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.
Almost all transit advocates are in agreement that the proposal that the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) unveiled in late June for improvements to turn the Eastlake and Roosevelt corridor into a high capacity transit corridor leaves much to be desired. SDOT was tasked with analyzing the level of investment...
The Pronto bike share system yesterday announced a last minute station move in advance of the long holiday weekend. And they are moving very quickly to make it happen: crews are relocating the station at Dexter Ave and Denny Way today, placing it instead at 5th Ave N and Thomas St....
Last year, when the City of Seattle acquired the dilapidated Sisley properties on NE 65th Street under eminent domain, the drumbeat of neighborhood residents was immediately heard clamoring for the site to be turned into a park. This ignored the fact that property it is zoned for 65-foot buildings,...
The Downtown Residents Alliance (DRA) has filed an appeal on the SEPA Threshold Determination for the implementation of Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) in Downtown Seattle and South Lake Union. The appeal comes on the heels of a public hearing this week by the City Council that sought public comment...
A bit more than a week ago, King County Metro made a quiet revision to the northeastern tail of Route 62. Introduced as part of the major Northeast Seattle bus-to-Link restructure, the route has been plagued with unreliability, overcrowding, and sluggish speed since the day of its launch. Metro had...
Last August, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) experimented with turning one of the city's busiest nightlife corridors into a pedestrian zone: on three consecutive Saturday nights from 8pm to 2am Pike Street was closed to vehicle traffic from Broadway to 12th Avenue. And on two of the three...
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has been on a marketing blitz lately promoting Vision Zero. There have been Facebook ads, web videos, and radio spots encouraging drivers to put their cell phone out of reach while on the road to reduce distracted driving collisions. And this week they...
Last week, the Sound Transit board unanimously voted to proceed with sending the full Sound Transit 3 project list to voters in November. This project list no longer includes at-grade light rail to Ballard. Instead, this has been replaced with an elevated alignment along 15th Ave W in Interbay. This is...