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.
I-5 express lanes and general purposes lane stacked between Capitol Hill and Lake Union.
As the end of the legislative session draws near on April 25th, the question of whether Washington will pass a new transportation package looms large in the remaining days. Both the House and the Senate have released their respective packages, and they are fairly far apart. The package proposed...
When Governor Jay Inslee held a press conference with Washington State Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar and other area officials at the Lake Washington Ship Canal in March, one word was emphasized: maintenance. "We need to make the investments first, and I emphasize first, in maintenance of our existing...
A white SUV next to a charging port.
Seattle City Light has announced plans to develop a former substation near NW Market Street and 28th Avenue NW in the Ballard Urban Village as a parking lot for 14 electric vehicles to recharge. The nearly 9,500 square foot lot was previously home to a tiny house village (Nickelsville...
For the second time this century, the states of Washington and Oregon are gearing up to attempt to replace the I-5 bridge over the Columbia river between the two states. The current set of two bridges, one built in 1917 and the other in 1958, has "significant seismic vulnerabilities,"...
Ballard Bridge in a up position to allow a boat to go by.
Earlier this month, Ray Dubicki laid out why the Ballard Interbay Regional Transportation Study (BIRT) and its accompanying Ballard Bridge Replacement Study are failures. If you missed it, I recommend giving it a full read, but in short: the new plans are the same as the old plans, outdated and...
Like a planned safe bike route running the length of Beacon Hill that we wrote about earlier this week, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is designing a protected bike lane connecting the future light rail station at Judkins Park to Mount Baker Station. This project is also planned...
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has released initial plans for a large segment of its planned safe bicycle route in Beacon Hill scheduled for installation in 2023. The bike route, which is currently funded by proceeds from the Mercer Megablock, will potentially connect several scattered bike facilities in...
If you've visited Pike Place Market recently, and enjoyed the view across Elliott Bay from the new Marketfront Pavilion, you've probably noticed work happening on the former footprint of the Alaskan Way viaduct where it used to slope up the hill toward Belltown. The work to create Seattle's new...