Bike plan: the bad news isn’t so bad

The last couple of weeks have not been happy for bicycle enthusiasts, since SDOT released a revision of the Seattle Bike Plan that had significant cutbacks for 2016 and beyond. That was interpreted as both a violation of the voters’ faith when they approved the Move Seattle levy last year, and a failure to deliver on the conditions that the City Council wrote into their approval of the Pronto buyout earlier this year. The bicycle community has been up in arms about it. But yesterday afternoon, representatives from SDOT appeared in front of the City Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee to try to explain their reasons.

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Paid family leave: understanding the basic parameters

Last Wednesday Council member Lorena Gonzalez held a committee hearing on paid family leave. While it didn’t provide much in the way of direction, it did help to clarify what the parameters are in a paid family leave policy, and the presenters brought forth a tremendous amount of useful data about what other cities, states and countries are doing.

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This week: moving things forward, and a book

The Council will be pushing forward on a number of fronts this week, including the confirmation hearings for Sam Assefa, the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, the Bicycle Master Plan, and Sound Transit 3.  Also, there’s a book you should read.

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