Skip to Content
Streetsblog Los Angeles home
Streetsblog Los Angeles home
Log In
Streetsblog.net

In Washington State, Speeding Projects to Slow Motorists

Here's what happening around the Network today:

false

Washington State Passes Neighborhood Safe Streets Bill: The state of Washington has passed legislation that will make it easier for towns and cities to calm traffic on neighborhood streets. According to the Alliance for Biking and Walking, the law allows localities to lower speed limits without conducting engineering and traffic studies, which cost money and slow projects down. The legislation had the support of AAA and AARP, and appealed to pols of all stripes. "We got a lot of traction because it removes additional study costs and removes red tape," said Blake Trask, statewide policy director for the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. "And it’s a local control bill -- it puts the local governments in control and gets the state out of the way."

An Edible High Line in Edmonton: A/N Blog reports that an old overpass in downtown Edmonton is about to get a makeover. The structure was once used to connect to the downtown rail yards, but has since been repurposed into a "poorly finished, unattractive concrete pedestrian walkway and bicycle path." A team of designers and volunteers will soon "bring the bridge back to life" with plant beds, which will include flowers and crops "from which visitors can actually pick fruit." The new park will be used to host events and will be completely accessible to the public.

Copenhagen's Cycling Super Highways: Continuing a tour of Copenhagen, Bike Portland's Jonathan Maus wanted to see what happens when one of the city's renowned cycle tracks came to an end. Turns out it didn't, really. Maus's ride took him into the countryside and eventually led to a new bike "super highway," which ran parallel to what looks like the American equivalent of an interstate. "[T]here's something very symbolic about having a quality bike path right next to a motorway," writes Maus. "It says that bicycling is on equal footing with driving."

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog Los Angeles

Metro and Caltrans Expect to Complete Torrance 405 Freeway Widening Project Next Month

Metro and Caltrans are adding nearly two miles of new auxiliary freeway lanes, a new on-ramp, and widening adjacent streets including Crenshaw Boulevard and 182nd Street

July 19, 2024

Strategizing About Reduced Funding in the Active Transportation Program

Funding for Cycle 7 of the Active Transportation Program is less than $200 million, and already there have been requests for fifteen times the amount of available funding

July 18, 2024

Eyes on the Street: Hollywood Boulevard Bike Lanes are Open

The Hollywood bike lanes project, already very much in use, is also already being criticized by commenters at Nextdoor and other social media

July 17, 2024
See all posts