This Washington

State: Cities' Concerns About Centralized B&O Tax Are Overblown

In a set of talking points responding to PubliCola's story about a proposal to centralize B&O taxes, the state says cities' concerns about revenue losses are overblown.

01/17/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


Murray "Extremely Surprised" To Learn City Officials Unaware of Safeco Loophole

State Sen. Ed Murray says he's disappointed and "extremely surprised" to hear that city officials were unaware of an amendment giving Safeco Field the right to preempt the city's commercial parking tax.

09/30/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


McGinn's Communications Director Moves On

Mayor Mike McGinn's communications director, Mark Matassa, is moving on, and McGinn has tapped Seattle Channel general manager Beth Hester to replace him.

04/20/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


Portland or Seattle, Which City is Better?

Seattle and Portland duke it out.

04/18/2011 By Erica C. Barnett



Winter in Seattle is a calm, but relentlessly cruel mistress. And she's got a fetish for drab buildings---concrete, best of all. Why do we enable her so?

01/16/2011 By Dan Bertolet


Children's Hospital to Invest $2M to Improve Bike and Ped Infrastructure

As part of their $1 billion expansion and 20-year comprehensive transportation plan, Seattle Children's hospital is spending $2 million to improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in Northeast Seattle.

10/28/2010 By Josh Cohen


Q&A With a Bike-Riding Bus Driver: Can Bikes and Buses Coexist?

Transportation advocates often lump bikes and buses into the same alternatives-to-SOVs category, but in the real world, bikes and buses can actually pose a conflict to each other. This Q&A with a bike-commuting Metro bus driver examines at those confl

10/26/2010 By Josh Cohen


Ask BikeNerd: The Truth About Truing

This week's Ask BikeNerd deals with the extremely important, but somewhat daunting task of truing bike wheels. Not sure what that even means, let alone how to do it? Read on.

10/22/2010 By Josh Cohen


Queen Anne's Got A Connection Problem

Queen Anne's inter-neighborhood connectivity is getting a boost this week thanks to a new bike lane and sharrows on Taylor Ave. However, if you want leave the neighborhood by bike and head toward downtown, your options are limited.

10/21/2010 By Josh Cohen


Ask BikeNerd: The Lake on the Burke-Gilman Trail

This week's Ask BikeNerd deals with a newly formed safety hazard on the Burke Gilman trail. In attempting to fix a problematic spot near Gas Works, SDOT inadvertently created an extra problem.

10/15/2010 By Josh Cohen


Bicycling Offers Things Cars and Buses Simply Cannot

Righteous bike advocates love to talk about saving the environment and curbing obesity when they hype biking as a viable transportation alternate. Yawn. While those are important things, they don't capture why biking is really better than sitting in your

10/14/2010 By Josh Cohen

Arts & Culture

Seattle Bicycle Film Festival Starts Tonight

The 10th Annual Bicycle Film Festival kicks off its three-day Seattle stint tonight at Western Bridge (3412 4th Ave S). Get ready for more bike culture, plaid buttonups, and Rainier tallboys than you can shake a stick at.

10/08/2010 By Josh Cohen


McGinn's $13 Million Walk Bike Ride Plan Is More Equitable Than You Think

When Mayor Mike McGinn announced $13 million in alternative transportation funding in his otherwise bleak budget, he was decried as once again pandering to bicyclists at everyone's expense. A closer look at the budget breakdown reveals an equitable block

10/08/2010 By Josh Cohen


Is Education The Real Key To Getting More People on Bikes?

Quality infrastructure has long been touted as the key to boosting the number of bicyclists. But, a recent campaign in Bellingham shows that targeted education can have a seriously significant influence on the number of riders on the road.

10/05/2010 By Josh Cohen


Ask BikeNerd: Tools of the Trade and Post-Accident Advice

This week's Ask BikeNerd answers questions on preparing for the inevitable flat tires and mechanical issues and how to handle yourself after getting hit by a car.

10/01/2010 By Josh Cohen


Study Shows Hope for Seattle Bike Infrastructure

The latest American Community Survey shows that the percentage of bike commuters in Seattle was stagnant from 2008 to 2009. BikeNerd is not only not discouraged, he's downright optimistic about the possibility of growth from here on out.

09/30/2010 By Josh Cohen


Portland vs. Seattle

Worldchanging's fundraiser this Friday night will feature the mayors of Portland and Seattle, a discussion not to be missed by the Seattle multitudes who suffer from Portland envy. And for those of you not properly feeling that envy, read this post and we

09/29/2010 By Dan Bertolet

Last Night

Last Night: Saturday at Lake Union Park

Wickedly-strong fertilizer smell aside, South Lake Union park's grand opening ceremony was the perfect way to spend a lazy Saturday and might have been BikeNerd's entry point into yet another expensive and nerdy hobby, stand-up paddle boarding.

09/27/2010 By Josh Cohen

PubliCola Adds Life

Interbike's Pragmatic Bike Porn

The gigantic bike industry trade show Interbike is always a gold mine for unbelievably fast, lightweight, race bikes dripping with sex-appeal. But every year, the show sees more and more products for practical, urban bicyclists, many of which are encased

09/24/2010 By Josh Cohen


I Should Really Follow My Own Advice

BikeNerd came mighty close to getting squished last weekend, all because he wasn't following his own good advice to stay off the sidewalk.

09/22/2010 By Josh Cohen