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A Big Year for Walking and Biking Policy Updates

Some of the Basic Bike Network supporters at City Council on July 302018 was a big year for walking and biking policy updates! These wins may not be as sexy as new bike lanes, but they make a big difference in how our city feels to people walking and biking:

  1. Bike Parking Regulations: City Council passed major improvements to the city’s bike parking regulations in new buildings this April, updating requirements for new buildings and for street parking. There can only be as many people biking as there are safe, convenient, and accessible places to lock up, and we’re thrilled!
  2. Bikeshare in Seattle: As of July, bike share permitting is officially approved in Seattle! Numbers show 1.4 million rides during the first (pilot) year. Check out this Seattle Bike Share Guide to get in on the action!
  3. Adaptive Signals Standards: In November, the City Council restricted funding to Adaptive Signals systems which to date have been used to prioritize moving cars at the expense of everyone walking, biking, or taking transitIn order to build more of these signals systems, SDOT would need to demonstrate they aren’t just prioritizing cars over everyone else. The proviso states that “Pedestrians and bicyclists should have frequent and ample opportunities to cross the street, and transit mobility should be prioritized over SOV traffic on key corridors.” We think so too!
  4. Construction Routes: In December, SDOT released their new Traffic Control Manual outlining a new set of requirements for routing people through or around construction, highlighting prioritizing safe routes for pedestrians and people on bikes!


Bike Share Embraced In Fremont

August 2, 2017
by Cathy TuttleFernando and Leila

I caught up with Leila and Fernando just as they were unlocking two LimeBikes.

They’d walked to Fremont from the condo they were renting in Belltown and were excited to give bike share a try for the first time, going back via the Westlake Trail.

Since there are no easy directions from Fremont to the trail — or signs to follow leading to the new trail — I guided them to the trail entrance and learned a little more about this couple.

They had moved from Hawaii in June for jobs in South Lake Union.

Leila was a bit worried about riding a bike in traffic, even in the wide bike lanes along North 34th Street. She thought the green bike box to turn onto the Fremont Bridge felt a bit risky as well. Fernando biked slowly behind Leila and was grateful for being guided to the Westlake Trail.

Fremont is filled with new Spin and LimeBikes. In fact, I saw a two people riding together, one on Lime and one on Spin, on my way back home. Both bike shares rent for $1 for 30 minutes. They feel similar in comfort and user interface, though Lime has eight gears (for climbing hills), while Spin has just three.

People in Seattle are eagerly embracing station-free bike share and the new bike share systems are being used in record numbers. Operated by smart phones, the Lime and Spin systems are proving they can be an important part of our public transit network.

Because the bikes can be ridden almost anywhere in Seattle. where they end up paints an intriguing portrait of the places tech-savvy folks want to go by bike, and where we need safe, accessible, connected bike routes.

First week map of Spin bike destinations http://bit.ly/2wqy5hp

First week map of Spin bike destinations http://bit.ly/2wqy5hp


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Bike Share Changes Seattle Safety Equation

by Cathy Tuttle
July 17, 2017

Bike share will test safe Seattle streets

Bike share will test safety of Seattle streets

I’m so excited!

This week, 1000 new orange and green bikes will be magically scattered like confetti throughout Seattle.

@LimeBike has a track record of launching dock-less bike share systems. @SpinCities says it raised $8 million for bike share and eventually wants a fleet of 10,000 bikes in Seattle.

Seattle is the largest market to date for both companies, and Spin and LimeBike will be competing head to head. Each company is allowed to launch a fleet of 500 of their distinctive bright green and orange upright bikes today, another 1,000 next month, and 2,000 the following month.

The beauty of dock-less bike share is the fact you can find a bike anywhere in the service area with an app, unlock a bike with your phone, and ride anywhere for 30 minutes for $1. No search for parking, just find a bike and ride.

Bike Share and Vision Zero

My biggest worry is safety. Not safety of the bikes, that feel solid and reliable, but street safety. The new bike share service areas in Downtown, Central Seattle, Columbia City, Beacon Hill, South Lake Union, Eastlake, Fremont, Ballard, the U-District are filled with high crash corridors and intersections with few miles of protected bike lanes, trails, or greenways.

  • My hope is the thousands of new Spin and LimeBike riders will encourage people driving to become more aware and respectful of people on bikes.
  • I also hope SDOT will quickly build out a fully protected #BasicBikeNetwork downtown and a linked safe network throughout Seattle.
  • Most of all, I hope thousands of people will discover the joy of riding a bike for everyday transportation.

Welcome SpinCities and LimeBike!

Ready for a downtown #BasicBikeNetwork?

Ready for a downtown #BasicBikeNetwork?


Urban Village Bike Map connect the dotted lines!

Urban Village Bike Map connect the dotted lines!


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Making Seattle’s Bike Share Affordable for All

Welcome to the neighborhood, Pronto Cycle Share! With 50 stations in Downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill, and the U-District, the new bike share system is an awesome way to make short trips around town.  Pronto Cycle Share is already getting a lot of use—in the first week, Seattleites made some 500 trips per day.

Phyllis Pronto

Photo courtesy of PubliCola

We’re excited to see more bikes on the roads, but we’re even more excited by the work that Rainier Valley Greenways‘ Phyllis Porter is doing to make sure that Pronto Cycle Share is accessible and affordable for all.

Porter is on Pronto’s Equity Advisory Committee. She’s working on a program that would make annual memberships more affordable for people living in low-income housing. According to the SeattleMet, “The idea is that Pronto will piggyback on Seattle Housing Authority’s screening process to ensure that the cheaper memberships get to low-income Seattleites.” Porter tells us that people in Seattle’s low-income housing programs will be eligible to pay an annual membership fee of $20, $30, or $40, depending on annual median income (the standard membership is $85/year).

Porter says she joined the Equity Committee because she wanted to know how Pronto would make it’s bike share affordable for low-income people in the city.

“There are people that struggle monthly with paying their electric bill. How do you get those people and others in similar situations to join Pronto?  People experiencing hard times may not see riding a bike throughout the city as a first priority. Keeping the lights on would come first.”

The Equity Committee comes to the table monthly to find realistic answers to making Pronto membership accessible to more people across the city. Coupled with the Mayor’s plans to extend the bike share system to the Central District, Yesler Terrace, and Little Saigon in the next couple of years, reduced rate memberships will help make sure the bike share system is working for all of Seattle’s residents, not just the most privileged.