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Friday, February 14, 2014

Westlake Group Withdraws Lawsuit Blocking Bike Master Plan

Posted by on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Remember that coalition of home, yacht, and business owners upset about losing their parking spots as the city builds a cycletrack (protected two-way bike pathway) along the Westlake corridor between South Lake Union and Fremont?

They've dropped the lawsuit they filed against Seattle's comprehensive Bike Master Plan. The latest version of the plan, which council members expected to vote on this month, had been put on hold until a May hearing due to the group's appeal. With the lawsuit out of the way, now it can move ahead on schedule. Hooray!

Mayor Murray seems to have convinced them to drop the suit—"staffers said the mayor’s office quickly started meeting with the group to find a settlement" after taking office, Seattle Bike Blog reports—in exchange for increased consultation through the formation of a design advisory committee. “With the appeal now behind us, I look forward to working with the City Council as it moves to adopt the Bicycle Master Plan in the near future,” Murray says in a statement.

Who's on the design advisory committee has yet to be determined, Cascade Bicycle Club's Thomas Goldstein tells me, but he's assuming it will be a mix that includes bicycling advocates and members of the Westlake group. I asked the mayor's office this afternoon to explain who's on the committee and what powers the body will have, but haven't heard back yet—I'll update this post as soon as I learn more.

Update: Mayoral spokesperson Rosalind Brazel says of the committee members: "The plan is to have them in place in the next couple weeks...They are advisory—they will not decide or vote on the final design. They will vet the final design options."


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emma's bee 1
I'm so glad to hear this. When last visiting your fair city (on a dreary November weekend), mr. emma's bee and I rented bikes from the only available place (Play It Again Sports near REI, highly recommended). We rode all around central city, as far north as Golden Gardens through the Ballard locks. The most annoying stretch by far was Westlake up to Gasworks Park. Too much choppy parking interspersed with fake bike route signage. I look forward to a more pleasant ride when I return.
Posted by emma's bee on February 14, 2014 at 5:52 PM · Report this
raindrop 2
I never found biking through parking lots to be an annoyance.
Posted by raindrop on February 14, 2014 at 8:38 PM · Report this
@2 - You were seriously never worried about someone backing into you? You're a braver cyclist than I.
Posted by robwgdfg on February 15, 2014 at 10:11 AM · Report this
Looks like our new mayor can work well with people and actually get results!
Posted by The adults are in charge on February 15, 2014 at 10:41 AM · Report this
While you feel that way, I still don't think bike paths should have parts that are actually parking lots.
Posted by JonCracolici on February 15, 2014 at 2:43 PM · Report this

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