Ryan Packer

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Ryan Packer lives in the Summit Slope neighborhood of Capitol Hill and has been writing for the blog since 2015. They report on multimodal transportation issues, #VisionZero, preservation, and local politics. They believe in using Seattle's history to help attain the vibrant, diverse city that we all wish to inhabit. In December 2020, Ryan started a three-month stint as editor of Seattle Bike Blog.
The Green River Trail is one of the longest regional trails in Washington, covering more than 19 miles through south King County through cities like Kent and Tukwila. It also connects directly with the south line of the regional Interurban Trail, allowing trail users to access places like Auburn,...
After years of construction and reroutes for people using all modes, the replacement for the Fairview Avenue N is finally about to open. The new seismically sound bridge replaces the only timber bridge that was part of an arterial street in the entire city. On Sunday, July 25th, the...
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has announced that it will hold off on constructing an on-street bike connection from the West Seattle Bridge Trail to the Duwamish River Trail on West Marginal Way SW until after the West Seattle High bridge reopens to vehicle traffic next year. The...
Seattle's 2013 Bicycle Master Plan is by far the most ambitious of Seattle's approved multimodal plans. If it were entirely built out, a random sample of one hundred blocks in the city would include twenty-two blocks of protected bike lanes or neighborhood greenways. Contrast that with only nine blocks...
In February of 2020, with the coronavirus impacting the cruise industry in Asia, there was a brief moment when it looked like the Seattle cruise industry would get a benefit from what wasn't clearly a worldwide pandemic at that time. Celebrity Cruises' ship the Millennium would be diverted from...
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has announced that work has been paused on the final segment of arterial street repaving in its Green Lake and Wallingford street repaving package. Stone Way N between N 45th St and N 50th St will not be repaved this year and as...
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) in conjunction with Seattle Parks and Recreation has announced that Lake Washington Boulevard's open street will be extended all the way south to Seward Park starting the weekend of July 4. Currently the closure of the street to through-traffic to provide space for...
When State Senator Joe Nguyen was student body president of his class at Seattle University, he organized a meeting around the subject of providing free public transit passes for students. "Just no" is how he described the reaction from the King County Metro representative who attended that meeting. Nguyen,...