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 Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway is the longest continuous greenway in Seattle, running over five miles from Rainier Beach to Mount Baker. Completed in 2018, the greenway takes a large of number of twists and turns to provide a signed, relatively calm walking and rolling route between and within...
Last Friday, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) held a closed-door meeting with members of the Bicycle and Freight Advisory Boards to discuss a planned protected bike lane that would finally connect the West Seattle Bridge Trail with the Duwamish Trail along West Marginal Way SW. The 0.4-mile connection...
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has been pretty busy lately, working to catch up on projects that weren't able to happen in 2020 due to the impact of Covid-19. That includes adding protected bike lanes and neighborhood greenways, with a number of brand new bikeways either completed or...
The conditions of the West Seattle high- and low-bridge, the Magnolia Bridge, and other high-profile bridges that carry vehicle traffic have been getting a lot of attention lately, with good reason. Seattle's pedestrian bridges get less attention, but many of the 30 footbridges that the City maintains are reaching...
For more than 20 years, residents of Georgetown and South Park have been advocating for a safer way to travel between the two neighborhoods. Thanks to the advocacy of neighborhood groups like Duwamish Valley Safe Streets, the Seattle City Council finally allocated $600,000 in 2018 to start design work...
With construction on the complete rebuild (and expansion) of Alaskan Way well underway, the long-planned new Seattle waterfront is happening before our eyes. Traffic patterns are getting shifted around as different segments of the new waterfront boulevard, which will have nine vehicle lanes at its widest point, fall into...
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has announced plans to implement a new kind of pedestrian improvement that other cities have begun to add to crosswalks to reduce the frequency and severity of collisions between people walking and rolling and people turning left in vehicles. The improvement, which is...
Plans for a protected bike lane on Martin Luther King Jr Way S between Mount Baker Station and (still under construction) Judkins Park Station are moving forward with construction still anticipated to start in 2023. This key connection is one of several routes moving forward to begin to connect...