Policy & Infrastructure News

Week of February 8

  • 2nd Ave Protected Bikeway Opens
    • The two-way protected bikeway on 2nd Avenue in Downtown now extends all the way from S Washington Street to Denny Way, a 24-block stretch — all the lights, planters, and markings are installed (SDOT).
    • In celebration of the 2nd Ave Protected Bikeway, the Belltown Brewing (301 E Pine St), will donate a dollar for every beer sold on Tuesday, Feb. 13 (4-9pm) to Cascade Bicycle Club.
  • 35th Ave NE
    • SDOT finalized its design for new bikeways on 35th Ave NE, with paving and installation to happen this spring and summer (SDOT).
  • Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link
    • Last week the Seattle hearings examiner decided SDOT completed a sufficient environmental impact assessment for the Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link, but the opponents vow to continue fighting the project (PSBJCouncilmember Mike O’Brien).
  • Bikeshare
    • Bothell and Kenmore are opening embracing bikeshare, and Bellevue will likely roll out pilot authorization soon (Crosscut).
    • “Seattle’s dockless bike shares: Our guide to the city’s new wheels” (Curbed).
    • “Welcome to Seattle. The cloud is watching you,” (KUOW).
    • “Are E-Bikes the Future of Dockless Bikeshare?” (Bicycling).
  • Bicycle Parking
    • Seattle City Council is considering major parking legislation, including an update to bicycle parking requirements for new buildings (Bicycle Security Advisors).
    • Architects, developers, and property managers can compete for their building/project to be named best for bicycle parking (BSA).
  • Hostile Bike Racks
    • The city admitted that bike racks installed along Elliott Way under the Alaskan Way Viaduct as it enters into the Battery Street Tunnel were installed to prevent people from setting up tents as housing in that space (KING5KOMOSeattle Times).
    • Conservative talk show host Jason Rantz took the opportunity to attack Councilmember O’Brien (MyNorthwest).
    • Finally, after much media attention, the city reversed course and will remove the hostile racks (StrangerKIROMyNorthwestPubliCola).
  • Vision Zero
    • Family of Desiree McCloud is suing the City of Seattle over the streetcar tracks allegedly responsible for her death (Bicycling).
  • Climate
    • Trails are part of the local solutions to climate change, according to KUOW.
  • Bellevue
    • Thanks to the state capital budget, there’s now $8 million secured of the $13 million needed to retrofit the Wilburton Trestle on the Eastside Rail Corridor (Cascade).
    • Bellevue City Council held a hearing on a pilot downtown protected bike lane and pilot bikeshare program proposals (CascadeSeattle Bike Blog).
  • Kirkland
    • In the state capital budget, Kirkland received $2.5 million to connect the Cross Kirkland Corridor toward the Redmond Central Connector and the Eastside Rail Corridor toward Woodinville (Kirkland Patch).
    • Last night Kirkland held an open house to unveil designs for a trail bridge for the Cross Kirkland Corridor in Totem Lake (Kirkland ReporterKirkland Reporter).
    • A reader questioned the rationale for installing the Totem Lake trail bridge (Kirkland Reporter).
  • Arlington
    • The state capital budget provided $46,000 for the City of Arlington to develop a pocket park along the Centennial Trail at a former gas station; the park will likely include a rest area and bike racks for the trail users (North County Outlook).
  • Washington State Legislature
    • The State Senate continues to move legislation that would cut as much as $2.8 billion in funding for the ST3 light rail and transit investments, potentially eventually impacting pledged funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements at future stations (Urbanist).