As Mayor Mike McGinn’s term comes to an end, so will the tenure of Peter Hahn as Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation. Hahn was not asked to join the administration of Mayor-elect Ed Murray.
After a succession of cycling fatalities in the city of London – six deaths in two weeks--, bicyclists are demanding safer roads while other blame cyclists for “dicing with death” by riding without helmet, without lights and/or with headphones. The discussion across the pond is getting heated, but London Mayor Boris Johnson, meanwhile, insists that cycling safety has improved in the last few years. The mayor stated that highways are under “constant review” and freight transportation may be banned during rush hour.
Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is hosting a Project Open House TONIGHT about a potential greenway along 12th Avenue NE. SDOT is seeking community input about the proposed neighborhood greenway in the U District and creating a connection for people who walk or ride bikes between Ravenna Boulevard and the Burke-Gilman Trail.
Cascade is partnering with Children’s Hospital on an exciting Bicycle Train research project to assess the health benefits of bicycling to school. This study has the potential to help Cascade and other organizations doing Safe Routes to School work by providing some solid data on the health benefits of bicycling to school. Bicycle Trains are organized groups of youth with adult volunteers who ride to school as a group, similar to a Walking School Bus in which kids walk to school together.
Should the driveway to a school parking lot cross the main sidewalk where pedestrians and bicyclists are entering the school? Is a separated bicycle lane or greenway possible leading up to a school? What elements make for a safe and welcoming school entrance?
The Seattle City Council is moving one giant step closer to making downtown streets like Second Avenue and Fourth Avenue great places to ride a bike. The City Council is currently in its final days of adopting the 2014 city budget. Mayor Mike McGinn proposed $10.5 million for bicycle infrastructure, which was less than in 2013 but much higher than previous years. It’s a long ways from where we need to go, but it’s also a good start.
It's that time of the year when our fleets of bikes return to Cascade after being used by students throughout the region in their P.E. classes for Basics of Bicycling. Hundreds of kids have either learned to ride a bike or have improved their bike handling skills and road safety knowledge through this program. We now need to get them in good working order for the winter and spring P.E. classes.