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Bike Washington: This has been a busy week for cycling in Washington. We were named the most bike-friendly state in the union, AGAIN. So pat yourselves on the back. Washington is also seeking a new national designation for our east-way bikeway across the state (Route 10). We’re hoping it gets a big yes for signing.The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has a lot to brag about this week, too: another Greenway on the way, the soon-to-open extension of the Broadway Bikeway, and the Fremont Bridge breaking records. Of course, WSDOT is still trying to kill cyclists near SR 99.

Two wheels go a long way: Bike theft is a huge problem for cities, and here’s 8 reasons why. On the flip side of things, Copenhagen gets to boast more than just a cyclist paradise, it also has the best behaved ones. Next time someone complains about those pesky bikes, remind them that they aren’t the ones causing traffic. And, with the soon-to-be bike share arriving here, we’re hoping that we don’t make the same mistakes as NYC.

$15/hr may be on the way: Mayor Ed Murray revealed on Thursday that the working group on the proposal had agreed to a phased-in package.

Only a few more hours: Chris over at Tacoma Transit says that Pierce Transit Route 1 could get Bus Rapid Transit in the future. He charts what it would take to move this highly productive, higher frequency route to BRT.

Eye of the Tiger: SDOT gives us a rundown on their proposed improvements for Northgate, but in particular their 2014 Tiger Grant application. We love these station area improvements!

Maps of the week: Curious about how far you can get in ten minutes at 7.30am or 10pm? Well, there’s a new map service to do just that! Seattle and the Puget Sound have many great places to ride a bike, and this map shows the most popular routes.

Put a stamp on it: Capitol Hill residents will be happy to know that they’ll get to keep their other post office on 23rd Ave E and E Union St. And after you send that love note, you might just be able to walk next door and grab a bag of weed.

Bertha may die: Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson had a very candid interview this week with talk show host Dori Monson about the deep bore tunnel. Peterson said that there’s a “small possibility” that the tunnel may never be finished and later followed up with legislators by expressing her deep concern via e-mail.

Radical, but practical: What if we capped interchanges like SR-520 and I-405 or I-5 and SR-522 with buildings? These designers have some fun ways to use air rights and spruce up otherwise boring aerial intersections.

Going green: Governor Jay Inslee wants carbon caps, a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fee, and other initiatives to meet our environmental goals. Considering that the polar icecaps could make waves the size of houses, we think this is a good step. Meanwhile, SDOT is being eco-friendly with Mercer St by giving trees space; the details are actually quite interesting. And, it looks like we may be voting on a new Metropolitan Parks District come August. We gotta fund all of the green space somehow!

Get involved and comment: The University District Urban Design Framework is nearing the end of the line with its Draft EIS (we like Alternative 2). Meanwhile, Ballard is just ramping up with a similar project of its own. Next week, the Department of Planning and Development will hold a meeting on Wednesday for the Ballard Urban Design project.

Cool things in architecture: Calatrava designs a new station for Liège, Belltown is getting some new modular mid-rise, Moscow is transforming some factories to swanky mixed-use, and designers plan for the future of post-Hurricane Sandy coastal communities.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for promoting sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He advocates for smart policies, regulations, and implementation programs that enhance urban environments by committing to quality design, accommodating growth, providing a diversity of housing choices, and adequately providing public services. Stephen primarily writes about land use and transportation issues.

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