Top Things to Know & Do

January 3, 2019

  1. Last week the mayor named her transportation director. This week, she hired one of the other finalists — Mike Warden, a former military general with zero transportation planning/policy experience — to serve in a cabinet level position, leading the city’s efforts on the Seattle Squeeze based out of the city’s Emergency Operations Center. It’s unclear whether/how the new SDOT director, Sam Zimbabwe, will report to the Squeeze Czar.
  2. Ramps to SR99 Alaskan Way Viaduct close tomorrow, Friday, January 4.  The Squeeze is on.  Let’s make bicycle lemonade.
  3. Bike ridership is up 32% on the 2nd Ave Protected Bikeway, and 9% on the Fremont Bridge, according to the bike counters.
  4. Favorite Squeeze Tweet/Post thus far: “We got #99problems but my bike ain’t one.” — Zach Shaner

February 8, 2018

  1. Bikeshare is expanding to the suburbs.
  2. Seattle City Council is considering legislation to improve bicycle parking in new buildings.  You can show your support.
  3. The 2nd Ave Protected Bikeway is complete.

February 1

  1. Missing Link Victory! The Seattle Hearings Examiner decided the City of Seattle sufficiently studied the environmental impacts of completing the Burke-Gilman Trail through Ballard, and that construction on the Missing Link project can finally move forward. But expect the appellants to appeal to superior court.
  2. Cascade’s Seattle Bike Swap is on Saturday.
  3. A new Seattle-based company makes titanium folding bikes.
  4. West Seattle Cyclery went out of business this winter, the last day for Bike So Good in Georgetown is tomorrow, and Sprocketts Recycled Cycles in Interbay is struggling to pay the rent.  So, this is a good reminder to support your local bike shop by getting fenders installed for the rainy weather or getting a winter tune-up so you’re ready for riding later this spring.

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January 18

  1. This past week’s newspapers and blogs profiled Mike RadenbaughMike BoussomAndy HampstenSteve Gluckman, and Leah Tran. Plus, there’s a Legends of Cyclocross panel discussion tonight.
  2. There were two more profiles about people working with the Bellevue and Marysville police departments to send unreclaimed/abandoned bicycles to African communities.
  3. The southern 1.2-mile portion of the East Lake Sammamish Trail opened on Tuesday.  The middle 3.6 miles is stuck in a City of Sammamish v. King County standoff.
  4. The Seattle hearing examiner will soon rule on the EIS lawsuit brought by the opponents of the Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link project. Pro-trail businesses and organizations held a happy hour & action party last night, hoping Mayor Jenny Durkan is ready to be the hero by being the mayor finally able to complete the project.
  5. The Stinky Spoke ride is on Saturday, benefiting Outdoors for All.

January 11

  1. Help launch the 2018 Bike Happy Month and Pedaler’s Fair >
  2. Lime & Spin bikeshare systems will add e-bikes this winter/spring.
  3. After nixing a key bridge for the Sound-to-Olympics Trail last week, this week Bainbridge City Council reversed course.
  4. Metier is opening a new cycling destination in Woodinville: a brewery.

January 4

  1. Your Voice, Your Choice Program: Submit your idea for a $90,000 improvement to a street or park in your neighborhood.
  2. Bainbridge City Council nixed a key bridge for the Sound-to-Olympics Trail.
  3. Bellevue residents overwhelmingly want dockless bikeshare.