Saturday, 25 May, 2019

Ryan Packer

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Ryan Packer lives in the Summit Slope neighborhood of Capitol Hill & has been writing for the blog since 2015. He reports on multimodal transportation issues, #visionzero, preservation, and local politics. He believes in using Seattle's history to help attain the vibrant, diverse city that we all wish to inhabit.
The independent board in charge of overseeing Seattle's $930 million transportation levy has officially requested that the Durkan Administration and the Seattle City Council seek additional funding for the Bicycle Master Plan's (BMP) implementation for the remainder of the levy. In a letter sent last week, cosigned...
After four open houses held by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) with the Department of Neighborhoods serving as facilitators, the prevailing message from community members who attended was clear: connect the south end, and focus on safety. Last Wednesday, the Seattle Bicycle Advisory...
As the Seattle Department of Transportation finishes its listening tour on the fully scaled-back Bicycle Master Plan schedule this week, the design of projects slated for completion in the next few years are starting to take shape. Here's where the nuts-and-bolts decisions that impact the users of...
Seattle's largest safe streets grant program, the Neighborhood Street Fund, is currently in the voting stage. Voting is open through Sunday, May 5th, with anyone with any connection to Seattle able to cast a ballot in each of Seattle's seven council districts. The NSF program allows neighbors...
Last we heard the City was prioritizing connecting the bike network with important “nodes.” That’s what Seattle's new transportation director Sam Zimbabwe said when explaining how the department whittled down the list of bicycle safety projects promised in the Move Seattle levy to the confessed list of...
With the news that the Move Seattle levy will only deliver half of the protected bike lanes that voters were promised, it's worth reflecting on how we got to this point. In 2015, the cost estimates used to calculate goals for many of the programs in the...
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) only plans to construct about half of the miles of protected bike lanes (PBLs) that it promised when voters approved a $930 million transportation levy in 2015, according to the Bicycle Master Plan implementation schedule released late last week. According to...
The decision to cancel a planned protected bike lane on 35th Ave NE, in the heart of Wedgwood's business district, and instead paint a center turn lane is being made worse by the fact that the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) seems determined to convince the public...