The Struggle for Standardization

With so many recent innovations and experiments in on-road bicycle facility design, there's little consensus on how best to design them or even what to call a particular design. But standardization is necessary if Seattle wants to meet its Bike Master Pla

09/22/2010 By Josh Cohen


A Little Financial Food for Thought

Twitter has been abuzz about an exciting bikey financial fact the past few weeks: Portland built its entire 300-mile network of bike ways for the cost of a single mile of urban freeway. It's an excellent reminder of how comparatively low cost bike infrast

09/15/2010 By Josh Cohen

Last Night

Last Night: Smash Putt

Spinning saw blades, mechanized ramps, high-powered golf ball cannons, barren holding cells? All part of Smash Putt's bizarro traveling mini-golf installation in SODO.

09/13/2010 By Josh Cohen


Beacon BIKES! Hires Alta Planning + Design

Grassroots bike and pedestrian advocacy group Beacon BIKES! hired professional planning consultant Alta Planning + Design, putting their $15,000 Department of Neighborhoods grant to work and their plan in motion.

09/07/2010 By Josh Cohen


Ask BikeNerd: Jerks in the Bike Lane

Cars, cabs, and trucks treat bike lanes like bonus parking spots all too often, but how should bicyclist proceed? Call it in? Sulk? Ignore it? Write an angry blog post?

09/03/2010 By Josh Cohen


Queen Anne Community Group Planning Kinnear Park Multi-Use Trail

Lower Queen Anne's Kinnear Park may be getting a brand new multi-use trail thanks to the efforts of a grassroots community organization. The trail would offer bicycles and pedestrians a safe connection between Uptown and Myrtle Edwards park.

09/02/2010 By Josh Cohen


Ask BikeNerd: Getting Newbies on a Bike and on the Road

This week's Ask BikeNerd caters to the needs of bicycling newbies: What kind of bike should I buy, how much should I pay, where should I buy it, and how do I ride it?

08/30/2010 By Josh Cohen


The Feasibility of Family Cycling

Parents often have a tough time imagining how they could meet their families' many needs without a car. Seattle's got plenty of living examples that prove it's possible.

08/27/2010 By Josh Cohen


SDOT Seeking 2010 Bike Count Volunteers

SDOT seeks volunteers for their expanded 2010 bike counts. The counts could help them with both the Bike Master Plan goals and their public outreach efforts.

08/24/2010 By Josh Cohen

This Washington

We Need a Vulnerable Users Law, ASAP

An uninsured eastern-Washington driver will likely go unpunished after hitting and severely injuring a bicyclist and killing a pedestrian. It's just another amongst many examples of why Washington needs a vulnerable users law.

08/20/2010 By Josh Cohen


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


I Heart Bike Works

Columbia City's Bike Works does a lot of good with their youth and adult programs, bike recycling, and community investment. But its also a great place to find a damn good deal.

08/18/2010 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


Ballard Bridge East Sidewalk Closed for Three Weeks

Bicyclists and pedestrians beware, the Ballard bridge east sidewalk will be closed for the next three weeks (excluding weekends) to allow contractors to clean and paint the handrails.

08/12/2010 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


Putting Seattle In Perspective

BikeNerd spent the weekend in State College, PA, a very bike-unfriendly town. The experience served to highlight some of the things that Seattle's definitely doing right.

08/03/2010 By Josh Cohen


Wheeling Through The Weekend

Another weekend's upon us and it's filled with lots of bike events for you too attend. BikeNerd's out of town, but he still wants you to go.

07/30/2010 By Josh Cohen


Ask BikeNerd: Flat-Resistant Tires, Running Reds, and Drafting Strangers

In this week's Ask BikeNerd, Josh Cohen answers your questions about flat-resistant tires, red lights that just don't seem to change for bikes, and those jerky strangers who love to "draft."

07/30/2010 By Josh Cohen


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


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