Reminder: SDOT Open House for Revised Dexter Ave Plans Tonight

SDOT is holding a public open house tonight for their revised Dexter Ave bike plans. Don't miss your chance to weigh in on the highs and lows of the project.

08/19/2010 By Josh Cohen


Roosevelt-11th Ave Bike Lane Couplet is a Welcome Addition

SDOT installed traditional bike lanes on 11th Ave through the U-District this week, the second half of the Roosevelt-11th Ave couplet. BikeNerd took the lanes for a test spin and (mostly) liked what he saw.

08/12/2010 By Josh Cohen


SDOT Backs Off Dexter Ave "Cycle Track" Plans

After hearing concerns and complaints about the original plan to have parked cars serve as a physical buffer between the bike and car travel lanes, the city's transportation department is backing off from plans to install the city's first cycle track on D

08/11/2010 By Josh Cohen


Thomas Street Bike Overpass May Finally Get Funding

A $3.96 million grant from the Puget Sound Regional Council could provide the funding necessary to complete the a bike and pedestrian overpass over West Thomas St., if it passes approval by the PSRC's executive board.

08/06/2010 By Josh Cohen

City Hall

Duh of the Day: Density Means Less Driving

The Seattle Department of Transportation has put together a handy map that shows that the city's densest areas have the lowest greenhouse-gas emissions in the city, thanks largely to the fact that people in dense areas drive less than people who live in s

08/05/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


Stalled Roosevelt Bike Lanes Should be a Wake-Up Call

Maple Leaf bike lane detractors won a partial victory this week when SDOT announced it will postpone part of its NE Roosevelt bike lane project. BikeNerd sees this as a wake up call for Seattle's silent bike advocates.

07/29/2010 By Josh Cohen


Nickerson Construction Begins, Bike-Vs-Car Debate Returns

KING-5's report on the Nickerson St. road diet construction paints it as a broad and shallow bikes-vs-cars issue. BikeNerd explains why that view is an impediment to progress.

07/26/2010 By Josh Cohen


Ask BikeNerd: Sidewalk Riding, Bike Rack Etiquette, and the Right to Confront

In this week's Ask BikeNerd, BikeNerd tackles questions about riding on the sidewalk, bike rack etiquette, and confronting distracted drivers. Send your questions to [email protected]

07/23/2010 By Josh Cohen


The City's Bike Master Plan Needs an Update

The Bicycle Master Plan recommends not building separated, on-road bike facilities, which seems to contradict some of SDOT's recent proposals. More significantly, it highlights the rapid progress of bike planning in the U.S. and the need for Seattle's BMP

07/21/2010 By Josh Cohen


Admiral Way Bike Lanes Draw Support and Scorn

SDOT held an open house in West Seattle last night to present their proposals to remove a car lane and add in bike and pedestrian infrastructure on SW Admiral Way drawing heat from frightened residents.

07/14/2010 By Josh Cohen

City Hall

McGinn Proposes Fixing SDOT Shortfall with New Parking Tax, License Fee

To address an ongoing revenue shortfall at the city's transportation department, Mayor Mike McGinn has proposed passing a new fee on vehicle licenses and increasing the commercial parking tax.

07/14/2010 By Erica C. Barnett


SDOT Proposes Maple Leaf Bike Lanes, Parking Removal

BikeNerd's starting to sound like a broken record—in a good way. The city proposes another road diet, this one for Roosevelt Way NE.

07/09/2010 By Josh Cohen


Bike Master Plan Keeps Rolling With 7th Ave Buffered Lanes

The city's Bike Master Plan is moving slowly, so it's easy to get cynical about Seattle's commitment to bike infrastructure. But the latest improvements—buffered bike lanes, plans for cycletracks—represent concrete steps in the right direction.

06/29/2010 By Josh Cohen