Last night, bicycling's most important moment in Seattle took place at City Hall. The much-anticipated Seattle Bike Master Plan Update came before the City Council for a special hearing, and dozens of people came out in support of safe roads.
Whether you’re an 8-year-old kid or an 80-year-old grandparent, getting around Seattle on a bike should be safe, easy and comfortable. When fully implemented, Seattle’s ambitious new Bike Master Plan (BMP) will make that vision a reality.
Sixty percent of people in Seattle want to bicycle more, but are not riding because they don’t feel safe. US Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is determined to change this statistic. Known for his bow ties, bike pins and ‘bike-partisanship’, Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced an important piece of bipartisan bike/ped safety legislation on November 15.
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.