KOMO TV, Seattle’s ABC affiliate, reported tonight on the 8K (and growing) bike commuters on Seattle streets and how that’s expected to grow with high gas prices or downed overpasses like in San Francisco. It was a good report, especially on the eve of Bike Month.
Less than a month after Mayor Nichols released Seattle’s Bike Master Plan to the city, it seems political pressure is already derailing some of the key components. Released this week in Cascade’s Braking News:
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has backed down from a project to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety because of what appears to be political pressure from a minority of business owners on Seattle’s Stone Way North.
While the City seems to be doing its best to mitigate tensions between us huggas and the business community, the proposed changes to the original plan for Stone Way North is far from a compromise. Stone Way serves as a vital artery between Seattle’s popular Burke-Gilman trail and the city’s north end. Without the completed “Road Diet” implemented, the changes not only fail to serve the needs of many cyclists, the increased interactions between cyclists and motorists have the potential to cause more accidents.
Cascade is working hard as a prominent voice of Seattle cyclists and is reviewing the City’s decision. We’ll be keeping on top of this and other Cascade news as we move into the very busy Seattle cycling season. Let there be sun!
I was at the Javabean getting espresso and saw a postcard for Bike + Art = Skatepark. I’m still trying to figure out what that is, but the site says,” we’re having a bicycle decorating party, a bike parade, an Art Walk, AND a benefit for River City Skate Park.”
That sounds def like something Bike Hugger would want to do. They’ll decorate bikes, then parade them, and tour South Park all to raise money for the River City Skatepark. River City must mean the Duwamish? And maybe they’ll put a bmx track near the park?
The NY Times published an article today about Fulfillment by Amazon and how Amazon is developing other ways to make money. I’m quoted with other merchants in the article about how well the program is working. We use FBA to fulfill Clip-n-Seals and hopefully soon our Bike Hugger shirts.
Both of those products have done well from Bike Hugger traffic and we’ve got more products on the way.