Category: Bicycle Advocacy

Bike to Work on Friday

The reasons to participate in Bike to Work Day on Friday are too numerous to mention. I'll take a stab at a few:
You'll get to do something you really like on the way to work;
You'll be admired by your slothful co-workers;
You can eat that mid-morning snack guilt-free;
You'll be sticking it to those big oil companies…

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/16/bike-to-work-on-friday/

Legislators improve cycling in Washington

The Bicycle Alliance of Washington reports that three bills to improve safety and education for bicyclists in the state passed the Legislature in the recent session. They've been sent to Gov. Gregoire for her signature.
The first, HB 1108, prohibits a motorist from crossing over to the left lane to pass when a bicycle or pedestrian is visible in the …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/06/legislators-improve-cycling-in-washington/

34 bicycle riders arrested in New York critical mass

(Updated May 4) How much longer will these mass arrests during critical mass in New York City go on? Is there so little crime in the Big Apple that the city can deploy a cadre of police to stop some people from riding their bikes and inconveniencing some motorists?
New York's finest swooped in and arrested up to 34 bicycle riders during last Friday's critical mass ride, including a woman who had been walking her bike on the sidewalk.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/03/34-bicycle-riders-arrested-in-new-york-critical-mass/

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.

The new lanes mean there will be a …

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Permanent link to this article: https://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: https://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.

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://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.

Permanent link to this article: https://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:

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://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.

The Cascade Bicycle Club is urging …

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Permanent link to this article: https://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.

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