So what’s a bike hugger to do when Ken Schram’s commentary is about cyclists? Call him out and no need to go negative with Ken. Just say, “how bout you ride with me during the traffic apocalypse next week?” Don’t need no spandex, I’ll show you a sharrow, maybe join a bike bus, we’ll get a cup of coffee, and share a cyclist’s perspective on traffic, the cops of Lake Forest Park, SUV drivers, and the shame that is Seattle traffic.
The sharrows on Beach Drive in Seattle were painted northbound, as I discovered on my ride yesterday. I rode 2 abreast with another cyclist along the sharrows and got buzzed by one car, another zoomed past, and one waiting until it was clear in the other lane to pass. Sharrows are wide enough for 2 abreast, but I wouldn’t do that necessarily in heavy traffic.
Cycle@Staiths, an urban renewal project, launched a bike share program. In the video, Wayne Hemingway sums it up well with his statement that he’s working to end “car-dominated developments in a sea of black tarmac.” Continuing his quest to get Brits on bikes, Wayne Hemingway’s firm has designed an inexpensive folding bike (not online yet), and a bike shed.
With the primary election moved up to August 21st, many Seattleites find themselves flipping through election pamphlets, researching candidates and bombarded with advertisements. Cascade released their 2007 Primary Endorsements today, offering up another perspective on the many transportation issues currently faced by Puget Sound residents.
The Cascade Bicycle Club ventures into politics and elections for one vitally important reason - policies that effect bicycling begin and end with our elected representatives.
However, good answers can’t tell the whole story. We also evaluate a candidate’s past votes, talk to local activists and, when necessary, interview them face to face.
Critical votes for incumbents spanned a range of issues impacting bicycling, including: child safety, bicycle lanes and trails, transportation funding, land-use and sprawl.
Finally, we ask ourselves, “If elected, will they work with us to improve conditions for bicycling?”
Remember, Cascade’s endorsement process is strictly non-partisan.
The Bike Master Plan has yet to be approved by the City Council and the Stone Way Gap is an issue that impacts city residents across the board, far beyond us crazy cyclists.
Make people-moving a priority over moving cars. Get out the vote!