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.
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?