Death of the Death Trap – Seattle’s New 2nd Ave is Almost Here

The 2nd Ave protected bike lane project appears to be ahead of its original ambitious schedule…”

Plans for the 2nd Ave redesign

 

Finally, I may not have to fear for my life when riding Seattle’s notoriously dangerous 2nd Ave. There has been much talk about redesigning this route that scares the living bejesus out of so many people, and it is about time something happened. Here’s to well-thought out development that simplifies movement and increases safety! Also, Scott Kubly – make it work. Then expand. We’re counting on you.

New SDOT Director wisely adds bike signals to 2nd Ave bike lane design, could open by Sept. 8 | Seattle Bike Blog.

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Dutch Cycling Series #3: Groningen – What Bike Cities Can Be

In the last post I mentioned Groningen, one of the most cycling-friendly cities in the world. Cycling in Groningen is more than just a way to commute: locals use cycling for everything from getting to work and shopping to getting to parties and even transporting Christmas trees and refrigerators! This is no accident either: cycling is a product of political activism, public policy, cultural alignment, and economic prudence. Intelligent and utilitarian policies have enhanced the safety and efficiency of cycling while dense multi-use development and business support has made it easy to use cycling for any type of errand. Watch this Streetsblog episode for a lengthy but excellent look at the many efforts that make cycling in Groningen the most popular form of transportation.

Dutch Cycling Series #3: “Groningen: The World’s Cycling City”

Dutch Cycling Series #2: Dutch Rush Hour

The first part in this series introduced you to many aspects of Dutch cycling including infrastructure, purposes, and users. It was a great look into what separates cycling in the Netherlands from cycling in the US but to get a true understanding of Dutch Cycling you need to know about volume. Cycling is a dominant form of transportation is areas throughout the Netherlands. In central Groningen, a city of about 200,000 people, cycling accounts for a magnificent 60% of all trips! Let’s take a quick peek at a typical rush hour in another town, Utrecht, with about 300,000 people.

Dutch Cycling Series #2: “Bicycle Rush Hour Utrecht (Netherlands) III”