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.
Last May, Seattle made national headlines with an announcement that the Durkan administration would be building on the success of its pandemic-focused Stay Healthy Streets program and making permanent improvements to 20 miles of streets. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) rolled out Stay Healthy Streets shortly after stay-at-home...
The Seattle Freight Advisory Board devoted a significant portion of their April meeting detailing reasons that the City should not install a protected bike lane on a short segment of West Marginal Way SW. The presentation shown to board members was not reviewed by the Seattle Department of Transportation...
During the height of the pandemic last year, Seattle Parks and Recreation teamed up with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to create what it called "Keep Moving Streets." With signs and temporary barriers, the agencies restricted car traffic on the streets to create more space near popular parks...
Last Wednesday, as the Washington State Senate's transportation committee was preparing to vote to send its $17.8 billion transportation spending package to the full Senate, several amendments to the package were proposed. One amendment proposed by Senator Mona Das (D-Kent) would have increased the amount allocated to state-selected Pedestrian...
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,"...