake Union to get to Westlake Ave N will have to change routes. Due to Mercer project construction, both sidewalks on 9th Ave N between Broad and Mercer have been … Continue reading

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9th Ave closing at Aloha next week, but a sidewalk will remain open for cyclists

As part of the giant Mercer East project, Ninth Ave N will be closed from Aloha to Republican starting the morning of Tuesday, October 12. Motor vehicles will be detoured along a new two-way Westlake Ave, but people on bikes … Continue reading

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One block of Terry Ave to become ‘green street’

SDOT has started work on on block of Terry Avenue between Virginia and Lenora that will turn it from a street that has some parking into a street that has less parking and way more trees and sidewalks. The total … Continue reading

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Savage Road Rash: Sharing the road with streetcar tracks

Dan Savage wrote yesterday on SLOG that cyclists should learn to ride with the streetcar tracks like they do in San Francisco:

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Why we need to be cautious when installing new trolley tracks

I was poking around on Bike Wise and noticed that the reported crashes seem to line the South Lake Union Streetcar tracks with blue bubbles indicating a “solo” collision. They are mostly people’s wheels getting stuck in the tracks and … Continue reading

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