Category: Bicycle Advocacy

Downtown bike lane in Vancouver, BC

Cyclists could be riding on new bike lanes into downtown Vancouver by this fall.

Bike lanes are planned for Burrad Street and along Hornby Street, according to the CBC.CA website.

Vancouver councillor Peter Ladner is a cycling enthusiast, and hopes the construction of bike lanes will grow into a trend in Vancouver.

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The new lanes mean there will be a …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/21/downtown-bike-lane-in-vancouver-bc/

Bicycle re-cycling bill gets re-tooled in California

That proposed bicycle recycling bill in California that would have required a $7 recycling surcharge on the sale of all new bicycles has gone through some heavy editing.
The bicycle recycling bill, AB 1103, by Assemblywoman Betty Karnette, called for slapping a $7 surcharge on the sale of new bicycles. It was expected that dealers would pass the expense to bicycle buyers, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/19/bicycle-re-cycling-bill-gets-re-tooled-in-california/

Island community seeks cycling restrictions

The turf battle for bicyclists using Mercer Island's roads and trails has made it to City Hall.

The island's councilmembers are looking for ways to deal with cyclists who use the island's narrow, winding loop road and sometimes scare pedestrians on the cross-island bike-hike trail.

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Mercer Island is both a popular destination and thoroughfare for cyclists. A narrow loop road offers scenic views …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/16/island-community-seeks-cycling-restrictions/

Bellevue (WA) council votes for multi-use trail, not bike lanes

Bellevue is going ahead with a plan to build a multi-use trail for bicyclists and pedestrians on West Lake Sammamish Parkway, instead of marked bike lanes for cyclists and a separate path for pedestrians.
By a vote of 5-0, the City Council directed the staff to find ways to fund the estimated $20 million project. Earlier in the meeting, a bicycling advocate had testified that Bellevue would find it difficult to compete for funds because the project didn't meet generally accepted professional standards concerning bicycle facilities.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/12/bellevue-wa-council-votes-for-multi-use-trail-not-bike-lanes/

Letter: Redmond opposes Bellevue's West Lake Sammamish Pkwy plan

Here is the letter detailing Redmond's objections to Bellevue's use of a multi-use trail instead of bike lanes in improvements to West Lake Sammamish Parkway:

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“Redmond does not agree that the alternative currently identified as Bellevue's staff preference should be the option selected for construction …”

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/08/letter-redmond-opposes-bellevues-west-lake-sammamish-pkwy-plan/

Cyclists object to Sammamish Pkwy plan; Bellevue (WA) council votes Monday

That plan to “improve” the dangerous stretch of West Lake Sammamish Parkway without adding dedicated bike lanes is scheduled for a vote by the Bellevue City Council on Monday night.

The staff recommendations are opposed by the Cascade Bicycle Club, the Friends of Lake Sammamish, and Bellevue's own Pedestrian and Bicycle Citizens Advisory Group (CAG), and the City of Redmond.

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The Cascade Bicycle Club is urging …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/08/cyclists-object-to-sammamish-pkwy-plan-bellevue-wa-council-votes-monday/

Wrong-way cycling; unsafe at any speed

When my friends and I learned to ride bikes, our parents told us to ride against the traffic. Today, we know that wrong-way cycling is terribly unsafe, don't we? Wrong-way cycling actually makes it harder for motorists to see the bicyclists. And it's motorists seeing bicyclists that we should be most concerned about.
The issue of “wrong-way” cycling comes to the Bellevue (WA) City Council on Monday night when it considers the staff recommended plan to make improvements to West Lake Sammamish Parkway.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/08/wrong-way-cycling-unsafe-at-any-speed/

Colorado “bicycle bill” passes, despite opposition

It looks like cyclists in Colorado will be able to ride side-by-side afterall.

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Legislation (HB 1218) that allows bicycle riders “to ride two abreast whenever the normal and reasonable movement of traffic will not be impeded” has passed the House …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/06/colorado-bicycle-bill-passes-despite-opposition/

Bike access around Lake Sammamish

The Seattle-area cities of Bellevue and Sammamish will be considering proposals for bicycle access on the parkway around Lake Sammamish in the next week. While the Bellevue proposal is going to a City Council vote and has bicyclists up in arms, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/05/bike-access-around-lake-sammamish/

Bicycle trails springing forth

New bicycle trails — or plans for new trails — are blooming across the country this spring.

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The Seattle Times reports a section of the Centennial Trail in Snohomish County will be opened on Saturday. It's just one of the …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/03/30/bicycle-trails-springing-forth/