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Staff Biography

Ryan Packer

Senior Editor

Ryan Packer lives in the Summit Slope neighborhood of Capitol Hill. They are on the board of the Friends of Pike Place Market and write about transportation issues at Capitol Hill Seattle. They believe in using Seattle’s history to attain the vibrant, diverse city that we wish to inhabit. Follow them on Twitter @typewriteralley or email at ryan [at] theurbanist [dot] org.

Recent Articles

Legislature Contemplates Changes to Traffic Safety Laws In Face of Pedestrian Safety Crisis

Who should generally have the burden of proving liability in a crash between someone walking or rolling and someone driving a car: the person using the several thousand pound vehicle or the person on...

PSRC Retools Federal Transportation Funding Formulas, Drops Proposal for More Bike and Ped Funding

On Thursday, the Puget Sound Regional Council's (PSRC) Transportation Policy Board approved a new framework for allocating an anticipated $580 million dollars in federal transportation funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the...

Seattle’s Traffic Camera Funds Earmarked for Statewide “Capacity Building” Efforts

For the entirety of 2021, the City of Seattle issued citations to drivers using the West Seattle low bridge during the hours of the day when traffic is restricted to transit, freight, emergency vehicles,...
A blue sign leans against and tree and it reads "Look out for reach other" with an image of people walking, biking, and rolling next to a car. A Metro bus is in the background.

As Statewide Traffic Safety Emergency Escalates, Seattle’s Vision Zero Department Charts New Path

In the final weeks of 2019, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) was facing down the fact that the city would end the year with the most traffic fatalities in more than a decade....

Inslee’s Proposed 2022 Budget Plugs Holes in Highway Megaprojects

As Governor Jay Inslee proposes a dramatic increase in state subsidies for electric vehicles in Washington State in his supplemental 2022 budget update, his proposed budget for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)...