bicycling

Cycle Crime
1:28 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Seattle Police Use Twitter To Reunite Bikes With Their Owners

The Seattle Police is launching a new program to reunite stolen bikes with their owners.
Credit Courtesy of Seattle Police

It’s a terrible feeling: walking out of a Seattle farmers market with your fresh rutabaga only to find that your bike is missing from where you parked it.

Detective Sergeant Cindy Granard can relate. “That can be a great tragedy – being a former bike officer I understand that.”

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Transportation
2:59 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Seattle Gets A Revised Bicycle Master Plan

BIKE DOTS are pavement markings for signed bicycle routes. Unlike sharrows, bicycle dots are not intended to provide guidance on bicycle positioning but are a tool to provide wayfinding.
Flickr Photo/SDOT

Marcie Sillman talks with Jeff Aken, principal planner at the Cascade Bicycle Club, about Seattle's revised bicycle master plan.

Bike To Work
2:44 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Shifting Gears: Commuting Aboard The L.A. Bike Trains

L.A. Bike Trains brings together groups of five to 10 cyclists who commute en masse.
Courtesy of Bruce Chan

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 7:04 am

One of the largest obstacles in getting people to bike to work is their fear of getting hit by a car. A new grass-roots project in Los Angeles is helping folks navigate the ins and outs of traffic.

It's 6:45 a.m. and Barbara Insua is busy packing a bag. She will ride seven miles from her home in Pasadena to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, where she works as a graphic designer. She only started doing this ride a few months ago.

"It was kind of daunting," she says, "because seven miles to the lab — I didn't know how to do it. I'm not an avid cyclist."

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Commuter Tracking
10:33 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Not So Fast, Cyclists. State Is Counting You For Annual Bike Count

Fred Strong and Laura LeBlanc volunteer for Washington's annual bike and pedestrian count at a corner on Capitol Hill.
Tom Hajduk

Every year in January, volunteers fan out across King County to count the number of people who are homeless. In February, the great backyard bird count tracks birds and species all over the world.

On Thursday, it was Washington state’s bicycle count, when hundreds of people across the state stood on corners and counted cyclists, pedestrians and others using non-motorized method of transportation like in-line skates and skateboards.

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Parking Problems
5:33 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Cycle Track Plan Worries Business Owners In Ravenna

A cycle track puts a physical barrier between bicyclists and car traffic.
Flickr Photo/Jean-Pierre Chamberland

Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan includes a proposal for a bike lane on NE 65th Street. The bike lane would be a cycle track, which is a protected lane for bikes. Usually such lanes take away some parking.

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Bike Share
11:16 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Bike Helmets: Love Them Or Hate Them?

Bike sharing is coming to Seattle, but that brings up the question of helmet-sharing as well.
Flickr Photo/Jean-Pierre Chamberland

The Seattle City Council is developing a bike-sharing program for the city. Under the current plan, around 500 seven-speed bikes and helmets will be available to rent from kiosks in parts of Seattle. 

Some bike-sharing advocates say the helmet requirement is a big problem, because nobody who rents a bike will also want to rent a helmet.  But it’s illegal to bike in King County without one. Should King County keep the helmet rule? Would you rent a bike and a helmet? Ross Reynolds hears from listeners.

Seattle Master Bike Plan
11:20 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Imagining Seattle's Bike Utopia

What does your Seattle bike utopia look like?
Flickr Photo/papahazama

How do you get to work: Do you drive? Do you take the bus? Perhaps you carpool. What would it take to get you to ride a bike to work? Would you ride a bike if there were more trails away from traffic? Perhaps the only thing stopping you from putting the clippy shoe on the pedal is all those pesky inclines. Ross Reynolds hears from listeners about what their bike utopia would look like and checks in with reporter Erica Barnett about what is in the Seattle Master Bike Plan (PDF)

Public Meeting
"Making the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan Work for Your Business," 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Russell Investment Center (1301 Second Ave, floor 17). Host: Seattle Department of Transportation.

New Bike Lanes
8:47 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Cycle Tracks Debut In North Seattle

The green boxes at driveways remind bicyclists using the new cycle track on Linden Avenue to watch out for cars that may be backing into the street.
Flickr Photo/Seattle Department of Transportation

The city’s first cycle tracks have been installed in North Seattle. They’re designated bike lanes, separated from car traffic by a parking strip and located on Linden Avenue, a quiet side street just off Aurora Avenue North.

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Bike Plan
10:19 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Seattle’s Master Bike Plan

Flickr Photo/clappstar

The new draft of Seattle’s Master Bike Plan is out today. Erica Barnett, news editor at Publicola, joins David Hyde today to talk about what that means for Seattle’s bicyclists.

Cycle Commuting
11:41 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Bike To Work Day

Flickr Photo/iurikothe

Today is National Bike to Work Day and The Conversation’s Hannah Burn asked people in the neighborhood how they got to work or school today. The Census Bureau reports that in 2011, about half a percent of commuters biked to work in the United States. Seattle seems to trend higher as of the 14 people Burn talked to, 28 percent were cyclists.

New Fines For Motorists
3:05 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Bike To Work Day Is Friday, Drive Carefully

Seattle Cyclists Brave The Rain on Bike To Work Day 2010
Flickr Photo/don_brubeck

National Bike to Work Day is May 17. That means lots more cyclists on the roads. Washington drivers should be even more careful, not only for safety reasons, but also because of a recent change to Washington state law.

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First Cycling Death in 2013
7:27 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Cyclist Killed In Seattle On First Day of Bike To Work Month

A "ghost bike" memorial to remember unidentified cyclists and pedestrians killed in collisions.
Flickr Photo/Salim Virji

For the first time this year, a cyclist was killed in Seattle. It happened Wednesday in a fatal collision involving a bike and a semi truck. Wednesday was also the first day of National Bike To Work Month.

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Bikes As Transit
8:45 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Five Lessons For Seattle Bike Share Plan

Bike Sharing Kiosks in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Flickr/taestell

The plan to create a bike sharing program in Seattle is clicking into a higher gear. Puget Sound Bike Share hopes to launch in 2014 in parts of the University District, Eastlake, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Downtown and Queen Anne. Organizers updated Seattle officials Tuesday on their progress and said they hope to hire a vendor by the spring.

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Transportation Options
12:20 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Put The Pedals To The Metal: Last Call For Public Comment On The Future Of Cycling In Seattle

Bike route signs to landmarks and neighborhoods in Seattle.
Credit Flickr illustration/Craig Damlo

Seattle is in the process of updating its 20 year Bicycle Master Plan. Public comment is due January 31 – the last Thursday of this month. Bike advocates say the plan would transform Seattle into one of the top cycling cities in the world.  But will the changes be enough to convince you to commute to work by a bike? Ross Reynolds takes a closer look at the proposed plan with special guests and listeners.