School Traffic Safety Committee Seeks Members

The Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee is accepting applications for new members to help make walking and biking to school in Seattle safer and easier. The volunteer board was created by the Seattle City Council in 1975 to improve traffic safety for all of Seattle’s school children. It advises the Mayor and City Council with […]

Help Tally Pinehurst’s Cyclists and Walkers

Preparations underway for 2014 bicycle, pedestrian count Sept. 30–Oct. 2. Call for volunteers.

During a three-day survey last year, volunteers counted nearly 66,000 bicyclists and pedestrians across Washington. As another survey cycle approaches, about 400 volunteers will be called upon again this fall to tally the number of people who ride a bike or […]

Northgate Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge Open House

Tuesday, June 3, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, there will be an open house regarding the Northgate bridge that will be built across I-5. The presentation starts at 6:00.

Come learn more about possible alignments, bridge types and other area transportation improvements. Project staff will be on hand to review project details and hear your comments.


SPD – Get Your Bike Back

Was your bike stolen? SPD has about 500 “found” bikes in storage at its Evidence Warehouse. Each bike was abandoned somewhere in the city, then later recovered by officers. SPD may have your bike, and they’d like to reunite you with your wheels.

The new Twitter feed, @Getyourbikeback can help. SPD will be tweeting general […]

Bike Business – Car Laws that Pertain to Bikes

Here are some more Washington State laws that related to how bikes and motor vehicles share the road:

– 46.04.197 A Highway is defined as the width of every public roadway between property lines. full text of 46.04.197

– 46.04.500 A Roadway is defined as a highway excluding sidewalk & shoulder. full text of 46.04.500


Bike Business – Bike Laws

The Revised Code of Washington has a lot to say about how bicyclists are to use the roads, and how motorists are to interact with bicyclists. In this post we’ll cover bicyclists. Here are many of the references and links to the full text in the Code:

– 46.61.050 Bicycles must obey traffic lights and […]

Bike Business – Loop Detectors

Some intersections with traffic lights have special bike facilities to help speed light changes when cyclists are waiting at a red light where there are no cars (which have their own signal detection loops that bikes don’t trigger). These are called loop detectors and they are coils of wire set into the pavement. When the […]

Bike Business – Cycle Tracks

Seattle is building a network that puts all residents within ¼ mile of a bike facility. The goal is to make riding a bike a comfortable part of daily life for everyone. Cycle tracks, or protected bike lanes, are one piece of the network. Cycle tracks help eliminate perceived risk and fear of collisions; reduce […]

Bike Business – Bike Dots

This is a bike dot. Bike dots are pavement markings for signed bicycle routes. Unlike sharrows, bicycle dots are not intended to provide guidance on bicycle positioning in the street. Instead, they are a tool to provide way-finding; they show where to turn on the bicycle route. Dots are used to reduce sign clutter, particularly […]

Bike Business – Green Bike Box

SDOT installed Seattle’s first green bike box in 2010 at E Pike and 12th Ave. The bike box is used at intersections to prevent bicycle/car collisions. It is a painted green rectangle on the road with a white bicycle symbol inside. In some locations it includes a green bicycle lane approaching the box.

The box […]